When Christmas rolls around, it can be a tough decision on what gifts are great for homeschooling families. Gifts for us are often practical and educational…but we also like to have fun, too! For our letter to Santa this year, I’ve made a wishlist of uncommon gifts for homeschooling families. Let me know if they’re a good fit for your family as well by leaving a message in the comments section below this post.
This is a sponsored post, but the wish list really is ours.
I was drawn to Uncommon Goods because of their focus on community. For every purchase made $1 goes to the charity of your choice; which is a great way to give back to community. For crafty people like us, the fact that half of their products are hand-made is great. You can even go on a studio tour and see for yourself how some of their jewelry is made (how’s that for a fun homeschool field trip?). And if you have a love of learning weird and wonderful bits of knowledge, then have a read through their Uncommon Knowledge area and find out what the actual name is for that ever-growing pile of books that you keep meaning to read…yes, there really is a name for it!
I have spent waaaay too much time browsing for Uncommon gifts into the early hours of the morning getting lost amongst global gifts, which you know I love, pretty glass-blown ornaments by a fellow Canadian, and kitchen and camping gadgets…but I kept coming back to things that would be the most useful for homeschoolers.
If you’re like me, you are trying to fit your classroom, art studio, and science lab all into one small home and space can be lacking. Things often need to serve more than one purpose, and it’s awesome when they look good, too.
Here is our Uncommon Gifts Wish List:
At the top of the list is the Scratch Map Deluxe; how fun is this to use as both wall art as well as motivation for the children as they learn geography; after they’ve learned about a country, they scratch it off the map. How long will it take to reveal the world?
If you get out on the road and love field trips, then you’ll want to have a Ticket Stub Diary to keep track of the events and attractions you’ve visited. You can even use this as part of your language arts class when you have the kids write about their adventures in the book.
For your little science enthusiasts, the Kid’s Edible Chemistry Kit is the way to go. Polymer pudding for dessert, anyone? I know we’d have to keep an eye on Phil with this around, as he’s been known to eat the kids’ homework in the past….no, the kids will never let him live that one down! But don’t worry, there are lots of gifts for dads so they don’t need to eat the kids’ homework.
For the artistic technology lover, a Stop Motion Animation Kit would join the two worlds together. I know both my son and husband would get lost in time with this set!
And we can’t forget about those who excel at math and spacial reasoning; a STEM Puzzle Set will keep them occupied…but the question is, will it take them minutes, hours, or days to find the answers?
So now that I have my wish list made up (along with Tristan’s help and guidance), it’s time for the rest of the family to write up their Christmas wish lists so the elves can get themselves busy ordering and wrapping before it’s time to panic.
This has been a sponsored post, but the wish list really is ours….who is going to present us with a scratch map??