It's my humble opinion that the best gift a child can receive is a book. But let's face it, kids also want to get toys! Pairing a children's book with a coordinating toy is a fun and unexpected way to surprise a child. Choose a theme that appeals to your children's interests. Do they like sleuthing? Are they interested in geography or crafts? Once you have your theme, it's easy to find just the right book and activity to create an extra special gift.
Here are seven choices for book-toy sets, and even if they are not the right fit for your child I hope they will inspire you to look for something that fits your child's currents passion. The gifts below are designed for children ages 5-7.
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Book and Toy Gift Sets for Kids
If your family owns a cat, your child will adore this clever picture book about all the ways cats steal our hearts with their quirky ways. Cat Crimes is a wonderful single person logic game that our cat-loving household cannot get enough of. Players solve feline crimes using deduction methods reminiscent of old-school grid logic puzzles.
Potato Pants is a hilarious picture book that my son loved so much he read it out loud to me. Use the antics of the pants-less potato to encourage your child to engage in science. When they make their own potato clock they might actually get up in time for school. (This book is also excellent for preschoolers. For younger kids the obvious choice is a Mr. Potato Head!)
Intrepid Zoey from Zoey and Sassafras uses the scientific method to learn how to take care of magical animals in this early chapter book series. If your 5-7 year old isn't quite ready to read independently, read the book out loud and inspire them to conduct their own scientific experiments with a fun science set.
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman is a fascinating and beautiful look at patterns in nature. Poems describe all kinds of spirals, from fiddleheads to galaxies! Naturally (pun), kids will immediately want to create their own designs with the totally awesome and retro Spirograph Set. (Remember those?)
If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen, is a boisterous picture book written in rhyme about out-of this world automotive design possibilities. The imaginative story will certainly inspire your little inventor to create his or her own amazing car with a DIY set that lets them build their very own souped up car!