At the end of the Christmas season, we often find ourselves overwhelmed with the number of toys our kids have received. They're fun for a short amount of time, but after a week they typically end up in the cupboard collecting dust. Whether you're blessed with a sunny day or one that's overcast and dire, these gift ideas for kids are practical and encourage them to play outside.
Gumboots & Raincoats
When you're a kid, not much compares to putting on a raincoat and some gumboots and stomping around in the mud. Take your child out into the front yard, back yard, or a nearby park, and encourage them to explore what surrounds them. The lake or water, the trees, what's above the horizon, or any statues or natural structures around them. Encourage them to stomp around in the mud, and explore what they see without the fear they'll get wet or dirty. Make sure they don't walk in the house without taking their muddy gumboots off, though!
Take a look at our selection of raincoats and gumboots.
Tricycles and Bikes
The perfect way to teach your child to ride a bike is to start off with the less intimidating tricycle. Take them to the park, and start with small hills, working your way up to larger hills with tighter turns. Make sure they've clipped on their helmet and protective gear! Riding a tricycle by themselves is a way to provide them with independence, while also preparing them for a real bicycle and getting them outdoors.
Take a look at the bamboo tricycle balance bike.
Backpacks and Lunchboxes
While this may only seem useful during the school year, kids can find a lot of joy going on picnics. Pack a picnic blanket, any toys your child might want to play with while outdoors and take them to a nearby park or nature reserve. Have them pack some snacks and a sandwich into their new lunchbox and some frozen peas or corn to feed to the ducks by the pond or park if you have one.
Browse our large collection of lunchboxes and backpacks.
Gift ideas for kids that love the outdoors don't need to be difficult. All ideas can be done as a family too. Make a day out of a trip to the park or nature reserve, and get involved with teaching your child what some of your favourite plants or animals are as you approach them.