Christmas is peeking its tinselly face around the corner and with celebratory plans afoot, many mums and dads will be pondering presents, and toys might not be on the list!

Keeping children entertained over Christmas

A recent poll by the British Heart Foundation found that more than a quarter of parents admit to throwing away toys that are in perfect working order and that children have an average of four toys they’ve never played with. East Sussex County Council also cited a startling statistic:  8.5 million new, perfectly good toys are thrown away every year in the UK.

Do children who have plenty really need more stuff?

In an effort to be more environmentally friendly and also avoid the commercialism of the Christmas season, many parents are looking for alternative gifts for their children, and we have some great ideas:

  • Events/tickets – to the zoo, a film, a concert, a theatre show, your local soft play venue – whatever your child loves.
  • Art & Craft supplies
  • Books/Audiobooks
  • A cooking date – a favourite recipe plus ingredients; you and your child get together and cook something fabulous.
  • Dress-up clothes
  • Family games – that include all members of the family and can be enjoyed together.
  • Tea party voucher – this could be a voucher for a date at your favourite cake shop or it could be a home-style tea party with tea, cake and teddies.
  • A scrap book/photo album – with photos and craft supplies.
  • Classes/activities – cooking, art, dancing, football etc.
  • Money for their savings account – children will love this if they’re saving for something special.

In a world where everything is accessible (all the time) sometimes the best thing we can do is limit our children’s choices by keeping things simple.

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