Gift Ideas for Global Kids
The time has come for our first children’s gift guide of 2017. I had so much fun curating this list of the perfect gifts for global kids of all ages. If your child loves learning about the world (or you want them to), read on for my suggestions of the best toys, books, and gifts. I’ve organized the guide by age to make it easy to browse.
I’ve also got some very exciting news! You could win a free 6 month subscription to Little Passports. Scroll down to the bottom of the blog post to grab your giveaway entries.
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Global Kids Gifts for Babies and Toddlers
Introduce babies and toddlers to the seven continents with this adorable play mat. It includes ten soft animals to be matched with the continents, plus a zip up carrying case with two dolls. (Recommended for 6 months to 3 years).
This bilingual word book takes you way beyond typical word book with over 700 people, places, and things labelled in both languages. Kids follow a multicultural family through their day and learn a lot about the world along the way. This book was my son’s favorite for at least two years! (Recommended for ages 2 – 6)
Raising a French speaker? Check out My Big Barefoot Book of French and English Words
This beautiful eco-friendly, wooden toy is made by artisans in India for Maya Organic, a fair trade certified company. The ball rotates as your child pulls the toy. (Recommended for 18 months to 4 years)
Putumayo Kids is my go to source for introducing children to world music. It includes eleven global kids’ favorites, some of which you may know, like an “La Cucaracha” and “Waltzing Matilda.” (Recommended for all ages)
Toddlers learn to count in both English and Spanish , while experiencing art, with the help of famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. (Recommended for ages 2 – 5)
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Global Kids Gifts for Preschoolers
My son started receiving his Early Explorers subscription from Little Passports when he was three, and he absolutely loves it. The first month, kids get a colorful, sturdy suitcase to keep their future packages in, plus a large wall map, stickers, and an activity book. Each month after that, they receive a package based on themes such as landmarks, natural wonders, music, and art. Each package includes souvenirs, stickers, postcards, trading cards, an activity booklet, and more. You can read our family’s full review in this post. (Recommended for ages 3 – 5).
Little global chefs in the making will love pretending to prepare, serve, and eat sushi with this realistic wooden set. As with all of Hape’s toys this set is made from sustainably managed forests and recycled plastic. (Recommended for ages 3 – 6)
The Barefoot Books World Atlas includes features like lift the flaps and a wall map that will appeal to preschoolers, while including plenty of detailed information that help the book grow with your child. Pair it with Cities of the World memory game to identify some of the world’s greatest landmarks. (Recommended for ages 4 – 12).
According to Guatemalan tradition, children can tell their worries to these dolls each night before placing them under their pillows. By morning, the dolls will have taken their worries away! This set is handmade by Guatemalan artisans through Ten Thousand Villages’ fair trade certification. (Recommended for ages 3 to 6)
These realistic yet playful small landmark toys make a perfect small gift or stocking stuffer for global kids. Playing with these usually leads us to pull out our Atlas or a globe to match up where each landmark is located. (Recommended for ages 3 to 10).
This pretend play set for little globe trotters is at the top of my 5 year old’s holiday wishlist. It includes a sturdy passport with stamps, 40 tickets, high quality luggage tags, 10 postcards from countries around the world, and a world map. (Recommended for ages 3 – 7).
This is my hands down favorite book for talking about diversity of all kinds with children. I love how the beautiful illustrations depict children of many different world cultures, lifestyles, races, abilities, shapes, and sizes in non-stereotypical ways. The thoughtful questions in the book help children reflect on the ways that we are different, and more importantly, how we are alike. (Recommended for ages 4 – 10).
In many different African countries, children make galimoto push toys from wooden sticks and wires. Children can watch this galimoto girl’s legs pedal as the bicycle wheels move. The toy is handmade by artisans in Kenya under Ten Thousand Villages fair trade certification. (Recommended for ages 3 to 8)
You might pair this toy with the book Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams, about a Malawian boy who makes his own galimoto.
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Global Kids Gifts for Elementary Aged Children
Like Little Passports Early Explorers, this subscription service helps kids experience the world. In this edition, elementary aged global kids focus on one country each month. The first month includes the child’s suitcase, a large wall map with countries rather than just continents, a passport, and access to online activities. Each month after that, kids receive souvenirs, activity sheets, stickers, photos, and access to online activities about the featured country for that month. (Recommended for ages 6 – 10)
This 124 page spiral bound journal encourages kids to plan a trip, play games, record notes about their travels, solve mazes, complete story prompts, and learn fun facts about the world. Pair it with the book My Granny Went to Market, which inspired the journal’s illustrations. (Recommended for ages 6 to 11).
This beginner’s origami kit can be used by both kids and adults. It includes instructions for 45 projects and 98 sheets of origami paper. Projects include a kit, duck, sailboat, paper doll, and more. (Recommended for ages 7 +).
These child-friendly vegetarian recipes are taken from cultures all around the world. We love that the 40 recipe cards are laminated so that spills can easily be wiped off. (Recommended for ages 8+ if child is cooking alone; can be used with younger ages with assistance.)
This fast-paced game asks kids to quickly memorize visual details from a card illustrating a particular country, then answer trivia questions about what they remember. (Recommended for ages 8+)
Take your chess game on the go with this beautiful travel sized chess set made from shesham wood by Indian artisans through Ten Thousand Villages fair trade certification program.
We love that these early reader chapter books use simple vocabulary without being boring. In these humorous folktales from Zambia, Korea, North America, and Russia, children meet animals who use their cunning, bravery, and strength. (Recommended for ages 6+)
This 180 piece globe puzzle has curved plastic pieces so that it fits into a smooth 3D shape, and it includes a rotation stand so your children can display their work for all to see.
Win a 6 Month Subscription to Little Passports!
Thanks to Little Passports, one of my readers will win a six month subscription to the Little Passports plan of your choice: Early Explorers, World Edition, USA Edition, or Science Expeditions.
The giveaway will end at 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday, November 20th. Once the winner is notified, they will have 48 hours to respond. If I don’t hear from the winner I will draw another name.
Giveaway open to residents of the USA, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and UK.
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