‘Tis the season to be jolly, and don’t we love it! It’s also that time of year when Santa fills stockings and leaves gifts under the tree, perfectly chosen and wrapped for the ones we love. Almost as if we did it ourselves! But if you want to help Santa out a bit, you could give your little ones a gift they would really love. Something that matches their learning style and will bring them joy all the way up to next Christmas. Not sure which learning style your loved one is? Check out our learning style guide and see how many you can tick off. Remember, some people are a bit of a mix!
In the spirit of giving, we’ve put together a guide, to help you find the perfect Christmas present for your little learning machines, no matter how they learn.
- Visual learners are all about spaces, colours and everything visual – so it’s no surprise that a lot of visual learners like to draw. If your child enjoys art, help them express it with a SuperGraph (it’s better than it sounds, trust me!) The SuperGraph allows them to draw anything they want from an image.
- If you have a little visual learner who loves space, this Space explorer projector is perfect. Project images of space, planets, exploration vehicles and more directly onto the walls and ceiling, so they can learn as they stare up at the stars.
- Young visual learners are some of the easiest to buy for, purely because there are so many learning based colouring books out there. A pack of colouring pencils and a colouring book about their favourite subject (and maybe even their worst) will go down a storm.
-A K’Next car building kit, or similar, kid friendly building kit. Kinaesthetic leaners love doing things with their hands, so these types of gift are perfect for helping develop fine motor skills and learn how things can go together in different ways. Plus, they get loads of cool cars to play with when they’re finished.
–The Dude Diary. If you have a boy (or girl) who is learning to write, you can’t go wrong with the Dude Diary. They can draw, doodle or practice writing in this very cool, slightly gross diary. Books like this encourage them to practice writing in a non-structured, fun way. The best way to learn!
-An old favourite – a good selection pack of Play dough can never go wrong with kinaesthetic learners. It’s a simple thing that feel lovely and can be shaped or moulded into anything they want, allowing them to explore their creativity with their hands.
-Audible or other audiobook subscriptions. If your little learner is not so little any more, audiobooks can be a fantastic way to get them into literature without the tears of forced reading.
-A musical instrument. Any kind at all – especially if they’re expressed a preference. Music is a huge thing for the tonal learner, and plays a key part in how they learn. Playing an instrument will likely come easily to them and help them understand other things – like maths, which has many similarities to music – much better
-In today’s world, knowing more than one language is a huge asset, and tonal learners tend to be adept at learning new languages. Language courses, tapes or other language learning games can be a great way to open up a new path for them and teach them about culture while having fun.
-Logic games are the perfect gift for any audio-visual learner, as they are all about logic and method. Chess, draughts, logic puzzles or maze games all go down very well with audio visual learners.
-Books. People often forget the value of a good old fashioned book, but audio digital learners will love it. Try and stick to non-fiction, as this type of learner loves information and problem solving. So you could go for a book of brain teasers, or a book by a prominent person in their favourite field.
-Working models of how things work. There are a whole range of things like this out there, and they are perfect for your audio digital learners. You could go for a solar system modelling kit, a mini car-engine, a model of how the human body works, the list goes on. Audio digital learners love learning how things work, so find a kit or model that does this for something they are interested in.
Still stuck for ideas, or have a suggestion I’ve missed off? I’d love to hear it! Just leave a comment or get in touch with me. And let’s not forget, have a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!