10 Holiday Gifts to Empower and Inspire Your Kids (For Under $10)

It’s frustrating to continually buy gifts for kids that are either really fun but have no educational value or ones that are intellectually stimulating but sit in the closet because they’re boring.

These gifts fill both requirements; they’re both fun and educational. Plus, they won’t break the bank, as these choice are all economically-friendly to boot.

Cute Child Playing with Legos

1. Costumes and props

Purchasing themed costumes and props can inspire kids to role-play. Rather than just pretending to be a princess, superhero, cowboy, or whatever now can be one step closer to reality. Encouraging open-ended play through using costumes and props helps kids to develop imagination, creativity, and problem solving.

2. Legos

Admittedly Legos and other plastic blocks can create a mess and stepping on them in bare feet is beyond painful. But, they have lots of upsides for kids that make the negatives less important. Playing with Legos often requires kids to read and follow directions, which is a great skill to learn early. Kids will also develop creativity, think “outside-the-box”, and develop their fine motor skills.

3. Scrambled States of America game

This U.S. geography-based game will have kids learning state names, nicknames, capitals, shapes, and positions of the 50 states through visuals, language riddles, and geography challenges.

4. Spill-proof paint cups

Gone are the days of not allowing kids to paint because of the mess it creates. Spill-proof paint cups allow kids to have a creative outlet without you having to stress over cleaning everything up. Plus, you can even make your own paints to fill them with.

5. Puzzles

Puzzles always have been and always will be a great gift choice. There are so many different types to choose from, depending on age and interest. Completing puzzles helps kids to develop problem-solving skills and find-motor skills as well.

6. Dr. Seuss “I Can Do That” card game

You can’t go wrong with Dr. Seuss. Ever. This game allows kids to discover their own abilities, helps to build self-confidence and self-esteem, and promotes early reading skills. It’s a win, win, win!

7. Crazy Forts

Remember the fun you had building forts out of blankets when you were a kid? This game has toggles and rods that join together to build the foundation of a fort. They can be fashioned into caves, igloos, castles, or anything else your child’s imagination can come up with. Just add some bed sheets and your child is good to go!

8. Intro to Origami kit

This kit is a great introduction to the art or origami, or Japanese paper folding. Kids will learn how to follow instructions to create a final product and will help them develop their creativity and fine motor skills.

9. Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy game

Players help the legendary Nancy Drew solve a mystery at a boarding school with this interactive computer game. There are both junior and senior sleuth levels to help kids develop problem-solving skills.

10. Briarpatch WordGirl Colossal Gazette Card Game

This card game helps kids develop thinking and problem solving skills using 48 jumbo cards. It’s a great way to improve vocabulary, definition and spelling skills.

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