The Best Gifts for Kids 8 + to Tween 2021: Holiday Gift Guide

 

The Best Gifts for Kids 8 + to Tween 2021: Holiday Gift Guide
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The Best Gifts for Kids 8 + to Tween 2021: Holiday Gift Guide

For older kids ages eight to tween, parents know that kids this age may gravitate towards a game they loved four years back or are ready to tackle something pretty advanced. This grouping of kids is on a case-by-case basis (#IYKYK).

This is why we have gifts that do not focus on one genre- for really kids these days are pretty darn cool and surprise us with their creativity and intelligence every day so why should we not ‘bring it’ when picking out their gifts?!

Here are 7 worth considering:

 

Questions for Rebel Girls 

While the Rebel Girls series encourages girls to know they can reach their dreams/goals by reading about amazing women, I would personally love for my sons to read this book. The book shares quotes and introduces extraordinary women throughout history, allowing the reader to answer questions and be inspired. At the same time, they think upon these questions, imagine what they would do in a similar scenario, and perhaps have a  discussion with their peers or family. Ages 6+,  $9.99, rebelgirls.com

 

YuMe Among Us 

Kids love a good plushy, and these comfy pillow styles from the hit online multiplayer game Among Us are perfect for your tween-ager! Made of super-soft Velboa fabric, this plush is super soft, and yes, you can squeeze it. Each plush is sold separately and is 16 inches in height. Age 3 +, $24.98, Walmart.com

Pokemon 25th Anniversary Celebrations Elite Trainer Box

If your child is into Pokemon, then you know that Pokemon is 24/7 for fans of Pikachu and Mew, to name a few. This Anniversary Celebrations Elite Trainer Box includes 10 Pokémon TCG: Celebrations 4-card booster packs, five additional Pokémon TCG booster packs, one special foil card featuring Greninja, 65 card sleeves featuring the Pokémon 25 logo and lightning tail design, 45 Pokémon TCG Energy cards, and more. Your kid will love this trainer Box. Ages 6+, $93, Amazon.com

 

Beetle Taxonomy Paint By Number Banner

If one of your goals is less screen time and more art, this banner kit includes unique die-cut cards printed on 100% paperboard. There are six beetle encyclopedia plates . Not only will your artist learn about each bug’s name, but you will also be able to paint these cards and have miniature art pieces to keep or be framed by you. Ages 13 +, $44, Nathanandco.com.

Artie Max The Coding Robot

You can’t go wrong with a STEM gift, and this Artie Max is perfect for both beginners and pro-coders.  Learning to code can feel intimidating, but with Artie Max, the robot draws in 6 major coding languages that help kids code creatively.  The Artie Max can be directly connected to your child’s tablet, phone, iPad, or home computer, and learning to code can start immediately. Ages 8-12, $109.99, educationalinsights.com.

 

Ghosted Game

Tweens love weird games, so we are giving in and adding GHOSTED a game of Boo-Dunnit. Where you and your players help your restless spirit search and identify who wanted you Ghosted.  Ages 10+, 16, Target.com.

Sphere Dj-Style Headphones 

If you go through headphones like crazy, you will appreciate these wired, dj-style headphones with a mic. That, at $5, won’t break the band, so buy one for every member of the family. The headphones feature a built-in mic, comfy ear cushions, and an adjustable headband. Are compatible with iPhone®, iPad®, Samsung galaxy®, android™ smartphones, tablets & other 3.5mm audio devices. $5, fivebelow.com.

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The Harvey School Day Camp

<p>At the Harvey School  Day Camp, children in grades 1-9 will participate in the arts, sports, science, music, and theater as well as games and camp-wide events. In addition, campers in grades 5-8 can also choose to take a more in-depth approach by attending our Art Camp, Dance Camp, or Sports Camp.</p> <p> </p> <p>Dates: June 27 through August 5, 2022, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are closed July 4.</p> <p> </p> <p>We also offer specialty camps in Circus Arts, Robotics, and Basketball. See our website for program information and dates.</p>

Beth Sholom Day Camp

<p>Beth Sholom Day Camp, located in Roslyn Heights, NY is a Summer Camp for children aged 3-15 years old, serving Nassau & Queens. Their program encourages children to try new activities, build friendships and develop skills in a safe and nurturing environment. Activities include music, dance, drama, arts and crafts, karate, as well as outdoor sports, an adventure park, and pedal go-karts.  American Red Cross swim instruction is offered in their three heated pools. This summer, camp will be 8 weeks long with a scheduled start date of June 28th through August 22nd. A minimum of 4 weeks is required. For summer 2023, their program includes a hot Glatt Kosher lunch, an afternoon snack, door to door, air-conditioned bus transportation and New for 2023 - Towel Service!<br /> <br />BSDC offers full- and mini-day nursery programs. Fifth-eighth graders participate in a camp and trip program. They also have a C.I.T. program for 9th and 10th graders. Their camp staff implements an engaging curriculum, with intentional games as well as age-appropriate activities. Beth Sholom Day Camp pride themselves in their ability to know each child as an individual and facilitate positive relationships through team building and group activities. They are proud to offer a dynamic summer experience where children can play, learn, and grow.</p>

Magic Day Camp

<h4 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 14pt; margin-bottom: 4pt;"><span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Magic Day Camp is a privately owned summer day camp that has successfully operated for more than 40 years.</span></h4> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Magic Day Camp is conveniently located in Bayside, Queens. We provide door-to-door transportation to families EVERYWHERE in Queens at no additional cost. We also offer camping options for children residing in New Hyde Park, Elmont, Valley Stream, Floral Park, and Garden City.</span><strong id="docs-internal-guid-c31bba51-7fff-8629-e1e7-39a7806ca021" style="font-weight: normal;"></strong></p> <h4 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 14pt; margin-bottom: 4pt;"><span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Magic Day Camp has given generations of children a safe and rewarding environment to explore new and enriching experiences that foster both mental and physical growth</span><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">.</span></h4> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We believe all children need a safe and supervised environment to develop into well-rounded youths and eventually adults. With daily swimming, daily trips, sports programs, dance programs, parks, state-of-the-art facilities, celebrations, and incredible summer days, "every day is truly magical!"</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Open Houses are held every month Jan-June - visit the website to learn more! </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Email [email protected] with any questions!</span></p>