Gift Guide: 11 Empowering Activities for Girls of All Ages

Katie Mitchell
Katie Mitchell
May 21, 2020 3 min read

Beyond the Blackboard gifts for girls feature the best in empowering gifts for babies, children, tweens, and teens! In this blog post you'll find the perfect gift ideas for your favorite kid. To make your special occasion shopping as easy as pie, we also have a Gift Registry feature, which makes it simple to create and share wish lists. 

Coding Critters: Interactive Coding ToyCoding Critters are robotic animals that are simple enough to teach preschoolers coding concepts - without screens! Choose Rumble and Bumble the triceratops, or puppies Ranger and Zip. Follow along with the storybook to code games and teach, create original coding adventures, or switch Coding Critters to play mode for interactive pets! Recommended for ages 4-8. 

Snap Circuits Jr. SelectLearn about electricity and energy, and have fun! Build over 130 projects. An instruction manual with step-by-step instructions is included. There's so many cool things you can do! Endless hours of fun! Recommended for ages 8 and up. 

Inspire Poster KitCreate a colorful poster with this set! This set comes with everything you need to create an inspirational poster, including poms, hearts, stars, flags, feathers, and more. Make freestyle crafting simple and build confidence, too. It's a fun way to start crafting! Recommended for ages 8 and up. 

Paper BowlsYou can create 3 bowls easily with this set! This kit includes 3 plastic bowl forms in 3 different sizes, 120 patterned paper circles, water-based glue, and a foam applicator. The included supplies make it easy to experiment with color and patterns. You'll be amazed by how creative you can get with this set! Recommended for ages 13 and up. 

Camera Evolution 300 Piece PuzzleHave you ever seen a print develop in the blink of an eye? Even if you haven't, with the Camera Evolution 300 Piece Puzzle by Ravensburger, your child will develop a love of cameras. Kids will also love the larger format pieces! 

Coding & RoboticsLearn to code without a screen! Sammy is a cute peanut butter and jelly sandwich that teaches coding principles and skills. Parents will love that Sammy is completely app and screen-free, so their children can be creative, problem-solve, and develop logic skills without ever picking up a device. Recommended for ages 4 and up. 

My First Safari AnimalsBuild your own animals! The brightly colored pieces in this set allow you to build a selection of animals with fun features like magnetic bars, which make animal building easy for little hands. Parents will love these safe and easy to manipulate animals that offer plenty of play and learning potential. For another set for animal lovers, check out My First Farm Animals. Recommended for ages 1 and up.

Magna-Tiles Free StyleBuild elaborate magnet creations with this 40-piece magnetic building tile set from Valtech! Each piece is built of durable, food-grade plastic, so it can hold up to tough play. The set includes a wide array of pieces, including "X" shapes, squares, triangles, and "T" shapes. It's an open-ended set that's sure to promote hours of building and imaginative play. Recommended for ages 3 and up. 

Liquid Reactor Super LabDoes your daughter dream of a future in science? Now she can build her lab with this 24-piece set from Learning Resources! Kids will build a super lab. Once the lab is assembled, extract beaker creatures from their mysterious reactor pods! Future scientists will love this set. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Rebel Girl's JournalImagine your child's face when she gets to personalize the front cover of her own journal! Your child writes and illustrates their journal using the prompts in the high-quality book, developed by female artists. Complete with paper to write a letter to an elected representative! 

Take Along Shape SorterPut a spin on the classic shape sorter with this version from Melissa and Doug! The nine colorful and lightweight shapes are easy to handle, with no sharp edges, and the padded carrying case has a unique design that allows it to be used again and again. Parents will love that the padded handle makes it easy to carry for crawlers, scooters, and emerging walkers. The perfect shape sorter for babies and toddlers! 

Many girls hope for gifts that aren't pink and sparkly, and thankfully, those toys aren't the only options! At Beyond the Blackboard, we find inspiration in toys that encourage creativity and support children as they acquire new skills. Gone are the days of the "Pink Aisle" and the "Blue Aisle", and to that we say hooray! 

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