Having a child in the 21st century is great! There are some many gadgets and tech out there to help you in your day-to-day life, and kids can play interactive learning games on the go with the help of a tablet or phone. But, sometimes, you wish that they had the same childhood experiences as you - with playing outside rather than on a game console and beating your brother at monopoly rather than his high score at flappy birds. Well, with Christmas just around the corner, now is a great time to plan some tech-free gifts for your kids.
Bikes & Trikes
There’s nothing better than teaching your child how to ride a bike, and watching them get better and better and lose those training wheels. So why not get them one for Christmas? You can even start your toddler off with one of these popular toddler tricycles. Build up the excitement by having them unwrap their helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads before getting to the bike itself.
You might have thought these were just for grown-ups, but you can get experience days for kids too. Things like rope courses through the trees (not too high of course!) bodyboarding lessons, swimming with turtles, or even just a promise to go to their favorite activity place will do! You don’t have to spend loads on this gift, figure out something the whole family will enjoy and go with it!
Make It Yourself!
Whether it’s hand puppets, pom poms friends, or baking - any arts and crafts kit that gets your kid learning and having fun is a winner! You can find them pretty much anywhere and are great for you and your kids. Depending on the age, you might need to help them out, or you can leave them to their crafty devices. Larger versions of make-it-yourself kits are great as a joint present if you have more than one child - it’s something that they can create together, and will help them learn how to share.
Anything fun and squishy will entertain your child for hours. You can find thousands of sets involving playdough or soft sand. You can even DIY your own slime with this recipe. Turn it into a fun activity by giving your child the ingredients and instructions and making it together. The fun messiness is definitely going to be a treat for them, and having a great time with your child is a treat for you!
With the success of the Lego movies over the past couple of years, so many kids out there are more than eager to get it all. Obviously, you need to think about the age range here - but building blocks come in all shapes, sizes, and colors - they’re perfect for imaginative play and cognitive development. But they are evil when you step on one during the night.