67 Christmas Gifts that Encourage Creativity & Imagination

It’s a no-brainer that kids love toys as Christmas gifts.

But why not give kids toys that teach them a new skill, nurture their creativity or inpire their imaginations? That’s a gift that keeps on giving!

I know you’re super busy, so I wanted to gather a list of 67 Christmas gifts for your kids that are play-oriented, encourage hands-on learning and are just plain fun!

CHRISTMAS GIFTS THAT TEACH KIDS: You’ll love these awesome Christmas gift ideas for your kids that teach them skills, practice arts and crafts or let them explore in new ways!

Here’s your gift guide for 67 fun gifts that encourage creativity and imagination!

3 Favorite Gifts for Creative, Hands on Play


Handstand Kitchen Deluxe Baking Set

Is your child an aspiring baker? My 9-year-old loves to bake beside me and can handle some of the adult-size kitchen tools now. My 4-year-old son, on the other hand, is just as eager to get his hands working in the kitchen, but he still has quite a bit of learning to do.

That’s why I love this Deluxe Baking Set from Handstand Kitchen that contains kid-sized tools and fun baking accessories! Kids can use special molds such as a fancy, oh-so-cute silicone cake mold and a silicone loaf pan to create wonderful baked goods.

The Deluxe Baking Set includes recipes cards for inspiration, and all the kitchen tools are brightly colored and engaging for kids. Who can resist the adorable, brightly-colored cookie cutters and flower-shaped spatula! So much fun! Learn more here!


Svan’s Wooden Ice Cream Shop

Speaking of food… is there any other food more universally loved by kids than ice cream? My kiddos love to play pretend and so I flipped my lid when I saw this AH-dorable wooden Ice Cream Shop!

The Ice Cream Shop from Svan Wooden Toys contains 11 pieces including deliciously decorated scoops of ice cream, connectable cones, popsicles and an ice cream scoop. Plus, of course, there’s that super cute storefront that can be used either on the ground or on a table!

What I love best about this gift is that it’s convenient and portable. Kids can set up their ice cream stand wherever they’d like: in a bedroom or outside, and then move shop in a snap! And because the set is so portable, it doesn’t take up a ton of storage space like some large “pretend stores” or other role-playing toys. That’s especially helpful for us moms who lack a ton of toy storage space!

In addition, Svan’s Wooden Toys are constructed from all natural wood using non-toxic paint and BPA-free materials. Which means that it’s completely safe if an ice cream “cone” happens to end up in your 15-month-old’s mouth.

You can purchase this awesome, interactive toy here!



Svan’s Doll Bunk Bed

Isn’t it amazing how, even at the youngest ages, some kids have a natural instinct to nurture? This was my daughter. She’s always cuddled with her dolls at night, brushed their hair and even made fashion accessories for them.

Svan’s Doll Bunk Bed is the perfect gift for kids who love playing dolls or just pretend play with their stuffed animals! Equipped with two beds (which can be bunked or separated), two cozy patterned blankets, two pillows and a ladder, your child will love tucking his or her favorite friend in for a comfy night’s sleepover!

Young children learn so much about social skills through pretend play and interaction. You child can make every night a slumber party with Svan’s Doll Bunk Bed! And yes, American Girl Dolls (and other dolls that size) do fit in the bunks! Learn more here!

Here are other wonderful interactive toys that teach kids and encourage them to use their imagination!


Science Projects and Activities

4M Tin Can Robot
The Dangerous Book for Boys Classic Chemistry Science Kit

Dangerous Book for Boys Essential Electronics Science Kit with 50-Pack Litmus Paper PH Strips

Electronic Snap Circuits, Jr. Kit
Q-Ba-Maze Big Box Snap Circuits Deluxe Snap Rover
OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot
Stopmotion Explosion: Complete Stop Motion Animation Kit with Camera

Build Your Own Internal Combustion Engine
All Terrain 3-in-1 RC Robot Kit

Gyrobot-Gyroscopic Robot Kit
Extreme Secret Formula Lab

Robotic Arm Edge

Laser Pegs 8-in-1 Sports Car Building Set
Window Bird Nest Box

Amphibian Grow-A-Frog Kit

Deluxe Giant Butterfly Garden Break Open Real Geodes Science Kit
That’s Gross Science Lab

Magnet Science Kit

The Art of Tinkering Book Physics Workshop Kit
SmartLab Toys ReCon 6.0 Programmable Rover Demolition Lab Triple Blast Warehouse Kit


Gifts for Little Ones

Alex Jr. Tots Art Start Crayola My First Touch Lights
Fisher-Price Travel Doodler Pro, Green My Quiet Book

My First Sewing Kit
My First Microscope

My ABC Animal Train Travel Bag

Design & Drill Activity Center
300-x-300-roundabout-marble-runMy First Marble Run Take-A-Part Airplane


Building and Creating

MindWare Imaginets MindWare KEVA Contraptions
Make A Catapult Kit Gears! Gears! Gears! Super Set
Eiffel Tower 216 Piece 3D Building Set One World Trade Center 3D Puzzle, 23-Piece
Goobi 202 Piece Master Magnet Construction Set Rainbow Magna-Tiles® Clear Colors 100 Piece Set

Marble Genius Marble Run


IDO3D Vertical Five Pen Art Set with 3D Vertical Light


Arts and Crafts

My First Sewing Kit Spirograph Deluxe Design Set
Make Your Own Cards Kit Melissa & Doug Fashion Design Activity Kit
Crayola My Virtual Fashion Show
Creature Crochet
Hip To Be Square Crochet Kit with 300-Yards of Yarn and Storage Tin Paint-Your-Own Porcelain Vases
Make A Wind Chime Kit 300-x-300-friendship-bracelet-maker-kitMy Friendship Bracelet Maker Kit
300-x-300-my-ribbon-barrette-makerMy Ribbon Barrette Maker Kit – Makes 8
Pom-Pom Puppies
Interior Design Sketch Portfolio MindWare Mosaic Magna Patterns
How to Make String Art Book How to Make Balloon Animals with Balloons and Pump
Real Construction Deluxe Tool Workshop Do-it-Yourself Wear! Silkscreen Factory
Custom Rides Car Design Studio Make Your Own Perfume Science Kit


Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

FTC Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Svan Toys and Handstand Kitchen

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Learn more here!


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About the Author

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging women, married couples and families with practical tips for growing closer to God during holidays like Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving. Alicia is the owner/editor of both ChristCenteredHolidays.com and YourVibrantFamily.com; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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