So often we look for gift ideas under age brackets and hope we can find something our children might enjoy. I have compiled a list of toys for the different types of children.
For the newbies- black and white books
Newborns are able to see the patterns and distinctive colour contrasts in these books which will help nurture the sight development and expose them to more interactive scenes. These books are a great resource for children aged 0-6 months and can be found at book depository.
For the nurturing child...Hatchimals
This is a ridiculously cute gift for those caring children. This toy is interactive from the minute you open it up. From within the egg, cute little noises are heard and it will even respond if you knock on it. The toy will hatch from the egg but only when it is being held, so you don't have to worry about your child missing the exciting moment. From there you are able to see the hatcnhimal through a range of stages, teaching it to walk, talk and many more tricks. Although on the pricey end of the scale at $110, this toy is bound to keep your child entertained throughout the christmas holidays. Recommended for children ages 5-7, the hatchimal can be found at toysrus.
For the tech savvy- Oslo's Coding game
This gift is all about the future. Some say it wont be long for coding to be as important in our children's education as English and maths. Osmo Coding is a game that pairs with your iPad and teaches your child how to code using fun characters and games. It's for ages 4 and up and can be found at Play Osmo for $75.
For little engineers- Lego
These days we get so caught up in buying lego to make a single themed object. A pirate ship, submarine or castle. These definitely have their place in the world and the process of following instructions to get a final result is very rewarding. However, a big tub of lego without instructions opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Children are encouraged to think for themselves, design, build and create. Do yourselves a favour and get a tub of lego, the possibilities are endless. You can find a large classic brick box from brick builder for $63.17. Ages 4 and up.
Side note: little one not yet old enough for lego? Try Duplo. Big pieces for little hands. ☺︎
For little artists- Crafts
A box of arts and crafts is usually a very welcome gift for children with big imaginations and long attention spans. You can get a box and make up a collections of colour papers, glues and glitters all found at local $2 stores. This can be an inexpensive gift that provides a lot of fun. Plus, you can create a box for every age!
For the sensory child- Kinetic Sand
Kinetic sand is MAGIC! It is a non-toxic sand that has a bonding agent allowing the sand to stick only to itself and nothing else. It can be shaped and moulded then falls apart when picked up. Ever find your child destroying the house or constantly touching EVERYTHING in sight? Sensory experiences like kinetic sand can keep them entertained for hours. For ages 2 and up with supervision, you can find kinetic sand at most toy stores these days!
For every child- Books!
If none of these ideas are fitting your child just get them a book! Not sure what a good book is for the age of your child? Always get them something for the future. Then you know they will defiantly be able to enjoy it. Sites such as 'book depository' and 'fish pond' have a huge selection of books at great prices. Plus, free delivery!