Your child’s education shouldn’t stop once they’re out of a classroom setting. In fact, if you send your child to a Montessori school, that means you understand and appreciate the value of lifelong learning and will do what you can to continue their education at home.
Giving gifts that appeal to your child’s interests or encourage them to explore new subjects is one of the most effective ways to promote a lifelong passion for learning. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of nine affordable gifts that are sure to get your child’s gears turning and that they’ll love for years to come.
Almanacs are really one of the most versatile gifts you can give a child who loves acquiring any and all knowledge about the world around them. With hundreds of subjects to read about, the kid-friendly World Almanac 5,001 Incredible Facts for Kids ($17.37) presents information in an approachable, engaging way, featuring a combination of full-color images and easy-to-read text.
Crystal Growing Set
Make the geological process unfold before your child’s eyes with a 4M Crystal Growing Science Set ($9.05)! This inexpensive, interactive kit would spark interest in every curious young scientist and give them the chance to be part of the crystal formation process.
Globes are an opportunity to see the entire world from a bird’s eye view, so why not take it to another level with one that’s interactive? This Illuminated World Globe ($34.99) is both attention-grabbing and functional, featuring educational geography flashcards and a soft blue illumination ideal for a night light.
Puzzles are a great way to promote deeper thinking about almost any subject due to the dexterity that’s involved with putting pieces together. The Learn Anatomy Kid’s Puzzle ($25.00) will give your child a deep dive into all the working parts of the human body—organs, bones, and all!
Greek Mythology Book for Kids
For an intro to the Classics, look no further than the Weird But True Know-It-All: Greek Mythology ($9.99). It’s the perfect gift for scratching the surface of the incredible stories from Greek mythology and making your child want to learn more about it.
You can’t go wrong with the gift of a chemistry kit, especially if you’ve got a scientist on your hands. And there are tons of unique, kid-friendly variations that will encourage your child to think outside the box and pursue the topic independently. This Edible Chemistry Kit ($19.95) will tap into your child’s creative side while also teaching them the problem-solving skills essential for a future in science.
A kid-friendly chess board will get your child deeply immersed in logic problems at an early age through a fun and engaging activity. This folding chess board ($13.99) makes for a wonderful gift they can take anywhere, keeping the interest alive no matter where they go.
Trivia Card Game
Educational card games encourage children to have fun while learning about their favorite subjects, making them quintessential for promoting a lifelong passion for learning. Professor Noggin’s History of Art Trivia Game ($18.13) is the way to go for any history buffs or aspiring artists out there, but the brand does offer many other outstanding games with a similar price tag.
Another effective way to foster a lifelong passion for learning is by creating a positive association with reading itself, and a book-making kit is the perfect gift to warm your child up to the world of literature. IlluStory ($29.99) will make them feel like a published author, introducing them to the process of writing their very own story to be made into a hardcover copy they can cherish forever.
Give the Gift of Learning
Just because a gift is educational doesn’t mean it can’t also be fun. Children love anything that appeals to their interests, so tapping into the s