Learning through play is a crucial aspect of a child’s development. During the early stages, children’s minds expand simply by looking at their environment and taking in their surroundings, making it crucial for them to play with objects that stimulate their minds in a variety of ways. 

If you’re looking for educational, fun and engaging gifts this holiday season that will add value to your child’s growth journey, look no further! The use of educational toys can help children learn many different skills they will need in their life, including problem solving, conflict resolution, sharing, creativity, etc. And believe it or not, some of the best options don’t require batteries! Below, we list a few. 

Books about emotions

Books centered around feelings and emotions children experience can be informative, while serving as a source of entertainment. Many of these books include activities for children to participate in when they feel sad, anxious, lonely, etc. The goal is to teach coping strategies and help children navigate complex emotions through healthy tactics.

Mindfulness journal

Encourage your child to turn blank pages into a vibrant masterpiece! Journal writing and drawing can help children process feelings, build writing skills and communicate their ideas. This builds confidence and self-awareness in kids, which can lead to a greater sense of happiness. 

Board games

Board games offer opportunities for early learning, fostering communication, teamwork, patience and more. Board games can help build confidence by teaching kids how to navigate communication in social settings. In addition, it’s a great way to gather the entire family together for healthy, engaging fun! 

Worry stones

Worry stones are made from polymer clay and can be kept anywhere – at home or at school. They are used by holding the stone between the index finger and thumb and gently moving one’s thumb back and forth across the stone. This action of moving one’s thumb back and forth across the stone is thought to reduce stress. Due to the size of the stones, we don’t recommend this gift for younger children! 

Positive affirmation flashcards 

Flashcards can set the foundation for kids to learn healthy ways to process emotions and improve concentration. By using visual aids to learn vocabulary, kids learn how to identify, express and manage emotions.There are many different sets out there that you can choose from to suit your child. 

While these gift suggestions can help maintain positive mental wellness, it is not a replacement for professional treatment. If you or someone you know is interested in Early Childhood services, our team of certified staff members and clinicians want to help. Through our Early Intervention and Birth to Three services, we help children and families lead to a successful, happy life. For more information, contact us at 508-427-5362.