More and more these days kids seem to be wanting video game systems for Christmas and if it’s not the video game systems then it is one of the many accessories or games that go with them. By the time we are done buying the system, the games, and everything else there is little room for more traditional gifts, those gifts that expand a child’s mind, that teach them important social skills, and that will help them learn about the importance of fair competition. We don’t want our children’s childhood to be all about sitting in front of a video game though so we need to give them gifts that will inspire them to do more than pick up a controller and live in a world that is all fantasy. Not only is it not healthy to be so inactive but it is not healthy to have such limited experience. Limited experience leads to limited point of view and ultimately limited opportunity, two things that we do not want to bestow on our children. We as parents have the responsibility of showing our children that there are other things out there for them to enjoy if they just take the time to discover what those things are. We can start by giving them creative Christmas gifts that will have them doing something besides pushing buttons and sitting in front of a television or computer monitor all day. Listed are four classic Christmas gifts that have nothing to do with video games and everything to do with important lessons and learning experiences.
Board Games – Board games are a great way to teach children about the value of a good, fair competition but many parents these days just assume that kids will not play board games because they have video games so they don’t buy them for them. The fact is if we do buy them and then actually play them with our children they will probably find that they enjoy the friendly competition and the time spent with the family.
Science Projects – Simple, safe science projects that can be found at most toy stores are a great way to expand your child’s mind. Such projects as volcanoes, home made tornadoes, and chemistry sets are a great way to instill a sense of wonder in your kids and they will have a great time completing the projects and so will you.
Models – Model cars, boats, airplanes, and motorcycles are another great way to expand your child’s mind. And the best part about these as that they will have a great new decoration for their room as well and they can show off their modeling skills at the same time.
Art Sets – Art sets will give your child what they need to explore their creative side before they get to the age where they just assume that they have no artistic talent. Whether it is painting supplies, drawing supplies, or anything else it will be a great way to get your child thinking about more than their video game system.
This year give your child the gift of creativity and important life lessons by giving them something besides video games and you will surely be glad that you did.