I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to spend hundreds on a gift for a child. A few well-chosen gifts can mean a lot more and provide hours of entertainment and delight. One of our first blogs focussed on gifts for Toddler-aged kids, so this one explores some gift ideas for aged 3 and up. And would you believe all these are R80 or under?
Gelli Baff is a product from the UK that turns bath or pool water into goo (and can convert back to water again). It is great fun for kids of all ages and comes in a variety of aptly named colours: Princess Pink, Swamp Green, Blue Lagoon, Lava Red, etc. It is biodegradable and not harmful to skin. What great fun it could make an outdoor summer party with a paddling pool! (costs R80)
I can remember clearly when I was in junior school all of us girls having serious competitions playing Tricky Fingers! Toggle and position the coloured balls to create the pattern as shown on the card – you can play on your own or against a friend as the game comes with two units. (R30)
Sand Art appears to be the “in” gift of choice at the moment for girls (but no reason why boys can’t do sand art either). You can purchase sand art in big party packs for 14 children (R200), or smaller 4-packs (R40) or single cards (R12) are available too in about 70 different picture designs.
Many people know the popular Twister game where your body gets entwined with other players on a large mat! A new version of this game is now available on a smaller scale called Finger Twister. Lots of fun and great to keep siblings amused on a long car journey during the holidays! (R15)
For the budding scientists out there, there are a few “experients” one can now buy to try out at home. One of the popular experiments is Build a Volcano that is also educational so kids can learn how volcano’s occur. It comes in a complete set with safety goggles and instruction leaflet. (R60)
DVDs are always a popular gift with kids and at the moment the In The Night Garden… series is proving to be a big hit with young kids. The programme features a large cast of colourful characters with unusual names who live in an area of sparsely wooded grassland scattered with large daisies and brightly-coloured balls of flowers. Join Upsy Daisy, Iggle Piggle, Makka Pakka and the rest of their friends on their adventures in the Night Garden. (R50)
Boys all seem to like building things and then taking them apart, so what better idea than to give them a construction set to build a forklift, a helicopter, etc. Allow them to create and then take it apart to start again. Should keep them out of mischief for a while! (R32)
I must say that I have battled to find good children’s CDs but one series I do love is the Beautiful Creatures range of CD’s for kids created by Ed Jordan. They have a beautiful African theme with songs such as Roddy the Rhino, Horace the Hysterical Hyena, Wallace the wonderous Warthog, and have rather catchy tunes that you will be humming long after the music has stopped 🙂 (R80)
A very unique gift idea for girls that I stumbled across is Fairy Shoes. These are little kits with beads and butterfly motifs that little girls can string together to create invisible-soled “fairy shoes” that decorate their pretty little feet beautifully. They come in a range of colours and colour-combinations. (R30)
All these gift ideas are available to people in Cape Town Southern suburbs by Party Things Online. View our Facebook page for more details: www.facebook.com/partythings