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Holiday Gift Ideas: Educational and Affordable Gifts for Kids


Picture of a gift with Evan-Moor's activity books and art supplies.Over the years, I’ve tried to provide a balanced variety of holiday gifts for my children, including mind-stimulating games and books. A simple “formula” that I found helpful was to find gifts that represented something educational, musical, athletic, or for the outdoors, and balance those with gifts just for fun—which may have included the plastic, battery-operated toy that they really, really wanted!

My children are now teenagers, but I have personally purchased the Evan-Moor books listed below for young nieces, nephews, and friends – and can highly recommend them. Plus, all of these activity books and flashcards are under $10.00 each!

Educational gift ideas based on Evan-Moor’s at-home enrichment books and flashcards:

NBK_Holiday_promoThe Never-Bored Kid Books 1 and 2, Ages 4–9

This is my top gift pick for young children for an all-around educational gift that is also entertaining. Each full-color book provides mazes, riddles, hidden pictures, things to cut out, dot-to-dots, and other engaging, age-appropriate activities. 144–160 full-color pages.

Gift idea: Wrap the book up with new art supplies that are useful for the activities in the book, such as scissors, glue stick, colored pencils, or crayons.

Learning Line - Read and ColorLearning Line - The AlphabetLearning Line activity books and Flashcards, Grades PreK–2
Learning Line books: These colorful activity books provide little learners practice of essential reading and math skills with a variety of activities. Each book focuses on a specific skill such as sequencing, reading sight words, counting, and telling time. 32 full-color pages.

Flashcards: Each flashcard set provides sturdy, colorful cards that practice basic reading and math skills, as well as ideas for games to use with the cards. As a bonus, each set provides a unique link to corresponding online timed tests for interactive practice! 56 cards.

Gift idea: Pair an activity book with a corresponding flashcard set, or use as a stocking stuffer! Activity books can be rolled to fit into a stocking.

at-home-tutor-readingAt-Home Tutor, Grades PreK–2
These books are ideal for providing young children with basic skill practice in fun, engaging activities. Each book covers math or reading/language skills that children learn in the classroom in a colorful and inviting format. 96 full-color pages.

Gift idea: Wrap up math books with a set of math counters or manipulatives—marbles, counting bears, or a traditional wooden abacus. For the reading and language activity books, add a new pen/pencil case with fresh pencils and pens to complete the activities.

Skill Sharpeners - ScienceSkill Sharpeners: Science, Grades PreK–6
This new series provides interesting reading selections on grade-appropriate science topics with follow-up activities and hands-on projects. 144 full-color pages.

Gift idea: You can use a topic covered in the book and provide a related science kit or simple supplies for a hands-on project, such as magnet sets.

Skill Sharpeners - Spell & WriteSkill Sharpeners - ReadingSkill Sharpeners: Reading and Skill Sharpeners: Spell & Write, Grades PreK–6
Engaging stories and activities and delightful illustrations make these a child-friendly choice! 144 full-color pages.

Gift idea: Wrap up the activity book with a new novel or storybook, a book of poems, a journal, or a game that involves reading or spelling, such as Scrabble Junior, Bananagrams, or Clue.

Skill Sharpeners - MathSkill Sharpeners: Math, Grades PreK–6
Each title covers important grade-level math skills practice and includes test practice in a non-intimidating activity book format. 144 full-color pages.

Gift idea: Add age-appropriate games that involve math skills or counting, such as Uno, Qwirkle, Shut the Box (dice game), Dominoes, or Sudoku.


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Image of Theresa WoolerTheresa Wooler has more than 10 years’ experience in K–6 classrooms as a parent volunteer and homeschool educator, has taught high school English, and is currently involved in education through Evan-Moor’s marketing communications team.


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