44 Educational Winter Gifts for Kids

Believe it or not, the dreary days of winter give children great opportunities for learning. The long, sometimes dark days can be frustratingly boring and lead to trouble on the homefront. Luckily, this list of educational winter gifts will prepare you for Christmas and birthdays, while keeping your kiddos happy and occupied all winter long.

Whether staying indoors or venturing outside, there is so much fun to be had! Your children will appreciate the games, experiments, kits, books, and outdoor ideas, and you’ll appreciate the options at your fingertips to keep them active and busy.

Do your kids need things to keep their minds busy on cold winter days? Here is a great gift list!

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One of my top priorities when buying gifts for kids is to make the gifts as educational as possible without being too obvious. Obviously educational gifts can be a huge turnoff to kids, so stealthy and fun it is for the win. That’s exactly what I tried to gather for you in this fun list!

Outdoor Winter Gift Ideas

Let’s start with outdoor winter gift ideas. One of the hardest parts of winter is the time spent indoors without an outlet for kid-sized energy. Winter play is a great way for kids to expend that energy while getting sunshine and fresh air. You’ll be so thankful for the refocused bodies and brains once they get back inside after playing outdoors! These fun gift ideas will help your children to extend the time spent outside without (too much) complaining.

Max Fun 12Pcs Snowball Maker Tool Winter Snow Toys Kit with Handle for Snow Ball Shapes Maker Fights Duck for Kids Toddlers Adults Outdoor Snow Sand Molds16Pcs Snowman Decorating Kit, Colovis Snowman Making Kit Winter Party Kids Toys Christmas Holiday Decoration Gift47Geospace Original LED Ski Skooter: Fold-up Snowboard Kick-Scooter Snow Sled for Winter Sports (Purple)FUN LITTLE TOYS 4 Pieces Sand Castle Mold, Beach Sand Toys for Kids, Beach and Snow Toys Kit, Winter Summer Outdoor Fun Toys for Boys Girls Toddler Adults Birthday GiftsChameleon Colors Snow Painting Kit - Color Powder Snow Decorating Kit for Boys and Girls - Includes Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Black Color Powder Snow Paint and 5 Squirt Bottles

 

Experiment Kits for Winter Learning

As fun as it can be playing outside in the winter, it’s not good for kids to stay out in the cold for too long. This means you can expect a lot of indoor time during the winter months. While it may seem easiest to allow for more screen time, there are better ideas that don’t take much extra time or preparation on your part.

In our home, science kits slide into winter days for the win! Some of these ideas – like creating your own snow and crystals – are great to help your children explore winter themes. Other kits – like magic experiments and physics projects – are fun for learning new things or putting hands on science topics you’re children have already learned. Experiment kits make great educational winter gifts!

ArtCreativity Growing Snow Crystal Test Tubes, Set of 4, Science Kit for Kids, Snow Experiment Set, Educational STEM Toys for Boys and Girls, Unique Birthday Party Favors for ChildrenNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Science Magic Kit - Perform 20 Unique Experiments as Magic Tricks, Includes Magic Wand and Over 50 Pieces, Amazon Exclusive Learning Science Kit for Boys and GirlsScience to The Max Rainbow Snow- Create 2 Gallon of Colorful and Reusable Snow- 7 Science Experiments Included - Stem Activity Kit for Boys & Girls 8+- Snow for Winter DisplayEinstein Box Science Experiment Kit For Kids Aged 6-8-12-14 |Gift for 6-7 Year Old Boys & Girls| Chemistry Kit Set For 6-14 Year OldsBe Amazing! Toys Frozen Science Kit4M Toysmith, Kidzlabs Anti Gravity Magnetic Levitation Science Kit, Maglev STEM, For Boys & Girls Ages 8+Lucky Doug 12-in-1 STEM Solar Robot Kit Toys Gifts for Kids 8 9 10 11 12 13 Years Old, Educational Building Science Experiment Set Gifts for Kids Boys GirlsLight-Up Terrarium Kit for Kids - STEM Activities Science Kits - Gifts for Kids - Educational Kids Craft Toys for Boys & Girls - Arts and Crafts Gift for Ages 4 5 6 7 8-12 Year Old Boy & Girl

 

Indoor Games To Keep Kids Busy on Winter Days

Indoor games can make winter afternoons fly by. They happen to be great options for strengthening brains, too! Some of the games, like indoor ring toss and magnetic darts can help expend some of the extra physical energy. Some of the other games I’ve suggested are less active but can ignite critical thinking. Keeping brains engaged is a large part of the winter boredom battle.

Elite Sportz Ring Toss Games for Kids - Indoor Holiday Fun or Outdoor Yard Game for Adults & Family - Easy to Set Up w/ Compact Carry - Backyard Toys52 Essential Critical Thinking: Flash Cards for Problem Solving & Decision Making, Smart Games to Detect Cognitive Biases in Speech, Debate, Writing, Media, for Teens & Adults - by Harvard EducatorBATURU Magnetic Dart Board with 12PCS Magnetic Darts, Dart Board Games for Kids Age 4-8 8-12, Kids Boy Toys for 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Year Old Teen Boys Gift Ideas, Dart Board for Kids Double SideBananagrams: Multi-Award-Winning Word GameGenius Games Cytosis: A Cell Biology Game - A Scientifically Accurate Board Game - Science Games for Organic Chemistry - STEM kits for Adults and Kids - Educational Board Games for ClassroomTicket to Ride Board Game | Family Board Game | Board Game for Adults and Family | Train Game | Ages 8+ | For 2 to 5 players | Average Playtime 30-60 minutes | Made by Days of WonderConstitution Quest GameEducational Insights MathShark Electronic Math Game for Kids Ages 6+, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication & Division, Fractions & More, Classroom SupplyHasbro Gaming Simon Handheld Electronic Memory Game With Lights and Sounds for Kids Ages 8 and UpThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Brain Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls Age 8 and Up – Toy of the Year Award Winner

 

Arts and Crafts for Long Winter Days

Winter afternoons are made for arts and crafts! Whether your children learn an entirely new skill or perfect old ones, arts and crafts present unique ways to grow in problem-solving, following directions, and creativity. Kits like the ones on this list make great gifts because they teach artistic skills and inspire hours of creating!

Origami Extravaganza! Folding Paper, a Book, and a Box: Origami Kit Includes Origami Book, 38 Fun Projects and 162 Origami Papers: Great for Both Kids and AdultsHow To Draw Animal: Simple Sketching And Step By Step Inking Lessons to Draw Pets, Wild Animals and Many More (Beginner Drawing Guide Book)Friendship Bracelet Making Kit Toys, Ages 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Year Old Girls Gifts Ideas, Birthday Present for Teen Girl, Arts and Crafts String Maker Tool, Bracelet DIY, Kids Travel Activity SetHapinest Make Your Own Potholders Weaving Loom Kit Arts and Crafts Kit for Kids Girls and Boys Ages 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Years Old and Up3D String Art Kit for Kids - Makes a Light-Up Star Lantern with 20 Multi-Colored LED Bulbs - Kids Gifts - Crafts for Girls and Boys Ages 8-12 - DIY Arts & Craft Kits for 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Year Old GirlMarbling Paint Art Kit for Kids - Arts and Crafts for Girls & Boys Ages 6-12 - Craft Kits Art Set - Best Tween Paint Gift Ideas for Kids Activities Age 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Year Old - Marble Painting KitsMade By Me Create Your Own Bead Pets by Horizon Group Usa, Includes Over 600 Pony Beads, 6 Key Rings, Storage Box & Much MoreNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Kids Window Art Kit -Kiss Naturals - Glycerin Soap Making Kit for Kids, DIY Kits for Kids, Soap Making Kit with Mica-Based Colors & Natural Fragrances, Sulfate-Free

 

Books To Keep Kids Busy This Winter

Winter, of course, is a great time to settle in for afternoon read-alouds. But, it’s a great time for your children to dig into exciting educational topics on their own, too. That’s why I love providing plenty of book options for things that I know my children will enjoy exploring. The ones that are biggest hits are those that include experiments, activities, games, or easy recipes like these.

The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder (Weather Books for Kids, Winter Children's Books, Science Kids Books)Awesome Engineering Activities for Kids: 50+ Exciting STEAM Projects to Design and Build (Awesome STEAM Activities for Kids)Kid Chef Every Day: The Easy Cookbook for Foodie KidsFun with 50 States: A Big Activity Book for Kids about the Amazing United StatesHuman Anatomy for Kids: A Junior Scientist's Guide to How We Move, Breathe, and GrowSnowflake Science: Activity BookCurious About Snow (Smithsonian)Janice VanCleave's Big Book of Science ExperimentsKid Chef Bakes: The Kids Cookbook for Aspiring BakersThe Big Book of Silly Jokes for KidsWhere's Waldo? Deluxe Edition

 

I hope this list of educational winter gifts inspires you in gift-giving and helps your family to experience JOY this winter season!

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