2009 Christmas/Hanukkah presents

Hanukkah starts in less than two weeks. My husband is thinking about getting a wii for the family. I worry it's just gaming and not good for their brains! Any ideas on good educational presents for kids? I am in a rush!
Discussion started by ErinTM , on 30 November 07:14 PM
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Emily, 2009-12-08 11:50:55
Emily
So what do you all think about electronic toys vs. toys that, as they say, are just powered by the kids' imagination? I keep being drawn to electronic toys because they're cool, and have to remember that kids can have a lot of fun with toys that don't require batteries.
 
Lisa @ School Family, 2009-12-04 12:14:47
Lisa @ School Family
Love the talking globe idea, Cole! Personally, I think the best educational gift ideas are books that expose your kids to something new: like different cultures or art. Our blogger, Connie McCarthy recently posted some great gift suggestions for kids ages 4-8 here: http://www.schoolfamily.com/blog/2009/11/30/kids-holiday-gifts-give-the-gift-of-learning ... There are some other good suggestions for educational gifts here: http://www.schoolfamily.com/educational-gift-ideas-for-kids
 
ErinTM, 2009-12-02 18:27:32
ErinTM
Talking globe. I love the concept! For exercise I want my kid outside. Any other ideas?
 
Emily, 2009-12-02 17:06:50
Emily
I can't claim to have played any educational games with my wii, but I will say the wii fit is good for exercise.
 
Cole, 2009-12-02 16:10:52
Cole
Erin- We love our wii (don't love the xbox tho)-- The big brain academy is great for minds and the olympics game is a hoot! We are getting our kids a talking globe for an "educational gift"!
 
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