This post was inspired by a thread on the Woo Free Peaceful Parents Facebook group and includes suggestions from there and from our Grounded Parents team. Enjoy!
Get your learning on with these solid wood building blocks printed with the elements of the periodic table.
Make-it-yourself kits that inspire learning through making, playing, coding and inventing with technology.
Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting by Brian Gordon.
Parenting can be a magical journey full of bliss and wonder…if you’re on the right meds. For the rest of us, it’s another thing altogether. Fowl Language Comics takes an unvarnished look at the tedium and aggravation of parenting, while never forgetting that the reason we put up with those little jerks is that we love them so damn much.
Babies can be a joy—and hard work. Now, they can also be a 50-in-1 science project kit!
This fascinating and hands-on guide shows you how to re-create landmark scientific studies on cognitive, motor, language, and behavioral development—using your own bundle of joy as the research subject. Simple, engaging, and fun for both baby and parent, each project sheds light on how your baby is acquiring new skills—everything from recognizing faces, voices, and shapes to understanding new words, learning to walk, and even distinguishing between right and wrong.
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe
Have you ever tried to learn more about some incredible thing, only to be frustrated by incomprehensible jargon? Randall Munroe is here to help. In Thing Explainer, he uses line drawings and only the thousand (or, rather, “ten hundred”) most common words to provide simple explanations for some of the most interesting stuff there is.
A great cookbook with fun recipes for dad to try with his favorite jedi apprentices. This fun book has delicious pictures of each completed food item accompanied by a Star Wars action figure, and playful instructions. The food is adult and kid friendly, and the book is spiral bound, making it easier to keep pages flat while cooking.
You can pair it with a pair of Star Wars aprons
Quantum Physics for Babies by Chris Ferrie
A colorfully simple introduction to quantum physics. Baby will find out that energy is “quantized” and the weird world of atoms never comes to a stand still. It is never too early to become a quantum physicist!
Microbiology ABC’s by Michael Joseph Bacotti
From amoebas to zooplankton, teach the ABC’s to your little genius within the microbiology universe. Learn about different types of cells and cell structures while practicing the alphabet.
Children’s books about Chemistry! Like textbooks, but way more fun for kids. Highly educational, highly memorable – and funny, too!
Science and Math! at Six Dollar Tees
All things geeky at Think Geek
Original Designs at Tee Fury
More Original Designs (with unicorns!) at Tee Turtle
65-piece magnetic flowchart helps new parents and caretakers. Why is the baby crying? Now you have the power to find out. Includes a variety of questions to help you narrow down the problem
Who doesn’t need a desk top trebuchet or can of unicorn meat?
Buy a six pack of assorted microbrews from the beer store. Or have a local brewery pour a growler of his favorite.
Want to make it special? Customize a growler or beer glasses on Shutterfly.
Does he like something national or something local? Plenty of options here in many areas. Depending on your local state laws, you may or may not be able to have some shipped if there is something specific you’re looking for.
Books on brewing beer and wine are also a fun choice, if you don’t mind your basement becoming a brewery/winery.
How about a petri dish with a family picture inside with a magnet on it?
Or adorn an apron or lab coat with an iron on image of kiddos or a fun inside joke?
Or make a fun DIY child safe explosions kit. Include Mentos to add to diet soda, Alka seltzer, small containers of vinegar and baking soda, film canisters, empty water bottles, whatever else you can think of that blows up that is legal in your area.
Featured Image Credit: http://6dollarshirts.com
Apron: by Steph, baby in pic, also by Steph