Though it's hard to believe your favorite kiddo is already headed for first grade (weren't they just in preschool?!), celebrate a special little one's big day with our list of the best gifts for kids, from summer projects to books that help prepare for the first grade. This gift guide includes picks from the Good Housekeeping Institute, where we test kids' products and toys continuously so we can find the best toys for your child year-round that encourage creativity, learning, and critical thinking to prepare them for first grade - and some that are just plain fun!Amazon

Highlights for Children Subscription

Highlights for Children

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$34.99

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A year-long print subscription of Highlights is a gift that they'll enjoy throughout all of first grade. Issues include puzzles, science projects and games to fill free time with activities that practice critical thinking skills and allow for discovery.

Ages 4+.

Softcover Photo Book

Artifact Uprising

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$15.00

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Document everything from the first to last day of school with this printed photo book. Starting at 5.5"x5.5" for 30 pages, you can connect your Instagram or Dropbox account to pull together your favorites from the year.

Ages 0+.

Roller Coaster Challenge

Think Fun

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$28.72

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Perfect for play dates, this STEM based game will keep your little ones (and you!) scratching their head all summer long as they build and design roller coasters from the 40 included challenge cards. Players design a 3-D adventure ride with real loops and drops based on each challenge card. Then, they send the car speeding down and hope for success.

Ages 6+
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First Grade, Here I Come!

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$8.99

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Add this to your summer reading list to get your little one ready for the next year. This book takes them through the first grade journey from the first day to the last, including everything from baby teeth to Pajama day.

Ages 4+.

Plush Graduation Bear

Aurora

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$13.75

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This fluffy bear is the perfect way to commemorate the big day - he comes complete with a graduation cap and diploma, making him the best buddy for celebrating.

Ages 3+.

Large Rainbow Delta Kite

Impresa Products

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$9.99

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Pack this kite away for a windy day and impress your little one as they fly this kite from its 200-foot string. It claims to work best with 5-16mph winds, so check the whether before getting things set up!.

Grow 'n Glow Terrarium

Creativity for Kids

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$12.99

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A perfect summer project for continued learning and avoiding summer slump, kids grow their own terrarium with this all inclusive kit that teaches STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills. Assemble, add water, and then learn about ecosystems all summer.

Ages 6+
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Craft Eco Crafts Scrapbook

ALEX Toys

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$21.00

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Document the entire summer with this scrapbooking kit from Alex Toys. It includes everything they'll need, like the book, stickers, frames, pencils, buttons, a glue stick, scissors and more – kids just have to add pictures of their friends.

Ages 6+
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Smarty Pants First Grade Card Set

Melissa & Doug

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$10.16

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Jump start learning for the next year with this set of 120 cards practicing first grade curriculum. Thanks to a variety of questions, puzzles and games, they'll be ready for the year ahead. Kids can read along with parents and friends or practice alone.

Ages 6+
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Classic Money Box

Moonjar

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$19.99

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Kids learn early budgeting skills as they separate funds for sharing, saving, and spending in the three separate sections of this bank - it even comes with a paper passbook to keep track of deposits and withdrawals!

Ages 3+
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50-Piece Art Kit

Crayola

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$10.60

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Inspire a tiny artist with this 50 piece art set. It comes with 20 crayons and 10 markers, colored pencils, and sheets of paper. Everything packs away into the marker shaped case, making it perfect for summer travel.

Ages 5+
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Ultra Rocket

Stomp Rocket

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$18.00

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Keep this on hand all summer for instant outdoor fun. Kids stomp down on the included pump, launching rockets up to 200 feet in the sky. Be ready to chase after the rockets after they launch - it comes with 4 that you'll want to reuse again and again.

Ages 6+
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My Fairy Garden Lily Pond

PlayMonster

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$15.62

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Kids watch their seeds become a real life miniature garden with this kit from Play Monster. It also doubles as a play set, encouraging imaginative play as they make up adventures for the included fairy and her teacup home.

Ages 4+
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Junie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl

Random House Books for Young Readers

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$4.99

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This on-topic book couldn't be more timely as readers follow Junie B. Jones's adventures (and mishaps!) through kindergarten graduation.

Ages 6+
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Basic Bitsbox

$30/Month

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A subscription to Bitsbox comes packed with coding activities that spark curiosity and learning. Kids start a new project every month, learning new computer science basics with each delivery.

Ages 6+
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