Fun, Different Gifts for Kids: Science and 'Grow' Kits!

I admit... I was 'that' Mom.
The Mom that looked for educational toys for my kids for Christmas.
Oh, they got Barbies and babies and remote control cars, action figures and footballs... but they also got games that involved using their brains, fun 'kits' to grow things, crafts and art supplies, mini sewing machines and toys I actually and truly would find in 'teacher' school supply stores.  And you know what?  Not only did those educational toys get used, they usually were better made and lasted for years verses the toys that were forgotten by the next Christmas.

I was on Amazon tonight browsing for Christmas ideas when a fun 'gift' idea caught my eye (which isn't this one but I'll post it below in a bit).  A click led to a click and then, I had a bunch of cool ideas I thought I'd post at Coffee Talking.  Hope you think they are as cool as I do!

by Scientific Explorer

About the Product
  • Educate your child on what actually grows on their own body
  • Learn fun facts about body parts, byproducts and become completely grossed out as you take science to a whole new level
  • Create a stinky intestine, slimy snot, fake blood and learn how to grow friendly molds and bacteria
  • Includes 4 petri dishes, magnifier, 4 cotton swabs, gelatin, sugar, baking yeast, red and green coloring, rubber balloon, plastic bag and guide
  • Recommended for children 8 years of age and older with adult supervision


  • This plant maze is a great toy for anyone interested in experimenting with nature, both young and old. Just plant a bean and watch it sprout and wind its way through the maze.
  • Grow-A-Maze also comes with a transparent cover, a water pot, and a mini-magnifying glass so you can watch both above and below the soil and see for yourself just how plants work.
  • The container measures approximately 5-inches x 4-inches and works as a great office desktop decoration/garden.
  • Encourage understanding of plant biology and interest in nature with this transparent planter.
  • Dried beans and soil (not included) are required for this experiment. Recommended for ages 3 and up.


And HERE is the item I mentioned above that caught my attention and started this whole post.  Is this not the coolest thing?  8 pencils that aren't just pencils but grow into plants.  Kind of goofy but it's different... and I like 'different' kind of gifts.

Set of 8 pcs Plant and Grow: Pencil Plant - A Pencil That Can Grow Into a Plant!

  • Its A Pencil That Wants To Be A Plant When It Grows Up!
  • When it Becomes too short to use as a pencil, plant it to grow herbs.
  • The pencil Has Seeds Inbedded On The Top Part Of The Pencil.
  • At First Use It As A High-quality #2 pencil! Then Use It Turns To Become A Plant!
  • A plantable pencil, creative design, Great For A Science Project Or For Any Type Of Kids Activity.