Christmas is coming and we are looking for the most suitable toy for the kids, according to their age, and of course, the one we know the most illusion will make them. But we do not want that in less than 24 hours the toy ends up parked in a corner or forgotten in the bottom of the trunk of the toys.
So if you are tired of toys that last a day and you are looking for something more lasting, we suggest 13 gifts for children without an expiration date with which children will love to play.
Bicycle, scooter, skates or tricycle
Ideal to encourage the practice of outdoor activities, and if you propose, children can use them a lot. As much as possible to make daily trips such as going to school or at least for family walks on weekends.
But of course, if you buy the skates and do not get the children to skate, hardly use them, but not because they do not want to. Skates last less for a matter of foot growth, but a bike can last three or four years perfectly.
One of the toys that my daughters have used the most during their childhood. What’s more, we had to renew them a couple of times because with three girls you’ll tell me… And they’re still playing with them, especially the smallest, the six.
Construction toys have great benefits for children. Buy some suitable for the age of the child, but with the possibility of adding new ones as it grows. The Lego range is ideal, they have everything designed to evolve with the child.
A must in the childhood of our children with which they will spend hours and hours playing. They can have hundreds of toys but a ball is always a guarantee of fun. In addition, as the bike encourages the practice of outdoor sports: football, basketball, volleyball… anything goes!
You may not play every day, but if you have a kitchenette at home or you decide to make one yourself, it is a great entertainment for the little ones. It encourages symbolic play, the quintessential children’s game in which children imitate situations they see in real life, and introduces them into the fantastic world of cooking, although without fire, of course.
They prepare meals, they do experiments, they organize the pots. My daughters have spent many hours “cooking”.
Something that is always missing at home because I love them and I have infected my daughters are the puzzles. They promote concentration, exercise visual memory and there are for all ages, according to the stage of development of the child.
They can be assembled again and again and form a beautiful collection. Of course, we must be very careful when saving them so that no piece is lost.
A gift that surely does not fail. What child does not like to play to be a superhero, a princess, a policeman, a cowboy, etc.? The costumes motivate the kids to live all kinds of adventures, fantastic stories that transport them to an imaginary world. In the end, childhood consists in that, in having fun without limits.
Plasticine or modeling masses
Another basic of the stable cast of toys at home. The “plasti” has made my daughters spend long hours of fun, and still continues to do so, unfortunately for some of my furniture.
If they are of good quality (the best ones, without a doubt the Play Doh) and after using them they are stored in the cans with the lid tightly closed, they do not dry and they can last a long time.
They stimulate creativity and manual skills, helping to develop motor skills. There are toys with pieces and accessories so children can create meals, shapes… even one year we had a nativity scene made with plasticine.
Books ** are a perfect gift ** if you do not want to give away toys. We already know how reading is beneficial for children, and not only from an intellectual point of view, but also as an enjoyment. Reading is an adventure.
Giving away books helps them start to love reading since they are little.
The truth is that there are some who feel sorry, and I honestly do not see the fun, but there are also very interesting board games that can last for many years. Even my daughters use a Scrabble (the one with the little letters) that was mine and my sister’s when we were little.
Among some of the good reasons for using table games we find that they are very funny and very important, that they encourage family play.
Like the puzzles, you have to save them very well to avoid losses of pieces, cards, dice, etc, that if they disappear and the game does not make sense.
For the little hands, before a toy, give away articles that encourage creativity . Paintings, brushes, papers, markers, canvases… There are children who are much more excited about a box full of colored pencils than a toy. My youngest daughter, for example, shines her eyes.
There are dolls and dolls that can last for many years and become the favorite toy of children. Who does not remember a doll that he loved in childhood? I still remember one, as nice it had nothing, but I had a very special affection.
I am not in favor of having a dozen babies, stuffed animals and dolls, but it is a precious gift that encourages caring and caring for others, and that if there is feeling will accompany them a long time.
It seems to me a great gift to start the kids in the art of photography. Of course it depends on the age of the child, I would say that from the age of 8-9, there are some quite affordable. I think it’s something nice, useful and lasting if you know how to take care of it.
Tablets and smartphones
Not all parents are supporters of tablets and smartphones before a certain age, but it is a gift that will surely use often and you will get much benefit. Of course, you should always monitor both the time they are in front of the screen and the use they make of them.