With Christmas just ten days away, now is the time to execute on your last-minute shopping plans (if that sort of thing is part of your holiday season). Like all human beings, kids are as dynamic and different, so there isn’t exactly a one-gift-fits-all kind of option out there. So whether you’re looking for a present for your uber-creative kid or endlessly active child, we’ve got the guide for you!
What to get the kid that is constantly doodling on the corner of their homework? Their own space for artistic release, of course! Keep it simple with a nice sketchbook or set up shop with an easel pad and some paints. A fun activity that can be done together, even if you aren’t quite the artist yourself, is filling out a coloring book together. Like the dragonfly one shown above, drawing in-between the lines is a relaxing way to bring some color alive on paper.
With both winter and shelter-in-place orders active across the country, we are primarily confined to the indoors, but that doesn’t mean the adventure has to stop. For your little one with an enduring imagination, enliven play time with a few new costumes. With just some Play-doh or LEGOS, they can create entirely their own world, passing time playing pretend for hours.
Just because your kid is a gamer, it doesn’t mean they are going to melt their brain away staring at a screen. As we live through the pandemic, we are fortunate enough to easily connect with friends outside the home. With a decent headset, your kid can engage in team-building games and chat with friends. On Nintendo’s Animal Crossing, they’ll be able to connect with friends too and show off all that they’ve built. Change things up by bringing the competition to life with the whole family with an active game of Twister or an epic showdown of Monopoly.
Winter quite sets the mood to cozy up in a blanket and pore over a book. With winter break in session, it’s the perfect time for leisure reading, too! Reading together is one way to get into the holiday spirit. You can choose from options like “Nine Days to Christmas” and “The Nutcracker in Harlem.” And for the reader that is feeling extra inspired, a journal is the perfect gift to start their own journey as storytellers.
Staying active is important, but with pandemic restrictions, we might have to get creative (depending on your local health guidelines). If you have access to an outdoor space, wiffle ball is a fun game for the whole family, even if not all your kids are too into baseball. The ball and bat are light and the game is a nice way to ease into actually learning the rules of baseball or softball. Stuck indoors? Not a problem. Dedicate a corner of a room to shooting hoops or dive into a round of “Slammin’ Sluggers.”