If you've bought a go-kart for you child this Christmas, firstly, let us congratulate you on being such an awesome parent. Your child is going to be beside themselves with excitement.
To help you squeeze some extra mileage out of this epic gift, we've got some ideas for gift wrapping it in style, and some amazing accessories to give with it.
Planning The Grand Unveil
Think about how you want to reveal this brilliant present on Christmas morning. Firstly, will it be in the house or outdoors. If it's inside you will need to wrestle it outdoors before your child can ride it, but at least it will stay clean and dry if it's tucked under the tree.
Secondly, do you want to completely conceal its existence by hiding it behind a sofa or in a different room, or do you want to have it in plain view.
If your little one is a racing fan, here's some ideas for go-kart add-ons that will make this present even better.
* A branded baseball cap for their favourite racing team. * Racing overalls. You can get these from shops that sell dressing up outfits, or buy a child-sized boiler suit and sew on your own patches. * Racing drivers rely on a complicated hydration system that delivers liquid to them via a straw. You can replicate this with a hydration backpack, or 'bladder' as it's sometimes called. * Make your own pit board with large letters and numbers so you can give your little racer a message. * Buy a cheap stop watch so they can measure their lap times, and a clipboard so you can act as head coach and write them down. * Get some white chalk so you can mark out a race track on the path. * If your child would like a racing helmet, or you would feel more comfortable with them wearing protective head gear, a child-sized full face BMX helmet, looks like the real deal. * All the best racing drivers have a pair of leather gloves. Try to get a colour that compliments their overalls and / or go-kart. * Make up a car-wash set with bucket, sponge and liquid soap so they can take care of their own cleaning and maintenance. * Small training cones, like the ones included in football training sets, make good obstacles to negotiate when practicing driving skills.
Games To Play WIth The New Go-Kart
Whizzing around in circles on their new go-kart will only keep them occupied for so long, before they want some parental interaction. Don't get sucked into chasing them about as this is exhausting and far too much like hard work. Instead, offer to play one of these go-kart games: * Time how long it takes them to complete a lap of a course they have set out. You are the head coach / team manager, so your job is to stand still, start the stop watch and record the times. * Shout out 'stop' and 'go', a great game for developing listening skills. * Set up a pitstop area and time how long it takes them to clean all four wheels of the go-kart.
Above all, make sure you have a video camera ready to capture the moment your child realizes they have the most awesome Christmas present ever, and try not to feel bitter about Santa taking all the credit.