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This article showcases our top picks for the Best Lockdown Gifts For Kids
. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.
This product was recommended by Jack Kelly from Sharpshaft
At Sharpshaft we write a lot about the outdoors and survival, and the following gift is such a practical, hands-on, activity-based gift that keeps all of my children entertained for hours on end. Give them a rope or string, and they’ll keep each other entertained by tying each other to different things around the house, and teaching each other the different knots they’ve learned. You’ll forget about them for hours until they come looking for you because one of them is stuck! There are other books out there on knots, but this one is perfect for kids thanks to it’s colorful-picture format, and over 80 different knots. There’s nothing better than a kids’ gift that keeps them away from screens and using their hands, logic and imaginations.
This product was recommended by Louise Wannier from Tree Spirits
What do you see when you look up at this tree? TREE SPIRITS is a book written in rhyme which encourages children to develop their imagination, creativity and emotional intelligence. How do you imagine they/he/she is feeling today? For parents and grandparents and friends and family it is a fun book to read with the children in their lives. It includes an interactive drawing section with tracing paper. (ages 3-8)
This product was recommended by Essie Button from EssieButton
I recommend nurturing your child’s imagination with this early educational toy that your little princess will adore. Improving their hands-on ability and enabling the development of their role-playing skills. You’ll get tons of enjoyment watching your child “dressing up and putting makeup on because we are going out”.
This product was recommended by Nikki Webster from Brit on the Move
It’s too easy these days to let kids get wrapped up in video games. Video games have become the resident baby sitter/entertainer but it does not substitute human interaction. This award-winning treasure hunt will get kids playing together with the goal of finding hidden items either in the home or outside the home. You can create new and unique trails to play over and over again!
This product was recommended by Stefan Cordova from FriendWithA
I am recommending this product for younger kids (8+) because it is a classic, nostalgic fun time for the parents and a good, creative time for the kids. It’s got a ton of variation with 9 shapes, 2 retractable pens (one red and one blue), a 10-page design booklet, a 24-page design pad and 18 oz. of Spirograph putty. Not only can the kids make cool patterns they can use on their stationary or bedroom walls but the family can use it as a unique game of pictionary. If you’ve got an old Spirograph set hanging around this new one is still compatible which is extra cool.
This product was recommended by Bonnie Daly from Unsolved Case Files
The Unsolved Case Files Family Edition, is based on the popularity of their adult games, but it’s appropriate for all ages. In Honey the Bunny, the player plays as a fifth grade student tasked with solving the case of a stolen class pet. The case contains several documents, photographs, and other compelling evidence that allows players to feel as though they’re actually solving a crime, just like a real detective! This is a fantastic and extremely fun way to put critical thinking skills to the test. This case can be played individually or in a group setting.
This product was recommended by Jessica Speer from JessicaSpeer
Friendships are tough to navigate, especially during a pandemic. The preteen years can be particularly sticky, but we’ve got your back! Packed with fun quizzes, colorful illustrations, and stories about girls just like you, BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends) is the ultimate interactive guidebook to help you learn the ins and outs of friendship. Explore the topics of gossip, bullying, and feeling left out, along with ways to strengthen the friendships that mean the most to you.
This product was recommended by Stephanie from N/A
This unicorn-themed book features easy to follow steps to teach cursive writing – a skill that is no longer prioritized in many school curriculums. In this book, kids learn to write in cursive starting with tracing letters, then two and three letter words before moving on to longer words and sentences. All throughout the book cute unicorns cheer them on. To add to the fun, these unicorns double as colouring pages. An added bonus at the end of the book, is 26 pages of handwriting practice paper, so your kids can continue to practice what they learned, all in the same book. It’s a great way for kids to learn while still having fun.
This product was recommended by Karen Correll from Correll Communications
The book and coordinating activity book helps children recognize worry and anxiety, especially when forced to live in a lockdown situation away from friends and extended family. It teaches children a simple game to help calm big emotions using the five senses. The activity book works together with the story providing fun activities that kids enjoy, mazes, word searches, word scrambles, and practice sheets to play the game themselves. Reviews by various teachers and therapists have found the book helpful in providing children with solid skills for self-soothing. Parents also learn more tools for calming worries. The website below also offers reversible washable placemats & washable markers for children to play the 5 Senses Game on one side, and coloring, games, and vocabulary descriptor words to use to describe objects found using all senses.
This product was recommended by Leo Young from Optimized Family
This amusing rhyming book is a favorite of my children. When this book comes out, there is always a succession of belly laughter. Every page features a new animal, and your children are encouraged to raise the flap and scratch the panel to discover what the animal fart smells like. The fart of a unicorn smells like jelly beans, that of a monkey smells like bananas, and so on. My boys are constantly amused by the rhyming text and images. It is a fantastic book for toddlers and a lighthearted and humorous read.
This product was recommended by Kaitlin Mays from WorthyKids
The sheep won’t let Bo sleep in this hilarious tale of what can go wrong when the sheep you count run amok the night before the first day of school. Synopsis: Anxious for the first day of school, Bo just wants to fall asleep, so he’ll be ready for the day. But when he tries counting sheep, the sheep get bored and scatter, and chaos ensues: “Sheep 5 snags a lunch bag and makes a strange creature. 6 swallows the apple Bo picked for his teacher.. Sheep 7 grips scissors, and piece after piece, she snips and she clips, and she trims the flock’s fleece.” Children can count along with Bo as he finds the 10 mischievous sheep misbehaving throughout the house. With a house full of sheep and a mess to clean, will Bo get enough sleep before his big day? With 10 out-of-control sheep and the beleaguered Bo, this action-packed story will provide comic relief for anyone who might be a little nervous about the first day of school.
This product was recommended by Mark Stephenson from How to Shoe
I love this kit, it offers opportunities to work on attention span, concentration and allows kids to be creative. There’s so much stuff in this set including lots of different shaped bottles, 13 colors of sand, a funnel, 3 packs of glitter, a mixing stick and a set of easy-to-follow instructions. What I love about Sand Art is that kids think I am doing something amazingly creative with them and it looks so grand! It doesn’t seem like an everyday activity but a big special treat. Also, instead of watching your child do their art activity you can join in on the fun and I promise it is just as fun for us adults as it is for your child!