The gift-giving season is here and you might already know The Big Present that’s going to be the centrepiece of your child’s Christmas, whether it be a train set, play car to drive around in, dollhouse or otherwise. However, if you’re like a lot of parents, you like to give them lots of little extras to open to keep those smiles on their face for even longer and to build anticipation of the “main gift” of theirs. So, what stocking fillers are always a welcome sight for any child?
Fun puzzle games
From Rubik’s cubes to magnetic ball puzzles, it can be great to give your kids something to scratch their brain over first thing in the morning. When all the present opening is done and you’re experiencing that post-dinner tired haze, it’s a great way to keep them busy while enjoying a slightly more low-energy moment. Plus it’s something they will occasionally pick up and try figure out in the months to come.
Get those creative juices flowing
Every child has a spark of creativity that needs to be nurtured. During those moments when they’re bored with their toys, it’s a great outlet for energy that they don’t know what to do with. However, if they don’t have the art supplies they need, like stationery and materials to draw on, then they can have trouble exploring that side of their personality. Make sure that doesn’t happen.
A bunch of minis to play with
Children love playing make-believe, creating scenes and pretending to unfold relationships, and the traditional toy figure is one of the best ways to do that. A stocking with a few minis, be they from their favourite game or cartoon franchise, or something brand new to them, encourages them to imagine what kind of characters they would be. It’s another way of exploring their creativity that can lead to great storytelling and even emotional maturity.
A make your own jewellery kit
Aside from getting creative, kids love to get crafty, too, to get their hands on materials that they can manipulate and put together to create something brand new. Aside from materials like Play-Doh that encourage them to imagine what they want to create, DIY jewellery kits can offer some structure, while also creating something that they will actually want to wear and play with long after the actual creating, itself, is finished.
Something for bath time
Keeping kids in the bath can be a bit of a chore, so this might be a gift for you as well as them. However, one of the best ways to change their tune and get them to look forward to bath time is to select a few excellent bath toys that are going to keep them entertained long enough for you to actually get in there and give them a wash.
Stocking fillers don’t have to blow your kids away, but they can delight, surprise, and be a lovely addition to any Christmas day, so consider adding a few.