Finding Christmas gifts that can span across several ages can be quite a task. Here are 20 ideas to get you though your Christmas shopping.
Endless hours of fun for kids aged 18 months to well into their teens!
This can be set up inside or out and can act as a child’s sanctuary away from a sibling, a play house, a den, anything the imagination can create.
Just like a teepee this can be used for many purposes, let the child create their own imaginary world.
Duplo and Lego
These both last for years and are awesome for including adults in kids play too.
There are lots of different ones popping up for children. I really like Moomookachoo, it is a New Zealand business creating fun activities for children, from arts and crafts to cooking and outings.
Bundles of cloth and rope
There is no limit as to what these can be used for. A child may create a fort, a baby sling, a hammock. They can be used on the floor for imaginary sea and sand, or perhaps lava!!
Most kids love some water play. A range of different sized and shaped bottles can be used for potion making, play cooking, baby bathing, measuring, experimenting.
As with Duplo, you can’t go wrong with blocks. Sure they may take a bit more imagination but that is what is so perfect about them.
It is pretty expensive, but it does last practically forever and can be added to for future gifts. It is another great toy that is fun for adults to participate in.
Paints & brushes
Unless your kids are a little bit destructive, it’s nice to invest in some quality brushes and paint. As they get older they will appreciate the quality and will probably be more eager to take their time on their art projects.
Especially hats, bags, scarves and fashion accessories that can fit any age or size. Kids love to dress up and make a fantasy land.
Games like memory and cards, can be used in many different ways and can grow with the children. Children even start to make up their own complex games when the original game is quite basic.
Magnifying glass and bug catching kit
It doesn’t mater the age, all kids find enjoyment in looking at nature. Even if they dislike or are afraid of insects, the tools can be used for selecting stones, shells, leaves and flowers and looking at them closely.
A place for children to add all their thoughts whether in sketches, doodles or texts. If your child is too young for dating their work, ask them if they would like you to do it for them. They may even tell you a story about the picture that you can jot down on the back. It is always best to respect their work and not draw on the page itself. Perhaps a family sketch book that anyone can add to at anytime would work well for your family. It would be super fun for the everyone to look over at the end of the year.
This could be a ukulele, triangle, maracas, hand drums, castanets. Anything that can get kids creating, there is no right or wrong when it comes to children making music. Music brings so much joy to all ages..
Obviously little ones need to be supervised, but having a set of tools that are especially for children help them to take ownership of their learning and creativity.
Having their own set of baking tools and kitchen utensils can help create a love of cooking. Plus it is an activity that children of all ages can work on together. Forget the mess, it is nothing a cloth and a broom can’t fix!
It doesn’t have to be a sewing machine, although that would be pretty fantastic! But a set of needles of all sizes, thread, fabric, scissors and of course your time to supervise the youngsters and teach them how to sew. Wool is great as well as even 3 year olds can learn how to finger knit.
It doesn’t need to be big, just something that they can sit in with their plastic bottles, leaves, bubbles and whatever else takes their fancy.
Balls and bean bags
A nice selection of balls, for inside and outside. Bouncy balls, light up balls, kicking balls and throwing balls. How often as kids and even teenagers did you just throw a ball back and forth while chatting? Too many times to count i’m sure.
I hope you have found something in this list to help with your Christmas shopping. Please do drop us any more ideas you have in the comments!