Best Educational Gifts 2012

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The holiday season is nearly upon us and if you have younger students on your shopping list, you may be wondering what to get them. There are anincredible range of gifts that are both fun and practical. Buying toys that help students to learn is money well-spent. We have a selection of suggestions to help you find a toy that make this holiday season a memorable one.

Elenco Snap Circuits Green – Alternative Energy Kit
This is part of Elenco’s Snap Circuits learning kits. With these kits, students can learn about electronics by creating their own electronic items in a safe environment. The Alternative Energy Kit teaches students about the various alternative energy options and allows them to experiment with each one. This incredible kit comes with 40 different components including a solar cell, an FM radio, a rechargeable battery, a windmill and an analog meter. With all these components, there are 125 different projects for your student to create. This is a great way to learn about energy and its environmentally-friendly alternatives.

LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer
The world’s number one learning tablet just got a whole lot better! This is a robust tablet that teaches through games. Students can tilt, turn and shake the tablet to make gaming more interactive. The LeapPad 2 has a front and back camera and a video recorder and a Cartoon Director app so that your students can make their own movies. The tablet comes with 5 apps: Pet Pad, Learning Songs, Art Studio, 1 app of your choice and more can be downloaded too. Students learn new skills in subjects like reading, art, languages, culture, geography, science and math.

Educational Insights GeoSafari Talking Electron Microscope
The talking microscope teaches younger students the basics of biology. They get to learn about viruses and bacteria while exploring the human body. They learn more about the plant and animal kingdoms too. The microscope features a high-resolution LCD screen and includes 180 images for students to study. The microscope is easy to use and robust to boot. It’s perfect for students eight years and up.

Star Theater 2: Home Planetarium
Now you can project the constellations onto your student’s roof and spend every night sleeping under the stars. This tiny projects places hundreds of planets and stars to help your students learn to identify constellations and planets in the night sky. Its interactive meteor maker means that you can create realistic shooting stars on command. Now you can have the entire solar system in the comfort of your own home.
When shopping for gifts this season, you can look online to find a plethora of really fun educational toys that suit your student’s interests. Learning through fun is the most effective way to get students to explore their world.

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