That phrase “childlike curiosity” is around for a reason. (If you’ve ever been on the answering end of an ongoing series of “Why?-s” you know what we’re talking about.) So much in the world is new and exciting for kids. They’re learning new things every day, their imaginations are limitless, and their creativity never ceases to amaze us grown-up types. With this in mind, we selected an assortment of fun gift ideas that are sure to keep kids interested, excited, and entertained while those little brains grow big and strong.
Isn’t it funny how your little guy or gal gets into everything EXCEPT what’s served for dinner? Luckily, when this little guy tries something new, your kiddo will want to too.
These terracotta tiles give kids a close-up look at handmade art. While it may not be time for The Met just yet, animal portraits are great place to start.
They may already be working on their ABCs, but N is for narwhal is still big news. What makes this adorably illustrated book even better is that it features their name along with the animal that shares their first initial.
Pair the book with a matching pillow to see Patricia Carlin’s illustrations pop off the page and onto a cuddly keepsake.
Their thumb might not be green yet, but you can give the child in your life their first taste of horticultural glory with this easy-to-use DIY kit.
The T-Rex has a reputation for being tough, but this one’s actually pretty darn cuddly.
Your little sports fan will cheer when they receive a mug that makes mealtime fun while showing off their favorite sport. (And they were actually designed by a kid!)
If your kid’s already on the way to becoming an amateur astronomer, they’ll love this wall art. It not only features the eight major planets, a few dwarf planets, and our big, beautiful sun, it also includes the child’s name and their constellation.
Maybe they already know that A is for apple and B is for ball, but they might be surprised to learn about A and B’s buddies absolute zero and binary. Help your tiny scientist build knowledge with a set of these blocks.
Know a little bookworm who loves going on adventures with Stuart Little and taking advice from the Cheshire Cat? They’ll adore this lithograph celebrating their favorite literary animals.
Even at bedtime, kids’ brains race a mile a minute with questions, stories, and big ideas. Sometimes those thoughts aren’t all super fun, but this super hero can help.
This customized, illustrated version of the classic holiday poem will leave your child with visions of sugar plums and Christmas adventures dancing in their head.
This DIY craft kit for kids lets boys and girls bring magic to life. Each enchanting set includes material for eight cute, colorful projects.
The wild unicorn may be elusive, but the yarnicorn is an easy catch. This kit comes with everything a crafty kid needs to make two.
Help them make pretend time even cooler.
Part hands-on physics lesson and part really cool roller coaster, this DIY kit is fun to build and fun to use.
This game plays like Scrabble, but lets kids add, subtract, multiply, and divide their way to a win.
United States geography, history, and a bunch of fun facts come together in this great big map that’s just waiting to be explored by a clever kid with a set of colored pencils.
Your kid probably already loves dinosaurs, but their love for this little dino (filled with bioluminescent pet plankton) will shine extra bright.