If you’re a mom, dad, grandma or grandpa – or none of the above – and find yourself in the position of wanting to give a meaningful gift to a young child, options may seem limited.
Instead of sticking to what the toy or big box store has to offer in the “kids” section, try these ideas for gifts that foster a child’s growing practical life abilities!
Give your child the gift of independence. It comes in many different forms, not all physical, but here are a few gift ideas that your child will come to appreciate.
Step stool: We live in an adult sized world. Provide a sturdy step stool for your child to reach sinks, cupboards, or closets.
Low hooks: Make an event out of creating a space for your child’s coats, boots, or backpacks.
Low table and chair: Introduce your child to their very own work table, like mom’s office but for them!
This sounds crazy, but your child wants to be just like you, which includes cleaning! Plus, sweeping and washing are great indoor gross motor practice for this time of year.
Window Washing: How fun are spray bottles and a squeegees? Place those plus a cloth in a special basket for window washing.
Sweeping or Scrubbing: Gift a small broom or mop to your child, and store it in a place they can access independently.
Dish Washing: Easy to set up on a low table with a few wash bins and a tiny bottle of dishwashing liquid!
Perhaps most importantly, gift the entire family with more time together. This doesn’t have to be an extravagant trip, it could be as simple as playing a board game!
Library Time: Time together could be visiting the library as a family. Each person walks out with one book they want to read.
Popcorn Time: Make a weekly event out of making popcorn together and playing a game or watching a favorite movie.
Walking Time: Just like adults make a point to plan exercise into their day, so too can you make a walk, even if it’s just on Sunday’s, part of your special time together!
What other alternative gift ideas do you have? Share ideas in the comments below!
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