It’s no secret that technology plays a massive role in everyone’s lives. During the holidays, it can be easy to fall victim to purchasing the latest and greatest phone, video game, or watch. However, as a parent, it is important to ensure your child is striking a balance between staying connected and quality offline time. Try including some non-tech gifts this holiday season!
Non-Tech Gifts For Kids
Naturally, you may think technology makes for extravagant, parent-of-the-year-worthy gifts. Don’t be fooled— there are plenty of non-tech holiday gifts that will make your kids giddy with joy. Wake Forest Pediatrics has put together a few of our favorite non-tech holiday gifts that are sure to get your child to unplug and enjoy the great outdoors.
- Tickets To An Event Or Concert
One of the best non-tech gifts for kids this holiday season is tickets to an event or concert. Although most people opt for tangible gifts, events or concerts are experiences that build relationships and create lasting memories. Some ideas include amusement park passes, Disney on Ice tickets, or local concerts and events.
- Arts And Crafts Supplies
Not only do arts and crafts make for great non-tech gifts, but they also help to develop fine motor skills, boost critical thinking, encourage a creative mindset, and can give kids a sense of achievement. Some great arts and crafts picks for this holiday season include:
- Lakeshore Arts & Crafts Supply Center
- Hide & Seek Rock Painting Kit
- Liberty Sand Art Kit
- Fat Brain Hey Clay – Animals
- Wooden Multi-Craft Loom
Having your children create art is a great way to help them express their creativity starting at a young age— not to mention it is proven to have cognitive benefits.
- Bike Or Balance Bike
One of the best ways to get your kids excited to ditch the technology is by giving them wheels! Whether you opt for training wheels or not, bikes offer your child a sense of freedom while simultaneously strengthening their leg muscles, bones, and cardiovascular system. Learning to ride a bike also supports coordination and balance. Don’t forget the helmet, knee, and elbow pads for first-time riders!
- Outdoor Toys
According to Healthy Children, playing outdoors is linked to increased motor development and physically healthier children. Additionally, children who spend more time outside tend to be more engaged in learning, exhibit more positive behaviors, and tend to have lower rates of stress, anxiety, and depression.
- 5-in-1 Sports Climber
- Ninja Warrior Hanging Obstacle Course
- Garden Wheelbarrow Set
- Slackers Swingline With Swinging Obstacles
- KidKraft Outdoor Sandbox With Canopy
Take advantage of the powers of playing outside by giving your child one of these non-tech gifts this holiday season.
- Musical Instruments
Just as playing outdoors, musical instruments have a plethora of developmental benefits in children. The options are endless! You can choose to purchase a musical instrument, or you can opt to get your child lessons. Some of the best instruments for children to learn include the piano, guitar, drums, violin, and even their own vocals! Even though purchasing a musical instrument can be expensive, it is an investment in your child’s motor skills, interests, and other aspects of brain development.
This holiday season, surprise your child with non-tech gifts that’ll leave them forgetting that new iPad even exists! The board-certified pediatricians and staff at Wake Forest Pediatrics are dedicated to providing quality care to patients in Wake Forest and Knightdale. Our comprehensive approach focuses on teamwork and open communication with patients and parents. If you have questions about your child’s health and development, call our Wake Forest office at 919-556-4779 or our Knightdale office at 919-266-5059 to make an appointment.