Christmas Gifts That Will Get the Kids OUT of the House
I have two boys aged 11 and 12 – and yes they are totally obsessed with their screens. I feel your pain – I have the same problems every other parent has when it comes to technology. Mine chuck a spack if I ask them to go play outside or go do something else, because they love the computer and they do enjoy it so much.
So Christmas gifts this year will be ‘Outside Gifts’. Christmas (hopefully) will be about getting a bit of sun, and seeing what colour the sky is (I’m sure they have forgotten). And to have fun, get dirty, maybe scrape a knee or two.
So no matter what age your kids are, boys or girls – these are my ideas on how to get the kids off the screens and out of my house!!!
A Cubby House or Tree House
Remember how fun cubby houses were when you were a kid. Having that special place that kids can have, just for them is a great reason for them to get out of the house and playing. There are now some epic cubby houses around (especially if you aren’t handy enough to build one yourself!). Plus they do make a fantastic Christmas Gift!
The most epic cubby house for little girls! Imagine the sheer squeals of joy of delight on Christmas morning! I want one…..
The Emerson Cubby House is more of a classic style cubby, a tad less ostentation than the castle above (but I still want one!). The Emerson is constructed from high quality pine timber and comes in prefabricated panel kit which can be erected in 2 – 3 hours by 2 people. You don’t need to be carpenter or tradesman just need to follow the instructions and have a powered screw driver, ladder & spanner handy.
The great thing about the flat pack nature of this cubby house is that if ever needed to move house or children outgrow it you can easily disassemble and take it with you.
This adorable Cubby House will become the central gathering place in your backyard. It’s the ideal space for interactive and creative play. This unique Cubby House has a large side activity window which allows children to interact inside & outside of the house.
The top and side plaques allow for extra personalisation. In harsher weather conditions or when not in use, a removable window cover (provided with kit) can be fitted in window opening to help protect Cubby’s internal furniture and fixtures
It’s made from Fir Wood timber, comes in prefabricated panels and can be erected by one person in approx. 1 hour or less. All you need is a powered screw driver.
- Stockist: Hip Kids
- Price: $999.95
- Afterpay is available
We have always had a Springfree Trampoline – and they are epic! The boys have loved their ‘tramp’ since they were little and still use it when I force them to go outside. Great exercise and even the husband can have a go and pole-axe himself!
- Springfree Large Square 11ft x 11ft Trampoline (Free Delivery)
- 12ft Round Summit Trampoline in Pink – $799 from Catch with Free Delivery
A Mountain Bike
I’ve been big into mountain biking in the last year (and I couldn’t ride a bike this time last year!). It is something that we do as a whole family – together. Not only is it great fun, it is fantastic exercise (you should see my butt – amazing!). Sure, I crashed a lot at first, and I can’t keep up with my husband and boys, but damn, it is exhilarating and I love that we can all do! My boys just love it and get better every time we hit the trails!
A Rescue Puppy from RSPCA
Nothing gets the kids (and you) outside like a dog. Sure, they are loads of work – they chew everything and dig holes and shed fur and shit more than you can imagine!. But the love you get back is so worth it! Go visit your local Dog Shelter and give a dog a second chance for a fantastic family life! Having a dog forces you to walk (so you get exercise!). Having a dog means someone is always happy to see your face at the end of the day.
PS: Never buy a pet for anyone else – that’s how animals end up in shelters in the first place!
Go to the RSPCA website to see what animals are available in your area.
So timeless – and great for the kids. Sure – they will fall off every so often, but the 30 minutes of peace they give you will be worth the blood!
- Discovery Somerset Play Centre for $999.00
- Kids and Toddlers Swing Slide Play Set with Basketball Hoop 7 in 1 Activity Centre
This is high on my list of outside toys to buy this year for Christmas!
A sand pit is mandatory for little kids! They are great fun, very textural for little hands, good for motor skills and all kids love to dig! Just make sure you keep it covered with a tarp or similar when you aren’t using them as cats like to shit in sand pits. Having a shaded pit is also good to protect little kids from the sun.
- The Skipper Sand and Shade Sandpit with Canopy from Yardgames.
- Sand and Water Table (for the little kids) from Catch for $40
Ping Pong Table
Yes there will be fights. Dad might lose his shit. Mum will scream in triumph. Ping Pong tables, where memories are made!
Ride On Vehicles
My boys had a John Deere when they little – and they loved them! They were passed onto a friend when they outgrew them and they are today still going strong!!! There are heaps of different ones to choose from – and they are freaking adorable!
- The Case Chain Drive Pedal Tractor with Trailer, Stockist: Yardgames
- John Deere 12v Electric Dual Force Ride-On tractor, Stockist: Catch
- Razor Dirt Rocket MX350 Electric Ride On Motorbike, Stockist: Catch