Holiday Gift Guide
Updated: Dec 8, 2020
Add a little math goodness to your holiday gifts this year! I love sneaking some math into my children's play and our family life with toys and games that encourage mathematical thinking!
If you have my Wild Math Kindergarten or First Grade Curriculums then you know that I am a huge proponent of block play! Block play is one of the most powerful ways children can build all kinds of math skills including visual-spatial skills, geometry, fractions, subitizing, quantity, counting, etc.
Magnetic Tiles https://amzn.to/3nzAZuU
I have found the more tiles you have the better! We probably have at least four sets for two kids. The more they have the bigger and more creative they can be. That said we added to our collection over several birthdays and holidays! We have several brands and they are all equally good!
Magnatiles: Pentagons and Rhombus https://amzn.to/395o2oH
I love these because they add more geometric shapes and increase the types of 3D shapes can create! You can also use them when studying polygons.
Playmags Dome set https://amzn.to/35CGl2f
Add curves and spheres to your magnetic tiles
Unit Blocks (minimum 2 sets) https://amzn.to/2IKNd4Z
The classic. Again, quantity makes a difference here. I have found these blocks on Craigslist so keep an eye out and then so you are able to affordably add more blocks to your collection. A large collection is much more attractive to children and they can do so much more with them! These blocks are all mathematically designed based on a single "unit" block. This allows children to use fractions and substitute/trade blocks using fractions without them even knowing!
Many of these companies also sell pieces individually. So if you want more of a particular block you can order them.
Mathematically accurate number shaped blocks you can teach all kinds of math concepts from addition to fractions! https://amzn.to/3nW6PSN
Keva Blocks https://amzn.to/3lIbK8S
Great for budding architects. Each piece is the same size and they challenge kids and adults to build in a completely different way than other types of blocks. I find older 7-12-year-olds really like these.
Wood marble run https://amzn.to/2Kn4PEx
Introduce physics and gravity into block play! Do not get if you have young children as the marbles are a choking hazard.
Toys that encourage math-themed play
Balance Scale https://amzn.to/3prFqcR
A classic! Kids cannot resist when you set this out with various materials inside or out!
Learning Resources Pretend and Play Cash register https://amzn.to/3kH9EFc
Inspire imaginative play such as stores and restaurants. Add some play money https://amzn.to/35GQmLP
Learning resources check book
A great way to practice not only how to write a check but writing number words!
Wooden Pattern blocks https://amzn.to/38RjJgl
Inspire your child to make all kinds of patterns and designs. Bonus: You can use these in your homeschool when working on geometry!
Magnetic pattern blocks https://amzn.to/3fbdkxW
Magnetic metal tabletop easel https://amzn.to/3eVPXIg
For some reason, these always inspire the most creative designs and get the most use. I love setting these out for my kids to discover. Maybe it is the magnetic easel that makes them so attractive?
Sidewalk Chalk https://amzn.to/3ozIySA
Hands down the easiest way to do some math outside!
Mel Science kits
If you follow me on social media you know my kids are loving the Mel Physics experiment box. I love how they come with everything you need to do three experiments 2-3x! They also have chemistry kits!
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Universal Yum box
We integrate this with geography. We all love tasting the different snacks and learning more about the featured country! It is kinda like traveling in a time when we can't travel!!
Favorite Board Games That Integrate Math Skills
Sleeping Queens https://amzn.to/38Rkg1P
Balance Beans https://amzn.to/3lKWaJU
Zeus on the Loose https://amzn.to/3lEVSnL
Tiny Dot game https://amzn.to/35NAIyt
Prime Climb https://amzn.to/2INBlPG
Money Bags https://amzn.to/3fbIG7r
Haba Secret Code 13+4 https://amzn.to/2L9DjdU
Favorite Board Games
All games encourage mathematical thinking and other important skills. We love pulling out games during the dark cold winter evenings during winter. Here are some more advanced games (longer, more in-depth) for your next family game night!
Ticket to Ride Europe https://amzn.to/3fdIMLK
Ticket to Ride First Journey https://amzn.to/3lTSLaY
Catan Jr. https://amzn.to/3oyxaGO
Forbidden Desert https://amzn.to/3lMIHB8
Above and Below https://amzn.to/2Ko0ssQ
Moveable Alphabet https://amzn.to/3mVxnn2
Great to pull out for reading, spelling and phonics. We have had and used this for years!
I hope this guide has been helpful for you this holiday season. I know I always struggle to find good ideas for gifts that are not junk and will stand the test of time!
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