Are you searching for a perfect gift idea for the homeschooling family in your life? Check out our list of Christmas gift ideas for homeschooling families.
Homeschooling is a way of life for most families that choose it. For us, it has slowly woven its way into every area of our lives. It makes us more aware of the learning opportunities that surround our children every day.
Sine we homeschool, we have a lot more opportunity to encourage our daughters' passions, and to work with them where they are to help them get to the next level. It's freeing to be able to help your child learn in the way that works best for them.
Once you let go of society's expectations, it's easy to open your eyes and realize that homeschooling is a true gift. One that I wish more people would embrace if it's something they dream of doing.
I love being able to provide my girls with everything they need to stimulate their minds. So even though Brian is the primary homeschool teacher, I can contribute to their educational growth as well.
This year, I decided to put together a list of Christmas gift ideas for homeschooling families. It's eclectic, so I hope you find the perfect gift!
10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Homeschooling Families
1. FluidStance Grade Board
My entire house (except for me) is passionate about snowboarding. They snowboard nearly every day during the winter. In the summer months, they jump on a trampoline and practice on the balance board.
We recently got a new balance board designed for kids – The FluidStance GradeTM Board. As the girls were playing with it and learning what they could do on it, I started thinking it would make a great tool for a homeschool.
The GradeTM helps your children channel their energy into positive motion. Many active kids need to keep moving to stay focused when they're doing their homework, gaming, reading or eating. The FluidStance GradeTM is designed to enable increased concentration through a subtle, non-distracting movement.
It's a super neat thing! My husband, who is over the weight limit (125 pounds) for the Grade board, wants one of the adult boards. He says the way it moves is great for rehabbing his ankle too.
In addition, the Grade™ is built with post-consumer recycled plastic, like milk jugs and recycled tires so you can feel good about your purchase!
2. Lonely Planet Kids' The Big Earth Book
I personally feel a strong connection to the Earth, so it's important for me to pass that appreciation on to my daughters. We have many ways that we teach them to respect the Earth already, but I'm always open to new ways.
Lonely Planet Kids' The Big Earth Book takes children on a journey through history, geography, science and more to show how four elements – earth, fire, air and water – created the world and everything that exists today in.
It's full of amazing facts, photography and illustrations, and would make a great gift for any homeschooling family.
3. Operation: Escape Room
My husband and I have a grown-up Escape Room game. We've tried letting the girls help in the past, but it was just a little too difficult for them.
So when I saw Operation: Escape Room, which is designed for kids ages 6+, I knew I had to get it for the girls. This new interactive game taps into the escape room trend by combining skill, strategy and teamwork to search, solve and escape the room before time runs out!
To start, you lock the belt on a player and set the timer on the belt. You must solve a series of three challenges – a Skill Challenge, Strategy Challenge and Luck Challenge – to earn the key that will unlock your friend's belt. If you fail to solve all three challenges in the allotted time frame, the player wearing the belt stays captured and everyone loses.
I love giving games as Christmas presents because it keeps kids busy over the school break. We homeschool, and I love how games like this make my girls use their minds. I appreciate how they can have fun while keeping their minds sharp.
4. Water Bottles
Most homeschoolers I know, including us, go on a lot of field trips. We have the flexibility to get the kids out of the house and in front of educational experiences.
One thing I struggle with is bringing enough water bottles with us. We always seem to run out. The girls still had their smaller water bottles from when they were younger, so I decided it was time get them larger water bottles to take with us on the go.
The Vremi Hydration Nation Glass Bottles Set is a great choice. The set comes with six 18-ounces bottles that are topped with airtight, stainless steel lids with silicone lining and colored carrying loops so they're easy to bring along.
I love that each bottle has a different color silicone cap liner. It makes it easy to remember which bottle belongs to who. It's also a huge bonus that they're dishwasher safe.
5. Dinosaur Atlas
Lately, Kaylee has developed more of a fascination with dinosaurs. I think that started when she read Dinosaurs Before Dark.
So I want to make sure she has the opportunity to learn as much about them as possible. Like the Big Earth Book, Dinosaur Atlas is another amazing book from Lonely Planet Kids.
In this book, kids can unfold maps and lift the flaps to reveal amazing facts and illustrations about how dinosaurs lived and where they were discovered. They'll also learn about famous paleontologists and measure themselves against life-size bones, teeth and claws.
From from giant sauropods and horned dinosaurs, to duckbills and ferocious theropods, kids will discover how the dinosaurs evolved, what they looked like and how they hunted. They've even included the latest finds and most up-to-date theories.
6. Safe Breaker
Safe Breaker is another fun game for homeschool kids to play over the Christmas break, or any time of the year. It requires you to use your memory and spy skills to crack the code on the exciting game of safe breaker.
In Safe Breaker, kids choose a card, then turn the safe combination to that number to try unlock the safe and win diamonds and gold coins. If it's not the right number, they get use spy gear to listen a clue to see if they can decipher the correct number.
Whichever player collects five golden coins first is the winner. You have to be careful of the “alarm bell” coins though. They'll alert the police that you're trying to crack the safe, so you'll have to return all of your coins to the safe and start collecting again.
7. How Animals Build
My girls are super curious creatures, so they always want to know how things are made or done. I thought they'd absolutely adore Lonely Planet Kids' How Animals Build – and they do!
It' a beautifully illustrated lift-the-flap hardback book that explores the incredible world of animal architects. You kids can open flaps and unfold spreads to discover amazing animal homes up high, underground, on land and under the sea.
From spider webs and rabbit warrens, to bird nests and ant colonies, and even coral reefs and beaver lodges, your kids will get to learn the secrets to these amazing structures and how they're built.
The book was created in consultation with Michael Leach, a wildlife expert, speaker, photographer, filmographer, and author of over 20 books on subjects ranging from big cats and owls to great apes and bears.
8. StikBot Pirate Movie Set
Do you have a homeschooled kid who is obessed with movies? They'll love Stikbot, a fun new set that turns kids into creative moviemakers. The set comes with easy-to-pose figurines that have strong suction cup hands and feet so they can stick to almost any flat surface.
With the free mobile app, Stikbot Studios, available on iOS and Android, kids can shoot their own individual photos and stitch them together into a film, complete with built-in music and sound effect options.
With Stikbot, any location can be a stage – the kitchen, the living room, homeschool room or anywhere in your travels! Don't forget to upload and share the creation on social media and use hashtag #Stikbot so your kids can share their creative talents with others around the world!
9. Fidget Toys
Fidget toys have burst onto the scene in a dramatic way this year. Most prominent was the fidget spinner, but there are many of these fidget type toys that have come out as well.
10. Break Free
Break Free is one final fun game to play on break time that I'll share with you. In this exciting game, you're locked up in handcuffs along with your friends or family.
It's your goal to be the first to escape your handcuffs using your lock-pick. It's super fun and great for getting the wiggles and excess energy out. Lots of fun!