It's easy to pass a clever magical routine off as some child's play.
After all, a good performer's greatest gift is to make the most difficult magic tricks look effortless and the most commonly encountered magical apparatus are typically inexpensive plastic novelty items found on drugstore discount rack displays.
However, in the era of begging kids to unplug from their devices - magic remains a solidly analog activity.
You can feel good about giving someone the gift of a magic trick- magic typically requires analytical and critical thinking, problem solving and fine motor skills, public speaking and communication skills, vocabulary, mathematics and counting, spacial and visual recognition - all of the qualities and skills we hope our kids are learning as they grow into responsible and productive adults.
Performing magic at it's core is a way to connect the performer and the audience on an emotional level- for kids performing magic can be a way to overcome anxiety, and shyness.
Magic props and apparatus tend to provide very positive sensory feedback for children with unique learning requirements- brightly colored flowing silks, vivid sponge balls, balloons and shiny metal rings all provide excellent visual stimulus, interesting textures and surface temperatures for tactile feedback, and make unique noises for auditory learning.