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We are back again this year with a Valentine’s Day Gift Guide! We switched it up though! This year we’ve focused on Educational Gifts for Children. Every item in our guide will encourage your children to use their imagination, work on STEAM skills, learn via reading and more! Many of these gifts we have personally owned for years and years. Some gifts I have been given the opportunity to try out and review. All of the gifts are awesome. Bookmark this page and keep checking back because I will be updating this Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Children daily through Valentine’s Day!
Luciana Vega, the 2018 Girl of the Year, is a creative, confident 11-year-old girl and aspiring astronaut who dreams of being the first person to go to Mars. In her story, Luciana knows she has the skills and smarts to become an astronaut and reach Mars one day. But she also learns that being a good leader and team player right here on Earth is the best first step to achieving her goal. The 18-inch Luciana doll has medium skin, warm brown eyes, and dark brown hair with a distinctive purple streak to show off her creative side. Luciana arrives in a cosmic print dress with attached vibrant red purse that she wears to Space Camp, a shiny holographic choker and special red charm necklace, and a pair of holographic lace-up boots. Also included is the Luciana paperback book by Erin Teagan.Learn More
We are so excited that American Girl has released Truly Me Boy Dolls with darker skin tones! The 18-inch American Girl Truly Me™ boy doll has a huggable cloth body, eyes that open and close, textured hair, and a movable head and limbs made of smooth vinyl. This Truly Me Doll #77 has brown eyes, short dark brown hair, and dark skin tone. The doll arrives wearing a polo shirt with distressed stripes, twill pants with pockets, gray boxer briefs, and slip-on shoes.
This set also features the Everyday Accessories:Learn More
· A zip-front hoodie sweatshirt with a graphic on the front
· A skateboard-print backpack that zips open to hold essentials
· A pretend phone with a removable screen and phone case the doll can hold
· Pretend lime-green wireless headphones
· A clear water bottle with waterdrop graphics
· 5 faux dollar bills
Encourage kids’ natural curiosity about bodies and promote nurturing-based imaginative play with beautifully crafted, anatomically correct Baby Bijoux dolls from Educational Insights! The deluxe European craftsmanship delivers realistic baby details and just-like-me skin tones and hair types so kids can easily connect and empathize. A light, vanilla scent adds to the adorable appeal, and movable arms and legs make these beautiful babies even more realistic! Measuring 15.75” tall, vinyl dolls are easy to clean and carry, so little ones can take them wherever they go. Celebrate multi-cultural diversity and encourage kindness and care with Baby Bijoux!Learn More
Blaze and his friends speed into all-new adventures in the latest DVD collection, Blaze and the Monster Machines: Heroes of Axle City, featuring four high-speed tales, including the epic action-packed double-length episode, “Race to the Top of the World.” Available February 13, 2018, fans can follow Blaze as he transforms into a tow truck, saves the city’s lights, and goes on the adventure of a lifetime with pirates, pyramids and more.Learn More
Crayola Color Alive has revolutionized the world of coloring, bringing artwork to life in the digital world. Using compatible Color Alive pages and the free app, kids can simply color in their drawing, scan into the app and watch as their drawing becomes animated in the digital world exactly as they drew it. With Color Alive Funny Faces, kids can mix and match to create unique virtual masks they can use to snap photos, add stickers and animations and share with friends. Each kit comes with a 11-page spiral bound mix and match coloring book, 7 Crayons and the Free app available on iOS and Android.Learn More
Crayola Color Wonder Mess-Free Paintbrush Pens allow kids to paint anywhere without the fear of a mess. Color Wonder paint is completely contained within the pens, ensuring that it only goes on compatible Color Wonder paper. This art set promotes independent play! Toddlers can play independently (without fear of them making a mess) while using Color Wonder technology!Learn More
We LOVE Crayola Mess-Free kits! They inspire our kiddos to be artistic while keeping my tables/floors/couch mess free! Crayola Color Wonder Mess-Free Scented Stampers offer mess-free stamping and coloring accompanied with deliciously scented inks! Color Wonder stamper ink and markers only color on compatible Color Wonder paper and won’t show up on clothes, walls or furniture. The kit includes twelve pages of blank Color Wonder paper, five mess-free scented markers (cherry, blueberry, orange, lime and banana), one scented inkpad (chocolate) and five interchangeable stamps.Learn More
Hasbro’s new Disney Princess Little Kingdom Magical Movers line puts your child’s favorite Disney Princess characters on the move as each doll “power ups” on a base. Once your child pulls and releases the string on the power up base, the princess will twirl and whirl around. These toys will help your child master their fine motor skills as well as inspire their imagination as they watch their princess twirl.Learn More
Be careful not to poop out while playing the hilarious game Don’t Step In It Game which has messy consequences! Put on a blindfold, spin the spinner, and then take that many steps across the game mat. But watch out! Little piles of compound, molded in the shape of poop have been strategically placed on the mat. Sometimes players will have to add a poop, remove a poop, or even re-arrange the poops along the mat. Who can avoid the number twos to be number one to win?Learn More
Explore STEAM concepts by building fun projects with Howtoons. Howtoons offers interactive single projects and monthly subscriptions that combine visual storytelling with hands-on building to teach kids principles of STEAM in a way that sticks! STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Howtoons projects are designed to help kids between the ages 7–12 build intuition about how the world works by building real-world creations. Howtoons has kits like the Ukele Kit pictured above, Toolbox/String Art Kit, Rubber Band Car Kit and more! With Howtoons we can purchase any Single Kit, Class Kit, or sign up for a subscription to receive our new imaginative kit. Once your child receives the kit, they can begin building and personalizing their project while learning about the science behind it.Learn More
The block-stacking game of JENGA is moving off the table! In the JENGA PASS CHALLENGE game, players stack the hardwood JENGA blocks on the included platform to build their tower. Tension builds as players carefully push, pull and stack the hardwood blocks while holding onto one of the platform handles. After each player takes a turn, they must pass the platform to their opponent. The last player to successfully stack a block and pass the platform without causing the tower to crash wins! The JENGA PASS CHALLENGE game includes 27 hardwood blocks, passing platform, stacking stand, and instructions.Learn More
Master drawing your favorite LEGO NINJAGO ninja, villains, and more in this Klutz LEGO® NINJAGO® How to Draw Ninja, Villains, and More! kit. Start with tracing and draw-in-the blank sections. Then sketch, ink, and color inside the book, using the included mechanical pencil, black marker, block eraser, and colored pencils.Learn More
This Klutz Mini Bake Shop kit makes 12 clay treats! Create and decorate your own mini cakes, cookies, and pies with easy-peasy, no BAKE, air-dry clay. This kit includes all of the “ingredients” and instructions for rolling out clay just like fondant. Make faux flowers,Learn More
stack on the sprinkles, add expressive faces, and more! Display your clay creations on a mini cake stand or in a bakery box to highlight your baking talents! It’s a bake shop of cute clay confectionary.
A monkey, and tiger, and panda, oh my! Bring the entire zoo home (in one simple Klutz My Clothespin Zoo activity kit)! Your youngest crafters will love creating ten adorable animals from colorful clothespins. This craft is great for developing fine motor skills, with easy-to-use and durable supplies in an all-in-one kit. Kids can go wild making them, clipping them, and turning their world into a jungle.Learn More
Kids rule the kingdom of their imagination! This book Klutz Jr My Twinkly Tiaras kit contains 3 sparkling crowns just waiting for a special princess to design them. With more than 100 gems and punch-out pieces to choose from, kids can decorate tiaras any way they like. Add a bonus collection of mini-tiaras (in case any stuffed animals around the kingdom start feeling just a bit left out), and it will give any kid that happily-ever-after feeling. After all, tiaras are the perfect goes-with everything accessory!Learn More
Nick’s paw-some pups are back to save the day in PAW Patrol: Sea Patrol, available on DVD March 6, 2018. In the newest DVD collection, the PAW Patrol gear up for some underwater crime fighting and problem solving. On these six nautical adventures, including two double-length tails, the heroic pups suit up and doggie paddle their way through some daring deep-sea missions like saving a shark, rescuing a baby octopus, supporting the town pier and more.Learn More
Your kids will be delighted by the Magical Light Show on their ceiling when they choose any of Playbrites six colors. Mix and match accessories will spark their imagination while they pop on eyes, ears, mouth/nose, and other fun animal parts, interchangeable withLearn More
any Playbrite model. When they’re done playing, all nine accessories store safely inside the unit, for easy cleanup and transportation. The carry handle makes it easy to take Playbrite wherever you go. Your kids will love to say goodnight with Playbrites!
Strawbees encourages our children to have hands-on exploration while working with design, construction, electronics and programming. Their open-ended system creates opportunities for fun and engaging experiences for beginners and experts of all ages. The Strawbees Crazy Scientist kit upgrades your child’s building experience with 1000 pieces and an instruction manual for 21 projects. Make a morphing arm to extract moon rocks or a geodesic dome base for your next scientific space mission.Learn More
Woody Woodpecker is back with his signature laugh, wacky antics and wisecracks in his first ever live-action/animated film. Woody must protect his forest home from Lance Walters (Timothy Omundson), who starts building his dream mansion in the forest with his son, Tommy, and fiancée, Vanessa (Thaila Ayala). To make matters worse, Woody must avoid the clutches of two grizzly poachers. With a series of crazy hijinks to sabotage their plans, Woody proves he’ll stop at nothing to defend his turf. Get ready for big laughs in this hilarious comedy about everyone’s favorite woodpeckerLearn More
Book Gift Ideas
Covering twenty five diverse women from early world leaders to modern day heroes, What Would She Do? is an inspiring and empowering illustrated guide for today’s budding young feminists. From historic world leaders to brilliant scientists, artists, and modern-day pioneers, What Would She Do? shares twenty-five incredible women’s stories that educate and empower. Learn about the remarkable achievements and attitudes of feminist trailblazers such as Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Wangari Maathai, Michelle Obama, and other brave women who overcame huge obstacles to accomplish great things. Featuring stunning illustrations from diverse artists, this beautiful book will inspire young readers and prepare them to face any challenge by simply asking, “What would she do?”Learn More
The American Girl A Girl Named series tells the stories of how ordinary American girls grew up to be extraordinary American women. Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in 1955, but how did she come to be so brave? A Girl Named Rosa describes the defining moments that made up her childhood and adolescence with full-color illustrations throughout. In addition to stories and facts about Rosa’s upbringing and accomplishments, the book includes a timeline and a glossary, plus a profile of a noteworthy and contemporary American girl following in Rosa’s monumental footsteps to stand up for equal rights, even in the face of adversityLearn More
The best-selling book in TIME For Kids’ Big Book of Questions series is newly revised with updated information, photos, illustrations, and graphics to answer over 500 new questions in popular subject areas: Animals, Space, History, Science, Technology, Sports and more. Big Book of How Revised and Updated: 1,001 Facts Kids Want to Know has an easy-to-follow format. This fun, must-have reference book will appeal to a young child’s sense of curiosity. Kids can dive into the book at any point and learn over 1,001 amazing facts to impress their parents, teachers, and friends with their new found knowledge.Learn More
StoryPlay Books are the smart way to read and play together! StoryPlay Books offer fun ways to engage with little ones during story time and playtime with prompts and activities that everyone will love! Each quality story will delight readers while building early literacy skills for ages 3-5 by helping them develop: problem-solving abilities, reading comprehension, social development, pre-reading skills, memory strength, and more! Each book includes story-related games and crafts to extend the reading experience. Teachers agree that StoryPlay Books are perfect for parents looking to stimulate and engage their kids at home while having fun together!Learn More
Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin is an astonishing account of the assassination of America’s most beloved and celebrated civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, by NY Times bestselling author, James L. Swanson. In his meteoric, thirteen-year rise to fame, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a mass movement for Civil Rights—with his relentless peaceful, non-violent protests, public demonstrations, and eloquent speeches. But as violent threats cast a dark shadow over Dr. King’slife, Swanson hones in on James Earl Ray, a bizarre, racist, prison escapee who tragically ends King’s life.Learn More
Explore the world through coloring with the Crayola My Adventure Coloring Book. This adventure-themed coloring book has forty-eight pages of big and bold artwork that is easy for toddlers to color. Plus, this book includes 4 genuine Crayola crayons, so the coloring can start right away. Rain or shine, kids will have tons of fun!Learn More
Children will have hours of fun creating awesome sticker art with this cool and innovative Crayola Mosaic Sticker Book. Inside you will find pages and pages of stickers in all sorts of colors and shapes to complete the creative scenes. Simply match the stickers to their corresponding numbers on the pictures to complete the scenes. Also inside are fun sticker scenes for kids to decorate as they wish.Learn More
Introducing all your favorite Disney Pixar characters, but not as you know them! Meet the emoticon versions of Buzz, Nemo, Sulley and many more in Disney Pixar Emoji Super-Smiley Activities as you create profiles, send messages and crack codes using 2000 super stickers.Learn More
Introducing all your favorite Disney Princess characters, but not as you know them! Meet the emoticon versions of Belle, Cinderella and Ariel and many more in Disney Princess Emoji Super-Smiley Activities as you create profiles, send messages and crack codes using 2000 super stickers.Learn More
A fun guide for beginning readers, My First Book of Lacrosse introduces kids to the plays, positions, and basics of lacrosse through a visual retelling of a professional game. From the face-off to the game-winning goal, checking, scooping, passing, and more are all explained using simple text, cool graphics, and real Major League Lacrosse and college level photography to help young kids feel like they are on the field experiencing the game. Illustrated “rookie” characters—a girl and a boy—appear on every page to guide kids through the book as they read alone or along with their lacrosse loving (or bewildered) parent. This book will be released April 17, 2018.Learn More
With imagination and power, the award-winning Pinkney duo celebrates MLK’s nonviolent struggle for civil rights—as he transforms America through the spirit of love in Martin Rising: Requiem For a King. In a rich embroidery of visions, musical cadence, and deep emotion, Andrea and Brian Pinkney convey the final months of Martin Luther King’s life—and of his assassination—through metaphor, spirituality, and multilayers of meaning. Andrea’s stunning poetic requiem, illustrated with Brian’s lyrical and colorful artwork, brings a fresh perspective to Martin Luther King, the Gandhi-like, peace-loving activist whose dream of equality—and whose courage to make it happen—changed the course of American history. And even in his death, he continues to transform and inspire all of us who share his dream.Learn More
In the book Peppa’s Valentine’s Day, Peppa Pig gets a pretty card in the mail from Zoe Zebra. It’s a Valentine’s Day card! Peppa learns about the meaning of Valentine’s Day and decides to show all of her friends just how special they are to her. This storybook with Valentine’s stickers is based on the hit animated TV show, as seen on Nick Jr.Learn More
By completing the action-packed activities in PJ Masks Ready for Action, young kids can help the PJ Masks save the day and keep their city safe from the likes of Romeo, Luna Girl, and Night Ninja! There are connect-the-dots, mazes, and more, a place on each page to add a reward sticker when the activity is completed, and even more stickers just for fun! Plus, there are six press-out pencil toppers of the PJ Masks and the three villains they battle!Learn More
My children love these workbooks. They are filled with fun projects like mazes, origami, and so much more. These books are also filled with stickers and my kiddos LOVE stickers. Stickers are used in many of the workbook projects as well as for rewards once each page is completed. My children have always enjoyed working in workbooks but they particularly enjoy these books because of the brightly colored pages, fun activities and loads of stickers! The activities in Play Smart workbooks ($6.99 each) enhance a range of important skills (from fine motor coordination to problem-solving and pre-reading skills), but that is almost beside the point because the puzzles and challenges are so much fun to do. The books themselves each include more than 60 age-appropriate activities for 2+, 3+, and 4+ year-old children—an addictive mix of mazes, matching games, picture puzzles, and art projects AND, each book comes with more than 80 stickers—some are used as part of the games, plus there is a reward sticker for every page.Learn More
In Pugs and Kisses: A Wish Novel, Ana Ramos may not have a dog of her own, but she does get to walk her neighbor’s adorable pug, Osito. One day, at the park, Osito befriends another pug, Pancake, whose owner just happens to be a cute new boy named Calvin. When Calvin assumes that Osito belongs to Ana, she doesn’t correct him. No big deal, right?
Ana doesn’t realize the trouble she has unleashed until Calvin shows up at her school. Calvin suggests setting up play dates for the two pugs, and Ana can’t bring herself to admit that Osito isn’t hers. In fact, her fibs keep multiplying! Will Ana fess up and figure out how she feels about Calvin before her white lies catch up to her?Learn More
Emma may be the littlest in the Valentine family, but she knows that she has what it takes to help the family business get ready for the holiday. In the new book The Littlest Valentine, Emma just can’t seem to do things the right way like the bigger members of her family, no matter how hard she tries. Will Emma find a way to help her family on Valentine’s Day, or is the littlest Valentine just too little?Learn More
In The Littlest Valentine, Emma may be the littlest in the Valentine family, but she knows that she has what it takes to help the family business get ready for the holiday. But Emma just can’t seem to do things the right way like the bigger members of her family, no matter how hard she tries. Will Emma find a way to help her family on Valentine’s Day, or is the littlest Valentine just too little?Learn More
Explore real stories and facts about the Underground Railroad with American Girl character Addy! The Underground Railroad includes miles of real stories of passengers, conductors, and abolitionists—well-known and unknown—that traveled on the slavery escape route known as the Underground Railroad. American Girl Addy Walker shares the story of her own journey to freedom. Perfect for book reports with full-page illustrations throughout, these nonfiction chapter books also include historical photos, maps, a timeline, a glossary, and a bibliography at the back. Plus, in each book, an American Girl historical character shares a bit of her own fictional storyLearn More
Find out whooo loves you most in this adorable lift-the-flap with a cloth owl on the cover!
The birds resting on the clothesline sing…Learn More
You’re my little tweet heart! You’re my little tweet heart!
Zoo Camp Puzzle is perfect for reluctant, challenged, and newly fluent readers. The Animal Planet Adventures chapter book series combines fun animal mysteries with cool nonfiction sidebars that relate to the stories, bringing the best of the animal world to young readers. With full-color illustrations and photographs throughout. In Zoo Camp Puzzle, nine-year-old twins Ava and Rosie are headed for adventure. City kids, they don’t know what to expect from a small zoo in Iowa—and they have to live there for the rest of the year while their mom writes a book! Being away from the busy city and their friends feels like punishment, but Dad sets up a project for them all—running a zoo camp for students to attend during spring break. That could be cool, but as they’re getting ready, the kids realize that some of the animals are missing! They’ll have to solve the mystery—fast—before the campers arrive.Learn More