Gift Ideas for Homeschoolers: Toys

Toys are the quintessential gift for Christmas, but you can use it to help encourage learning and meaning instead of just another thing to add to the toy box. Here are some ideas of educational toys for kids.

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#1. Pathfinders Design and Technology: Canadian. This company specializes in wooden model kits. Designs include working hydraulics, good old-fashioned catapults, movable characters like dragons, and even recreating Leonardo DaVinci’s creations. Check out our review.

Where to Buy: Many educational stores carry this company’s products, or you can order straight from the company website,

#2.Wooden Knitting Tower. Learning to do some knitting is a great way to develop fine motor skills. These little wooden towers are a great way to start.


Where to Buy: Ava’s Appletree – a Canadian company. They have a lot of other natural and wooden toys as well – such as beeswax crayons, wooden weaving frames, and even tree slices for crafts.

#3. Bloco : Canadian. Building blocks made out of high-density foam. You can create all sorts of 3-D creatures and monsters by pushing small connectors between the pieces. There are a variety of different sets that you can mix and match: ogres, knights, dragons, dinosaurs, wild animals, reptiles, insects, pets, and more!


Where to Buy: You can buy many of their kits on Amazon.

#4. Straws & Connectors: Canadian. Created by Roylco, you can bring out the inner engineer in your child with this creative building set that uses a simple straw and connection idea to allow your child to build whatever they can imagine. From elaborate structures to 3D shapes to tunnels and arches. There are several options of sets that include different amounts of pieces – the smallest includes 185 and the largest over 700!


Where to Buy: Find their kits on Amazon, and many educational toy stores.

#5. Slap SHOTZ: Canadian. This toy takes the game of ball hockey and brings it to its knees. Instead of mini sticks, the paddles are actually plastic hockey blades that you hold onto. Helping kids with their physical activity and hockey skill development, these combine fun with unrealized learning.


Where to Buy: Many stores seem to carry them, but you can also buy them on Amazon.

 #6. PrismLand: These are cutest 3D geometry shapes you will ever see! Get this collection of plush toys with a canvas bag, along with their little adventure books to help your child learn without even realizing it! Read my review. We still love these little characters.
Prismland Kit
Where to Buy: Get these directly from the Prismland Website.

#7. Model Rockets. Canadian. These are a terrific way to connect learning and fun – it involves physics and math and space and all kinds of excitement. We loved building model rockets and launching them. Check out our review.
Building Model Rockets
Where to Buy: Get everything you need from Canadian online store –

23 Comment(s)

  • by Amber Posted November 12, 2014 9:57 am

    Very cool idea to highlight Canadian toy companies.

    • by LisaMarie Posted November 12, 2014 10:10 am

      Thanks! 🙂

  • by Viv Sluys Posted November 12, 2014 11:32 am

    My daughters would love the Straws & Connectors.

  • by cindy Posted November 12, 2014 2:01 pm

    My boys would enjoy the Pathfinder Design and Technology toys. Very cool!

  • by Rebecca Posted November 12, 2014 4:31 pm

    We’ve been wanting to try one of the Pathfinder kits!

  • by Leanna Fisher Posted November 12, 2014 9:41 pm

    I love your stuff ! Great website and content and love the giveaways 🙂

  • by Jody Posted November 12, 2014 10:16 pm

    My kids would love everything!! I like the teaching aspect of each and that they are CANADIAN made!!!

  • by SweetPanda Posted November 13, 2014 10:13 am

    I think my kids would love the Pathfinder Design and Technology toys or the Bloco toys

  • by Andrea Amy Posted November 13, 2014 11:19 am

    The Bloco looks really cool 🙂 thomas would love that one for sure.

  • by Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo Posted November 13, 2014 11:53 pm

    My son would LOVE the trebuchet. We went to a Science Fair recently and he got to make one out of popsicle sticks. He sleeps with it beside his bed.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

    • by LisaMarie Posted November 14, 2014 9:29 am

      ok, that’s really cute. <3 😀

  • by Elena Posted November 14, 2014 9:58 pm

    I think my kids would like the Straws & Connectors toy

  • by DARLENE W Posted November 14, 2014 10:44 pm

    I like Blockco

  • by Alex O Posted November 15, 2014 10:27 am

    slap shotz!

  • by sunshine h Posted November 15, 2014 11:18 pm

    I think DD would love the straw and connectors. She is in a big ‘building’ phase these days.

  • by Suzie M Posted November 17, 2014 12:15 pm

    I think he would like the Bloco

  • by Erika E Posted November 22, 2014 12:10 pm

    I think he’d really like the Bloco or the wooden model kits.

  • by Moosegirl Posted November 22, 2014 7:22 pm

    Wooden models for the win!!

  • by Lisa Posted November 23, 2014 12:28 pm

    What a great idea! Thanks for putting this together!

  • by Lisa Posted November 23, 2014 12:43 pm

    Oh my gosh my son, Mr. Reluctant Learner, LOVES Leonardo Da Vinci. He is always popping out these amazing facts – usually to do with Science – he blows me away every time. He’s like a 9 year old walking, talking encyclopedia. I can’t wait to really get his learning style. But toys or models?! And wooden?! And his favorite inventor?! He would flip over this Leonardo Da Vinci Trebuchet! Thank you for this opportunity, CanadianHomeschooler! I love what you’ve done here. I’m always looking for Canadian materials as well for our kids at play and homeschool.

  • by Launa Bustamante Posted November 25, 2014 11:51 pm

    I think it would be a tie between the Pathfinders one and the slap shot. He is sooooo into hockey but loves building and seeing things fly!

  • by Judy Posted November 18, 2015 9:29 am

    These are great ideas! May I also suggest that any Discovery Toys item would also fit under this category? And buying through a local consultant would keep money local,rather than giving it to big stores like Amazon.

    • by LisaMarie Posted November 20, 2015 7:11 am

      Yes – they do have some pretty terrific toys as well! 🙂 Thanks for the idea!

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