With Christmas approaching, we are all trying to think of the perfect gift for our kids. We ask ourselves, “What are they asking for?” “What will keep them engaged and learning?” “What can I afford?” “What will hurt the least when I step on it in the middle of the night?” As you answer these questions, consider what you know about early childhood education. Kids are learning about the world around them through exploration and Christmas is a great time to encourage that learning. Here are five great gift ideas to help your child enjoy learning:
- Membership to a museum. Though not particularly exciting to open on Christmas morning, you could include a toy from the museum’s gift shop for that fun factor. Consider your child’s interests: art, history, trains, music, etc. There are museums for all of that. If the budget is tight, consider going when the museum has a FREE day – just google it to get the right dates. Visiting these museums is an ideal way to help your kids in their early childhood education.
- Science kits. You can sign up for a subscription so every month a science kit full of fun, age appropriate projects comes in the mail. Or if you decide it should just be a one time thing, you can order one on Amazon using our school’s link! And if you’d rather create one yourself, there are hundreds of ideas on Pinterest that you can use. Your scientist’s early childhood education may one day change the world!
- Lessons. Any type of lesson that you think your child would love – dance, art, sports, music, anything! Again, not really fun to open on Christmas morning, but get a little creative and have them open something that might go along with the lesson: a dance bag, a paint set, a soccer ball, an instrument. Again, if money is an issue, don’t forget YouTube! There are lots of videos on every subject to improve your child’s early childhood education.
- Books. Elizabeth Hardwick said, “The greatest gift is a passion for reading.” To this end, you can give kids a membership to a book of the month club, a gift card to Barnes and Noble, or just head to the library. Emilie Buchwald said, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents,” so make some readers!
- Time. The most important factor to your child’s success in their early years is your time. That is the best gift you can give. Your complete and undivided (by your phone) attention. They will know you love them and that you think learning is important if you will spend your time learning with them.
Early childhood education starts with teaching our kids to love learning and exploring. At A Child’s Place at the Ranches, we create an environment that encourages that. We look forward to a great holiday season with your little ones. Thank you for trusting us with their care.