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30 Cute Kindergarten Graduation Gifts to Send Them Off Into Summer

Small ideas for the whole class and big ones for parents or grandparents to give.

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Kindergarten is such a momentous time. While there's still plenty of room for fun and games, kindergarten is where the serious learning begins. When your kindergartener finishes that big year, commemorate the huge milestone with one of the best kindergarten graduation gifts for kids.

It can be hard shopping for a 6-year-old. They're still your little sweethearts, but at the same time they've done a lot of growing up over the year. The best kindergarten gifts for kids celebrate their achievements, recognize their growth, nourish their interests and provide a little fun, all at the same time.

Our picks for the best kindergarten graduation gifts include favorites from Good Housekeeping Institute testers, as well as editor's picks and Amazon bestsellers. Some mark the big day with personalized graduation gear. Others are projects they can take on during the summer, preventing the dreaded "summer slide." Others are meant to be used outside, so your graduate can spend more time in the warm weather. And some are meant to prepare them for the big transition to first grade. They all encourage some extra-special fun family time, which you’ll want to squeeze in as much as possible before they move on to the rest of elementary school. (You’ve still got a couple years before they hit the, “Don’t embarrass me!” phase.)

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Smarty Pants First Grade Card Set
Melissa & Doug
Melissa & Doug
Now 20% off

Jump start learning for the next year with this set of 120 cards that practice the 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+

Lego Dots Pencil Holder
LEGO
LEGO
Now 20% off

Blast off into summer with this LEGO kit, which lets kids DIY their own desk accessory. It also comes in a pineapple, cactus or banana shape. Ages 6+

First Grade, Here I Come!
Grosset & Dunlap
Grosset & Dunlap

Add this to your summer reading list to get your little one ready for the next year. This book takes students through the first grade journey from the first day to the last, including everything from losing baby teeth to Pajama Day. Ages 4+

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Pop It Pencil Case
TRICIA
TRICIA
Now 14% off

By now, their school supplies are probably wrecked — if they still exist at all. Refresh for the summer with this pencil case, which combines storage with the hot fidget toy of the moment. No age recommendation given

Personalized Graduation Gift for Kindergarteners
Graduation Bear
TheGiftChicks
TheGiftChicks

These cuties are unique to your graduate, since they come with the year on your child's paws, their name on front of the robe and their school or year on the back of the gown. You can get them in pink and black robes, too. Ages 3+

STEM Toy
Grow n' Glow Terrarium
Creativity for Kids
Creativity for Kids
Now 13% off

A perfect summer project for avoiding summer slide, kids use this kit to grow their own terrarium, boosting their STEM skills. Assemble, add water and then learn about ecosystems all summer. Ages 6+

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Personalized Kindergarten Graduation Gift
Kindergarten Graduation Shirt
Etsy/zoeysattic
zoeysattic

This shirt, which comes in five different colors, is extra special because it comes customized with the graduate's name, class year and school. They can wear their pride all summer long. Sizes 2 – Youth Large

Good Housekeeping 2021 Toy Award Winner
GeoSafari Jr. Kidscope
Educational Insights
Educational Insights
Now 28% off

Good Housekeeping Institute testers loved all the scientific facts this microscope provides, and parents found it easy for elementary schoolers to use. Kids can zoom in on 60 images, and read up on more than 200 facts to go along with them — a young scientist's dream! Ages 5+

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Graduate Pikachu Poké Plush
The Pokémon Company
The Pokémon Company

Studying for school is a lot like Pokémon training — and your student just leveled up! Celebrate with this 8" plush, and then it's on to the next adventure. Ages 4+

Write On: My Story Journal
Clarkson Potter
Clarkson Potter

Now that they're reading and writing on their own, help them keep their creative juices flowing. This story journal offers fun and silly prompts and story starters to get young authors on a roll. Ages 6+

Classic Money Box
Moonjar
Moonjar
Now 12% off

Kids learn early budgeting skills as they separate funds for saving, spending and sharing in the three separate sections of this bank — it even comes with a paper passbook to keep track of deposits and withdrawals! If they get any graduation money for relatives, they'll have a place to put it all. Ages 3+

Teal Planet Squishmallow
Kellytoy
Squishmallows

Your little scholar isn't just a star — they're a whole planet! Celebrate their celestial greatness with this huggable pillow stuffie. Or, if they're not into astronomy, you can get Squishmallows in tons of different animals and objects — and kids go crazy for them! Ages 0+

Graduation Wish Bracelet
LittleWishers
LittleWishers

The idea is simple: Graduates make a wish upon these star-shaped bracelets, then wear them until they fall off. Once it falls, the wish can come true! You can choose from a large number of cord colors, too. No age recommendations given

Best Edible Kindergarten Graduation Gift
Dessert Menu Tackle Box
Dylan's Candy Bar
Dylan's Candy Bar

Why settle for one type of cake when you can have lots of little bits of different flavors and treats? This tackle box comes with birthday cake bites, mint chip malt balls, chocolate covered sandwich cookies and other delicious candies, and when the candy is gone you can rinse it out and they can store their treasures in it. No age recommendation given

Ultra Rocket
Stomp Rocket
Stomp Rocket

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 air. Be ready to chase after the rockets after they launch. Ages 5+

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Unicorn Horn Sidewalk Chalk
TWEE
Twee

You get three magical color tones in this sidewalk chalk set: one cool horn, one warm horn and one gold-and-glitter-coated white chalk horn. They're all handmade in small batches in Pennsylvania. Ages 3+

Orboot Earth
Shifu
Shifu
Now 30% off

This globe comes with no borders or labels, but scan it with an app and suddenly the Earth comes alive! Kids can explore where their curiosity takes them, learning about the history, music, animals, inventions, food and more for every location. Ages 4+

Large Rainbow Delta Kite
Impresa Products
Impresa

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

Best Kindergarten Graduation Gift from Grandparents
Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera
Fujifilm
Fujifilm

Just one push of a button and you get mini pictures instantly — so easy a kindergartener can master it! It comes in other colors, and you can also get film with fun borders. No age recommendation given

Incredibubble Wand
Gazillion
Gazillion

School's out for summer, and kids never really get too old for bubbles. This wand lets kids create giant-sized bubbles with a wave of the hand. Ages 3+

Level Unlocked Shirt
CustomTeesForTots
CustomTeesForTots

Gaming families will appreciate this "level unlocked" shirt — summer means more time for video games, after all! It comes in 12 colors, and in sizes newborn through adult large, so you can do a family match. No age recommendation given

Craft Eco Crafts Scrapbook
ALEX Toys
ALEX Toys

Help them document the past year 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 or artwork they want to save. Ages 6+

Summer Brain Quest
Workman Publishing Company
Workman Publishing Company
Now 41% off

If you want to keep their minds sharp over the summer, this book has activities, games and exercises specifically designed to bridge kindergarten and first grade. It also comes with a map, so kids can track their progress. Ages 5+

T-Rex 3-D Puzzle
Studio Roof
Studio Roof

Keep that scientific mind humming over the summer with this 3D dino puzzle. It's made from recycled cardboard and printed with vegetable inks, and it'll look good sitting on a shelf once the puzzle is done. No age recommendation given

Kindergarten Graduation Bracelet
SincereImpressions
SincereImpressions

This bangle-style bracelet comes with the year and diploma, and you get to specific the initial letter and birthstone-inspired crystal. It's the perfect accessory for any graduation outfit. No age recommendation given

Crayola Inspiration Art Case
Crayola
Crayola
Now 27% off

Inspire a tiny artist with this 140-piece art set. It comes with 64 crayons, 40 markers, 20 colored pencils and 15 sheets of paper. Everything packs away into the fold-up case, making it perfect for summer travel. Ages 5+

Mini Brands Mini Mart
5 Surprise
5 Surprise
Now 12% off

If your student is a collector of 5 Surprise Mini Brand items — and so many of them are — give them a place to display their wares. it has everything shoppers need including shelves and cash register, makes real shopping sounds and comes with five surprises of its own. Ages 3+

This Book Is a Planetarium
Brave and Kind Books/Chronicle Books
Chronicle Books

This is a pop-up book that kids and adults can enjoy together. Each page transforms into different amazing things, all made of paper, including a working speaker, a planetarium, a spirograph and an instrument. Ages 8+

Pizza Garden Kit
Creativity for Kids
Creativity for Kids
Now 20% off

Kindergarten graduation requires a pizza party! But homemade pizza becomes even more special when you grow some of the ingredients yourself. This kit lets you grow basil, tomatoes and peppers indoors — and you can re-plant outdoors if you want even more herbs and veggies. Ages 6+

One-of-a-Kind Kindergarten Graduation Gift
Softcover Photo Book
Artifact Uprising
Artifact Uprising

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. It'll be like their own little yearbook. No age recommendation given

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