Books are always a good choice. "Chapter books" as the kids refer to them are great gifts especially for summer reading. Board games--both digital and non digital--are always a good way to start some rainy day fun.
Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics
hi,i found board games kept my boys ,aged 8,10,11,13 years very busy.not only were they having fun they were also stimulating their brain.games such as monopoly ,scrabble,mind twister,brain teaser,30 seconds,were all enjoyed.There are lots of educational games available to use on your computer as well ,maths whizz,etc.Outdoor games can be anything that will help both cognitive and motor development.good luck.
There are so many wonderful educational gifts to give a seven year old! Here are a few suggestions that will help to promote literacy, motor planning, math skills and even the ability to follow directions.
1- There is a website, KABONGO, that is dedicated to helping young learners with literacy. Their approach and games are highly interactive, fun and very "user friendly". In addition, they offer offline activities and parent support. (A plus in my book!) KABONGO is a paid site, but I heard you can activate a free membership by placing the word READ in their promotional code section. (Thanks to MommyPerks.com for making this available). Here is their link: https://www.kabongo.com/
2. Consider buying a kit that builds vehicles. Building small rockets and model cars (with adult supervision) helps children to learn basic reading and math skills. Plus, one needs to follow directions!
3. Kids love the great outdoors! A "hiking set" that has a compass, guide book and other "tools" to teach kids about out door safety and living would be ideal for young boy. Remember that supervision is key, however.
4. Board games. The "old fashioned" ones are often the platinum standard for teaching children school related skills. Try Junior MonopolyÂ® or SORRYÂ® for starters. Then work up to games such as LIFEÂ® and SCRABBLEÂ®. I found this classic game site which had many educational board games. http://www.classicgamestore.org/category-s/35.htm