Finding the perfect gift for your grandchildren can be tough, and if you’ve got a particularly smart grandchild, it can be even harder. You want to find a present that can help nurture their gifts, but you also want to provide some fun!
Luckily, we’ve rounded up a list of gifts that can help you cover both bases. Whether you’re shopping for a promising artist or a future Nobel Prize winner, these gifts are sure to bring some smiles this year.
Making a volcano out of baking soda and vinegar is still a classic science experiment for a reason, but the opportunities to learn about science using items from the kitchen have really exploded in recent years. This kit gives kids over 25 experiments to teach them about physics, biology, and chemistry by doing everything from switching on an LED light with a lemon to creating orange peel candles.
You’ve probably heard that coding is the hot job skill that everyone will want to have in a few years. But how do you learn to code? This kit utilizes Star Wars to make coding fun and easy. Your grandchild will build a sensor that detects 3D hand motions while learning how technology like this works. After the sensor is built, they can use it to show off their “Force” powers like wielding a lightsaber and piloting spaceships.
That’s not the only way to learn how to code, though. Chances are, your grandchildren love LEGO. This set enables them to transform that interest into a passion for coding. Kids can build five different projects with this 847-piece LEGO kit, then they can use the free LEGO BOOST app to write code that will turn their creations into working robots. It’s easy to see why this set won Tech Toy of the Year at the Toy of the Year Awards, the toy industry’s answer to the Oscars.
If you’ve got a budding artist in the family, you know that all they really need to flourish is blank paper, a crayon or two, and their imagination. This Crayola set takes things to the next level with crayons, colored pencils, and markers that kids can use to create their next masterpiece. Best of all, the case keeps everything organized and portable for trips to Grandma’s house.
Give your grandchild a full year’s worth of entertainment and aviation education with this clever page-a-day calendar. Each day, this calendar will present your aspiring engineer with step-by-step instructions to create intricate, flyable paper airplanes using the previous day’s calendar page. They’ll be having so much fun they won’t even realize they’re learning all sorts of lessons about physics and design.
Every kid likes to fantasize about having superpowers. This blank comic will enable them to let their imaginations run wild as they write and illustrate a comic book starring their own creations. Whether you’ve got a talented young illustrator or a gifted writer, they can make their own “real” comic book to showcase their work.
Whether you’ve got an aspiring botanist or just a grandchild with a green thumb, this smart kit contains everything they need to start growing a tiny garden in their bedroom. Your grandchild can plant chia and wheat grass in the terrarium and then use stickers and figurines to customize it to reflect their personality. The rechargeable LED light in the terrarium’s lid lets it double as a snazzy nightlight.
When it comes to beautiful visual aids for scientific learning, it’s hard to beat crystals. This easy, fun kit will give your budding scientist their choice of seven different crystal-growing projects. Your grandchild will be able to watch their crystals grow, and the included display cases will enable them to keep the results for as long as they like.
Your kids were probably fascinated by dinosaurs. Now their kids are, too. Kindle your grandchild’s interest in paleontology with this fun, educational set. You can hide or bury the eggs, let the child discover them, and then chisel their way into the shells. Each egg contains a different dinosaur figure, along with a learning card that describes the dino’s lifestyle, habitat, and body.
Puppet shows are an excellent outlet for creative kids, and this stylish, sturdy theater will let your grandchildren put on the most impressive shows in the neighborhood. With plenty of room for kids to operate several puppets, this theater encourages your budding dramatists to be as creative as possible. You might find that you have the next Shakespeare on your hands!
Even if you’ve got a promising young engineer in the family, they’re probably not ready to handle a dangerous tool like a soldering iron. This educational kit enables kids age 8 and up to build working electronic circuits without any tools or soldering. The pieces snap together to let your grandchild assemble 101 different do-it-yourself electronics projects, from building a working photo sensor to making a flashing light.
Earth science can be a little dry for even the most diligent student, but the dazzling beauty of the crystal structures inside geodes is hard to ignore. This kit from National Geographic provides 10 geodes, plus goggles to enable your grandchild to safely crack into them. Once they can see the stunning crystal structures inside their geode, your kid will be able to inspect them with the included magnifying glass and find out how they form with the enclosed learning guide.
Has your grandchild admired the young culinary prodigies on Fox’s hit cooking show MasterChef Junior? This kit will enable them to get into the kitchen with a MasterChef Junior apron, recipes, and cooking tools that have been scaled down to fit young hands. Maybe they’ll flourish in the kitchen and make it onto the next season of the show. Even better, maybe they’ll be able to help you cook for the family the next time the holidays roll around!
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