The holidays are just around the corner. Have you started shopping for the kids in your life yet? Every year the team at Active for Life pulls together our favourite fun and active gifts appropriate for all the kids — and the kids at heart — on your list.
These picks will encourage a love of moving for the little ones on your list:
These butterfly wings are the perfect gift for your little nature lover or any child who enjoys dressing up and pretend play. The Blue Morpho Butterfly Plush Costume Wings are a great way to talk about nature, and how different creatures move, run, and fly. With soft, elastic bands to pull over the shoulders these wings also feature a cuddly butterfly body on the back. One size fits most.
Kids ages 4-10 years / Price $31
Inspired by the stepping stones you see in a river, this toy combines creativity and being active in a novel way. With each triangular piece varying in steepness and difficulty, the river stones encourage children to jump, hop, and balance their way around without touching the floor. The steps can also be rearranged to create more challenging paths around the room. I especially love that the base has anti-slip skids to prevent accidents, and also protects indoor floors. Try using instead of paper for the fun activity, Float the Pond.
Kids ages 3-10 years / Price $115
This is the gift for the child who loves speed and is just learning board sports. Made of virtually indestructible material, the board helps kids learn the skills needed to spin, twist, slide, and wobble, and it also improves their core stability, balance, coordination and gross-motor skills. The Spooner Freestyle Board replicates the movement needed in board sports, in any location, and on any surface. I especially like that the board is appropriate for indoor and outdoor use, so younger kids can get started in a relatively safe environment before heading for the hills.
Kids ages 3-12 years / Price $51
This action-packed ball game will have the entire family competing and cheering like never before. Players throw the 12-sided Boochie ball first, and then take turns tossing their smaller bean ball and rings. The point is to get as close to the Boochie ball as possible. The wrist tracker keeps score and throws out new challenges for every round. Multiple variations like throwing overhead, behind you, with eyes closed, or between the legs mean movements are fun and exciting. The player who gets to 11 first wins.
All ages 6+ / Price $68
This backyard game of Ladder Toss is a great way to get the family outside, whatever the weather. The target ladders are made of durable PVC and are easy to assemble. The bolas are made using real golf balls stitched together with high density woven nylon ropes. The entire game set can be folded up and comes with its own carry case.
Kids ages 8+ / Price $68
This is a toy that will get your inner child jumping for joy. Made from soft, durable foam, this pogo jumper is great for both indoor and outdoor play. It even squeaks with every hop. One caveat — with siblings, you may have to buy a second one. I can see my kids chasing each other, hopping, and squeaking away.
Kids age 3-10 years (the bungee stretches to accommodate children of all heights) / Price $35
A timeless classic, this giant vinyl keyboard will give kids hours of musical fun while they develop hopping and jumping skills without even realizing it. With eight instrument sounds and four different play modes, including even a demo mode, this is a great way for siblings and family members to play and record together. You can even use the playback feature to share your masterpiece with family and friends. Appropriate for indoors.
All ages / Price $60
Shorter days do not mean that the fun outdoors has to end early. The Aerobie lighted flying disc with its bright LEDs is easy for players of all skill levels to spot and throw well. Its construction and soft rubber edge helps even young children grip well and aim. The clear centre and brightly coloured translucent rim make the entire Skylighter disc appear brightly in the night sky. This small and compact toy is easy to carry on trips and families can get outdoors and be active with very little planning.
Kids ages 3+ / Price $15
This multiple award-winning, kid-powered sit-skate scooter provides hours of indoor and outdoor play. The unique nonlinear design means that kids can simply sit on the seat, put their feet on the chrome handle bars, and swing the handlebars side-to-side to propel themselves forward. Fun times ahead…
Kids ages 3-12 years old / Appropriate for indoors and outdoors / Price $90