Earlier in the week I shared our Guide to Gift Giving during Christmas
One of the changes we have made this year is rather than something to wear we are going with something to LEARN! After all LEARNING is way more fun than clothes!!!!
The Great Outdoors
Teach your child to fish, to swim, to catch bugs or go camping as a family. Fishing, Boating and Camping is not only a great way to spend quality time together but you learn many new skills and even make some new friends at the same time.
Learn to ride a bike, or a scooter or give roller blades a go. Keep active and put those ever important gross motor skills to the test. What an accomplishment it is when you can finally balance on the bike all by yourself! It’s also a great way to keep fit as a family and enjoy the outdoors!
Game of Life
Board games teach valuable skills for life. Turn taking, counting, sharing, compromising and negotiating. Look for games that involve counting (Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders) matching (Memory, Snap) and building (Jenga, Creationary) They will be having so much fun they won’t realise the valuable lessons they are learning!
Craft and Colour
Little fingers gain strength, control and flexibility through colouring. Or even better look for craft activities that involve
- squeezing and pinching (Tweezers to pick up beads, cutting)
- lacing (threading a needle or using laces to go through holes in beads or buttons)
- manipulating or rolling (play dough, clay, plasticine)
Especially for pre-school aged children, these are THE MOST VALUABLE skills to master and practice.
Still looking for some gift ideas to help your child LEARN?
- Learning a Magic Trick with a magic Kit
- Planting a Garden
- Having a game of Totem Tennis
- Learning to knit or crochet
- Learning to the tell time with a new watch or clock
Christmas gift giving doesn’t have to be all about toys! In fact many of these non toy gifts will last way beyond the novelty value of the latest toy AND teach your child a valuable skills. Your child will be entertained and be learning at the same time!
Trust me, it will make gift buying easier and your child’s teacher will thank you for it!
This is a sponsored post for Big W. I have been paid for my time and to provide opinion on some great gifts for your family this Christmas.