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When it comes to Christmas I always try and find gifts for my children that are fun but also encourage learning about the world around us, near and far, as well as inspire time outdoors away from screens. Of course, the main criteria is fun, if they sense it's too educational they sometimes turn off but there are plenty of really original and interactive toys and gifts out there that will spark a love for travel, nature and provide lots of screen-free time as well as time together as a family. So here is a list of 8 brilliant children's presents for those who love learning about the world around them
Here are 8 gifts that your kids will love
1. GeoSafari Talking Globe
This interactive high-tech globe that brings a world of travel, learning and culture to your fingertips will definitely be a hit with kids who love learning about the world around them. With the use of the interactive smart-pen, you can learn about continents, countries, nature, animals and more with over 1000 cool facts and over 10hrs of audio means you can plenty of use out of this very cool Globe. Suitable for 4yrs+ you can purchase this online at Wicked Uncle
2. Hide and Seek Periscope
These well-made eco-friendly bamboo periscopes are perfect as a stocking filler for kids who love adventures outdoors. Taking hide and seek to a new level, this 30cm long periscope allows you to peek from behind trees without being seen or learn more about nature but look into normally inaccessible spaces such as rabbit holes. You can pick these periscopes up from Wicked Uncle for £10.95 and come with a gift wrapping option.
3. Full Rounders Set & Carry Bag
I still remember playing rounders as a kid with my friends, one of the funniest games that gets you active and outdoors and you can play all year round weather permitting. This high-quality set is great for the whole family and includes everything you need including a travel bag so you can take it on holidays away. Both of my boys love playing rounders and have personally tried this kit out and love it. You can pick up this traditional British game at Jaques London for £23.99
4. Our little Globe Subscription box
Our Little Globe is a monthly travel and adventure box for kids. Each month it focuses on a new country and is packed with stories, letters, a craft kit and recipe cards to keep kids busy with educational learning fun. They also do a smaller "happy post" subscription which contains pen pal letters, stickers and recipe cards from £4 per month. You can also buy one-off boxes which make perfect Christmas gifts.
5. World Map Colouring In Table Cloth
These huge fabric tablecloths from Eat Sleep Doodle are great for rainy days and inspire kids to learn more about the world and ask questions about famous landmarks while getting creative. You can also re-sue these table clothes are it come with wash-out fabric pen set and washes out on a warm machine cycle meaning you can keep on colouring time and time again. These large world map table cloths cost £24.95
6. My First Camera 3
While this My first Camera 3 is designed for kids it also packs a punch quality wise with a new macro mode perfect for up close shots and 16MP image quality this is a great option at £70. It's easy and straight forward to use, comes in a shockproof pouch and also had an additional selfie mode and can also shoot HD film so kids can truly express their creativity. If your heading off on a holiday or adventure soon let your child capture the experience from their perspective.
7. Go Genius World - Play & Learn Game
Who doesn't love a board game at Christmas and not only is this one fun and perfect for the whole family but also encourages learning about the world around us. Players travel around the board answering multiple choice questions on everything from countries and capitals to what is the longest river or saltiest seas. It's designed to aid Key stage level 1 & 2 and the Go Genius board game costs £20
8. Kids Travel Journal by Lonely Planet Kids
I used to have one when I was younger and loved jotting down all my adventures and memories from my travels into my journal so if you heading off somewhere soon this is will make a great gift. This journal has some great prompts for inspiring creativity when on the road with lists to complete, space to write, draw and collage and fun illustrations to colour, turning this journal into a wonderful backpack size scrapbook to treasure forever. This book is currently £8.99 and can be found in Waterstones.
These are just a few ideas to help inspire wanderlust and love for the outdoors and world around us this Christmas and perfect for children around 5-11yrs old.