Top 10 best educational Christmas toys and gifts for 5 – 10-year olds 2017

Top 10 best educational Christmas toys and gifts for 5 – 10-year olds 2017 - motherhooddiaries

Christmas is coming and the kids’ wish lists to Santa will start to be carefully constructed in time for Christmas Eve. To give them a little nudge in the right direction, here are the top 10 best educational Christmas toys and gifts for 5 – 8-year olds:

Orchard Toys World Map Puzzle and Poster

Orchard Toys World Map and Poster

Suitable for ages 5 to 10 years old, this fun yet educational world map puzzle is the perfect game to help kids learn about the countries of the world while enjoying the challenge of completing a 150-piece jigsaw puzzle. Kids can also discover local inhabitants and landmarks as well continue their learning with a giant poster of the world map included in the box.

Pros:

Kids from 5 to 10 can enjoy this educational puzzle and pass it down to younger children when they are old enough to give it a try too.

Cons:


Some countries are not named on the puzzle

Rating: 

5/5 – Challenging, educational and fun. Get the whole family involved over Christmas too!

Price rating:

£

Where to buy: 

You can buy the Orchard Toys World Map Puzzle and Poster from Amazon here

Discovery Channel – Bug Barn

Discovery Channel Bug Barn

A great gift for bug enthusiasts who like to catch and observe bugs in detail. The Bug Barn pack offers a range of bug collection tools to observe the world of the insects up close. This educational gift is for ages 8 and up, but my 5 and 6-year-old boys had just as much fun exploring in the garden with this Bug Barn.

Pros:

Great value for its contents and works well to catch bugs, examine them and then put back. Gets the kids outdoors and learning about nature.

Cons:

You can use the magnifying canister on its own, the rest of the kit are embellishments

Rating:

5/5 – Great for kids of any age and is well made to keep them amused for hours. Get the kids wrapped up and take them outside to learn about the winter bugs!

Price rating:

£

Where to buy:

You can buy the Discovery Channel – Bug Barn from Amazon here

Ravensburger Labyrinth

Ravensburger Labyrinth

An a-mazeing game that has magical moving walls and tons of treasure to collect. Get the kids to move their way through the labyrinth, avoiding the traps and building up their wall-moving strategy to outmanoeuvre other players and collect all the treasures that are in their path. It’s a great 2 – 4 player strategy game for ages 7 and up, that will get the kids thinking about their next moves strategically.

Pros:

The rules are easily adaptable for younger kids to understand and challenging enough for older kids to enjoy playing with adults. Easy to set up and lots of fun to play.

Cons:

It takes a while to get used to and the game has a lot of rules that can get confusing.

Rating:

5/5 – The game is easily adaptable for all ages and fun to play with the whole family at Christmas. So, bring this board out when the eggnog has been passed around and the food has been scoffed

Price rating:

£

Where to buy:

You can buy the Ravensburger Labyrinth game from Amazon here

Hedbanz The Game

Hedbanz the game

 A fun game for 2 – 6 players aged 7 and up (but 5-year olds can get involved too), Hedbanz develops deductive reasoning skills and strategy. The ‘What Am I?” game involves the children asking questions until they can figure out what the cartoon of either an animal, food or object is on their adjustable headband. The first person to guess who they are wins.

Pros:

A great game to encourage everyone to join in and develop their vocabulary in such a fun way.

Cons:

The game can get a little repetitive

Rating:

A great game to get all the adults and kids involved to play over Christmas dinner. Expect a lot of laughs.

Price rating:

£

Where to buy:

You can buy the Hedbanz The Game from Amazon here

National Geographic Mega Gemstone Mine Dig Kit

National Geographic Mega Gemstone Mine Dig Kit

Suitable for ages 6 and up, the Mega Gemstone Mine Dig Kit allows children to become treasure hunters and start an incredible rock collection of 15 rocks and gemstones, which they unearth and discover. Kids get to learn the geology of each specimen using the full-colour learning guide included that contains lots of fascinating facts.

Pros:

You can take the Mine Dig Kit with you anywhere. The kids will concentrate on digging out the stones for hours and enjoy looking up what they’ve unearthed in the guide included.

Cons:

Some older children can find the rocks within minutes and may move on to other games

Rating:

5/5 – A great Christmas game to play on the main table. Discover the rocks and gems with the children and learn what they all mean together with the guide

Price rating:

££

Where to buy:

You can buy the National Geographic Mega Gemstone Mine Dig Kit from Amazon here

Articulate for Kids

Articulate for Kids

A fast-talking description game for 4 to 20 players and kids from 6 to 12 years, Articulate is fast, entertaining and fun all at the same time. The game helps kids to read, learn new words and describe them using their imagination, which is great for developing their understanding of the words.

Pros:

The ideal way to encourage kids to get descriptive, while concentrating on not saying the actual word. It’s a great way to broaden their vocabulary

Cons:

The timer runs out very quickly, so you may need to adapt the rules accordingly for younger children

Rating:

5/5 – Perfect family board game to play over Christmas when the adults are a little tipsy and the kids are getting full on sugar. A fun, yet educational way to encourage the kids to broaden their vocabularies and gently push them to use more descriptive words to help other players guess the word in under the time limit.

Price rating:

£

Where to buy:

You can buy Articulate for Kids from Amazon here

VTech 171603 Kidizoom DX Smart Watch

VTech 171603 Kidizoom DX Smart Watch

Kids from 5 to 12 years can take photos and videos wherever they are, with their new fancy portable camera watch that not only provides eight-plus games that you can download but a built-in motion sensor and pedometer, as well as an intuitive colour touchscreen. The smartwatch comes in Blue and Pink.

Pros:

There are tons of features for the children to enjoy at such an affordable price. A calculator, calendar, alarm, stopwatch and voice recorder, plus much more is included!

Cons:

The smartwatch uses up the battery quite quickly and the screen is not crystal clear. No GPS tracking included.

Rating:

5/5 –
A portable smartwatch that enables the children to document their fun Christmas by taking tons of pictures and videos of the family gathering and savouring them for years to come.

Price rating

££

Where to buy:

You can VTech 171603 Kidizoom DX Smart Watch – Bluebuy the VTech 171603 Kidizoom DX SmartWatch from Amazon here

K’NEX Imagine Deluxe Building Set

K'NEX Imagine Deluxe Building Set

This educational construction set contains 375 classic K’Nex pieces and 30 building ideas that will get the kids’ brain juices flowing and imaginations wild. Perfect for ages 7 and up, but 5-year-olds would still able to have a go, there are tons of open-ended building fun that the whole family can enjoy together.

Pros:

Great gift and affordable, The K’Nex building set encourages the children to interact with all age groups and work together as a team to get imaginative with their build. Comes with a large storage box to store other K’Nex pieces too.

Cons:

Quite a few small pieces included, so be careful with younger children around.

Rating:

– 5/5 – The kids will have hours of fun using the small K’Nex pieces to build something imaginative and creative. Get the adults involved too to build something Christmassy that the whole family can be proud of.

Price rating:

£

Where to buy:

You can buy the K’Nex Imagine Deluxe Building Set from Amazon here

Chilli Pro Rider’s Choice Sub Zero Complete Scooter

Chilli Pro Rider's Choice Sub Zero Complete Scooter

Kids need to spend some time outdoors during the Christmas season and the best way to get the energy out and burn off the sugar from the Christmas feast is on a scooter! The Chilli Pro Rider’s Choice Sub Zero Complete Scooter is suitable for ages around 8 and up, but you can find smaller scooters that are suitable for younger kids. Scooters promote fun, balance, confidence and durability as well as develop gross and fine motor skills. Riding a scooter helps kids’ coordination skills and improves their overall strength and endurance, so it’s well worth buying them a scooter for Christmas and getting them out in the winter months to ward off the cold bug.

Pros:

Fun, durable and high quality. The integrated handlebars and headtube help kids to manoeuvre and glide through windy paths easily and with confidence

Cons:

These scooters may be too intermediate for younger children, so it’s worth shopping around for more beginner style scooters.

Rating:

– 5/5 – Nothing gets a child’s heart pumping more than burning their energy in the great outdoors and scooters are the best way to improve their confidence, motor skills, strength and balance. Forget the cold, wrap up warm and take the whole family out for a scooter ride! You can find the full range of scooters over at Skatehut.

Price rating:

£££

Where to buy:

You can buy the scooter from Skatehut’s website here.

Melissa & Doug On the Go Secret Decoder Deluxe Activity Set and Super Sleuth Toy

Melissa & Doug On the Go Secret Decoder Deluxe Activity Set and Super Sleuth Toy

Perhaps you’re making the Christmas dinner and you need the kids out of your hair for a while. The On the Go Secret Decoder Deluxe Activity Set and Super Sleuth Toy will keep the kids amused for hours, cracking and decoding puzzles to solve dozens of mini-mysteries with more than 50 unique activities included in the set. The set includes a Secret Decoder Game Book, Seek & Find Game Book, Secret Message Activity Pad and magic-reveal sticker sheets.

Pros:

Great kit for a budding spy, which will keep your child busy for hours on end. Kids can send coded messages to each other through their secret message activity pad and encourage the other family members to get involved cracking the codes

Cons:

Once the games are completed there isn’t much else you can do with the set.

Rating: 5/5 – This is a great family bonding game, where kids are encouraged to work together to crack codes and think outside of the box

Price rating:

£

Where to buy:

You can buy the On the Go Secret Decoder Deluxe Activity Set and Super Sleuth Toy from Amazon here

ProductProsConsRatingPrice RatingWhere to buy
Orchard Toys World Map Puzzle and PosterKids from 5 to 10 can learn about the countries of the world.
Challenging 150-piece jigsaw puzzle
Some countries are not named on the puzzle5/5£
Discovery Channel – Bug BarnA great gift for bug enthusiasts
Offers an educational bug kit for ages 8 and up
The magnifying canister can be used on its own5/5£
Ravensburger LabyrinthEducational game to help kids to strategise their next move
Easily adaptable rules for younger kids
Takes a while to get used to
Game has a lot of rules which can get confusing
5/5£
Hedbanz The GameFun game for ages 7 and up
Develops deductive reasoning skills and strategy
The game can get a little too repetitive5/5£
National Geographic Mega Gemstone Mine Dig KitSuitable for ages 6 and up
Allows children to become treasure hunters
Encouraged to start a rock collection
Some older children may find the rocks within minutes5/5££
Articulate for KidsFast talking description game for 4 to 20 players
Fast, entertaining and fun
Helps kids to read, learn and understand words
The timer runs out very quickly.
May need to adapt the rules to suit younger children
5/5£
VTech 171603 Kidizoom DX Smart WatchKids can take photos and videos wherever they are as keepsakes
Comes with lots of games and other features
Uses up the battery quite quickly
No GPS tracking included
5/5££
K'NEX Imagine Deluxe Building SetEducational construction game
Helps kids to get creative and use their imagination to build
Watch out for younger children around the smaller pieces5/5£
Chilli Pro Rider's Choice Sub Zero Complete ScooterGreat way to get the kids outdoors and their heart pumping
Builds endurance, balance and confidence
May be too intermediate for younger children5/5£££
Melissa & Doug On the Go Secret Decoder Deluxe Activity Set and Super Sleuth ToyGets the kids creative juices flowing
Tons of mini mysteries to keep the kids amused for days
Once the games are completed, there's not much else you can do with the set5/5£

Our favourite

We love Articulate for Kids and regularly bring the game out at family gatherings to encourage kids of all ages to have fun and learn together. Super affordable too, so definitely a staple at Christmas parties!

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