It’s already time to start thinking about holiday gifts. I know, I know! Spending tons of cash on toys they’re gonna start getting old and boring in a week or two. Because our kids are spoiled by us, uncles, aunts, cousins. And most modern games are not made for them to use their imagination. If you are looking for ideas on what to give to a child who has everything, you should think about educational toys. No, I’m not kidding. They are certainly not going to die. It’s a great way to get the children interested in learning, stimulate their minds and imagination, and provide hours of fun. Sure, the stereotype is that toys labeled educational are often boring or tedious, but this doesn’t have to be the case, NOT at all! There are thousand of options out there, and the trick is to pick the correct toy for your kid’s age and interests. Here are some toys that will entertain your kids and help them develop useful skills at the same time.

 Books

 This might seem like an obvious entry, but books are often overlooked by both parents and kids. There are tons of fun educational books that will get children interested in science, like Ultimate Weird But True and That’s Gross!, both printed by National Geographic, that will teach kids fun things about the world. But a book doesn’t have to be a recollection of facts to be educational. A good storybook or short novel will help kids develop a love for reading, a great imagination and better comprehension and language skills that will make their entire lives easier.

 Video Games

 Yes, I know, the last thing you want is for your kids to spend even more time in front of the screen, but video games can absolutely be educational. And I’m not talking about cheap “encyclopedia” type games that are so boring that they will put your child to sleep. I’m talking about actually entertaining games that will make your kid think outside of the box and solve puzzles. Games like Portal 2 (Xbox 360 and Play Station 3) are being used in schools to teach kids about physichs, they help develop spatial awareness and logical thinking, and they are considered by most gamers to be extremely fun. If you know what to buy, the time your kid spends in front of a screen can be used more constructively than shooting at imaginary bad guys.

 Science and robotic kits

 Science is fun! And technology is advancing at such a rapid rate that it’s hard to keep up. The future will need scientists and engineers, and your kids are the future. Think about buying your kids a build your own robot kit. Few things are as cool as robots and by building their own automaton, boys and girls will learn about mechanics and electronics while having the time of their life. Besides, imagine their sense of accomplishment once they are done! Another, similar option are various science kits, like the ones licensed by the Smithsonian. Your kids can learn about chemistry, astronomy, geology and a dozen other things with fascinating and interesting experiments that are safe for them.

We live in a fantastic world. Encourage your kids’ curiosity and help them explore it while they are having fun! This will turn into a long life investment, and believe me… it’s easier to raise smart children than kids who are bored and can’t be entertained on their own.