Toys can be educational and fun. Match your child’s interests to
toys that will help them develop skills that they can use in college.
1. Trivial pursuit and other board games like the Totally Gross Game of
Science help children to increase their knowledge base while having fun.
Choose a game that is age-appropriate to prevent children from getting
frustrated. These board games are fun for the whole family.
2. Science kits: These come in a plethora of options ranging from chemistry
sets to green science kits that teach children about renewable energy
sources and sustainability. Chemistry kits help older children to get
hands-on experience with lab work while junior science kits teach children
the basics of experimentation and observation.
3. Biology kits: Anything from plants to ant farms and sea monkeys falls
into this category. Having a pet instills responsibility and nurtures
a love of nature. Children’s microscopes will give your young scientist
a closer look at the cellular world. An interest in nature can foster
a love of the outdoors, and a career in medicine, research or botany.
4. Telescope: Budding astrologers, astronomers, and astronauts will love
the opportunity to star gaze. Be sure to buy books or download apps which
help your young scientists to orient their telescopes in the right direction
and identify heavenly bodies.
5. Lego and other construction toys: Perfect for the future architect,
engineer and construction kingpin, Lego helps children to use their imaginations
and gives them an introduction to construction basics. The wide variety
of themes covered by building block companies means that you can match
the building blocks to your child’s interests.
6. Musical instruments: Neuroscientist Professor Nina Kraus claims that
learning to play an instrument has such a profound effect on growing brains
that all schools should offer this as part of their curriculums. Prof.
Kraus has shown that playing a musical instrument improves language and
reading skills in young learners. Music has also been linked to improved
7. Books: A classic, but a really great idea. Don’t confine yourself
to educational books; get your kids a magazine subscription, cartoons
and comics that they will enjoy. Instilling a love of reading will improve
your child’s comprehension and vocabulary skills, making the volumes
of work they have to get through in college much easier to handle.
8. Cameras: Kids cameras are virtually indestructible; the plastic exterior
can really take a beating. The cameras are easy to use and some can take
video as well as pictures. Not only will this encourage your child to
have an interest in photography, but they can also try their hand at directing
films. Encourage them to write and film their own short videos. A special
effects make-up kit makes an excellent accompaniment to this gift. Older
children can use their new digital cameras and film editing software to
create their very own productions.