My son has been the hardest to shop for this year. Now that he’s older (7), his interests have changed tremendously. Matchbox Cars and Scooby Doo aren’t going to do the trick this year. I thought I had a real win with the Razor eSpark Scooter, but he has since told me he doesn’t want anything else to *ride* outside. He has enough things like that. Jaw dropper. So what do you get the homeschooling boy who isn’t influenced by the interests of his peers? Here are a few things I KNOW he’ll love.
He is fascinated with volcanoes. Because of this, we have a fabulous opportunity to explore that facet of earth science. I’ve ordered The Magic School Bus – Blasting Off With Erupting Volcanoes as a supplemental for $19.99 and free super saver shipping. What I like, in particular, about the Magic School Bus kits is the age appropriate level of explanation. He has learned so much from these in the past an I know he’ll love doing this with me. I cannot wait.
Next, if you were here last summer, you’ll recall that I was so excited to garden with my buddy. Unfortunately, he was less than interested. He did enjoy being able to pick a cucumber or random strawberry and eat it in between play on the water slide. I could almost see the change in his face when he realized these weren’t *just plants*. I think he’ll be far more interested this year, so I’m picking up the Nature Series: Science on a Garden Adventure kit. It’s $19.58 with free super saver shipping. It has won Toy of the Year by Creative Child Magazine, if you’re interested. There are hands-on experiments – creating a terrarium, learning about plant parts, soil testing, mini garden design, bug identificaton and he’ll even make his own sun dial. That will really help solidify his sense of time.
On the surface, this looks like a fun toy. For me, it’s a gift with a hidden agenda. Haha! Enter the Spy Net: Secret Message Invisible Ink Pen. Oh yes, I have no doubt that this little goodie which requires a hidden LED light necessary to decode the message is going to be a favorite. It will also help my buddy hone his penmanship. Wink, wink.
These are just a few things I’ve purchased. He has also requested some gag items and more spy gear-like things. I just haven’t gotten to those stocking stuffers yet. So, what am I missing? If you’ve got a *best gift for a 7 year old* idea, let me know!
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