As we approach the holidays this year, our gift to you is a series of gift guides which promote active play and healthy development! Read our full resource for navigating gifts from friends and family at montessorigifts
Between ages 6-12, children are quite different than they were as preschoolers. Now, they are able to process more information abstractly, and are using tools like logic to learn. These children are consumed with learning everything about everything, so make sure you have materials for research and discovery, and the tools to help your child find answers on her own (see below for ideas).
The six to nine year old is very sensitive to values and highly impressionable. Be sure you are walking your talk and providing activities, toys, and experiences that reflect your family’s values and offer real-life experiences of diversity to encourage empathy and compassion. Books are especially helpful in gaining an understanding of how other people live.
Elementary age children can create wildly creative, imaginative games to play or projects to take on if given the time and the right materials. These gifts below will inspire or support creative play, but also look to materials you already have in your home, like recyclables, fabric, pots and pans, etc.
Here’s some gift ideas for the elementary child in your life:
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Children’s Magazine Subscription
This is a double gift: mail for your child each month, and an interesting magazine to read! There are many to choose from, here’s some of my favorites:
National Geographic for Kids (science, animals)
Ask (science and art)
Ranger Rick (animals)
Fun for Kidz (stories, puzzles, variety)
Chickadee (stories, puzzles, variety)
Time for Kids (Non-fiction current events)
Themed Building Set
There are again, so many awesome building sets for ages 6-9, that I can’t pick just one. Look for a set that is interesting to your child, can be put together in multiple ways, and is mostly child-powered.
Board and Box Games
The games are perfect for families or groups of friends to play together, again and again. There are SO MANY to choose from, so look for ones that your child and family particularly enjoy.
Here’s some of my favorites:
Elementary children LOVE to learn about everything and anything, so give them a book to spark this curiosity! Picturepedia is m favorite for older children, and My First Encyclopedia is best for children ages 5-6.
Simple Recipe Books
Inspire your child to cook and try new foods with a children’s cookbook! Mollie Katzen has three excellent ones to choose from:
And, if you’re also looking for tips on teaching basic cooking skills, pick up a copy of Kids in the Kitchen, by Montessorians and Moms.
Recording your thoughts, observations, and daily life events in a journal is not only fun, it’s one of the best activities your elementary child can do to grow her writing, critical thinking skills and focus. Any blank journal would work, along with some quality pens, pencils, or coloring tools.
Check out these themed journals for a bit more support and direction:
What items are on your favorite gifts for this age? Share it with our community here!