Tips for shopping Christmas gifts for children

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 Christmas is almost upon us – thus your rush to buy your kid’s Christmas gift to put in his or her Santa sock. If your kids didn’t create a wish list, and you’re dumbfounded how to purchase the right one, we’re here for you. Check out our quick tips below.

It’s true that today’s children have more toys than ever before – if not, most of them are in their tablets playing away a big chunk of their time, but only using their fingers. So, what do children really want? Better yet, what do they need?

During the pre-school years, children will get the most benefit from simple toys. Wooden toys in Australia, for instance, are a good way to promote safer play, encourage imagination, and foster friendship among friends – it also continuous our tradition of playing using wooden toys. Also, preschool children enjoy mimicking the activities of those around them. A baby to cuddle and care for, a broom for pretend play, for example, are good choices they allow the children to mimic you, while at the same time, promote their own muscle development, hand-eye coordination, and motor skill development.

Some of the best Christmas toys for kids include:

For 12-24 months, old:

  • Wooden blocks

  • Balls

  • Nesting toys

  • Simple instruments like egg shakers and floor drums

  • Pounding toys

  • Push and pull toys

  • Tunnels

  • Toys and containers for dumping and sorting

  • Stacking cups

  • Simple trains

For 12-24 months, old:

  • Wooden Kitchenware

  • Dough and Clay

  • Dress up clothing

  • Props for pretend play

  • Tools

  • Small, plastic climbing structures and slides

  • Water and sand tables

  • Paper, crayon, and paint

  • Cars and trucks

  • Puppets

  • Ride on toys

  • Pegboards

  • Dolls and accessories

Choosing wood toys over plastic?

Plastic toys can break quickly, and the edges could harm little children. Wooden toys, on the other hand, are infinitely more durable. If you were to stand on a toy made of plastic, there’s a good chance that it’ll break, possibly leaving jagged edges that could cut your child. Wood can also break and create splinters, but the chances of toddlers breaking wood in the first place are rare.

Plastics are also infamous for causing a lot of health risks, especially to young children. Lead poisoning has become a major health concern. Not to mention a lot of other chemicals involved in producing plastic toys. You wouldn’t want to risk your child’s health for a piece of toy, would you? The majority of wood toys are made with non-toxic paints, finishes, natural oils, or beeswax.

The natural wooden toys in Australia and other countries with toy companies supporting wooden play materials are made using eco-friendly, including organic wood and cotton. Wooden toys mostly operate without electricity or battery, which invite open-ended play, the type of play that fosters creativity and keeps the child interested in the toy for countless hours.

Wooden toys also allow downtime. It’s very hard for a child to switch gears from playing a very active toy to resting, whereas simple, wooden toys allow for natural progression to rejuvenating activities, such as daydreaming, reading books, or napping.

End Note

Give wooden toys a try. You won’t regret it, nor your kid. If you ever feel overwhelmed with the toy selection, simply buy more if you can afford it and just rotate the toys every few weeks.

What items are on your Christmas list this year? Share it with us below!

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