Looking for some last minute stocking fillers or gifts for under the tree? The masses of toys you find in the stores can be rather overwhelming. You may find yourself asking which ones will they enjoy and will they also help with their development? To help you choose, we’ve put together of few of our top suggestions for some great gifts this Christmas that everyone will love and won’t send you rushing out for more batteries on Boxing Day.
- An experience voucher. It may the the zoo, a wildlife park, adventure park, water park, aquarium or science centre. There are so many fabulous places for children of different ages. Your child will love spending time with you and seeing something new. And, of course, it’s the perfect opportunity for them to learn new things too!
- Construction toys. Think soft or plastic blocks for babies, wooden blocks or Mega Blocks for toddlers, Duplo or LEGO for preschoolers and Technic LEGO for school children. They will spend hours constructing whilst using their imagination and motor skills.
- Books. The benefits of books are enormous! For younger children, colourful picture books and books with lots of repetition and rhythmical language are great. Some wonderful authors include Mem Fox, Pamela Allen, Eric Carle and Julia Donaldson. For older children, you’ll probably know what they’re interested in reading. Some great series include Billy B Brown, the Treehouse series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Captain Underpants.
There are lots of more specific and detailed suggestions out there. Here’s one link we particularly like if you’re needing a bit more inspiration…
One of the things you’ll notice about these lists is that the toys do not need batteries! Studies have found that toys with lights, sounds and automatic actions actually reduce the number of ways a child will play with it and reduces that amount of talking that happens during their play.
We hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and you find a gift that’s your child loves.
Happy Christmas shopping!