Stocking stuffers can promote learning

Susan Gunnell - Superintendent, Huber Heights City Schools

It is time for holiday shopping and parents and grandparents are searching for that perfect gift for their children and grandchildren.

Here are a few ideas that not only make wonderful gifts, they also promote learning. Games such as Scrabble, Zingo, Trivial Pursuit, Bananagrams, Clue, and Boggle encourage reading and literacy skills. Qwirkle, 5-Second Rule, Connect Four, Guess Who, Uno, Yahtzee, and Scattegories promote problem-solving skills. Building sets such as Lincoln Logs, Magformers, Lego, Mega Blocks, and K’Nex help children with following directions and promote creativity. Role-playing items such as a doctor’s kit, dress-up clothing, and toy figures can spark a child’s imagination and lead to hours of play. Games such as I Spy and Operation help young children develop visual acuity and small motor skills.

Books and magazine subscriptions always make great gifts. Many book stores have their inventory sorted by reading level so it is easier to find just the right book for your child. Does your child have a favorite author or subject area? Many of our teachers report that their students often choose library books by author and/or subject and are more likely to read these books. A subscription to a magazine provides the added bonus of coming directly to your child’s home several times throughout the year. For children, there are many choices. Highlights, National Geographic for Kids, Time for Kids, Sports Illustrated for Kids, and Ranger Rick are just a few examples of magazines that are written specifically for children.

Don’t forget stocking stuffers. New colored pencils, crayons, markers, pencils, erasers, glue sticks, and scissors make great stocking stuffers and replenish your child’s school supplies at the same time. Be sure to write your child’s name on his/her supplies before sending them into school.

The most important part of the holiday season is the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. So once your shopping is complete, remember to relax with those you love.

If you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at

Susan Gunnell

Superintendent, Huber Heights City Schools

Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at

Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at