The 2016 Gift List for Homeschoolers

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to share this incredible list of gifts made specifically for homeschoolers. Budgets are usually tight this time of year, ok all times of year, and what better way to stretch a dollar than to purchase gifts that serve two purposes, fun and educational!

These are the gifts that you can use everyday in your homeschool that fulfill both of those purposes!

Read on to discover the perfect Christmas gift… you might even find some coupons for yourself!







LeapFrog Scribble and Write

Trace the lights to learn how to write! Children trace the lights to get practice drawing upper- and lowercase letters and numbers. Scribble & Write provides stroke-by-stroke guidance and has a NEW mode that provides instant accuracy feedback. Best of all, Scribble & Write uses a single retraceable surface for ease of use and portability. Appropriate for children ages 3 years and up. Available at Amazon



Letter Construction Activity Set

The Letter Construction Activity Set, from Learning Resources, features 60 large, sturdy pieces that can be snapped together in different combinations to form upper and lower-case letters. The pieces are color-coded, to help guide the play, and specially sized to be easy for little hands to manipulate. Available at Amazon



Boogie Board Scribble ‘n Play

Boogie Board scribble N’ play allows kids to express their creativity and provides them a tool to learn and develop Communication skills. Scribble N’ play motivates kids to develop writing skills, combine elements or draw whatever their imaginations desire. When kids write, they learn. From fine motor skills to refining letters, scribble N’ play’s unique design encourages kids to learn, play and create. Use at home or on the go. Write, doodle, draw and start over with the push of a button. Available at Amazon


Mega Bloks

Build and explore limitless construction possibilities with the Deluxe Building Bag by Mega Bloks First Builders. This big set is every child and parents’ dream come true, with 150 First Builders blocks, including new shapes, to encourage endless creativity and open-ended play! Use the classic colored blocks to build tall towers, crazy castles, funny creatures, or whatever else your child can dream up. The Deluxe Building Bag is a PVC-free duffle bag large enough to store all the blocks and more! Ideal for ages 1 to 5. Available at Amazon


Maped Spring-Assisted Scissors

These scissors teach kids how to cut safely, with a spring activated handle that automatically spring open for assisted cutting. The spring can be deactivated at any time, and the scissors used normally. Rounded tips provide protection while cutting and a smaller blade and handle size offer easier control. Available at Amazon



Wipe Clean Lowercase Letters

Wipe clean workbook on lowercase letters, full of exercises and activities to help prepare children aged three and over for school. An introduction to lowercase letters with 26 pages of practical exercises to do many times over. Available at Amazon







OSMO Starter Kit

Osmo is a unique gaming accessory that will change the way your child plays. Crafted with reflective artificial intelligence, a groundbreaking technology that bridges the real and digital realms. The team at Osmo wants to open up the doors to creativity and allow any content, language or education subject to be brought to life. The unique technology in Osmo enables a mixed media spanning both digital and physical worlds. We want you to be able to shape your own experience. This is just the beginning of a play movement that will bring together kids and adults alike. Available at Amazon


Picasso Tiles

Creativity beyond Imagination! Inspirational: Fun and entertaining, perfect educational presents for school age children that will never go out of style – Recreational: Entertaining for single or multiple parties, great for parent-to-child bonding with hours of fun quality time. Easy to construct and easy to put away for storage. – Educational: Learning is Fun! It’s never too early to start developing kids creativity at a young age, Picasso Tiles inspire youngsters learning by playing, children will acquire a strong sense of colors, geometrical shapes including 3D forms, number counts, magnetic polars, as well as the creativity which is the key factor to success in today’s ever changing environment. Ages 3+ Available at Amazon



Leapfrog Letter Factory

Have Fun learning about letters and their sounds! LeapFrog characters spring to life in this engaging and educational DVD. Popular LeapFrog characters, Leap, Lily and Tad go on a wild adventure to the Letter Factory. Led by wacky Professor Quigley, Tad joins Js jumping on trampolines and Ks practicing karate kicks as new letters learn their sounds. Fun songs will have kids singing letter sounds in no time. Available at Amazon






Lego Classic Bricks

Designed with builders of all ages in mind, this collection of LEGO bricks in 35 different colors will encourage open-ended building play, and inspire any imagination. Windows, eyes, and lots and lots of wheels add to the fun and offer endless possibilities for creative construction and vehicle play. A great supplement set to any existing LEGO collection, this set comes in a convenient plastic storage box and includes ideas to get the building started. Available at Amazon


Bitsbox

Teach your child to code with Bitsbox! Each month, your child receives a themed box with projects that teach kids how to build simple apps. The boxes include an activity book with over a dozen apps to build. The boxes come with collectible trading cards of apps with lines of code on the back. Kids pick the project they want to do, then go online to type out the code and run the app on the screen on the virtual tablet. They can then send the app to their device or share it on social media. Ages 6-14. Available at Bitsbox


K’NEX Building Set

The K’NEX building system is composed of plastic rods and connectors that easily join with a satisfying “click”! These pieces can be combined to create real working vehicles, animals, moving structures, tall buildings, and just about anything your child can imagine. With over 70 building ideas, the included instructional booklet helps guide budding engineers to constructing amazing creations. Available at Amazon


Circuit Scribe

Let your creativity merge with science as you build exciting circuits using our Circuit Scribe conductive ink pen, sweet magnetic modules, and plain old printer paper. By placing the paper over a steel sheet, included in every kit, your paper become the base for blinking lights, beeping buzzers, and whirling motors. The Maker Kit comes with a range of components that you can use to create cool circuits! Available at Amazon



Keva Contraptions Plank Set

Young thinkers can design unbelievable ball track structures via simple, stacking planks. No glue, no connectors-just loads of constructive fun! The 50-Plank Set helps kids get things rolling with two balls and an instruction book detailing how to build a “Shooting Gallery,” “Turbine,” “Step Curve” and more. Fully compatible with our larger, 200-Plank KEVA Contraptions Set. Available at Amazon



Snap Circuits

Snap Circuits makes learning electronics easy and fun. Just follow the colorful pictures in our manual and build exciting projects such as AM radios; burglar alarms; doorbells and much more. You can even play electronic games with your friends. All parts are mounted on plastic modules and snap together with ease. Enjoy hours of educational fun while learning about electronics. No tools required. Includes Projects 1-305 manuals. Available at Amazon


Melissa & Doug Building Blocks

Sixty natural-finish, smooth-sanded hardwood blocks are packaged in a handsome wooden crate for easy storage. Ideal for building, balancing, and hands-on early-math learning. Great value! Available at Amazon



Engino Cams & Cranks Construction Kit

This Engino set introduces young engineers and physicists to how cams and cranks are used to convert reciprical motion into linear motion. Build 5 models including an oil drill, a flying eagle, a crane, and a moving figure. A 40 page activity book is uncluded with innovative experiments and detailed explanations of various technical and scientific principles and how they are applied. Available at Amazon




Straws & Connectors

Build structures using ingenious connectors and heavy, colorful straws. Make houses, forts, even spacecrafts. This flexible design enables children to design and create simple shapes or complex structures using connectors and 130 heavy, colorful 8″ straws. 100 connectors. Pre-K+. Available at Amazon



littleBits Electronics Base Kit

Getting started inventing with electronics has never been easier. The Base Kit is the perfect way to unleash creativity in kids and younger makers, empowering them to create inventions of every shape and size, with no prior electronics experience. Your kids (and you!) can learn the basics of electronics, explore STEAM/STEM principles, form the foundations of critical thinking, or just have fun with blinking, buzzing creations. Bits snap together with magnets, so it’s impossible to make a mistake. The Base Kit comes 10 Bits and a step-by-step guidebook to get you started with 8 easy-to-make inventions, with hundreds more possibilities online. Available at Amazon


Mr. McGroovy’s Box Rivets

Make anything you can imagine with cardboard. Mr. McGroovy’s Box Rivets are inexpensive, reusable plastic connectors that make building fantastic cardboard creations quick & simple. Great for building play structures like theater sets, pirate ships or castles out of cardboard. The Single-Wall Kit contains 200 rivets to connect 3/8″ thickness of cardboard. Available at Amazon


Tinker Crate

Koala Crate, Kiwi Crate and Tinker Crate are perfect for tinkers, creators and innovators. It was built out of a passion for hands-on fun that encourages creativity and curiosity in children. The creator states, “I had a deep appreciation for these projects, but often found that my greatest intentions fell short. It was tough to find the time to come up with engaging hands-on activities, let alone get the materials… It was created to fulfill that wish and to celebrate kids’ natural creativity and curiosity. We want to make it fun, easy, and delightful to spend time building, exploring and creating together.” Available at Kiwi Crate


Make Magazine

Make: magazine brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the exciting projects in your life and helps you make the most of technology at home and away from home. Projects in the magazine range from old-school balsa wood and tissue-paper airplanes to what to do to keep aging high-tech gadgets alive to building autonomous robots from junk. Originally published as a quarterly, Make: has evolved to a six-issue-per-year publication. Available at Amazon






Hydroponics Kit & Gardening Diary

Sprout seeds, put them in the seed baskets, place seed baskets in the water-filled flasks, and watch your plants climb the trellis as they grow! This set includes everything kids need to explore the amazing world of hydroponics, including 2 seed baskets, 2 flasks with thermometers, and 2 trellises with rulers. And the included, 22-page journal is packed with experiments, fun facts, creative writing prompts, and more! Stimulate an interest in biology and botany with this Nancy B’s Science Club set! Perfect for science fair projects and STEM learning. Available at Amazon


Ask Magazine

If “Why?” is the most common word that comes out of your child’s mouth, then ASK Magazine is the answer. ASK explains why animals sleep, what are tides, and how the solar system formed. Full of fun facts, informative scientific articles, and hands-on activities, ASK Magazine launches curious kids into hours of happy exploration. Available at Amazon





My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit is your junior chemist’s introduction to the world of scientific exploration. Learn the basics of science from chemical reactions to the use of science tools. With mind blowing experiments such as creating a sunset in a test tube and making a color-changing volcano, children will love learning fascinating facts about their natural world and this kit will keep them engrossed with interactive experiments. Available at Amazon



Black Light Illuminator & Science Journal

Sharpen your sleuthing skills with Nancy B’s Black Light. Use the black light to complete the science activities in the journal. Activities include identifying rocks, minerals and flowers that glow under UV light, counterfeit money detection, codes and ciphers, making glowing edible gelatin and more. Available at Amazon





Magic Science for Wizards Only

Anyone can learn and perform a magic trick, but a true master magician understands the basics of how magic works and can take that knowledge and create original tricks! Magic Science contains nine activities that teach boys and girls tricks using chemical reactions, which can be applied to future stunts! Available at Amazon





Butterfly Garden

Watch Caterpillars Change Into Butterflies before Your Very Eyes! The Original Butterfly Garden with Voucher gives children, students and families an unforgettable opportunity to watch caterpillars change into chrysalides and then emerge as beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies. Raise and feed your very own butterflies and then release them into the wild! The entire transformation from caterpillar to adult butterfly takes about three weeks. Available at Amazon


Ranger Rick Magazine

Learn about nature with Ranger Rick! There is no advertising and you get 10 issues per year. Stunning photography, exciting animal adventures and articles, and activities & educational content. Available at Amazon







Crystal Growing Experimental Kit

Teach children about the beauty and complexity of crystal growth with the 4M Crystal Growing Experiment. This science kit contains all the materials needed to perform seven different crystal growth experiments. A special display case is included to admire the crystals once they are fully grown. Perfect for young science enthusiasts, especially those with an interest in geology. Complete instructions for each experiment are included with the kit. Recommended for ages 10 years and up. Available at Amazon


Sun Art Paper Kit

These kits use the energy of sunlight and water to create a shadow print on 8″ x 10″ sun-sensitive paper. Natural objects like flowers, leaves, shells or some man-made objects are all you need to make beautiful and unique prints. You can also use old negatives for a unique project! Make several images in different sizes, single frame each or use a collage frame and display a wall of creativity at home. Available at Amazon


Backyard Explorer Critter Case

The Backyard Exploration Critter Case helps young minds study the wonders of the insect world right outside their door. The Critter Case is constructed from a sturdy plastic frame with fabric mesh sides that allow safe observation of insects within. The case features an easy-open hatch for depositing and removing plants, branches and insect guests. The case’s flat base prevents it from being easily knocked over and emptying its contents. The Critter Case measures 8.5-inches by 7.5-inches by 5.5-inches, perfect for displaying on a desk or table. A convenient carrying handle makes transport and storage easy. Available at Amazon


The Steve Spangler Science Club
Join the Steve Spangler Science Club

Amazing science every month! Choose from one of three levels of hands-on science kits. Ignite the spark of science and creativity in your child. Learn the real science behind each amazing experiment. Perfect for ages 7 to 14. Younger scientists just need more help from their adult lab partner. Available at Steve Spangler Science






The Chronicles of Narnia

Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures, and epic battles between good and evil — what more could any reader ask for in one book? The book that has it all is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, written in 1949 by Clive Staples Lewis. But Lewis did not stop there. Six more books followed, and together they became known as The Chronicles of Narnia. For the past fifty years, The Chronicles of Narnia have transcended the fantasy genre to become part of the canon of classic literature. Each of the seven books is a masterpiece, drawing the reader into a land where magic meets reality, and the result is a fictional world whose scope has fascinated generations. This edition presents all seven books — unabridged — in one impressive volume. Available at Amazon


The Little House on the Prairie

The adventures continue for Laura Ingalls and her family as they leave their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and set out for Kansas. They travel for many days in their covered wagon until they find the best spot to build their little house on the prairie. Soon they are planting and plowing, hunting wild ducks and turkeys, and gathering grass for their cows. Sometimes pioneer life is hard, but Laura and her folks are always busy and happy in their new little house. Available at Amazon




This Is My Home, This Is My School

Drawing from his own childhood experiences, Jonathan Bean takes the autobiographically inspired family he introduced in Building Our House through the special rhythms and routines of a homeschooling day. For young Jonathan and his sisters, Mom is the teacher and a whole lot more, and Dad is the best substitute any kid could want. From math, science, and field trips to recess, show-and-tell, and art, a school day with this intrepid, inventive family will seem both completely familiar and totally unique. Includes a selection of family snapshots and a note from the author. Available at Amazon


Jim Weiss Audio Stories Collection

Renowned storyteller Jim Weiss brings you lively versions of classic American tall tales, from stories of giant lumberjacks to legends of fearless cowboys. You will laugh out loud as you meet Paul Bunyan, taller than the trees and mightier than the rivers; Johnny Appleseed, whose gentle generosity makes him a beloved legend; Pecos Bill, whose outrageous Texas-sized exploits make him the greatest of all cowboys; and Jim’s original tale of the Wild West. Available at Amazon


Ladybug, Ask, Spider and Cricket Magazine

Cricket Media’s magazines have been entertaining, educating, and inspiring young minds for more than 40 years. With 11 titles for kids from babies to teens, on topics from literature and art to science and technology, we are sure to have a magazine perfect for every child in your life. The chart below will help guide you to the right titles for the child you have in mind. Available at Cricket Media


The Ralph Mouse Collection

When the ever-curious Ralph spots Keith’s red toy motorcycle, he vows to ride it. So when Keith leaves the bike unattended in his room one day, Ralph makes his move. But with all this freedom (and speed!) come a lot of obstacles. Whether dodging a rowdy terrier or keeping his nosy cousins away from his new wheels, Ralph has a lot going on! And with a pal like Keith always looking out for him, there’s nothing this little mouse can’t handle. Available at Amazon




Ippie Unschooled

Ippie’s a barefooted, band-aid covered, free-spirited eight-year old. She’s a lot like all the other kids in her neighborhood, except for one thing…Ippie doesn’t go to school. She has no teacher and follows no curriculum. So just what is Ippie doing all day? And how can she possibly be learning? Come spend some time with Ippie and find out. Written by former educator and current unschooling mom of four Nicole Olson, this ground-breaking story gives us a sneak peek into the world of unschooling through a child’s eyes. Available at Amazon


My Book About Me

The beloved classic that helps kids write (and draw) a book all about themselves—with a little help from Dr. Seuss! This classic hardcover activity book written by Dr. Seuss and illustrated by Roy McKie encourages children to write and draw their own biographies. With a mix of serious (and seriously silly!) “Yes” and “No” questions; fill-in-the-blanks; images to complete, and simple writing activities, My Book About Me, By ME, Myself is an ideal gift for elementary school children and one that will become a cherished keepsake for parents. Available at Amazon


The Harry Potter Collection

Now for the first time ever, J.K. Rowling’s seven bestselling Harry Potter books are available in a stunning paperback boxed set! The Harry Potter series has been hailed as “one for the ages” by Stephen King and “a spellbinding saga’ by USA Today. And most recently, The New York Times called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the “fastest selling book in history.” This is the ultimate Harry Potter collection for Harry Potter fans of all ages! Available at Amazon


Bananagrams

The Anagram game that will drive you bananas. The award-winning word game that needs no pencil, paper, or board. Fast and fun. Players race against each other to build crossword grids and use all their letter tiles first. Great for travel. Entertaining and educational – while this game is easy to play, Bananagrams is also educational. Teach your kids how to spell words and have fun at the same time. Available at Amazon



Akeelah and the Bee

AKEELAH AND THE BEE is the inspirational story of Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer), an eleven-year-old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Despite the objections of her mother Tanya (Angela Bassett), Akeelah enters various spelling contests, for which she is tutored by the forthright Dr. Larabee (Laurence Fishburne); her principal Mr. Welch (Curtis Armstrong) and the proud residents of her neighborhood. Akeelah’s aptitude earns her an opportunity to compete for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and, in turn, unites her neighborhood who witness the courage and inspiration of one amazing little girl. Available at Amazon



For a full list of books, visit my Amazon store where I have them arranged by age.




Hape Quadrilla Marble Run

Hape Quadrilla is a High Quality Wooden Marble Run Construction System. It provides QUALITY TIME for the whole family to play together. The BEST GIFT for your loved ones. It provides endless creative building possibilities and encourages spatial thinking and problem solving. Each of the seven different color blocks has a different function and it’s the world’s only kinetic marble run. Vertigo has won “Spiel Gut” (Good Toy) Award and Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award. Providing over a thousand happy playing hours, Quadrilla is worth every penny. Available at Amazon


Crazy Forts

Children of all ages love building fun structures where they can play endlessly in their imaginary world. And Crazy Forts makes play so easy and so much fun. Simple connect the balls and sticks and cover the structures with bedsheets to create places where imaginations flourish. Available at Amazon



Hue Stop Motion Animation Studio

HUE Animation Studio contains everything that you need to create your own stop motion animation videos. For use at home or for school projects, it’s a creative and educational pastime that can be enjoyed by the whole family. This perfect gift for kids encourages creativity and imagination. Whether you’re making a LEGO® brickfilm with lasers and explosions; filming a claymation movie or watching a flower bloom using Time-lapse photography, you can bring anything to life in minutes with the easy-to-use software. Available at Amazon


Kinetic Sand

It’s more fun when it’s Wacky! Kinetic Sand is the squeezable sand where you can FEEL the fun! You’ve seen it before, but you’ve never felt anything like it! Pack it, pull it, shape it and love it, Kinetic Sand is so incredible you can’t put it down. It’s kinetic – meaning it sticks to itself and not to you! It oozes, moves and melts right before your eyes. It flows through your fingers like a slow-moving liquid, but leaves them completely dry. Kinetic Sand stimulates children’s creative skills allowing them to create anything they can imagine over and over again. Kinetic Sand never dries out and is gluten free. This soft and stretchy sand easily cleans up while delivering non-stop fun! It’s squeezable sand you can’t put down. Feel the difference with Kinetic Sand! Available at Amazon


Storymatic

Six gazillion stories in one little box. Which one will you tell? No wires. No screens. No batteries. Just pick a few of the cards and watch a story take shape before your eyes. How you tell it is up to you. Write it, draw it, act it, sing it! Card content is appropriate for children. Play by yourself or in groups. Perfect for early writers, parents who need some fresh bedtime stories, teachers who want to nurture creativity, and grandparents who want to play with the kids. Available at Amazon




The Allowance Game

Wash the car to earn $1.30…but forget your homework and lose a turn! In our involving, skill-building game, players race around the game board doing chores to earn their allowance…then save it or spend it on things they want. And, as children play, they learn to make change, handle money and more! The game board measures a big 18″. For 2-4 players. Available at Amazon



My Learning Ledger

My Learning Ledger is a kid-friendly financial booklet that is redefining the way children learn economic responsibility. Founder Stephanie Johnson understood the value of a dollar before she learned how to write. Her parents set her up with a ledger early on to keep track of her $1 a week allowance, a tool that helped her develop accountability and good money habits that she’s carried with her ever since. Available at My Learning Ledger




Bedtime Math

We all know it’s wonderful to read bedtime stories to kids, but what about doing math? Many generations of Americans are uncomfortable with math and numbers, and too often we hear the phrase, “I’m just not good at math!” For decades, this attitude has trickled down from parents to their kids, and we now have a culture that finds math dry, intimidating, and just not cool. Available at Amazon





Learn Math Fast

The methods used make it possible for students to advance several grade levels in just one year. Younger students can get up to third grade level in just one school year, older kids can relearn 1st to 3rd grade math in a month or two and adults can read the whole book in just a day or two. The older you are, the faster you’ll learn. Other topics taught are: rounding, place value, the decimal point, US Measurement and working with decimal numbers. This is the first of seven books that teach 1st to 12th grade math with the same ease and speed as this book. Available at Amazon


Tenzi

Tenzi is the fast-paced and frenzied dice-rolling game for 2-4 players. The concept is simple, the game-play is lightning fast, and the fun is immediate. Here’s how to play: be the first player to roll all ten of your dice to the same number. Available at Amazon







Blokus

Stake your claim and protect your territory with Blokus game! There’s just one rule: each piece you play must touch at least one other piece of the same color, but only at the corners! It takes less than a minute to learn but has depth to challenge your whole family. Each player gets a set of 21 pieces – red, blue, green, or yellow – then takes turns placing them on the board. The goal is to fit the most pieces on the board. The game ends when no one can place any more pieces. Available at Amazon





Kids’ Fun & Healthy Cookbook

The cookbook that puts the fun back into healthy eating! This lively collection of recipes encourages kids to consider what they eat and how it affects their bodies. From yummy breakfasts to delicious desserts, this tasty book is filled with dozens of yummy recipes as well as fun facts and information about nutrition and healthy cooking techniques. Available at Amazon





StarPack Nylon Kitchen Knife Set

Real cooking tools for kids! This nylon kitchen knife set cuts the toughest food, but won’t cut skin. Getting kids involved in the kitchen from an early age means that they learn essential life skills that stick, not to mention a love of food and cooking. Recommended for ages 4+ and always to be used under adult supervision. Available at Amazon





Melissa & Doug Wooden Weaving Loom

Youngsters will be thrilled to get creating with this Multi-Craft Weaving Loom. With its easy-to-use adjustable frame, oversize wooden needle, and generous 91 yards of rainbow yarn, kids can choose to make a scarf, a tasseled coaster, a drawstring pouch, a crafty carry-all—or whatever they design themselves! Great for all skill levels, this Loom also includes three picture tapestries to weave. Includes adjustable wooden loom, oversize wooden needle, craft materials, illustrated design booklet, 91 yards (83 m) of rainbow yarn and 42 picture strips. Available at Amazon


Loopdedoo

Loopdedoo is a new spinning loom that uses ordinary embroidery floss to create fab and funky friendship bracelets in just minutes. You can also make necklaces, anklets, belts, zipper pulls and more. Each creation is unique, change the thickness, looping style, thread quantity and color combination to create one-of-a-kind accessories. Available from Amazon




ALEX Toys My First Sewing Kit

A case full of everything you need to learn how to sew and create fantastic art and fashions. This sewing set inculdes precut patterns for quick and easy projects, eight colors of embroidery floss, stuffing fabric, ric-rac, needles, scissors, a measuring tape, straight pins, thimble, pin cushion, buttons, and a pom-pom strip. Available at Amazon




Liberty’s Kids: The Complete Series

Travel back in time to witness history in the making with Benjamin Franklin’s teenage reporters as they confront the real and physical dangers of the American Revolution. Trapped in opposite sides of the war – James, an American colonist, and Sarah, a young English reporter – are forced to choose between friendship and allegiance to their countries. All while they try to look after mischievous Henri, a French boy whose comical escapades constantly lead to trouble. Journey through history and discover the high points of the American Revolution through this fun and animated educational adventure! Available at Amazon


Melissa and Doug U.S.A. Map Wooden Puzzle

Geography comes to life as kids learn states and capitals while assembling this beautiful map puzzle. 45 wood pieces are shaped like the state or region and feature state nicknames under the pieces! State population, motto, size, capital and year of statehood are featured on back. Beautiful illustrations on the top surface capture the essence of America! Available at Amazon


Where on Earth is Carmen San Diego?

The world s greatest thief is on the loose, and it s up to you to find her! The world famous thief, Carmen Sandiego, plays an intricate game of cat and mouse with teen ACME detectives, Zack and Ivy. Based on the award-winning line of educational computer games, this energizing series is rich in both excitement and education as Carmen Sandiego attempts to steal the most valuable objects in the world. It s up to our detectives and the audience to figure out where in the world she is. Available at Amazon



Little Passports

Let the adventure begin! Each month, your child will receive a package with themed activities, stories, stickers, and badges to guide them as they learn about the U.S. or the world. Select Early Explorers (Ages 3-5), World Edition (Ages 6-10), and U.S. Edition (Ages 7-12). Available at Little Passports




The Oregon Trail Game

Travel the trails and make history e alive! Product InformationAre you ready to walk in the footsteps of those courageouspioneers? Catch a glimpse of a sunset over Chimney rock? Explore Fort Laramieand ford the Platte River? With The Oregon Trail 5th Edition you can almostsmell the dust from the wagon train! Kids will build real-life decision-making and problem-solving skills as theychoose their wagon party and supplies read maps plan their route and guidetheir team through the wilderness. Develop solutions to help your friends andfamily survive the dangers of the long journey including raging rivers buffalostampedes sickness and starvation. Discover a learning adventure that’s greater than fiction—about real peoplewith real dreams facing and overing real challenges. Available at Amazon


When On Earth?

Teach history in a way that’s fascinating to visual learners and children who are captivated by pictures and timelines. When on Earth? approaches history in a different way than most books, giving context that can put what children learn in school in a broader historical perspective. In more than 60 specially commissioned maps, this one-of-a-kind history book shows where, when, and how history happened. Available at Amazon



Where On Earth?

Where are the world’s tallest buildings? Where are earthquakes most likely to occur? Where can you find animals that glow? Showcasing the most fascinating places on the planet, Where on Earth? is a collection of more than 75 3-D maps that show not only where everything is, but also why it’s there.
Divided into six chapters: Geography, Nature, People, History, Arts & Entertainment, and Science & Technology, Where on Earth? brings an instant understanding to a wealth of subjects. Available at Amazon


Art Lab for Kids

A refreshing source of ideas for creating fine art with children, Art Lab for Kids encourages the artist’s own voice, marks, and style. This fun and creative book features 52 fine art projects set into weekly lessons, beginning with drawing, moving through painting and printmaking, and then building to paper collage and mixed media. Available at Amazon




The Yarn Tree Kit

Our yarn tree kit is a fun artsy-craftsy way to create a place for necklaces, bracelets and earrings to hang out. And doubles as a beautiful display piece to brighten up any room. Kit includes an 18″ tall bendable wire tee and a wonderful assortment of colorful yarn. It will be the envy of jewelry boxes everywhere. Available at Amazon


Soyan 3D Printing Pen for Modeling

People can take ideas from their brains to the real world in no time. The 3D printing pen allows anyone to create objects and solve problems with no complicated design software. Kids who have trouble grasping abstract concepts can touch and feel the results of a quick three-dimensional build to get a feel of an object in real space. Create visual aids or add a new dimension to existing objects. Available at Amazon



Home Art Studio

This program is designed to increase students’ love and appreciation of the visual arts while enhancing a child’s ability to problem solve, think creatively, and truly see the world around them. Each grade is packed with lessons, art history, field trips and more! I encourage you to browse through each grade level, watch the FREE lessons, and choose what’s right for your child. Available at Amazon



Darice Premium Art Set

This Arty Facts Set overflows with color and creativity. Look at the possibilities-markers, pencils, pastels, watercolors and plenty of accessories. All in a closeable wood case with wood handle. A portable art studio to take with you wherever you go. Includes the following supplies: 36 markers, 24 crayons, 24 color pencils, 24 oil pastels, 12 watercolor cakes, and 1 of each: palette, paintbrush, pencil, sharpener, stapler, eraser, ruler, glue and scissors. Provides excellent way for kids and adults to experiment with a variety of artistic media. Available at Amazon


My Comic Book: Create Your Own Comic Book

My Comic Book gives children the opportunity to write, illustrate and publish their very own comic book. After writing and illustrating their story, the artist receives an 18-page comic book delivered in the mail free of charge. The comic book includes a professionally typeset title page and the artist’s name on the cover. My Comic Book is a new, one-of-a-kind product from the makers of the award-winning IlluStory, making it an ideal gift for creative children and project-based learning. Available at Amazon





Maestro Classics

The Maestro Classics 12 CD Set includes all 12 CDs from the award-winning Stories in Music series. Each CD contains a 24-page activity book. Includes: Peter the Wolf, The Nutcracker (featuring Jim Weiss), The Story of Swan Lake, Carnival of the Animals, My Name is Handel: The Story of Water Music, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, The Tortoise and the Hare, Merry Pranks of Master Till, Casey at the Bat, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Soldier’s Tale and Juanita the Spanish Lobster (in English). Available at Amazon


Roll-up Piano

Play the piano, then roll it up! Plays six different demo songs, eight different tones, 49 standard keys with record, demo play and volume buttons. Easy storage and portability. Available at Amazon







My First Keyboard: Learn To Play

This book is the perfect introduction to the electronic Keyboard for children of all ages!
Aimed at complete beginners, children can easily follow the clear and simple diagrams and pictures to learn their first notes, play fun tunes and gain confidence playing their first Keyboard! This great beginner’s book also provides a fantastic introduction to reading and playing music, includes a fun pull-out Wall Chart to help with practice, and will have kids playing their first tunes in no time! Available at Amazon



Clarinet, Saxophone and Trumpet Play Set

Introduce music with these beautiful Instruments. Light Weight. Silver with fun colors. Comes with notes for some famous children songs. Kids can follow the notes easily with the help of the colored keys. Each key matches the number note. Children can easily practice these sweet children’s classics. With time they will pick up on the sounds and play to their own songs. This is a fabulous way to introduce kids to variety of wind and brass instruments at an early age. They can explore and learn to play music quickly. Available at Amazon


The Story of the Orchestra

Eye-catching illustrations, engaging text and delightful musical selections on the accompanying 70-minute CD lead children ages 8 to 12 (and parents, too!) on an exciting and educational tour through the instruments and music of the orchestra. Illustrated in exquisite and colorful detail with over 100 original drawings and photographs, this package is a fun and exciting musical journey for children. Available at Amazon





Doodle Through The Bible For Kids

Inspire kids to doodle and dawdle in God’s Word, and you open the door to a refreshing and clever new way for them to experience the Bible. When kids ages 8 to 12 years doodle their way through the Old and New Testaments, they will better remember God’s Word, visualize spiritual truth, and put it all into practice when a life moment calls for it. With loads of humor and a big dose of fun, cartoonist Jonny Hawkins encourages kids to add their creative touches to his sketches as they explore Bible verses that speak into their lives. Available at Amazon


Long Story Short: Devotions

Transform Your Family with Ten Minutes a Day in the Gospel Story. Christian parents know the importance of passing the gospel story on to their children, yet we live in a busy world filled with distractions. Schedules collide, there is homework and yard work and dishes and laundry, the car’s oil should be changed, there are phone calls to make and before you know it, everyone is getting to bed late again. Available at Amazon




The Adventure Bible: NIrV

The Adventure Bible® for Early Readers takes you on a fun, exciting journey through God’s Word. Along the way you’ll meet all types of people, see all sorts of places, and learn all kinds of things about the Bible. Most importantly, you’ll grow closer in your relationship with God. Available at Amazon






The Beginner’s Bible

Introduce children to the stories and characters of the Bible with this best-loved Bible storybook. With vibrant art and compelling text, more than 90 Bible stories come to life. Kids ages 6 and under will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish, and more, as they discover The Beginner’s Bible just like millions of children before. The Beginner’s Bible is the 2006 Retailers Choice Award winner in Children’s Nonfiction. Available at Amazon



Adventures In Odyssey
978380: Adventures in Odyssey: Countdown to Christmas Advent Collection

Take the time this Christmas season to connect with your kids in a meaningful way while enjoying a very special Advent in Odyssey. Prepare for Christmas with 24 Adventures in Odyssey episodes—designed to help your family understand Christmas in a new and meaningful way. Use in conjunction with the Adventures in Odyssey Advent Calendar or on it’s own. Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years. Over 9 hours of audio fun! 8 CDs. Available at Christian Book



You Are Special

In this heartwarming children’s tale from the best-selling pen of author Max Lucado, Eli the woodcarver helps Punchinello understand how special he is–no matter what other Wemmicks may think. It’s a vital message for children everywhere: that regardless of how the world evaluates them, God cherishes each of them, just as they are. Available at Amazon






Carcassone

The Carcassonne is a clever tile-laying game. The southern French city of Carcassonne is famous for its unique roman and medieval fortifications. The players develop the area around Carcassonne and deploy their followers on the roads, in the cities, in the cloisters, and in the fields. The skill of the players to develop the area will determine who is victorious. The game is for ages 8 and up and 2 to 5 players. Available at Amazon




Forbidden Island

Dare to discover Forbidden Island! Join a team of fearless adventurers on a do-or-die mission to capture four sacred treasures from the ruins of this perilous paradise. Your team will have to work together and make some pulse-pounding maneuvers, as the island will sink beneath every step! Race to collect the treasures and make a triumphant escape before you are swallowed into the watery abyss! The latest creation by cooperative game master, Matt Leacock who created the best seller Pandemic. Available at Amazon


Catan

Your adventurous settlers seek to tame the remote but rich isle of Catan. Start by revealing Catan’s many harbors and regions: pastures, fields, mountains, hills, forests, and desert. The random mix creates a different board virtually every game. No two games are the same! Embark on a quest to settle the isle of Catan! Available at Amazon





Holders for Playing Cards and Dominos

The Domino Tile Holders keep your tiles secure and easy to see so you can plan out all your moves. Each domino tile rack has slanted slots to hold up to 44 jumbo size tiles (11 per row) for easy viewing. The Domino Tile Holders are made of sturdy plastic that’s easily washable in case of a spilled drink. You get a set of 2 Domino Tile Holders. Available at Amazon




Ticket To Ride

Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure game. Players collect train cards that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway. For 2 to 5 players ages 8 and older. Available at Amazon


Pentago

Pentago is a fast and fun strategy game that is both simple and sophisticated. The object of the game is to create a row of five marbles anywhere on the board. The mind twisting part is that you’ll twist one of the four game blocks as part of your move. This causes the game to dynamically change making for a fun and challenging game experience both for beginners and masters alike. Available at Amazon






Lunch Box That Converts To A Placemat

FlatBox is perfect solution! Kids know it’s not cool to use a placemat at school, and parents don’t enjoy kids exposed to germs. Flatbox carries food and quickly unzips to become placemat for their meal. It gets better because it’s machine washable – throw it in washing machine and done! Available at Amazon






Foldable Large Picnic Blanket

It should be stress-free and comfortable when having fun outdoor, this Handy Mat is perfect to bring you more relax and happiness with your families with you wherever you go. Includes built-in handles and convenient pockets on both sides, 100% waterproof,and you can open it or fold it up anywhere and anytime. Easily cleans with soap and water.Perfect for picnics, beaches, RVing and outings. Enjoy your stress-free outside summer time with Picnic Blankets. Available at Amazon


Deluxe Tote Bag

It never fails that moms always end up carrying their kid’s things! Tote bags are a must to free your hands. This one has a large main zippered compartment for all your goods, three front pockets for easy stashing, padded zippered bottom compartment keeps your goods separated, a convenient detachable coin purse and adjustable double straps for comfortable portability. Available at Amazon





Replogle Explorer Raise Relief Globe

Versatile learning tool for students of geography, history, science and current events Features beautiful mountains in detailed raised relief Realistically tilted on axis to match the Earth Mounted on a strong metal base with gold finish and steel meridian ring 12 diameter and 16 overall height. Among our most popular models. Striking colors invite students of any age to explore. The 12 in. blue-ocean globe offers a vibrant contrast to a metal gold-colored base. The Explorer contains more than 4,000 place names and distinctive political boundary markings. Available at Amazon


Magnetic Dry-Erase Board

High clarity, scratch-resistant magnetic dry erase board. The OfficePro Slimline Magnetic Dry Erase Board stays white, making your words easy to see and read. It features a lightweight but sturdy design that is guaranteed not to warp. All whiteboards are shipped in multi-layer reinforced padded shipping boxes for max protection. Available at Amazon




Calendar Pocket Chart

Our durable nylon Pocket Charts have see-through pockets, making them great for classroom use. The pockets hold most regular-size cards and strips, up to 3″ tall. Grommets allow for easy hanging on a wall or in a standard chart stand. Cards that fit into the pockets include month, date, year, day of the week, weather, seasons and special events. Available at Amazon





Laminated U.S. Wall Map

This colorful political map clearly shows state boundaries, capitals, major highways, rivers, lakes, and many major cities. Insets show detail of Alaska and Hawaii. The color palette is vibrant and stunning shaded relief provides additional texture and detail. The map is encapsulated in heavy-duty 1.6 mil laminate which makes the paper much more durable and resistant to the swelling and shrinking caused by changes in humidity. Laminated maps can be framed without the need for glass, so the fames can be much lighter and less expensive. Available at Amazon


Responsibility Chart

The Magnetic Wipe Clean Board with hanging loop comes with 240 colored magnetic stars in red, yellow and blue. It encourages responsibility by rewarding kids for demonstrating positive behavior, motivating and acknowledging kids who are trying to change their behavior. Comes with a magnetic “I Did It” list e.g. I Did tidy my room and two wipe clean pens to add further “I Did It” categories and insert rewards for up to 3 children. Available at Amazon


Scotch Thermal Laminator

New slim design now warms up 2X faster! Ready in under 4 minutes and laminates one page per minute! For items up to 9 inches wide. Compact design is easy to carry and easy to store while providing the 3M quality you have come to expect from Scotch laminating products. Scotch Thermal Laminator protects documents you handle frequently. This thermal laminator provides a professional quality finish and protects items from damage. With a 3-4 minute warm up time, quick laminating speed, a compact design, it’s great for projects in the home, school and office. Available at Amazon


Chill Bag: Bean Bag Chair

For mom or for the kids? The 5 foot chill bag is ideal for reading or sitting back to do school work. The perfect addition to a basement, family room or dorm, it’s large enough to fit two small adults but is ideal for one adult or child. We call them bean bag chairs, but there are no beans or Styrofoam pellets here. Just the softest, highest quality shredded foam like those used in high end couches. Available at Amazon






Trampoline with Basketball Hoop

Skywalker Trampolines is founded on safe family fun. That foundation is kept at the forefront of our minds throughout the design and production of all of our trampolines. It pushes us to create one of the safest, most innovative trampolines possible. It was that desire that helped us discover our patented No-Gap enclosure system, keeping kids safe. Available at Amazon



Spooner Balance Board

The 24″ freestyle board allows for easy maneuvering for shorter riders. Also provides a great core workout for Mom. Designed for beginners, kids starting at age 3 can simulate spins, twists, slides, wobbles, and more. Popular with school physical education departments because of the fun and safe, high-quality workout it provides and its virtually indestructible construction. Available at Amazon



Flexible Flyer Sled

This eye-catching snow-riding device, from the makers of the iconic original Flexible Flyer sled, boasts flashy new graphics over a lightweight foam core. It’s remarkably durable, and a slick bottom surface makes for fast-pace action on the hill. Sturdy handles help keep you safely in place on the two-pound device, which measures 20.5 by 36 inches (W x D). Recommended for riders age five and up. Available at Amazon





Plastic Scooter

The ETA hand2mind plastic scooter provides students with a hands-on experience studying movement and energy, and is designed for classroom use. The scooter has molded handles on the side, an 11¼” x 11½” base that allows students to sit while steering, and rotating plastic wheels that accommodate a variety of movements. Scooter can hold up to 175lbs. Available at Amazon


Swurfer Swing

By combining a surfboard-like plank with some sturdy rope and two wooden handles, the Swurfer completely reinvents the swing. Sit down for a relaxing ride, stand up for an extreme thrill – No matter how you ride, you’re bound to swing straight into endless fun! Available at Amazon







Zipline

SERIOUS backyard fun! SAVE BIG! Use it at home or up at the cabin! You might need a ticket vendor in your backyard with this. Make your yard a real adventure with this easy-to-assemble Zip Line. Each option provides smooth, consistent speed and a safe, gradual stop. The neighborhood will want to swing on over, for sure! Available at Amazon


Rollerblades

Ideal for growing kids who love to skate, the Tracer adjustable Inline Skate offers performance and comfort with push button size adjustment to accommodate growing feet. Adjustable molded shell, deluxe washable liner, locking cam lever buckles. Available at Amazon







Dot Robotics Kit

Dot comes with hundreds of exciting coding adventures and projects available in Wonder and Blockly apps. Kids program Dot’s lights, sounds, and sensors in the apps and see Dot come to life. Use your Apple or Android smart phone or tablet to transform Dot into hundreds of different toys and gadgets, such as a lively alarm clock, flying spaceship, a funny fortune teller, or even an electronic instrument. Available at Amazon


Sphero: The App-Controlled Robot Ball

Meet Sphero – the app-enabled ball that does it all. Intelligent and well-rounded, Sphero lets you play, learn, and explore. Create obstacle courses, upgrade family game night with multiplayer fun, or learn to program with our free SPRK lessons. This virtually unstoppable companion is waterproof, pet-proof, and ready for any adventure. It’s time to upgrade your play. Available at Amazon




Meccano

Meet your personal robot Meccanoid 2.0! Build Meccanoid 2ft tall with the included real tools and durable plastic pieces. This personal robot features 6 motors for realistic movement, and voice recognition. Meccanoid 2.0 has 3 innovative ways to program: Learned Intelligent Movement, Ragdoll mode Drag and Drop programming on a smart device (device not included). Plus, Meccanoid knows over 3000 pre-programmed phrases, tells stories, and knows robot trivia. Meccanoid 2.0 is your new robot best friend! Available at Amazon


Lego Mindstorms EV3

Unleash the creative powers of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3! Build TRACK3R, R3PTAR, SPIK3R, EV3RSTORM and GRIPP3R faster than ever before with the amazing free EV3 Programmer App on your tablet. Then use the intuitive drag-and-drop interface to program your favorite robots to walk, talk, think and do anything you can imagine. When you’re ready for more, fire up the advanced programming features of the EV3 Software on your PC and Mac, or take instant control with the free Robot Commander app on your smart device or infrared remote control included with each set. Available at Amazon




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The Ultimate Homeschool Planner

Count your blessings while charting your family’s homeschool journey with this gorgeous day planner from best-selling author Debra Bell. The Ultimate Homeschool Planner will help you prayerfully prioritize your family’s lessons, assignments, and activities as well as academic and personal growth goals for each of your children. Includes teaching helps, record-keeping, and pages to document God’s faithfulness throughout the year. Available at Amazon



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Author: Olivia

I am a mom and a homeschooling teacher of two little ones. I am also a Biblical Studies major with a hobby in Creation Science. I love to research Biblical topics and how science and the Bible live in harmony with each other. I learn beside my children when we read, build, and explore with the help of our glorious classroom - God's green Earth!

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