Day 9: Cool Gifts For Kids With No Batteries Needed
This season, don’t give the little one on your list something that drains their brain. Digital toys and apps can be great, but studies show that too much technology is never a good thing for growing brains. Instead of buying batteries or making a trip to the Apple Store, try giving a toy that gets their imagination flowing, boosts creativity, and is super cool according to some of the kiddos we know. Here are a few of our favorite creative cool gifts for kids.
Design Your Own Wooden Shield
Creativity and adventure collide with this DIY Wooden Shield Kit from Seedling. A blank wooden shield is included, along with acrylic paints and brushes. Imagine your child going to battle and slaying dragons all while being protected by their personally designed brilliant wooden shield. Protects from less dangerous foes too, like friends, pets and siblings – whatever is dreamed up!
The coat of arms design is designed for illustration of four things that represent your child, paints and ideas are included, but we are sure your child will come up with their own unique ideas and designs.
Pull and Stretch Bounce Balls
Doc McStuffins Operation
Fans of the Doc will love getting to play this version of the classic Operation game! Remove Lambie, Chilly, and Hallie’s boo-boos and put a bandage over every empty spot. With easy to grab pieces and a fun, colorful board, it’s sure to be a favorite while advocating diversity. The female, African-American Veternarian provides an empowering role model for girls and boys.
Money Savvy Pig
One slot piggy banks are things of the past. Now, teach kids this new financial system, a system whose complexity has outstripped the ability of most adults, many of whom grapple with credit card debt, even bankruptcy. Personal finance education needs to start young. How? With the same universally loved childhood toy, the piggy bank….but with a 21st century twist!
The Money Savvy Pig piggy bank is available in a variety of different colors and has four chambers, one for each of the four money management choices a child should be taught from the time they are small. They are Save, Spend, Donate, and Invest.
Make Geography FUN!
An art and geography lesson in one cool present! Learning about world geography is interactive and fun with the Color Chart of the World Kit. The kit’s Activity Booklet features interesting facts and questions about animals, landmarks and cultures throughout the world, and a picture hunt that helps kids develop a deeper understanding of the continents. From coral reefs and ice castles to pink dolphins and Komodo dragons, they’ll discover remarkable things that make our world amazing. Kit includes a 40″ x 28″ fold-out world map, Activity Booklet and 12 markers. There is a USA map too, with capitals and fun facts about each state.
Magformers Rainbow 30-Piece Set
Magformers are fun and help to develop coordination and creativity. Easy to use and the patented intelligently designed Magformers magnets are housed in colorful, high quality ABS plastic. They always attract and never repel, so the moment any two pieces touch they connect. High quality magnets that instantly connect are sure to spark curiosity and play time is creative, stimulating, and constructive. Not only does it help get out sensory overload, frustration, but they are fun!
Eco Kids Non-Toxic Natural Finger Paint
Let your child discover their inner artist with Eco Kids Non-Toxic Natural Finger Paint. No need to worry about your child “tasting” or accidently ingesting toxic materials during arts and crafts with these safe alternative for finger paints for young children. These powder based exploratory finger paints are handmade with natural and organic fruit, plant and vegetable extracts from annatto seed, beets, carrots, curcumin, purple sweet potato, red cabbage and spinach, flour, cornstarch, wheat paste and earth clay. Hand made in the USA. Recommended for children 2 years and older.
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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant. Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.
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