Buying for children towards the end of their Primary school years can be challenging. They tend to be more interested in tech than toys, but we're still clinging on fiercely to their childhood, not wanting them to grow up too soon.
At Wicken Toys we understand the importance of play for children of all ages (including grown ups).
Be inspired by this list of present ideas that will have even the most cynical 10 year-old bouncing with joy on Christmas morning.
Their First Car
Who could fail to be impressed with one of these? We stock a range of Berg and Ketter go-karts suitable for children from 4 years old, right up to adulthood. You might even find a car for yourself. Their styling makes it clear this is not a toy, this is a serious piece of equipment, built for speed.
Slam Dunk Present Success
Shooting some hoops is a great way for older kids to move around, loosen up and clear their head. Some of the best conversations between parent and child have happened while each takes their turn to throw the ball. Our basketball and netball sets can be packed away and stored when not in use, protecting them from the worst of the winter weather and extending their useful life. What we also like about these is that because they are freestanding, rather than mounted to a wall, there's no reverberating noise through the house every time a shot is played.
Back Garden Battles And Film Re-enactments
This mighty construction is not a climbing frame. This is not a piece of play equipment. This is a stage. A set. A backdrop. Home to might battles waged between cowboys and Indians, knights, trolls, pirates and princesses. As children get older they are no longer captivated by the challenge of scrambling up a ladder and whizzing down a slide. Traditional climbing frames may seem a little young to the over 8s. A fort, or castle, or whatever you want to call it sets the scene for imaginative play lasting for hours.
An obvious choice, but often overlooked, the humble football goal. For added play value, consider getting a model like the one pictured above, with optional targets. This makes it possible for children to play with the goal on their own, or for more than one child to play without the need to take turns being goalie (which rarely, anyone wants to do).
Got younger children who need encouraging outside? Need ideas for presents that won't take up valuable floorspace in your home? Head over to yesterday's blog post about Christmas Presents To Encourage Outdoor Play.