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Gift Ideas for Bilingual Children and Little Language Learners
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 an audio book creator where you can record a story in up to four languages, so it is perfect for making your own multilingual books for kids.
You can record your voice, and other voices of family members or friends, in multiple 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.
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. From hard cover and vocabulary books for babies and toddlers, story books and pop up books for young children, and novels for older children.
The Book Depository have a range of bilingual books and books in various languages. They also offer free delivery world wide.
If you are in the US, Olibrix also have a fantastic range of popular books in various languages.
No little traveller 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.
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.
With letter blocks you can’t go wrong, I am sure they can be found in most toy shops. If not, check out the Uncle Goose products, high quality blocks, and in various languages.
Letter and 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.
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!
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. They don’t have to just be used to read alone! Lil’Ollo have a great range of Bilingual Flashcards that come in a range of different languages or you can find plenty of different bilingual flashcards ONLINE.
Why not give the gift of music! There are some great ways to use music to learn a language. Children tend to pick up vocabulary easier when it is put to a song. Listening to songs in foreign languages can have a significant impact in children’s language development. CD’s and Song books are a lovely gift for a child learning a language. Depending on your budget, even a musical instrument is a great gift idea that will last.
We are always looking for new and fun gift ideas! Do you have any other gift ideas to add for bilingual kids or little language learners? Let us know.
If you are looking for more inspiration check out All Done Monkey and their Multicultural Gift Ideas.