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Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Child’s Learning Style

Girl playing keyboardAt 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.
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#1 carol williams 2010-11-29 20:59
Guitar is wonderful idea for a gift for the auditory learning child, and may be the start of a lifelong passion, or one that the child will come back to as a social skill in the rough teen years. The sound of a guitar is much gentler on a parent's ears than a drum set or wind instrument!

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