For a varied list of cool math gifts for everyone from babies to math teachers check out the 18 gift suggestions in The Maths Insider Ultimate Maths Gifts Guide. I love the cute baby bodysuits with statements such as “Cutie Pi” and “Peace-Love-Math” but I’m still waiting for someone to buy me the math clock where the answers to the sums make the numbers around the clock!
Board games make great family gifts. See my choice of math based board games at 10 Fun Parent-Tested Math Board Games. From dinosaur multiplication to algebraic equations, there’s a math board game to suit young mathematicians of all ages.
In this recent post on my Faster Times Tables website, you’ll find a list of parent recommended times tables games and resources along with what parents liked about them. I’m a big fan of the simple resources such as the math war cards and the multiplication placemat, but techy kids will also love the LeapFrog Turbo Twist for practising those essential arithmetic sums.
When it comes to electronic educational toys, the buzz this year has been centered on kids learning tablets. These kids friendly iPad like devices look set to be some of the best sellers of the year. Some such as the LeapPad 2 have educational games preloaded onto them, but all have lots of great math games available to buy and download. Check out what parents have to say about the LeapPad 2, the Oregon Scientific MEEP Pad, the VTech InnoPad 2 and the Tabeo.
For nice ideas on gifts to encourage your youngest children to develop a love of math, check out the post 11 Bestselling Maths Learning Toys for Preschoolers. I did end up buying the cool wipeable “Counting to 100” placemat for one of my own kids after writing that post!
iPad apps may not seem the most obvious choice, but by using the “Gift this app” option in iTunes when you’re browsing apps, you can easily send a mini gift code, that can be used by the recipient (isn’t it funny that spending money on our iTunes account doesn’t feel like we’re spending real money!) To get you started, take a look at these 16 Cool iPad Math Apps (That Your Child Might Actually Love!
My personal shopping addiction is buying books for my kids. We’ve got a fair few math story books and games around the house, many of which were bought as gifts. Find out what books I recommend in the The Maths Insider Amazon Store. You’ll also find further ideas for math games and workbooks.
If after browsing through the 101+ math gift ideas, you still need some more inspiration for educational gifts check out the Amazon Holiday Toy List and click on the “Learning Toys Tab” to see what educational toys are currently most popular! Happy shopping!