8 classic gifts to give your kids this year.
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Kids these days arguably spend way too much time in front of a screen. Rather than give them a gaming system or other type of electronic device, you would be wise to buy them a classic toy. There is no limit to the fun that your kids will have when you think outside of the box and give them a gift that has been popular for decades. Here are eight classic gifts to give your kids this holiday season.
Slinky or yo-yo
Nothing screams childhood fun quite like the slinky toy. This toy is fun for nearly any age. Invented during the 1940s, the slinky has definitely stood the test of time. Choose the simple silver slinky or have fun with the various colors and styles now available. Another classic toy similar to a slinky is a yo-yo. Your kids will spend hours of time trying to master the technique of a yo-yo.
Lincoln Logs or Tinker Toys
Inspire your kids to get creative with a set of Lincoln Logs or Tinker Toys. One of the best things about these toys is that you can add more sets to your existing starter pack, making it easy to expand your collection. Both of these toy sets are also available in a variety of themes, making it easy to personalize your gift pack. Lincoln Logs and Tinker Toys are also useful when looking to improve fine motor skills and help to develop spatial awareness.
Your kids will delight in an authentic cuckoo clock. This universal children’s gift is a beautiful addition to any room. Not only will a cuckoo clock teach your child to tell time, but it will also entertain them along the way. You can make this gift as extravagant or as simple as you would like. Choose an elaborate hand-carved clock or go with something a little more simple.
Classic board games
You can not go wrong with a board game. With so many fun games to choose from, it will be easy to find a good fit for your child. Good traditional games to consider include Monopoly, Scrabble, Operation, Connect Four, Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, and Risk. Be sure to find a game that is appropriate for the age and skill level of your child.
A new art set is a perfect gift for the creative child in your life. Customize this gift with supplies suited for your child’s skills and age. While it is not a typical art set, a spirograph is another fun alternative that your child will enjoy. Modern spirograph sets come equipped with multiple colored pens and wheels so that you can create to your heart’s content.
Every young girl longs for a fancy dollhouse. A nice dollhouse will quickly become a treasured gift that will inspire imaginary play for years. She may be even able to pass this gift down to her own kids one day. To make this gift even more special, consider presenting it with the appropriate furniture and accessories.
It is hard to believe, but the Easy-Bake Oven has been around since 1963. Both boys and girls will love spending time making their own treats in this kid-friendly oven. Your child will learn the basics of baking as they whip up miniature cakes and cookies without you having to worry about the risks of using a real oven.
The quintessential holiday experience is a shiny new bike with a big red bow sitting under the tree on Christmas morning. Not only is this the definitive gift under the tree, but it will also encourage your child to get outside and move their body. Be sure to buy a bike that can grow with your child so that they get plenty of use out of it. Pair it with a bicycle helmet, a basket, a bell, or any fun accessories.
These eight gifts are just the tip of the iceberg when looking for a traditional gift to present your child this year at the holidays. All of these gifts are sure to bring a smile to your child’s face when they find them under the tree.