“We have enough books!” my husband said to me when I asked him for ideas on what to get the kids for the “Something to read” category of Four Gifts of Christmas. This sparked a search for some “outside of a book” ideas. Ssshh…don’t tell them these are educational, you don’t want to spoil the fun. 😉
Regardless of reading ability: If, like us, you don’t live within city limits of a library a Library Membership would be a great gift idea! Or a membership to one of the following apps:
Get Epic! is a FAVORITE in our household – seriously it got one of my kids who doesn’t enjoy reading to start reading!
Audible has been fantastic for road trips and down time in their rooms with an alexa.
The whole goal is to think outside the box. Last year, our daughter was learning how to play piano and read music. So her “something to read” was actually this Note Quest music reading activity book.
But if you’re looking for more “traditional” reading activities, I’ve got you covered!
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Violet or Scout can read to your child with LeapFrog Story Time Buddy
Wipe Clean: Early Learning Activity Book offers endless learning opportunities as you can wipe it off and do it again
Kids loves mail! How about a monthly Highlights High Five subscription?
Begin letter recognition with Osmo Little Genius Starter Pack for Ipad
Help your child learn new words with these Wooden Reading blocks
How fun and colorful is this Read to Me Tot Tower?! And bonus in my book…non-toxic inks!
Thinkfun Roll and Play Board Game comes with pictures but can grow with your child as they learn how to read the instructions
They won’t even realize they’re practicing reading skills while playing this fun Super Why ABC Letter Game
What a fun way to practice reading with the uKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt Game
My First Bananagrams is great for children just learning to spell
Zingo Sight Words is a twist on bingo
Building words is fun with Lunchbox Letters
Let your child create their own book that is professionally bound with Lulu Jr. IlluStory Junior
Highlights For Children will be a monthly “highlight” (I’m here all week) in the mail.
A twist on an old favorite Boggle Junior Game
Hot Dots give your early reader autonomy and fun while playing Let’s Master Kindergarten Reading
Learning phonics is fun while playing Sequence Letters
Silly Sentences keep your child engaged in the fun of reading
Your auditory or visual learner will love Alphabet Bingo Game
Scrabble Junior is a great way to learn and recognize letters
Help little ones make the connection with an object and its name in MengTing Alphabet Game
Even short words like at, of, and zoo, can lead to a win in Quiddler
If you have a kid that loves to know what’s going on in the world, The Week Junior could be a great gift for them!
Dabble is a fast paced word game for the whole family!
Spark creativity with 642 Things to Write About: Young Writer’s Edition
Cricket is more monthly happy mail
Your reader can write and publish their own book with Lulu Jr – My Awesome Book
Ok, so yes Brain Games for Kids is a book, but it is packed with crossword puzzles, word searches, math puzzles, mazes, picture puzzles, and more
National Geographic Kids Subscription provides educational fun in the mailbox each month
Christmas Fun Mad Libs would make a great stocking stuffer!
The higher you stack, the higher you score in Upwords
Sports Illustrated KIDS for your sports fan
Bananagrams is fast, portable and fun (this would be great to keep in the purse to play while waiting at restaurants…speaking from experience)
Finish This Book gets the creative juices flowing in story telling
Play On Words is an extra clever mind-expanding card game
A favorite Magazine Subscription
Mad Libs can be fun at any age (be aware that some can be racy)
A Crossword Book provides hours of brain games
Get the creative juices flowing with 642 Things to Write About
How fun is this Magnetic Scrabble Set?!
Daily fun with Word Search Desk Calendar
Scrabble Slam Cards is a high-speed game promising loads of fun
Learn a new word each day with 365 New Words-A-Year Page-A-Day Calendar