As a teacher, I am always looking for educational gift ideas that promote learning while engaging my boys in active play. I have high standards, and am frustrated with toys that pitch themselves as educational, when really they have very little educational value. This guide has several of my favorites for this year – including a giveaway! Make sure to read to the end!
Tiggly Words is one of my favorite interactive apps for kids. When you buy Tiggly Words, you get the letter manipulatives and 3 apps. I did a full review of Tiggly Words here, and you can see I think it is a great way to practice CVC words and provide vowel support. We also love the math app (Tiggly Counts) as well!
Star Wars Preschool Workbooks
My kids are all about Star Wars! Both my middle and oldest boys absolutely love to do workbooks, so when I found these Star Wars workbooks last year, I knew it would be a special treat! The pages are colorful and the activities are geared to support fans in engaged learning.
My oldest loves a good puzzle, and he is absolutely obsessed with his Rubik’s Cube. He works on it a little in bed each night after reading, and is so proud that he now has almost 2 sides completed.
The boys received the Perplexus last year and they love it. I will often see them sit and challenge themselves when they are feeling tired after school and are looking for some quiet time. Of course the Star Wars Death Star Perplexus is on their list for this year!
Scrabble Twist is my go-to gift for teachers this year (well, and a gift card – always a gift card). I how this game can be played solo or with a friend. Find a word in the random 5 letters displayed and then twist to save it! This is great for building early word recognition, yet challenging for independent readers.