It’s the time of year when many kids are giving and receiving gifts, and we would like to offer some ideas that get your kids away from the television, computer, or game system and get them active and engaging their minds.
Toys and games that require your child to get moving or get creative set them on the path toward lifelong health and happiness.
Here are some affordable activities and gifts to keep your children active and learning throughout the holiday season.
- Dancing is great, fun exercise. Turn up the music and encourage your kids to join you in an impromptu dance party! If your children are having fun and moving around, they are expending energy and using their minds.
- Put together a Snowman-Making Kit for your child complete with carrot nose, button eyes, and an old scarf and hat to keep him warm.
- A Snowy-Day Box could keep a child entertained and active for hours. Make your own by including traceable objects with crayons and paper, buttons to sort, bouncy balls, wind-up toys, you name it! Kids are great at using their imaginations and making up games when given the chance!
Do you want some ideas for homemade gifts for the many people you feel you need to thank or parties you attend during the holidays? Or the many relatives and friends who come through your doors? These gifts involve the kiddos, and say much more than a gift card.
- A recipe in a jar. We suggest whole-wheat pancakes, soup, or cookies (it is the holidays, after all!)
- A no-sew fleece tied blanket. You can simply two pieces of fleece fabric of a desired size, lay them on top of each other (right sides out), and cut consecutive slits through both sides of the fabric – about 2” into the fabric and an inch apart. Tie the two sides together and repeat for all sides of the fabric.
- Handprints. For relatives who would cherish a gift from your child, handprintsmake everything timeless. A painted child’s handprint (use fabric paint if applicable) on a plate, an apron, a tile, or flowerpot will be treasured.
- Decoupage paperweight or plate: your children could help! Spread Mod Podge glue over the surface of the rock, plate, or other hard-surface object. Then apply colorful paper or tissue paper and another coat of glue on top. Continue this process until the whole object is covered.
- Bottle cap magnets. These only require bottle caps, small magnets, glue, glitter glue and gems of some sort. Have your child glue the gems inside the bottle cap, and fill in gaps with the glitter glue. When dry, glue a magnet on the back and voila, a new sparkly magnet to adorn the refrigerator!
Whatever you choose to gift this holiday season, make healthy choices in all areas of your life and you will have healthy, happy children. Healthy, creative gifts = happy, energetic children!
Happy Holidays from Healthy Learning Paths