Sneaky Educational Stocking Stuffers

Christmas stockings are a long held tradition in the West household.  Of all the gifts around the Christmas tree, it seems the stockings are the most anticipated – which is why we save them until the very last.

I remember feeling the same way as a little girl.  There’s just something extra special about finding the tiny treasures inside that small space!

More than 100 ideas for educational stocking stuffers!

While we always purchase little things like toothbrushes, floss, mints, chocolate, gloves, pencils and the like to fill our stockings, I don’t want them to be all practicality.  I also don’t want them to be filled with junk that will find a trash can within 5.2 days (or hours…sometimes minutes.)

Over the years, I’ve found some super-fun additions for the stockings – things that have lasted AND stuck around in our house for years.  The best part, they are ALL educational.  Educational doesn’t have to mean boring!  In fact, I bet your elementary and middle school children won’t have a clue their stocking has anything to do with school.

More than 100 ideas for educational stocking stuffers!

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Sneaky Educational Stocking Stuffers

I’ve broken the 100+ items into categories, but realize that many of the suggestions easily cover more than one academic subject – meaning they pack a lot of educational punch.

Brain Training/ Logic/ Critical Thinking

These games all challenge brains – and they’re all fun!  At least 1/3 of them can be used by a solitary player, too.  As an adult, there isn’t one thing on this list that I don’t enjoy myself – and they stretch my brain as well!


Block by Block

Handheld Simon

IQ Link

IQ Twist




Metal Puzzle Set

Pick Up Sticks


Puzzle Books


River Crossing


Rubik’s Cube

Rubik’s Twist

Scramble Squares



Spot It



Visual Brainstorms


Math doesn’t have to be all facts and figures!  But even the things on this list that help with facts should produce smiling faces.



Dutch Blitz


Five Crowns


Learning WrapUps

Pass the Pigs

Phase 10

Play Money

Skip Bo

Toss Up


More than 100 ideas for educational stocking stuffers!

Language Arts

Who knew there were so many ways to work on reading, writing and spelling without a pencil and paper.  And these are just the options that fit inside a stocking!


Last Letter

Magnet Sight Words

Magnet Poetry Tiles

Rory’s Story Cubes

Scrabble Slam

The Pencil Grip

Word A Round


Truth be told, this science list could have gone on forever.  There are SO many wonderful science gems that can fit inside a stocking!

Animal Quick Pix

Astronaut Ice Cream


Bug Viewing Jar

Chemical Reactions Kit


Ein-O’s Science Kits

Field Microscope


Go Nuts

Gyro Wheel

Invisible Ink

Jonathan Park Adventure CD’s

Magnet Set

Mentos Gyser Tube

Prepared Slides for a Microscope


Solar Print Paper

Spring Scale

Spy Gear

Tornado Tube

Tuning Fork

Waterworks Cards


You’ll notice five Go Fish games on this list from The Classical Historian.  Yes, my children enjoy these games THAT much.  And, no, I haven’t been paid to say that.  LOL.  Oh, and both DVD’s I’ve mentioned really are worthwhile viewing.

Bible Go Fish

Knights and Dragons Toob

Liberty’s Kids DVD’s


Professor Noggin Games

Professor Noggin American History

Quill and Ink Set

Torchlighter’s DVD’s


Geography games are some of our go-to resources for weekly geography practice.


Flag Frenzy

Geography Quick Pix

Where on Earth is Carmen San Diego? DVD

More than 100 ideas for educational stocking stuffers!


Like the science list, this one could have gone on forever, too.  Art supplies are easy to tuck inside of stockings and usually don’t cost much at all.  Rather than give an exhaustive list, here are some of my unique favorites.

Art Instruction DVD’s

Chalk Pastels

Construction Paper Crayons

Draw in the Tub Set

Dry Erase Crayons

Fun Scissors

Glitter Pens

Kwik Stix Tempera Paint

Modeling Clay

Oil Pastels

Origami Paper

Paint Brush Set

Rubber Stampers

Travel Spirograph

Watercolors Set

Wiki Stix


Musical items are a tad harder to fit into a stocking, but these options are perfect!

Compose Yourself





Educational stocking stuffers don’t have to break the bank!

Prices of these items range anywhere from 50¢ – $20.  Most of them in the middle of that range.  After filling stockings with all the practical goodies, I usually only have room to add two or three things from this list.

Since the practical things are pretty inexpensive, I’m able to keep the stocking stuffers to a reasonable final cost.  I keep in mind though that $10 spent on something of lasting value is worth far more than spending $10 on 10 junky things that will be in broken by the end of the day.

Oh, and I should mention that, in most cases, our entire family enjoys the goodies as we play together or as the items make it to our game closet, art shelves, DVD cabinet, etc.

What are some of your favorite educational stocking stuffers?

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  1. Love this!!! I even sent this to grandparents. Thanks!!

  2. Brandi, I do the same thing! LOL

  3. Great list of stocking stuffers! Thanks so much for the fab ideas!

  4. You are very welcome, Erin! 🙂

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