At this time of year parents often ask me for gift suggestions that promote learning. So often, a successful gift of this type depends on your child’s learning style. So here are a few gift ideas for visual, auditory, or "hands-on" learners.
For visual learners:
- A beautifully illustrated, colorful, non-fiction book in a subject that interests your child. For example, pandas or any other animal of interest, planets, how things work, feelings, or dinosaurs.
- An Art Box, full of crayons, markers, stickers, paints, and lots of different size paper.
- Some educational non-fiction, age appropriate DVD’s about whales, penguins, pets, and other subjects of your child’s interest. National Geographic is a good resource for these types of videos.
For Auditory Learners:
- A personal CD player with non-fiction books on subjects of interest to your child. Child appropriate music CD’s, for example the songs by Bill Harley, Steve Roslonek, or Laurie Berkner.
- A child’s size "beginners" guitar, keyboard, or karaoke machine.
- Age appropriate, non-fiction DVD’s. Again, National Geographic is a good resource.
For "Hands-On" Learners:
- Touch and feel books that have a texture component like "The Very Busy Spider" by Eric Carle, or "Pat the Bunny" by Dorothy Kunhardt . Or an Origami instruction book with paper, for folding and creating.
- Play-Doh and clay baskets with a set of cookie cutters, wavy-cut scissors, and craft sticks.
- Legos! Lots and lots of Legos! These will keep a "Hands-On" learner productively busy for a long time.