Gift Ideas for Bilingual Kids & Little Global Citizens
Are you are looking for gift ideas for a bilingual child, or a child learning a language? Maybe it is for your own child, or for a family member or friend? Here is a list of different types of gift ideas for bilingual kids for any occasion.
Whether it be Christmas, a birthday, or any other festivity, these gift ideas are not only educational, but will also help children on their language learning journey. They are also things children will love, and gifts they would be happy to receive.
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Our top gift idea for bilingual kids is the Chameleon Reader, which is perfect for making your own multilingual books for kids. You can record your voice, and other voices of family members or friends, in up to four languages telling the same story. Your child can then listen to their favourite stories whenever they like in the language they choose!
It doesn’t stop their either, the Chameleon Reader can also be used on flashcards, posters, or any other teaching resources.
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Letter blocks are a must have for toddlers and young children. They are perfect for practising kid’s motor skills, and feeding their creativity. They are especially popular for children learning mandarin, Japanese or Arabic to familiarise themselves with foreign characters.
No child should be without a world globe. Not only is it an educational tool that can be used throughout their school years, but it is a fantastic way to learn about geography and talk about places they have been or would like to visit. We love the Leap Frog Magic Adventures Globe which an interactive learning globe where children can learn about new places, languages, cultures, animals, geography habitats and more.
Flashcards may sound “boring” but there are so many fun and exciting games and activities to use flashcards these days and they can be great fun. Games like “snap” and “memory” are fun for young children and toddlers. Matching games are great too.
Leapfrog have a range of bilingual musical and learning toys in French, Spanish, and Chinese. From musical instruments, to kids tablets and activity books. You can see the range here.
For little Spanish speakers, see our list of Spanish toys for kids.
Open Ended Toys
Open Ended Toys are great for any child learning a language as they give lots of opportunities for interaction and practicing language.
Bilingual Books, or Books in a Foreign Language
Books are one of my favourite things to give any child as a gift, whether they are bilingual or not. There are so many options for various ages.
For Spanish or Chinese we recommend these Habbi Habbi Bilingual Books with Audio Wand which are a beautiful selection of books on different topics. Click the reading wand onto the page to hear the audio.
English books for kids
Spanish books for kids
Hindi books for kids
French books for kids
Chinese books for kids
Letter & Geography Puzzles
Puzzles are great to teach children about the world and can be great gifts for little global citizens of all ages. You can find alphabet or number puzzles almost everywhere, and match a word puzzles.
Melissa and Doug have a great range of high quality floor puzzles which make great gifts for young children including, the world map floor puzzle, the USA floor puzzle, and the children of the world puzzle.
Board Games for kids are one of the greatest ways to get children involved in conversation.
Now a days there are numerous games that tailor to a variety of different skills including language, geography, spelling, reading, talking and much more. All the while having to use skills such as communication, memory, strategy and critical thinking, the list goes on!
So many gift choices here! Anything that can encourage the use of a language, or aid in the learning of new vocabulary. Word bingo and memory are favourites, and great for children of any age. Scrabble is a fun one for older children that can be used in any language. Most other board games can be purchased in various languages, so choosing one in the language they are learning is a great gift idea!
You can check out our post on World games for kids which features games that you can prepare yourself!