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15 Smart Gift Ideas For Your Kids

We’re crazy about gifts that get our kids brains and bodies moving (check out our Gifts To Get Kids Outside gift guide). Here are some of our top gift ideas that your kids will love and that you can feel really good about!

Smart Gifts For Their Brains!

Science Academy Slime Lab

Get ready for ooey, gooey, slime-splatting polymer science with the Science Academy’s Slime Lab! Slimy stuff is EVERYWHERE! Our bodies make slime, animals make slime, even plants are great at creating gooey ooze. This entertaining kit makes it fun, easy and safe to make a variety of slimes and learn about the chemistry that occurs behind the scenes.

{This one is for my child who loves all things gross}

Science Academy Slime Lab

Snap Circuits

Build working models of a photo sensor, a flashing light, and an adjustable-volume siren. More than 100 exciting projects in all with included 30+ snap together parts

{An Amazon Best Seller + The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval} 

Snap Circuits {Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products}

Science Academy Bath Bomb Lab 

This kit offers multiple recipe options to experiment with, giving you options for different sizes, colors and scents, and even the ability to create a super bath bomb for ultimate fizzy fun.

{This is for my girl who has always loved potions!}

Bath Bomb Lab


Dig It Up! Minerals and Fossils 

A different surprise lies inside each of these clay stones, just waiting to be discovered. Simply chisel away the stone to excavate petrified wood, fool’s gold, amethyst, snowflake obsidian and 8 other minerals and fossils.

{A great gift that your kids can do together}

Dig It Up Fossils and Minerals Set

 Color Daze Books

Have any kids that need to chill out? The intricate details help you focus and relax. It’s science. 

Color Daze Coloring Books


Tegu Circuit Racer

Complete with a charging station and magnetic plug, this aerodynamic runabout can go from zero to fun in 3 seconds and is adaptable to any situation, big or small.  Oh, and unlike any other vehicle, it runs on a totally renewable, endless power supply: your imagination. Circuit Racer includes 12 blocks in 7 shapes: 2 Long Planks, 2 Short Planks, 4 Wheels, 1 Charging Station, 1 Charging Plug, 1 Circuit Racer Front, and 1 Circuit Racer Rear.

Tegu Circuit Racer


Paint Your Own Porcelain Flower Pots 

Just paint and bake! This is one-of-a-kind art that’s both fun and functional. {And it’s the kind of arts and crafts that you’ll actually want to hang on to!}

Paint Your Own Flower Pots

 Telescopes For Kids

Telescopes for even the smallest scientists! From focus free toddler friendly telescopes to higher powered stuff for your school aged kids, telescopes are the perfect gift!

Telescope For Kids


Microscopes For Kids

We got our 1st grader a microscope for her birthday and it’s been her favorite thing.

{Last time she cut her finger she quickly asked for her microscope so she could see the blood}


Audible Books

How about an app you actually feel good about for your kids devices? We love audible books for the car, while we’re doing chores, or simply when I hear “I’m bored”!  Audio books are great for your kids that complain about reading. Hearing a story is also great for their brains! 

Audible Books For Kids



For super fun games like the Marble Run or the Traditional Marble Game that boost your child’s hand-eye coordination and develop useful fine motor skills!

{A great stocking stuffer}



  • Fun number tile matching game and math manipulatives
  • Practice basic math, counting, and sorting skills
  • Dominoes are color-coded
  • Includes 168 dominoes (six double-six sets), storage bucket, and Activity Guide
  • Fun for ages 5+



Card Games

These classic card games help build important skills like counting, sequencing, matching & social interaction.

Classic Card Games

Melissa & Doug Solar System Puzzle

Puzzle promote hand-eye coordination and problem solving skills. Plus, we just love Outer Space. You can snag this puzzle or any of these smart puzzle ideas for a great {and inexpensive} gift to put under the tree. 

Solar System Puzzle


3D Printer For Kids

A fully-featured 3D printer that’s safe & simple for kids and adults to unleash their creativity.

{Currently a crowdfunding campaign so you may have to wait, but we think this is the COOLEST!}


 What would you add to this list?



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  1. Zoey 03/03/2017 at 2:42 am

    Hi Rachael

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