Don’t give the same old toys this year. Give your kids gifts that last. These meaningful gifts will put a smile on your child’s face.
What are the 2 gifts that last past January 1st? Experiences and Learning. An experience or memory can never be taken away from your child. Just like a good memory, a learned moment can never be taken away but can be built upon. Like us, you’re sick of the same old toys that end up in the toy bin year after year. Even though your kids begged and begged for the “hot” new toy, your kids will be back to playing with their old favorite (one or two) toys by January 1st. You’ll be wishing you’d gotten something just a little bit more special for your kids. These learning and experience gifts are just a few ways to help make this year extra special.
Teach them about Tech
We all know learning and loving technology will lead to the best jobs in the future. Here are a few engaging toys that teach technology, engineering, and mechanics.
The Walking Robot: Magformers has to be one of the coolest magnetic building toys ever (just ask your kids!). The pieces are easy to work with, appealing to toddlers and older kids alike. Children with sophisticated building skills will especially enjoy this set, which they can use to build any number of characters. Once they’ve finished building, their creation can even walk! See our review of the Magformers Walking Robot.
Not Your Average Doll: GoldieBlox strives to interest young girls in STEM hobbies. Their products feature characters, stories, and projects created for girls to play with and build, challenging their engineering skills. Check out one mom’s review of Goldieblox. Fun fact: the founder is a female engineer and she wanted to see more girls designing and building our future!
Phone-controlled robot: Okay, okay, perhaps we want less screen time but we think this toy in a beneficial use of screen time. Your kids aren’t just playing with a normal app or game, they are using technology to drive around the robot, Ollie. Ollie is fast, tough, and fun for kids to test out their driving skills. Even if you don’t have a “techy” kids, we think they will enjoy playing and learning with this high-speed racer.
Make Them Use Their Imaginations
Kids are already using their imaginations about what is going to be under the tree. Why not encourage them to keep using their imaginations after they unwrap?
HUGE Color-In Playhouse: This house is a blank slate for creative kids who love imaginative play and coloring. The easily-constructed cardboard house’s design encourages kids’ creativity — it comes with markers for kids to personalize the house. Because it’s made of cardboard, they can even glue or tape anything they want to the house! Once they move on from decorating, the house is big enough for kids to play inside as well.
Real-Life Roller Coaster Tycoon: K’NEX building sets challenge kids to use analytical engineering skills to build complex creations. The Lunar Launch Roller Coaster set gives kids the power to send their coasters into space!
Space Cape: If your artistic kid loves taking their creativity outside, they’ll love this cape that they can color in during quiet time as well as wear when they take off into space. It’s a fun way to get science-oriented kids to be active and excited about using their artistic skills.
Give them an Experience
You never forget serving others, baking cookies with your grandma, or playing hide-and-seek with your cousins. Gift-giving can be so much more than just the physical wrapped gift. It is even more special for siblings bonding over a gift and their joy as they play with a toy together. These are toys they can experience with by themselves or with the whole family together.
Roll, Spin, and Bounce: This colorful tower is specially made for any toddler who just can’t sit still (which, let’s be honest, is most toddlers). The colors, movement, and action will delight your young one.
Give Them Wheels: FirstBIKE balance bikes teach the basics of movement on two wheels with an easier transition to biking than tricycles. Once they get the hang of the balance bike, your child can even compete in balance bike races!
The Basketball That Glows: It’s a basketball that lights up when you bounce it — what more needs to be said? Your sports-loving kid will love the novelty of this basketball that allows them to play into the night.