As your child grows older, it’s common to feel like each birthday they have gets more and more complicated. Their gift expectations start to become more dynamic and particular, even if they claim to have no idea what they’d want! On top of this, there’s no shortage of exciting gifts for kids nowadays, so both parents and kids alike tend to be spoiled for choice.
Thankfully, with the great variety of toys, learning products, and leisure activities available to kids nowadays, kids themselves often do have a firmer grasp on their own interests and how they can further explore the fields of study that interest them most.
If you do have kids who are a little bit sparky and may benefit from a birthday gift or two that’ll help them learn as well as play and experiment, then the little guide that we’ve prepared below may just be the perfect read for you.
Science lab kits for curious minds
If you have any budding biologists or curious chemists making slime in your kitchen or mud pies in your backyard, then chances are you can save their wardrobe (and maybe even your carpets too) by getting them some age-appropriate science kits to encourage some guided elemental experimentation. There is an abundance of science lab kits for kids out there to choose from, all of which focus on select disciplines, like biology, chemistry, and even physics kits that may see them making their own parachutes for eggs, amongst other cool educational activities.
A fairly popular kit that many curious kids are happy to receive is electrical circuit kits, which not only allows kids to learn about electrical systems and technology like switchboards at a young age but holds the added benefit of ensuring that kids understand the risks behind the mismanagement of electrical items at a young age.
Engineering kits for tiny tinkerers
Similar to electrical circuit kits, engineering kits that allow kids the opportunity to make their own vehicles powered by kinetic energy or even planes that use actual motors can support your child in engaging with and understanding advanced concepts at a younger age, as well as finding out more about what interests them the most. Engineering kits are a perfect birthday gift idea for kids who may have already started taking household items and technological products like calculators or remote controls apart, this being a common habit amongst highly curious children.
Some engineering kits for kids may also allow your child to build their own musical instruments, which is perfect for any little ones who have already developed a keen appreciation for rhythm and melodies. If you do opt for an engineering kit for their next birthday gift, be sure to find a kit that aligns with your child’s interests as well as ensures that your selected kit is suitable for your child’s age range.
Arts supplies for finding their voice
All human beings are naturally creative, and our own unique forms of creativity manifest in us as early as our first year of life. Whilst we may still have a vague idea of how we were creative ourselves when we were kids, we can readily see our kids’ own individual creative sparks in the ways that they live and play.
If you have a child who loves to engage in play with their stuffed animals or action figures, and may often narrate stories between all of these ‘characters’ at their disposal, then chances are you may have a budding writer or artist on your hands. Narrative skills are able to develop in children who may not have even developed the ability to speak or write in proper English, but providing these children with pencils and paper may very well allow them to share the narratives they carry in their heads in their very own way until their language skills continue to develop.
A big A3 sketchbook and a large pencil set may be all that your child needs to have a fantastic birthday this year. For older kids, try throwing in some fine liner pens for precise drawing and sketching, or even some other crafty products for some multimedia art experimentation!
Magazine subscriptions for kids
Finally, one philosophy that we are huge advocates for here at KidsLife is that children are never too young to become avid readers. Both fiction and non-fiction books can play a vital role in the development of any curious mind, and it’s certainly only a benefit for kids to have expansive libraries at home so that they can curate their own reading journeys.
That being said, it’s perfectly reasonable for kids to be disappointed by the prospect of books as birthday gifts. After all, their birthdays are a time for fun and hands-on enrichment, which is precisely what has made STEM kits so popular over these past few years. So what can you get for a child who’s passionate about many things but not so much reading?
Organizations like National Geographic and ABC offer magazine subscriptions that are just for kids, with each issue often being accompanied by a small, educational toy or learning activities. A 12-month magazine subscription will basically allow your child to enjoy their birthday present for the rest of the year and until their next birthday swings around, providing them with a myriad of learning opportunities, fun memories, and a variety of interesting reading materials to add to their own home libraries.
Although finding the perfect birthday gift ideas for curious children can oftentimes feel like a veritable minefield, there’s no denying that sparky kids will most likely be intrigued by any birthday gift idea that’ll have them thinking outside of the box and dabbling in new fields of study that expand on their own existing interests and knowledge.