Xmas gift ideas to keep kids active

Friday 4 December 2015

Active play is crucial to children’s development.

It allows them to develop essential skills that they will need throughout their lives, such as:

  • Communication and social skills
  • An understanding of social rules
  • Self-esteem
  • Friendships
  • A sense of ‘give and take’
  • Patience and perseverance
  • An understanding of others
  • Teamwork and a sense of belonging

Alongside assisting the development of these life skills, active play also allows children to develop the lifelong habit of daily exercise.

In order to promote active play and ensure that your kids get the required 60 minutes of exercise per day, it’s important for kids to have toys that they can actively play with, either on their own or with a friend.

So… to get your kids away from the screen and reap the benefits of exercise, we have come up with some fun Christmas present ideas to get your kids active!

Basketball Hoop

Want your kids to develop coordination and teamwork skills? A basketball hoop is the perfect tool to keep your kids active and having fun, while developing a great range of skills!  

Age range: 3 years +

Price range: $20.00 - $400.00

Where to buy: http://www.toysrus.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=2452442

Bike

From learning to pedal around the backyard to family bike rides, cycling is a great source of exercise for your kids! Not only is it fun, but it also assists in developing skills such as balance and fitness from an early age.

Age range: 2 years +

Price range: $35.00 - $150.00

Where to buy: http://www.kmart.com.au/category/sports/shop-by-product-type/bikes-&-accessories/251028

Cricket Set

A cricket set is the perfect way to keep kids active. Whether they are practicing bowling, catching or playing a game with their friends, a cricket set is sure to keep your kids entertained!

Age range: 5 years +

Price range: $19.00 - $49.00

Where to buy: http://www.target.com.au/search?text=cricket

Trampoline

Whether they bounce on their own or with their friends, a trampoline is a great way to burn energy! All that bouncing is sure to keep them fit, happy and having fun!

Age range: 6 years +

Price range: $150.00 - $2,000.00

Where to buy: http://www.toysrus.com.au/trampolines/

Boogie Board

Whether you’re at the beach or in the pool, a boogie board is a fun way to keep your kids active during the summer months. By splashing around or catching waves, you’re kids are guaranteed to have fun, either on their own or with a friend!

Age range: 8 years +

Price range: $15.00 - $120.00

Where to buy: http://www.rebelsport.com.au/store/surf-watersports/body-boards/50205?pageSize=12&sort=-ProductVisiblePrice&page=1

Pool Shootball Game

Whether they play in teams or one-on-one, this basketball pool game will keep your kids active as they shoot, pass and dodge! The added bonus is that while they are playing with their friends you get to catch up on ‘me-time’.

Age range: 7 years +

Price range: $22.95 - $66.10

Where to buy: https://www.pooltoysaustralia.com.au/product/giant-shootball/
 


Flickr Creative Commons Image via Matt Deavenport

Lucy Clark

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
LUCY CLARK
Lucy is UQ Sport’s marketing assistant. She’s a self-proclaimed ‘foodie’, who exercises so she can fit into her jeans. You’ll find Lucy either in Pilates, the gym, or being dragged around town by her pet labrador.