Over the years, I’ve done a lot of shopping (and buying)–looking for the perfect learning tools for my kids. I bet you, too, care about the gifts you give your children. You want to spend your budget wisely, finding gifts to delight your kids while still sneaking in some learning.
Learning Tools for Kids….
I’ve put together a fun list of learning tools for kids for you. Because Thinking Kids covers Christian books for children, I’m including some great books too! I love to combine books and learning tools to make fun read and play kits when I give my kids gifts. The learning tools are separated by subject to help you find just what you’re looking for.
You’ll find learning tools and books in a number of categories: Bible, history, science, geography, art, language arts, math, technology, and household skills.
Bible Learning Tools for Kids
There are some wonderful books and resources available to help kids really learn about and engage with the Bible. Below are a few of my favorite, as well as some fun tools I found that look great.
Wonderfully Made: God’s Story of Life from Conception to BirthThe Ology: Ancient Truths, Ever NewThe Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the GardenThe Garden, the Curtain and the Cross66 Books One Story: A Guide to Every Book of the BibleGod’s Special Tent: The Story of the Tabernacle and What Came After (Activity)Into the BookBig Thoughts for Little Thinkers SetMark’s Marvellous Book: Learning about Jesus through the GospelGod’s Special Tent: The Story of the Tabernacle and What Came After (Activity)My Christmas Activity Book: 25 Days to Celebrate Jesus’ BirthConcord Cunningham the Scripture Sleuth (Concord Cunningham Mysteries (Paperback))
Bible Learning Tools
PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3 My Take Along Noah´s ArkFisher-Price Little People Noah’s Ark PlaysetFisher-Price Little People A Christmas StoryFun Express Plush Happy Kids Hand Puppets Multi-Ethnic Collection Novelty (Set of 8)Melissa & Doug Deluxe Puppet Theater – Sturdy Wooden ConstructionIdeal Bible Trivia GameIdeal Children’s Bible Trivia GameThe Action Bible Guess-It GameMelissa & Doug Bible Stories Reusable Sticker PadMelissa & Doug New Testament Bible Stories Wooden Cube Puzzle – 6 Puzzles in 1 (16 pcs)Melissa & Doug Days of Creation Stacking and Nesting Blocks With Convenient Rope-Handled Storage Box – 7 Blocks Stack to Almost 2.5 Feet TallCalifornia Costumes Shepherd/Moses Boy Costume, One Color, Small/Medium
History Learning Tools for Kids
There are some amazing Christian history books for kids available! There are also a lot of really neat history learning tools for kids that you can pair with creative books to help your kids identify with the time period they’re learning about.
When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin LutherTrailblazer Evangelists & Pioneers Box Set 1 (Trailblazers)Trailblazer Missionaries & Medics Box Set 2 (Trailblazers)Trailblazer Preachers & Teachers Box Set 3 (Trailblazers)Trailblazer Reformers & Activists Box Set 4 (Trailblazers)Trailblazer Heroes & Heroines Box Set 5 (Trailblazers)Trailblazer Arts & Science Box Set 6 (Trailblazers)Little Lights Box Set 1Little Lights Box Set 2Big Book of HistoryThe Church History ABCs: Augustine and 25 Other Heroes of the FaithPeter Martyr Vermigli (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)Lady Jane Grey (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)Irenaeus (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)Augustine of Hippo (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)
History Learning Tools
4D Cityscape Inc 4D National Geographic Ancient Rome Puzzle Puzzle3D Jigsaw Puzzle May Flower CubicFun 3D Puzzle T4009h 111 Pieces Decorative Fashion Best Seller Cubic Fun Exiting Fun Educational Historic Playing Building Game DIY Holiday kids Best Gift Toy SetPLAYMOBIL 9325 Martin Luther Figure – Special EditionThe Builders Middle AgesThe Builders Antiquity GameProfessor Noggin’s History of the United States – A Educational Trivia Based Card Game For KidsEducational Trivia Card Game – Professor Noggin’s Ancient CivilizationsBrainBox for Kids – World History Card GameFascinations Metal Earth Wright Brothers Airplane 3D Metal Model KitSet of 2 Metal Earth 3D Laser Cut Models: Neuschwanstein Castle & Himeji CastlePlaymobil History Playset Bundle with Gladiator Arena and Caesar & Cleopatra Playsets
Science Learning Tools for Kids
This category of learning tools has to be my absolute favorite. I love science models! And there are such neat ways to really engage in hands on science exploration.
Wonderfully Made: God’s Story of Life from Conception to BirthCreation Sings: How God’s Work Declares God’s TruthBugs Big & Small God Made Them All by William Zinke (2014-09-01)Big Bible Science: Experiment and Explore God’s WorldBirds from Bricks: Amazing LEGO(R) Designs That Take Flight – With 15 Step-by-Step ProjectsLaws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling, TheThe Archaeology Book (Wonders of Creation)The Geology Book (Wonders of Creation)The New Astronomy Book (Wonders of Creation)New Ocean Book, the (Wonders of Creation)The Ecology Book (Wonders of Creation)The Electrifying Nervous System (God’s Wondrous Machine)Breathtaking Respiratory System (God’s Wondrous Machine)The Complex Circulatory System (God’s Wondrous Machine)
Science Learning Tools
Awarded Best Compound Microscope 2016 – OMAX 40X-2000X Lab LED Binocular Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage w Blank Slides Covers and Lens Cleaning PaperAmScope SE400-Z Professional Binocular Stereo Microscope, WF10x and WF20x Eyepieces, 10X and 20X Magnification, 1X Objective, LED Lighting, Boom-Arm Stand, 110V-120VAmScope PS100A Prepared Microscope Slide Set for Basic Biological Science Education, 100 Slides, Set A, Includes Fitted Wooden CaseLearning Resources Anatomy Models Bundle SetMolecular Model Kit with Molecule Building Software, Organic Chemistry Set by Dalton Labs – Advanced Teaching Edition Educational Set – 178 pcs Color Coded Atoms, Bonds, Orbitals, Links – Science ToysSnap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit4M Kitchen Science Kit4M Weather Station Kit4M Tin Can RobotMelissa & Doug Scientist Role Play Costume Set,Professor Noggin’s Wonders of Science – A Educational Trivia Based Card Game For KidsProf. Noggin’s Life in the OceanROCK ON! Geology Game with Rock & Mineral Collection – Collect and Learn with STEM-based Educational Science Kit in Carrying Case – Amethyst, Rhodonite, Selenite Crystal, Sodalite and lots moreAmpersand Press Into the Forest, Nature’s Food Chain GameTwinStar 60mm Compact Refractor AstroVenture Telescope – SilverLearning Resources Inflatable Solar System Set
Geography Learning Tools for Kids
Geography is a subject you want your kids to be engaged in both visually and tactilely so that they can visualize states, countries, and continents. There are some great geographical prayer books available for kids!
40 Days 40 Bites: A Family Guide to Pray for the WorldWindow on the World: When We Pray God WorksPray for the World: A New Prayer Resource from Operation WorldChildren’s Atlas of God’s World40 Days 40 More Bites: A Family Guide to Pray for the WorldCrossway ESV Bible AtlasWater the Earth: A Student’s Guide to MissionsColor Yourself Smart: GeographyAfrican Adventures (Adventure Series)Cambodian Adventures (Adventure Series)Outback Adventures (Adventure Series)Great Barrier Reef Adventures (Adventure Series)Amazon Adventures (Adventure Series)Rain Forest Adventures (Adventure Series)Antarctic Adventures (Adventure Series)
Geography Learning Tools
Brainbox All Around The WorldProfessor Noggin’s Geography of the United States – A Educational Trivia Based Card Game For KidsJax Sequence States and CapitalsTicket To RideTicket To Ride – EuropeTicket To Ride Asia: Map Collection – Volume 1Ticket to Ride Map Collection Board Game: The Heart of Africa, Volume #3Oregon Scientific SG268R Smart Globe Adventure AR Educational World Geography Kids – Learning ToyLearning Resources Puzzle Globe, 14 PiecesMelissa & Doug World Map Jumbo Jigsaw Floor Puzzle (33 pcs, 2 x 3 feet)Doodle World Map Pillowcase, Color Your Own Pillow Case, Coloring Pillowcase with 10 Washable Fabric MarkersWall Pops WPE0624 Kids World Dry Erase Map Decal Wall Decals
Art Learning Tools for Kids
As an art major, I think giving our kids quality art supplies is a major step toward helping them explore art well. I’ve listed the supplies I think are the best ones to have on hand. I also found some great books for you to check out!
Child’s Introduction to Art: The World’s Greatest Paintings and SculpturesChild’s Introduction to Poetry: Listen While You Learn About the Magic Words That Have Moved Mountains, Won Battles, and Made Us Laugh and CryChild’s Introduction to Ballet: The Stories, Music, and Magic of Classical DanceArt for Kids: Drawing: The Only Drawing Book You’ll Ever Need to Be the Artist You’ve Always Wanted to BeThe Mad Art of Caricature!: A Serious Guide to Drawing Funny FacesThe Absolute Beginner’s Big Book of Drawing and Painting: More Than 100 Lessons in Pencil, Watercolor and Oil
Art Learning Tools
Professor Noggin’s History of Art – A Educational Trivia Based Card Game For KidsStep2 Flip and Doodle Desk with Stool EaselKidKraft 62043.0 Storage Easel – Espresso NoveltyMelissa & Doug Easel Pad Bundle 50 Sheets 2-PackArtists Loft Fundamentals Watercolor Pan Set, 36 ColorsArtist’s Loft Fundamentals Sketching & Drawing SetArtist’s Loft Fundamentals Watercolor PencilsArtist’s Loft Fundamentals Acrylic PaintsArtist’s Loft Fundamentals Sketchbook 5.5Artist’s Loft Fundamentals Sketching Pad Spiral Bound 9 x 12 by Artists LoftArtist’s Loft Fundamentals Tote BagArtist’s Loft Fundamentals Charcoal SetArtist’s Loft Fundamentals Soft Pastels 36pcCrayola Inspiration Art Case: 140 Pieces, Art Set, Gifts for Kids and AdultsCrayola Create ‘n Carry Case, Portable Art Tools Kit, Over 75 Pieces, Great Gift
Language Arts Learning Tools for Kids
There are some great, creative language arts books and tools available for your kids. Grammar doesn’t have to be boring!
Language Arts Books
Storyworld First: Creating a Unique Fantasy World for Your NovelGo Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft Into a Published BookThe Know-Nonsense Guide to Grammar: An Awesomely Fun Guide to the Way We Use Words! (Know Nonsense Series)Punctuation Takes a VacationThe Case of the Incapacitated CapitalsA Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What is a Noun? (Words Are Categorical)Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What Is an Adjective? (Words Are Categorical)I and You and Don’t Forget Who: What Is a Pronoun? (Words Are CATegorical)Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely: What Is an Adverb? (Words Are CATegorical)Feet and Puppies, Thieves and Guppies: What Are Irregular Plurals? (Words Are Categorical) (Words Are Categorical (Paperback))To Root, to Toot, to Parachute: What Is a Verb? (Words are Categorical)How Much Can a Bare Bear Bear?: What Are Homonyms and Homophones? (Words Are CATegorical)
Language Arts Learning Tools
Grammar In a Jar®BananagramsMy First Bananagrams: The Spelling and Word Game For KidsBoggle Junior GameBoggle Classic GameLeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter SetLeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set – Online Exclusive PinkMagnetic Poetry – Kids Story Maker Kit – Ages 5 and Up – Words for Refrigerator – Write Poems and Letters on the Fridge – Made in the USAMagnetic Poetry – Kids First Words Kit – Ages 4 and Up – Words for Refrigerator – Write Poems and Letters on the Fridge – Made in the USA
Math Learning Tools for Kids
Math lends itself to creative books and learning tools as well. My son helped me choose a bunch of his favorite books for this section.
Sir Cumference and the First Round Table (A Math Adventure)Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi (A Math Adventure)Sir Cumference and All the King’s Tens: A Math AdventureSir Cumference and the Fracton Faire (A Math Adventures)Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland (A Math Adventure)Sir Cumference and the Roundabout BattleSir Cumference and the Viking’s Map (Charlesbridge Math Adventures (Paperback))Sir Cumference and the Off-the-Charts Dessert (Charlesbridge Math Adventures (Paperback))Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter (Math Adventures)Sir Cumference and the Sword in the ConeG Is for Googol: A Math Alphabet BookFractions in Disguise: A Math Adventure (Charlesbridge Math Adventures)The Mission of Addition (Math Is Categorical)A Dollar, a Penny, How Much and How Many? (Math Is Categorical)A-B-A-B-A—a Book of Pattern Play (Math Is CATegorical ®)
Math Learning Tools
CLUMSY THIEF – Adding to 100 GameCLUMSY THIEF in the Candy Shop – Adding to 20 GameRoscoe Learning 124 Piece Magnetic Numbers and Counters Math Skills SetYahtzee GameMelissa & Doug Play Money Set – Educational Toy With Paper Bills and Plastic Coins (50 of each denomination) and Wooden Cash Drawer for StorageThe Learning Journey Telly The Teaching Time Clock, Primary ColorsThe Learning Journey Telly The Teaching Time Clock, Pink4M Math Magic Puzzles and GamesLeapFrog Fridge Numbers Magnetic SetLeapFrog Fridge Numbers Magnetic Set – Online Exclusive PinkLeapFrog Number Lovin’ Oven
Technology Learning Tools for Kids
Technology is another category of knowledge that demands hands-on learning tools. I think that learning to code is an important skill many of our children will benefit from knowing. Robotics is another field that’s growing and fun for kids to explore.
Technology Learning Tools
ALEX Toys Future Coders Robot Races Coding Skills KitAlex Toys Future Coders Cube Stackers Coding Skills KitOsmo Genius KitOsmo Coding Jam Game (Base required)CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit – 32 GB EditionLEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Building and Coding Kit (847 Pieces)LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 31313 Robot Kit for KidsLEGO Creator Robo Explorer 31062 Robot ToyMeccano-Erector Junior Advanced Toolbox, 8 Model Building KitMeccano – Super Construction SetK’NEX 70 Model Building Set – 705 Pieces – Ages 7+ Engineering Education ToyK’NEX K`Nex – Imagine Power & Play Motorized Building Set Building Kit, Varies By ModelHape Quadrilla Wooden Marble Run Construction – Vertigo – Quality Time Playing Together Wooden Safe Play – Smart Play for Smart Families
Home Economics Learning Tools for Kids
Cooking, gardening, and woodworking are all skills that boys and girls alike can benefit from. It helps to have kid-sized real tools available for your children to work with.
Home Economics Books
Good Housekeeping Kids Cook!: 100+ Super-Easy, Delicious RecipesBetter Homes and Gardens New Junior Cook Book (Better Homes and Gardens Cooking)Kid Chef Bakes: The Kids Cookbook for Aspiring BakersKid Chef: The Foodie Kids Cookbook: Healthy Recipes and Culinary Skills for the New Cook in the KitchenThe All-New Woodworking for KidsEasy Carpentry Projects for Children (Dover Children’s Activity Books)Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden (Hands-On Family)Square Foot Gardening with Kids: Learn Together: – Gardening Basics – Science and Math – Water Conservation – Self-sufficiency – Healthy Eating (All New Square Foot Gardening)
Home Economics Learning Tools
Real Cooking Ultimate Baking Starter Set – 37 Pc. Kit Includes Sprinkles, Cake & Frosting MixCurious Chef 3-Piece Nylon Knife SetCurious Chef Kids 6-Piece Fruit and Veggie Prep KitCurious Chef Hand Mixer, WhiteCurious Chef 5-Piece Pizza KitToysmith Kid’s 3-Piece Garden Tool SetToysmith Big Kids Garden Tool SetToysmith Garden Root ViewerSeymour WB-JRB Children’s Hight Density Poly Tray Wheelbarrow with Steel Wheel and Solid Rubber Tire, BoxedLakeshore Build-It-Yourself Woodworking KitGrip 9 pc Children’s Tool KitLiberty Imports DIY Deluxe Wood Kids Workshop Kit with Tools
Well, those are some of our favorite learning tools for kids and books to go along with them. I hope this gives you some good ideas as you choose where to invest your energy!
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Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.