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One of the great joys of grandparenthood is finding just the perfect gift for our grandkids. If we can help them learn and grow in the process, all the better. Young children love to explore and pretend. They imagine themselves to be a growling bear or a timid mouse. Or they pretend to be a King or Queen and rule the world around them. Quality toys and books are designed to encourage such creative play. Here are some great gift choices for your grandkids.


Melissa and Doug toys always mean quality. This fifty-six piece set includes  sandwich-making items plus a menu card on one side and sandwich preparation instructions on the other side. The set will encourage counting and sorting skills plus fine motor skills as children enter into imaginative play.

This sturdy set of puzzles is great for your training your budding doctors and nurses in human anatomy. Each puzzle comes in five layers and displays the skeletal, respiratory, digestive, and muscular systems.

A perfect STEM toy for today’s creative-minded boys and girls. This set of building blocks will provide hours of fun

Expose your grandkids to the wonders of the microscopic world. This sturdy microscope has six magnification levels, comes with six color filters and sets of pre-made slides and blank ones so kids can make their own. A total of fifty-two pieces in this set.

An authentic green and yellow John Deere toy for all those child-size chores. Kids will love the pedal-power and room in the wagon for all their hauling needs.

Country girls and boys will love this wooden horse stable dollhouse with toy horses.

        Early learning Globe

This early learning globe from Orboot focuses on stories, music and animal facts of the world. It does not have country boundaries or names, but instead teaches about the animals, cultures, inventions, and cuisine of various parts of the world. It is an interactive program with voice interaction and quizzes. It teaches about food chains and the ecosystems of the world.


If you want to introduce your grandchild to the wonders of the world, you’ll want to purchase this book. It is filled with historical information and curiosities about famous landmarks including the Eiffel tower, the Taj Mahal and The Great Wall of China. Each landmark is illustrated with lots of interesting facts and tidbits added.

In keeping with the high standards of National Geographic, this book uses an interactive question and answer format to teach children how to ask big questions and find accurate answers. What makes a car go? What does a doctor see when he looks in my throat? The book helps children understand the answers using games, crafts, recipes and more.

     Fossils for Kids

This great book on fossils is a Junior Scientists’ Guide to dinosaur bones and prehistoric life. Kids love dinosaurs and are fascinated by their past. This book teaches young children how fossils form, where to find them and tips on how to identify them.

    Gems for kids

A junior Scientist’s Guide to Mineral Crystals and Other Natural Treasures.

My granddaughter aged nine collects gems, crystals and coloured stones so she will love this book for Christmas!