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Top 20 Gifts for Smart Kids!

Great gift ideas to get kids to think!

Smart kids need a challenge. 

Having an intelligent child in your life is a real blessing, but there is also a downside; they can get bored easily. The solution is to find activities, toys and projects that keep them busy and some of these gifts even give your child something to show for their efforts!

Here are our best finds to entertain and enlighten your child:


1. Cranium Book of Fun

Cranium makes some great products. One of the best parties I've ever been to was where we adults played the Cranium game. We were laughing so hard we had a neighbor come by to see what was causing all the ruckus.

Now, Cranium has made a book of fun for the kids. This book has age-appropriate activities that will keep your kids entertained for hours on end. It's also a great way to inspire creativity, which is an excellent way to grow a child's intelligence. Try it out, you won't be sorry (and neither will your kids).

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2. Light Up Terraraium

If you're looking for a way to teach your child a little about biology without the responsibility, care and expense of a pet, this is a great solution! This terrarium is great because it has a special LED light built into the lid so plants grow during the day and glow at night. This kit comes with everything you need to grow a miniature garden, including seeds!

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3. A Spider Robot!

What could be cooler than a spider that's a robot!? How about the idea that your child can build it? How about the fact that you can program it to do cool stuff? How about that you can even download an app to control it? Your child can build this in about 3 hours and it's designed for kids 10+. This is one seriously cool robot!

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4. Lego Robot

Yes, I know we just posted about a spider robot, but this Lego robot combines kids' love of Legos and their facination with robots- what could be better than that? The cool thing about this robot is that you can't just make ONE robot, you can make FIVE different robots! There are apps available for download to control the robot.

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5. Crystal Growing Kit

This kit includes everything your little genius needs to grow crystals at home! Great as a science project or for kids who just love science or geology! This kit even includes a display case so your child can show off what they've grown once the crystals are fully developed. This kit is recommended for ages 10+.

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6. Tangram Puzzle

If your smartie-pants likes puzzles, this is a fantastic gift! Tangram puzzles come with a variety of shapes of plastic. They also come with a book of designs and your job is to use the shapes to make the design. It's a great way to exercise brains, young and old! I've played with these and I must say, they are addictive!

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7. Celestron Computerized Telescope

If you're looking for a gift that will stick with your child for their life, give them the gift of astronomy! A telescope is a great gift. A little tip: we bought a telescope several years ago. We did not buy the computerized version because we wanted to do it ourselves. Mistake! The computerized version automatically finds the objects in the sky. This allows you to enjoy looking at the stars longer.

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8. Genealogy Guide

The most interesting history can be your own! This book helps your child learn about and understand genealogy, terms and DNA inheritance patterns. This book also gives information about third-party tools your child can use to help understand the exciting and very interesting world of genealogy!

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9. Photography Book for Kids

Photography can be a great hobby for kids, especially with a book like this to show them the ropes. It's ideal for children who are ages 10-12. It teaches children about exploring opportunities in all their environments for taking photos and learning about composition and angles in a fun way.

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10. Trebuchet/Catapult Kit

Kids of all ages are interested in medieval times. This trebuchet building kit gives you and your child the opportunity to build catapults and learn how they work. My friend bought one of these for his son and it was a hit! It's also a great lesson in gravity, construction, torque- great for kids on a STEM path! all parts are included and it's a great new way to play catch with your child.

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11. Calligraphy Set for Beginners

Intelligent children are very creative and it's important for them to have a creative outlet. It's great to give your intelligent child a gift that helps them explore their creativity in an artistic way. Calligraphy is a constructive gift that allows kids to practice art even if they're not artistically talented in a conventional way.

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12. Coding Computer Set

STEM is a popular term these days and engineering jobs have a bright future. Get your child involved at an early age with this Kano computer coding system. It's a great gift that kids and children can build together. It has a wonderful picture book that teaches kids coding from the ground up. Recommended ages 6-14.

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13. Walkie Talkies

Intelligent people don't always need to sit at a desk. Physical activity is a vital part of any productive human. And, what could be more fun than spending time outdoors with family? This walkie-talkie set is great because it includes four walkie-talkies. So, there are enough for the whole family! These walkie-talkies have a range up to almost two miles.

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14. Geocaching Kit

Geocaching is a great way to get out and have a little fun. It's also a wonderful adventure and fun for an afternoon. There are also some basic skills related to geography and using a GPS. This kit is great for teaching beginning geocachers the ropes and getting your child started. Kit includes geocache containers, instruction booklet and tips on hiding.

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15. Paper Airplane Kit

Paper airplanes are a great way for kids to learn a little about aerodynamics while having a fun time. Paper airplane making is a bit of a lost art. This book shows some fun designs and provides paper that works well for making airplanes. This is another great activity that engages your child's brain but is also fun to do together.

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16. 3D Coloring Puzzle

Coloring is fun, but it's even more fun if you get to put together a structure from what you've colored! This is a great set that engages the creative side of the brain, then engages the spacial side of the brain by allowing your child to assemble their coloring pages into various structures, vehicles, etc. Markers and instructions are included.

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17. Make Your Own Kaleidoscope Kit

If you have a child in your home, you've probably heard a lot about STEM. Science, technology, engineering, and math are all the rage right now! Our world is moving toward these disciplines and children are being encouraged to explore the opportunities in these learning areas. Give your child an activity you can do together and enjoy as a family once it's built. Once the kaleidoscope is complete, you can also decorate the outside of the kaleidoscope, too!

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18. Stained Glass Starter Kit

Now, this isn't for little ones. I would say that this kit is for beginners, but older kids or teens would be better suited for this gift. That being said, this is a great kit that allows beginners to start making glass mosaic projects quickly and easily.

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19. Rock Polishing Set

This is a great gift for kids who have an interest in geology. This kit is priced well for a starter- nice enough to actually work but not so much that you'll be upset if your little genius doesn't take to it. This set also comes with a learning guide, tumbler, grit, and nin types of rocks!

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20. Microscope

Get your child interested in exploring their unseen world. If your child is into science, this is a great gift idea. It's ideal for all ages- elementary through high school. This is a nice microscope with a sturdy all-metal frame and it has magnifying power up to 1000x. LED light can use batteries or cord.

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