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Educational Gift Ideas for 5- 8 year olds

Christmas is the one of the most magical times of the year. We love it here at REOLife.

I start thinking of Christmas gift ideas in the Summer. I quite literally spend half of the year thinking about Christmas and gifts. I just love the whole process soooo much.

I’ve gathered present ideas from around the web and made this blog post for all who are looking for some prezzie inspiration.

So, here it is. REOLife’s 43 cool gift ideas for 5 – 8 year olds suitable for all budgets.

Please note: This post contains Amazon affiliate links. All prices are correct at the time of writing.



Building Lollipop Sticks, Assorted Colours 100 Pieces
Building lollipop sticks – £2.92 from Etsy

These coloured building sticks are a fab and easy way to make small models.




BigJigs Flower Press
Flower Press – £5.00 from Wooden Toy Shop

Children love collecting flowers and leaves in the garden so why not press them? This cute flower press will make the perfect stocking filler.





Tap-A-Shape – £6.40 from Mothercare

Tap A Shape is a great activity to help with hand eye coordination and allows little ones to use their imagination and express their creativity.




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Incredible Height Chart – £7.99 from I Want One Of Those

The ‘I’m As Big As…’ Height Chart is a hilarious way of finding out what your height compares to in the real world. Maybe you’re as tall as a baby giraffe or the size of a Great White Shark’s open mouth – the ‘I’m As Big As…’ wall chart will tell you exactly where you stand when it comes to your height.




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Waterwheel kit – £8.50 from Myriad

This great little kit allows children to make a simple waterwheel for use in small streams.



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Solar paper -£8.99 from Myriad

Light sensitive paper is amazing and prints images by sunlight. Watch images develop before your eyes, using just plain water!




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Handmade Crayons – £9.50 from Cottage Coppicing on Etsy

These large, chunky and easy to grip wax crayons can not be snapped or trodden into the carpet. Hand coppiced in South Wales.

Snazaroo Face Paints – £9.99 from Amazon

Kids love face painting so why not get them their own?





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Little Passports Monthly Subscription – £12 per month

If you are looking for a long-term and unique gift then this is the one. The Little Passports early explorers subscription is aimed at children aged 3-5 years with the aim to inspire children to learn about other countries and cultures in a fun and engaging way. In the first pack you will receive the traveller kit (pictured) and then ongoing packages addressed to your child each month.There is also a discount if you pay for 6/12 months up front.



Create Your Own Tutu & Wand
DIY Tutu & Ribbon Wand – £13 from ToadstoolsTippytoes on Etsy

This easy-to-do kit contains everything needed to make a lovely Tutu and Ribbon Wand




One-Step Tie-Dye Kit – £14.78 from Amazon

This kit provides everything you need to dye up to thirty colourful projects.




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Sun Dial – £14.99 from Not On The High Street

A genuine pocket-sized timepiece which will accurately tell the time.




Compose Yourself
Compose Yourself – £15.95 from Wicked Uncle

This classy set contains 60 transparent music cards that can be flipped and rotated in millions of different ways to create your own music. Create your own musical masterpieces and go online to hear them played by a real orchestra.



Creative Carpentry – £15.99 from Amazon

This kit comes complete with 46 wooden blocks of varying sizes and shapes which can be fastened together with the included plastic sticks. Children can make a windmill, house or anything they can imagine. Includes a wooden hammer too.



DIY Electro Dough kit – £16.99 from Maplin

Use the Electrodough recipe book to make your own conductive and non conductive dough using everyday household items. Then start to understand how circuits work whilst making fun and interesting creations.



Tower Tumbling – £17.61 from Amazon

A fun game to which tests patience and co-ordination. 



Crayola Marker Maker – £18.99 from Amazon

With the Marker Maker kids can create their own custom markers and experiment with colour.




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Seascope – £19.99 from Bright Minds

This 4x telescope is great for viewing distant objects on land or attach it to the water-resistant Seascope to magnify underwater life.



Pulley kit – £19.99 from Myriad


The pulley is an ancient tool for lifting or moving heavy objects, with surprising ease. Discover the many uses of the pulley and how it really works



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Roald Dahl Collection – £21.99 from The Book People

There are no other authors quite like Roald Dahl. A supreme storyteller with a wicked sense of humour, his characters and stories are timeless and unforgettable.


Pedal Go – £22.85 from Amazon

Pedal Go is an easy to learn and safe balancing prop which is perfect for kids.



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The Famous Five Complete Collection – £24.99 from The Book People

Here, in a keepsake box, you can enjoy all 21 novels that follow Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog as they visit some thrilling places and explore and uncover all sorts of secrets.



Tiggly Words – £29.99 from Amazon

Tiggly Words is an interactive tablet toy for children which combines the best of physical and digital play.



Weaving loom – £29.99 from Not On The High Street

Children will love to get creative knitting their own scarves, bags and belts with this easy-to-use Multi-Craft Weaving Loom.

Roman Arch Building Blocks – £39.95 from Babipur

Discover what the Romans did for us with this clever 114-piece Roman arch block set by Haba. Children and adults alike will enjoy constructing aqueducts and building arches into buildings using this wooden play set.



– £49.99 from Amazon

This astronomical telescope is ideal for terrestrial and celestial viewing. It not only can be perfect for astronomy beginners but also can fulfil the interests of amateur astronomer.




Wooden Marble Run – £59.99 from Amazon

This wooden marble run provides endless creative building possibilities and encourages spatial thinking and problem solving. Each of the 7 different colour blocks has a different function.



Big Cable Car Shuttle Service Kit – £59.99 from Myriad


This cool cable car kit is one of my Top Picks for this age group. It contains everything you need to run a shuttle service and includes two big cable cars and a station/winch.


– £74.99 from Amazon

1474684269_star_fullmBot is an Educational kit for kids to get hands-on experience about graphical programming, electronics and robotics. It is an all-in-one solution for robotics learning and designed for STEM education.


Fire Kids – £99.99 from Amazon

We love Kindles for kids due to the easy to use parental controls and child usability. This 7″ Fire tablet for kids has a quad-core processor, front and rear cameras, microSD slot for additional storage up to 128GB and comes with 1 year of Fire for Kids Unlimited for free! This will give you access to thousands of books, TV shows, educational apps, and games, at no additional cost. All of this on top of the 2 years free warranty. It’s the ideal tablet for children.



MakeWonder Dash and Dot Robot Pack
– £179.99 from Amazon

Dash is a real robot, responsive to the world, on the go and at the ready. Packed with sensors and capabilities, kids can program Dash to move, dance, light up, make sounds, avoid obstacles, and even react to their voice.

Pentatonic Lyre – £129.99 from Myriad

A simple but powerful pentatonic seven string lyre through which children can learn music in it’s fullest meaning. Comes with tuning key and tuning instructions.

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Check out our Pinterest board for more toy inspiration.

I add new ideas regularly.

See also:

Educational Gift Ideas for kids 8yrs+

43 Educational Gift Ideas for 1 – 3 year olds

28 Educational Gift Ideas for 3 – 5 year olds

Developmental baby gifts for less than £25


12 Crafts of Christmas Challenge


15 Youtube Channels for Home Education

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