With the holiday season approaching, I thought I would make a gift guide! Today will be my guide for CHILDREN and I'll do one for adults as well. I don't know about your kids, but my kids do NOT need another toy. Seriously. I recently went through my kids toys (while they were not home, naturally) with a big bag and got rid of everything that they haven't played with in a while. Which happens to be the vast majority of their stuff. I love that people love my kids so much and love giving them things, but it gets overwhelming when you have 3 (almost 4!) kids trying to fit all their stuff in your house. And our house isn't even THAT small! So.... here is my list of healthy, movement friendly gifts for children! Note: I don't get anything for any of these suggestions and I did not shop around for the best price or option for any of these- just linked to an idea of what I was talking about.
1. A Slack Line
Okay, so I kinda want this for MYSELF as well. I know they might not get to play with it outside for a couple of months, but I saw one at Creative Kidstuff (one of the coolest toy store in the Twin Cities!) that you can actually set up indoors with some stands! Awesome. A great way for kids to work on balance and explore movement! Bonus that you get to explore movement WITH your kids. The family that moves together stays together, right?
2. Indoor trapeze/hanging bar.
We have a pull up bar and I'm pretty sure we are going to buy some sort of adapter to add to it like this so that the kids can play around like this. Not that they don't already hang around on the bar. While we don't have one of these door frame ones- I think they are FANTASTIC. I can just see my kids flipping all over the place all year long. Me too.... actually
3. Or what about an indoor/outdoor hanging ring thing?
I think I am getting THIS one for my kids. My husband and I are busy at work on our indoor monkey bar set and this will hang from it for hours of hanging fun- especially great that the 2 year old will be able to reach it without someone lifting her up!
4. Minimal Winter Boots
Here is my 2 year old in the winter boots my kids are wearing this year. They're actually rain boots with liners because they are relatively inexpensive for a minimal option, have no heel (have you SEEN kids winter boots?!) and pretty flexible to boot (GET IT... TO BOOT? Moving on....). They are Stonz brand. Keep in mind that Stonz makes winter boots as well, but those look pretty darn beefy with a heel and no flexibility. Maybe it won't be your kids FAVORITE gift. Or maybe it will. Who knows.
5. Make them some indoor monkey bars!
I really really REALLY want to do this in the hallway upstairs. AND I'M GOING TO. My husband and I are not super handy, so if anyone wants to seriously trade private sessions for making this in my house. Let's do this. How fun and awesome would this be? Both for the kids AND the adults. Might be hard to wrap but... they won't mind!
I actually got about halfway done with this post and my husband and I actually just bought to wood to drill into the walls this afternoon- so its really happening! WHOOP!
6. Stocking Stuffer- Toe Socks!
I think fun colors of toe socks would be great in the stocking! It helps kids toes and feet... and therefore whole body. And they're just plain fun, too. My kids love wearing toe socks! Who would've known in the 90's that they would "come back" but in an aligned way, right? I should've saved all my multi colored toed socks. Seriously. Wait, am I the only one that wore toe socks in the 90's?
7. Rope Ladder.
How much fun would this be? Climb, babies, climb!! I plan to attach it to the monkey bars, but you could really just hang eye bolts from the ceiling or find something to attach it to. I'm sure a tree branch would work in the warmer months as well!
9. And last but not least.... consumables! Always a part of our Christmas shopping. My kids LOVE crafts, coloring, markers, crayons, paper, cool art supplies. I am NOT going to take a picture of what our craft room currently looks like.... but... it's bad. Or good, depending on how you look at it. It definitely gets used.
Mama Aligned is Lindsay McCoy.