Creative Kids Toys
Holiday Shopping Guide

Creative Kids Toys For The Holidays has arrived to make your life a little easier this year. Browse our top 10 fun but yet educational toys of the season for children ages 5-8 years old.

At this age, children are developing interests. Some like art, some like building, some like books, some like sports, etc...Attempt to foster these skills using our holiday shopping guide!

If you can, try to avoid too many technology "toys" including computer games, video games, apps, iPads, etc... They are fun and functional for certain things but they can't replace working with your hands and partaking in social interactions with others. Let's inspire creative kids this season!

Happy Holidays & Have Fun Shopping!

p.s. Enjoy the world of online shopping. Isn't it awesome to wrap up all your shopping in your jammies while leisurely sipping coffee?!

Top 10: Creative Kids Toys
(ages 5-8)

1. Suspend

This is a fun family game targeting balance and turn taking skills. Kids can also play by themselves and see what they can build. Either way, your school age child will love this game while simultaneously improving problem solving and reasoning  skills. 

Works On: Turn Taking, Attention, Fine Motor, Problem Solving

2. Spot It

I enjoy Spot It since it can be adapted to meet the level of any child. It is a simple game about matching objects; however, you can create your own rules to target vocabulary, similarities, differences, etc...The other great thing about this game is its size. It can fit in any bag. During your travels, your family can have language learning fun in the car instead of screen time!

Works On: Attention, Matching, Vocabulary Naming, Any Language Goal You Want To Create!

3. Lincoln Logs

Lincoln Logs were created by Frank Lloyd Wright's son so, by default, they make the list! Frank Lloyd Wright is by far my favorite architect. Besides that, Lincoln Logs are awesome! This toy is appropriate for younger children, but older children can really create masterpieces!

Works On: Motor Skills, Creativity

4. Butterfly Garden

Create a science lesson out of your holiday gift this year. Watch a caterpillar turn into a beautiful butterfly right in your own home. Science vocabulary and narrative structure through story telling are just a few ways to target language learning through this great gift!

Works On: Vocabulary, Science, Narrative Structure, Responsbility

5. Magic Set

If your child is interested in magic, this is a GREAT gift! This magic kits is one of the most comprehensive magic kits out there for the price. This gift will definitively inspire creative kids.

Works On: Imagination, Problem Solving, Confidence, Expressive Language

6. Model and Mold

This holiday gift is appropriate for your creative kids. It comes with clay and the tools to create interesting designs. Children at this age may find play-dough baby-ish (even though it is NOT!). This is a great alternative or even better.

Works On: Motor Skills, Creativity

7. Monthly Calendar

Start the gift of organization early with this gift! You can also teach months, days, years, holidays, and seasons. I love the magnetic component to this calendar as well. 

Works On: Time Concepts, Time Vocabulary, Problem Solving

8. What's In The Hat

Everyone loves Cat In The Hat! Everyone! However, this is not what makes this game so amazing. This game targets all aspects of vocabulary development including description, function, location, and categorization. It also helps to develop question skills focusing on the same areas.

Works On: Comprehensive Vocabulary Development, Question Skills, Expressive Language

9.Mind Blowing

For all the science lovers out there, this is a fantastic way to go. This kit contains everything you need to make basic but yet exciting scientific experiments!

Works On: Science, Problem Solving, Following Directions

10. Apples to Apples Junior

This board game is a speech therapist's dream. It is also a dream for my students because they don't even know they are working...they are too busy having fun! In this language-filled game, children will work on similarities/differences and comparative language. It is great for building vocabulary too!

Works On: Vocabulary, Similarities, Differences, Comparisons 

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