So you blinked and it's now December — and maybe you haven't done any of your holiday shopping yet. Whether you've already started or are just getting around to it, you probably need some help. To make it easier, we rounded up 6 Christmas gift ideas for students that can support their learning. Children are becoming more and more tech-savvy and to keep them stimulated requires more than just a stuffed teddy bear these days. Don't get us wrong, that's a great thing because you can use this to your (and theirs) advantage and gift them a present that not only keeps them entertained but will help them enrich their knowledge and skills. Whether it is learning to code, programming, or creating music, you can rest assured you will have plenty of options to choose from.
Building a Light Board with Kano Pixel
Building your own LED light board could be a great way to introduce your child to the world of coding through the game. The game encourages creativity as well as analytical skills to be involved in the process of building various animations, art, or music. You will also have access to straightforward tutorials with a step-by-step approach that guides your child to build, manage, and manipulate applications.
Lastly, you can also plug it into your laptop and launch the Kano App to further play and develop new codes.
Creating your own Video Game
The video game company Bloxel that created this amazing and interactive toy uses both physical and digital aspects of the game. Your child builds the layout, the rooms, the design, the color, and the objects. To get started, you just need the Bloxel game board, some multicolored blocks, a mobile device, and most importantly some creativity. By putting together blocks and creating different shapes and structures, you can then snap and transfer the creation to Bloxel virtual world where the game is created.
For young scientists who would like to practice their knowledge, Smar Lab kits are a great first-time experience. Very often the kits are themed, so you will be able to find the specific area your child is interested in such as biology, chemistry, or physics. The good thing about these kits is that you can always build on them by adding new or more advanced elements as your child keeps growing and keeps learning more about science.
Travel around the world from the comfort of your home and learn about new cultures and customs. Worldwide Buddies is a culture-in-a-box set that teaches kids all about the customs and traditions that make various countries unique and special.
The first released box focuses on Mexican culture and what makes the country unique and different from any other country in the world. Stay tuned, because more culture boxes are being released very soon!
One for aspiring architects
We are all familiar with Lego, however, have you heard about ArcKit? This Irish company is taking a new approach when it comes to modeling and toys. The free-form architectural modeling system is based on modern building techniques that are replicated in this game. Arckit's 'click and connect' modular components make it possible to quickly assemble and modify a range of structures and encourage your child to think constructively as well as analytically during the process.
For curious readers
You can never go wrong with an interesting book for a child who loves to dive into the world of fantasy or science. At the moment, the market is flooded with books for kids that can keep them entertained for hours and hours. Not only that but reading books improves children's vocabulary enriches creative thinking and helps with self-expression.
We hope you found some inspiration for your little curious minds. Even during playtime, children can learn new skills and gain new knowledge that can become valuable as they grow and progress on their academic journey. If you would like to explore how your child can expand on their creative or analytical knowledge, visit our website and discover accelerated classes that will help to skyrocket your child's academic journey.