The colder temperatures have arrived which also signals gifting season. It’s easy to promote play through gifting for any age, you just might have to get a little creative depending on their interests and what the weather might be like. Giving a gift is a great feeling, but giving a gift that encourages a child to play and move their body will help them grow and benefit them longer than another piece of technology or a sweater. Not to mention, visiting the toy store is fun no matter how old you are!
Let’s take a look at a few gift ideas for different age groups that will help keep kids active, engaged and inspire tons of fun.
Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Foam sports balls
- Small trampoline (indoor, with stability bar for balance)
- Parachute (yes, like the one from gym class!)
- Inflatable bounce house
Elementary and Preteen
- Sleds, snowboards
- Bean bag toss game (like corn hole)
- Larger trampoline
Teenager and up
- Sleds (you can’t go wrong here)
- Roller blades
- NERF style guns
When purchasing gifts meant for active play, be sure to take into consideration the individual child’s abilities and age. Don’t be afraid to ask their parents about their child’s interests, favorite things to do and any sensory issues they might face. For children who may be experiencing some gross motor skills development delays, definitely ask their parents what their physical or occupational therapist may recommend as an age and ability appropriate gift.
Something else to think about is when gifting things such as bikes, skates or scooters, consider adding a gift card to purchase appropriate safety gear like a helmet and pads. Their parents will love you!
Mandi Welbaum is a Play Ambassador for Let’s Play.