I’ve written before about some of the toys that my kids love at aged 6 and 9. I think kids at this age are super-curious and fizzing with questions so they love toys to play with engaging and help them use their imagination. So here is a little round-up of some unique toys for inquisitive young minds this Christmas to help you on the way with your shopping!
Any one else have children who are obsessed with making dens? It’s my kids favourite thing to do together! Densters are Den making toy monsters that act as clips/pegs and help kids build amazing dens with sheets and canvases! I am really a big fan of these as even kiddos as young as 3 can use Densters to make any kind of dens and forts. Each of the Densters has a name and a cheeky characteristics such as Cheekaboo who is a strong, slightly naughty peg and Wizetta is a smart bed sheet holder!! Densters are a new product and I am in love with the ingenuity and quirky design of this fabulous den-making kit. A great product for siblings to play together and to help build their imagination.
My own 6 and 9 year old, love building things! Finlay, in particular, can’t even see a pen without taking it apart and trying to put it back together again! So, these kind of building kits are perfect for them. I like this robot kit in particular because it is a proper robot kit involving screws and nuts and bolts and all the kind of things my son loves to try and get out of his Dad’s tool kit! This Robot Kit is from Uncommon Goods which is a personal favourite website that I love to support because it has a mission to provide a platform for new artists and designers and everything they feature has been created with no harm to the environment so you can feel good about your shopping this Christmas!
I think craft boxes are such a lovely idea for a gift as it’s an experience and helps develop kid’s creativity. This Winter Wonderland box from Squidgydoodle has everything you need to create 4 Christmassy Crafts including making life like snow that even crunches! I love that the box contains everything you need for a spontaneous craft session and the instructions are clear so that older children have no trouble following the instructions by themselves.
Skateboarding has boomed over the last few years – with more Skate Parks springing up, there has never been a better time to get kids out in the fresh air and learn to skateboard! We’ve got a skate park that’s just opened up near us and our kiddos have been fascinated watching the older kids with their skateboards. There are a wide range of kid’s skateboards available but all of the boards at Skates.co.uk are safe and vibrant with a wide range of colours and designs. This is a Fracture Comic VT Complete Skateboard which is perfect for entry level but also looks amazing in design!
My kids love taking videos and trying to make movies so this stop-motion kit would be perfect for them to learn some of the magic behind stop-motion animation. Stop-motion animation encourages children to use their imagination to create the illusion that inanimate objects are moving through a series of still photos. This is a great, easy to use kit which pairs the fun of a building toy with an easy-to-use stop-motion camera and comes with software to edit to help kids create their own movies!
Hope you’ll find this gift guide useful, if, like me – you’re a last minute Christmas shopper – it’s the best way to be!
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*We were gifted some of these items in exchange for inclusion in this guide. However, they are all gifts that I think would be brilliant for kids!*