We live in a world full of gadgets, gizmos, and consoles. There’s no getting away from it. However hard we try to coerce our children away from the television set towards an activity that is more physical or mentally challenging, they whinge and whine slowly retreating back to the goggle box in the corner of the room. If it’s not the TV, then it’s the tablet. If it’s not the tablet, then it’s the smartphone with its wealth of apps and social media connectivity. We ache for our children to be more outdoorsy, willing to forego the gadgets or at least cut down their usage of them. Now that Christmas is approaching, it’s time to hatch a plan. Make a pact for the whole family, not just the kids. For Christmas Day and Boxing Day, all gadgetry and technological distraction are banned. Formalize this in a contract, get the whole family to sign it and put it up on the fridge. It’s time to check out some more traditional gifts for the kids this Christmas.
If your little darling loves nothing more than reading about ponies, heading off to a horse riding lesson and playing with her horse riding dolls, then why not select a beautifully painted Victorian style rocking horse as her gift. This handmade beauty wreaks of tradition, from the scent of the wood to the site of the grain. With not an on a button or a plug in sight, this could be the toy of any little pony fanatic’s dreams.
The easiest way to distract your little cherubs from their electronics is to give them something more exciting to do outdoors, and there’s no better place to start than in the garden. If you’re lucky enough to have a tree in your back garden, think about setting up one of those Huckleberry Finn style rubber tire swings from a thick branch. The swings rope needs to be firm and strong, so a thick weather resistant type is a must. As your kids wake up Christmas morning, it may take them a little while to spy their new swing in the garden. A Christmas morning Bucks Fizz in the garden as the kids swing away in their onesies? Bliss.
Although technology is forever encroaching on children’s toys, lego has stood the test of time. With more characters, blocks, and models than ever before, Lego has become a toy that has become appealing to both boys and girls alike. Grab your offspring a few boxes of the stuff and watch them as they follow the instructions to create castles, monsters, and vehicles or design their own inventions if you have more bohemian types. Who’d have thought little pieces of plastic could be so much fun?
Art And Craft
Any stationary beautifully presented such as a crayon set, a plasticine kit or a model making kit will encourage your kids to get crafty. With the technology ban firmly in place, your children will relish the opportunity to make some unique candle creations, have a go at some bead art or simply paint a beautiful picture on a snowy Christmas morning.
While a technology ban is not feasible for the entire Christmas break, a couple of days respite will give your family the opportunity to talk, play and enjoy one another’s. Merry Christmas!