Learning Gifts For Kids – My 9-Favorite products that support children & their learning.

Bananagrams

Price: $10.99
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

Bananagrams – A Fast Paced Game

For parents who want to instill a love of words – Bananagrams is a great learning gift for kids!  Put Scrabble on steroids and you get Bananagrams!  From the moment someone yells, “Split!”
Bananagrams fires into action.  Players flip their tiles and race to make their own word-grids.  Someone runs out of tiles and shouts, “Peel!”
Everyone reaches for another tile.  This continues until there are fewer tiles than players.  If you’re the first to complete your grid you shout, “Bananas!”
If you’re grid checks out…

  • No misspellings
  • No Proper Nouns
  • No made up words

… You Win and become the Top Banana!

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LeapFrog 16-Gigabite Tablet with 7-inch screen & Carrying Case

Price: $133.98
Cheapest Place to BuyAmazon.com
Warrantee: 1-Year
My Rating: 8 out of 10

The LeapFrog Epic Academy is not only a great learning gift for kids; it’s also an incredible buy.  It comes with a Quad Core Processor and has 16-gigabites of memory with a Micro SD Card Slot, so your child can save even more information.  There is a 2-MegaPixel camera on the front and a second camera on the back of this tablet.  You also get a 3.5mm stereo jack and microphone, so your child can  listen to his or her games without disturbing everyone else in the room. There is a built-in lithium-ion battery with an AC adaptor that makes recharging your tablet super simple.  Finally, the LeapFrog Epic comes with a Shatter-Safe LCD screen and protective bumper, so your child can use this tablet with no worries of breaking the screen.

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AmScope M-150C Microscope with the 5-MegaPixel USB Camera

Price: $159.98
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Warrantee: 5-Year
My Rating: 9 out of 10

The AmScope M-150C is a great learning gift for kids, because it instills a love of Science.  The AmScope comes with two eyepieces; a 10-times enlargement and a 25-times enlargement.  The 25-times enlargement eyepiece will enable you to see things at 1,000 time their actual size.  This makes the M-150C powerful enough to even see blood cells as they move around on the slide.  It is an electric illuminated microscope, but it has batteries.  This is a great advantage if you want to use your microscope in an area where there is no electrical outlet.   The light source is an 8mm LED bulb, and comes with a brightness adjustment that creates a sharp image.  Finally, the AmScope M-150C is made of durable medal, so it will last for years and years.  This is a perfect microscope for students from elementary to high school.  It even receives rave reviews from adult microscope enthusiasts.

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84 Piece Qubits Mega Building Sets

Price: $59.95
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Made in America 

Quibits is one of my all time favorite learning gifts for kids.  The Qubits Mega Building Sets is a STEM toy.  It develops understanding in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, which is the current push in education today.  By simply playing with the Qubits Mega Building Sets your child will be forming a deeper understanding in all of these educational areas.  Later – while studying concepts in school, your child will be able to relate to the STEM connection developed during play-time with the Qubits Mega Building Sets.

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Smart Anatomy –

An Interactive Toy that Teaches Children about the Human Body
Price
: $59.50
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
My Rating: 9 out of 10

Smart Anatomy is a great learning gift for kids, because it is an interactive toy that helps children gain a strong understanding of the human body and its functions.  My students always get excited when we start learning about the brain, the heart, or the lungs.  They are fascinated by the skeletal system and how our muscles make movement possible.

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112 Piece Magformers Standard Set

Price: $101.42
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
My Rating: 9.8 out of 10

Magformers is another great learning gift for kids, because it is a STEM toys that develops a deeper understanding in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, which is the current push in education today.  By simply playing with the Magformer your child will be forming a deeper understanding in all of these educational areas.  Later – while studying concepts in school, your child will be able to relate to the STEM connection developed during play-time with the Magformers.

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Cosmo Robot

Price: $174.99
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

For children who are into technology, Cosmo is a great learning gift for kids, because kids can actually learn to program.  Cozmo is a little fella with a huge personality, and a mind of his own.  He’s a robot that reminds many of the Disney character named Wall-E.  Cozmo is “out of the box ready” to play and offers limitless fun.

Like robots of the movies, Cozmo is curious about his surroundings.  He explores as if he were human.  He’s not just a toy, he’s a supercomputer on treads.  Your young child will enjoy Cozmo’s silly antics, while your older child can actually learn to program new directions using the Python-based SDK (software Development Kit).

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Product: Magna Tiles

Price: beginning at $49.99
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Size Selection:

Magna-Tiles is a great learning gift for kids, because it cultivates your child’s creative abilities.  Magna-Tiles develops patterning, shape recognition, building and motor skills.  You can use them to help your children learn specific mathematical concepts, or for hours of open-ended exploration.  Your children can work alone, or collaboratively to build an entire city, complete with roads, building, skyscrapers, and bridges.

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Product: Re-vibe

Price: $99.95
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Guarantee: 1-Year Warranty
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

Re-Vibe isa great learning gift for kids with ADHD.  The Re-vibe looks like a wristwatch, but it is so much more for anyone suffering with ADHD.  Re-vibe is an anti-distraction device that uses a proprietary algorithm to remind the wearer to stay on task. It does this by giving a slight vibration on the wrist.  Re-vibe keeps the child wearing it focused, but that is not all. It also tells the child when he or she should take a break, when to rest their eyes, so their mind can relax and rejuvenate.

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Product: The Magic Blanket

Price: Ranges from $107.85 – $267.85
          (Depending on the weight)

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon
Return Policy: 100% Guarantee – if not satisfied return within 10 days.
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Color Selection: Chocolate, Lavender Blue, Sage Green, Champagne, & Silver Gray

Weighted blankets area great learning gift for kids with Anxiety. Weighted blankets utilize the scientific theory called Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation or DPTS.  DTPS is similar to the type of contact associated with being held, petting an animal, or swaddling an infant. This has a calming effect that helps children with anxiety, insomnia, night terrors and a host of other issues.

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Until next time…

I hope you enjoyed My 9-Favorite products that support children & their learning.  If you have any questions about any of the products above or want to leave your own personal review, please leave a comment below.  I do my best to respond to comments as quickly as possible.

Novels by McCoy

I have written a number of books that are available on Amazon.  I have nonfiction books on mathematics that link to video tutorials and are designed to help children gain a deeper understanding of the math.  Here is a link to the first book in my series on fractions.  I have also written a chapter book and a young adult novel.  You can have a free preview by clicking on the links below.

MY ADVENTURES WITH CHICKENSPIKE – This is a chapter book that is perfect for children in 3rd and 4th grades.  My Adventures with ChickenSpike is a Children’s Fantasy Book.  The main character is a young boy who is being bullied.  He travels to a distant planet and finds his inner strength.  By the time he returns home not only is he no longer a victim, he is a hero!

 

 

RED – This is a young adult novel that is especially designed for children in 5th and 6th grades.  Red is an action packed adventure with two main characters and a number of supporting characters that add humor and drama to this novel.  Bruno Vic and Evelyn Rose attend Sir Francis Drake Middle School.  Bruno is big, street-wise, and tough, but he also has high morals and undying loyalty to his friends.  Evelyn Rose was born rich, but an unfortunate turn of events has landed her in the heart of the Tenderloin District of San Francisco.  Bruno, Evelyn, and their friends are desperate to steer clear of the gangs, so the turn to a mysterious man that the gangs seem to fear.  His name is Red.

Have a fantastic day – Brian McCoy

 

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