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Not long ago, I wrote about seven easy ideas to do with little ones in the days leading up to Christmas. Kids get so super excited in the week before Christmas! Christmas is a great holiday to start new traditions in your family. Or, keep traditions from when you were a child and pass these down through the generations.
What are the yearly traditions in your family?
Do you spend an afternoon together baking? Gingerbread men and shortbread aren’t that difficult to make, and kids always love decorating gingerbread! So do the adults.
We do need to buy a few gifts for the kids in the family and I mentioned I am pretty determined to get them something educational. So yesterday I spent some time looking around on Amazon and ended up ordering some games.
Educational Christmas Gifts for Kids
Games make great gifts for kids!
Why games? Well, it will encourage the family to spend time together. So many families are so busy and going off in all different directions. How about setting one evening a week for Game Night?
The games I like choosing are educational. They are designed to make kids think. Not only will they have to do some adding and subtracting, they will have to do some critical thinking.
All while having a good time and a lot of laughs with their family. Here are the 3 gifts I ordered.
Hoot Owl Hoot is an award winning matching game. Kids learn simple strategy and it’s good for social development. Great for little ones who don’t know how to read yet.
The game comes with two levels of play, so your kids will play it for years. It’s for 4+
Apples to Apples Junior – the game of hilarious comparisons! Based on the popular card and party game, this Junior version gives kids fast-paced fun while also building their vocabulary and thinking skills.
576 cards provide hours and hours of fun! It’s for 9+
Set – the Family Game of Visual Perception – SET is a card game of quick recognition and deduction. It’s a fun and challenging game that tests your skills of memory and observation. Since everyone plays at the same time, it’s sure to cause some feistiness among more competitive players.
It’s for 6+
It’s Jenga! What more could one say? Teaches patience and great for improving hand-eye coordination. Plus, it’s a ton of fun for the whole family!
Farkle Classic Dice Game – We love this game! Roll the dice, take a risk and keep rolling to build your score.
Or play it safe so you don’t lose your points in a Farkle. It’s a fight to the finish in this fabulously fun game of strategy and luck!
It’s for kids 8+
There you have it – lots of choices for great kids games. And there’s nothing better than starting a family tradition of game night.
Movie Night Tradition
Another great tradition to start (if you’re not already doing this) – movie night! There are thousands of great family movies, meant for kids (and adults) of all ages.
So pick a night, pop some popcorn, snuggle under a blanket with the kids and watch one of these Disney movies! That’s a complete list of every single free Disney movie that you can download. Enjoy!