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BEST gifts for Primary Aged Children for Christmas 2021!

I’m very excited this weekend to bring you my ultimate, children’s Christmas Gift Guide for 2021- for primary aged children! If you’re a parent, carer, grandparent, friend or family members and you’re looking for some ideas for Christmas presents for young children …then look no further! There’s a whole range of wonderful present ideas in this post!

If you’re short of time, I’ve an amazon list you can just skip to- which is here .

And if you’d like to see my gift guides for last year, for even more ideas…have a look here and for books here. And if you’d like a selection of 24 fun, play based Christmas activities to keep your kids entertained…have a look at my Christmas Activity pack here.

Best gifts for Primary Aged Children in 2021!

Stocking Fillers:

  • Oral B Junior Electric Toothbrush – Don’t laugh…but surely I wasn’t the only one to get a toothbrush as a stocking filler at Christmas as a child?! And whilst it may not be the most exciting gift to open..good dental hygiene in a gift for life…right?

  • Snoball Play – If your children are crossing their fingers for a white Christmas this year, then this might be the perfect stocking filler! The gift of snow! It’s great value and hours of fun.

  • Wild Flower Seed Bomb– These are a great little stocking filler that has the added bonus of being eco friendly. Lets face it, a lot of stocking fillers aren’t that great for the environment, so this is a welcome change! Simply scatter on top of soil or compost in a garden bed or pot and water (no digging or gardening experience needed!) and nature will do the rest.

  • Christmas Pop Fidget Toy-  These types of fidget toys have been really popular this year for helping children relieve stress and anxiety. We adore this Christmas themed one and think you might do too!

  • Neon Bubble Wands– You can’t beat bubbles and they make fab little stocking fillers! These Neon ones are great value and come in a pack of 12, so you could save a few for a future Christmas/birthday. 

  • Christmas My Mood Stars– These lovely plush stars would make a wonderful stocking filler. Find out more about them in our blog post here

Main Presents! Now that you’ve got your stockings sorted, here’s some ideas for main presents for Christmas. I’ve grouped them into popular themes to make it easier!

Action Figures & Playsets:

  • Pokémon Carrycase Playset– Pokémon is still very popular this year and this lovely set has the added bonus of neatly fitting into a carry case! Kids can have fun reenacting their very own Pokémon Battles and exploring the Pokémon world.

  • Schleich T.Rex Attack Dinosaurs Set– This very realistic and high quality T.rex model ply set is fantastic for imaginative play. Schleich do a whole range of dinosaurs now, so it’s worth having a look at all of them to find the best one to suit your child.

  • Wizarding World Magical Minis Hogwarts Castle– I’ve added this one, simply because I would have loved this as a child myself!! But in all seriousness, this is an amazing play set! It includes a 2ft tall castle, 3 Classroom Playsets, Moaning Myrtle’s Bathroom, 3 figures and 22 accessories. 

Construction:

  • Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Train Toy– Sticking with the Harry Potter theme for a minute, how amazing is this? Not only would it be really fun to build but a brilliant playable toy afterwards. Ideal for Harry Potter fans!

Animals:

VTech Cosy Kitten Carrier Interactive Toy – How adorable is this? A very cute toy for any cild that loves cats and practising taking care of them.

  • Scruff-a-Luvs Cutie Cuts Shave – This is the second year running that Scuff-a-luvs have made it on our list and with really good reason. Whilst the concept of a buying children a really scruffy plush toy that they have to wash (or in this case ‘shave’) to make it look nice…may seem like an unappealing chore to us…trust me kids LOVE them. They will have great fun caring for these little toys and making them look all lovely and clean again.

  • Animal Buddies Pet Puppet Set- We absolutely adore these dog, cat and rabbit puppets! Not only are they so cute but they are created by Early Years Resources so are made to such a high standard. Great for imaginative play and setting up good old fashioned puppet shows for friends and family. Or even just snuggling up to! Kids will love them.

Science:

  • Owl Pellet Mystery Science Lab Kit – I honestly couldn’t quite believe you could buy sets like this! Its amazing! If you’ve got children who love birds and science, this is the ultimate gift for them. They get to use the included lab tools to dissect 3 real owl pellets, identify animal bones, assemble real animal skeletons, and conduct experiments to turn hard bones into rubbery bones. What an incredible gift.

  • Learning Resources Compass Binoculars – Binoculars make a really good gift for science loving kids! And what is great about these is, unlike some other children’s binoculars, these are really good quality and work well. They are also a great size for putting in a bag when you’re out and about.

  • Child’s Stethoscope – Kids are drawn to items they see if real life and love to act out situations they’ve experienced, such as going to the doctors. What can be really frustrating is, that often toy stethoscopes look great but don’t actually work! And don’t allow your child to hear their heart beating and lungs filling with air. Thats why we absolutely LOVE this stethoscope for kids, not only is it designed for children but it WORKS – they can play pretend doctors and actually hear their ‘patient’s’ heart! Amazing.

  • National Geographic Dinosaur Dig Kit – I’m becoming a little obsessed with National Geographic’s dig kits, they are wonderful. Not only is it great fun for children to excavate but they actually include REAL fossils for kids to collect.

  • GeoSafari MicroPro 95- Piece Microscope Set – This is THE ultimate present for any child or teen who loves Science. It’s a real, working microscope with a rotating lens that offers magnification of 50x, 100x, 150x, 300x and 600x. It has a built in light and focusing and the kit includes professionally prepared slides and equipment for children to prepare their own slides. I used to be a science teacher, so have spent a lot of time teaching children how to use microscopes and I would highly recommend this one!

Books:

  • 100 Ways Your Child Can Learn Through Play – My gift guide wouldn’t be complete without me plugging my own book (haha sorry!) but it was in Stylist Magazine’s gift guide under best books for 2021 where they described it as a ‘genuis gift’…so I think I can put it in here too!Packed full of 100 creative and engaging activities for young children with special educational needs, this book enables you to have fun and enjoy developing your child’s skill-based learning with them. It would make a lovely gift for your child’s teacher, TA< SENDCO or for parents of children with SEND (you could even gift it to yourself!) You can buy from any major bookshop or you can drop me an email for a limited edition signed copy (whilst stocks last!)

  • A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig– This gorgeous book has now been made into a film and we’d highly recommend it for young readers or for bedtime stories. A wonderful festive book that keeps the magic of Christmas alive.

Eddie’s Busy Christmas – Written by the very lovely Nikki Saunders, Eddie’s Busy Christmas is about Eddie – an autistic character, exploring his findings and relating to his readers, in a happy and positive way. Eddie shares his perspective around Christmas time, and how the changes in routine at home and at school, make Eddie feel. Eddie explains the strategies that are in place to help him feel supported during the festive period.

Just Like Me: 40 Neurologically and Physically diverse people who broke stereotypes – Ever since going to Louise Gooding’s book launch, I’ve been a little bit in love with her book! It’s wonderful and would make a great gift for neurodiverse children this Christmas. It’s a collection of the true stories of 40 inspirational figures from around the world, all of whom are physically or neurologically diverse. Each story includes struggles and triumphs, a motivational quote and information on each condition. 

  • Suzie’s Christmas Time– I love all of Charlotte Olson’s books, but this one is perfect for Christmas! Not only is it a really enjoyable story that takes children through the various events and activities in the run up to Xmas but it’s great for autistic children as it helps them to anticipate the changes during the holiday season. 

  • Michael Rosen’s Book of Very Silly Poems– I had to include this brilliant collection of funny poems for two reasons. Firstly, it’s a really great book that children will enjoy. Secondly (and most importantly) a little boy quoted a couple of these poems to me last week in the street and genuinely made my day! Definitely the sign of a good book.

Please note this post contains some amazon affiliate links, more info can be found in the about me section, the price is exactly the same and doesn’t cost you anything extra – the links just help me pay towards running this website. Please also note I was gifted some of these resources for the purpose of a review, many of which I have donated to local schools.

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