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Great Gift ideas for Kids

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My twins turn 6 in the next few weeks and I have been busy browsing the web for great gift ideas for kids. They are in year 1 now and are growing really fast, so I wanted gifts they would find entertaining for longer. My kids get bored quite quickly, so getting the right sort of birthday presents was a mission. I recently came across BrightMinds; a website that stocks over 2,000 quality toys and games for kids, and I was intrigued by the items they had on their website. There are all sorts of toys for 6 year old kids available on BrightMinds, you are sure to find exciting products for your children.

Here are some of the amazing children’s toys that caught my attention –

 

Fairy Light Garden £29.99

 

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This Fairy Light Garden is a great gift idea for the little ones. This is the sort of thing my daughter would like, which is why it caught my eye straight away. It is an excellent little toy for a child’s room and also works as a stunning night light. This Fairy Light Garden is an enchanted fairy mushroom home with glass seeds. It is great for children 4 years and over.

 

My Design Portfolio Fashion Studio £14.99

 

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If your little one is into fashion, this My Design Portfolio Fashion Studio would make a great gift. My daughter is a fashion lover already and she goes on and on about being a fashion designer and having her own fashion show. So I know this My Design Portfolio Fashion Studio would be perfect for her. This kit allows you design more than 200 fashion styles. It will definitely keep you little fashionista busy. A great gift idea for children 5 years and over.

 

Large Blue Sand Timer 5 Minute £12.99

 

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This Large Blue Sand Timer 5 Minute is another great idea. My son would love this for sure. He is into all sorts of timers at the moment. Timers work great for time related activates like homework, brushing the teeth, screen time, and so on. It is a lovely way of getting children interested in the concept of time. I love the size of this and the colour is pretty.

 

 

Desktop Arcade Machine £24.99

 

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This retro Desktop Arcade Machine is another great gift idea for kids. It is preloaded with 240 16-bit games of the 80s. It has an 8-way control joystick, 2.5″ TFT screen as well as a  built-in speaker. This is a lovely gift idea for children 6 years and over. I love it!

 

What do you think of these great gift ideas for kids? Did any catch your eye?

 

 

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Why Boredom is Sometimes Good for Kids

As a parent, one of the things I feared was when my kids get bored. So, I had toys, educational cartoons and nursery rhymes ready on standby for the minute my kids start to complain about boredom.

I thought that I if I kept my kids entertained and far away from the clutches of boredom, it would be for their own good. That was until I learned that boredom was actually good for my kids.

You may find it hard to believe. I know I had a hard time believing it too. But after experimenting it on my kids, I saw that my kids were more capable than I thought at handling boredom and using it for good.

 

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Here are some reasons why boredom is sometimes good for your kids.

 

Boredom boosts creativity

As adults we know that creativity is something that is highly appreciated while building a career. So why not start helping our kids develop that skill right now?

Studies have shown that people get creative when they are bored. Boredom helps kids get to exercise their ability to imagine. This helps to spark their creativity and develop the skill to be creative which is what they will need when they grow to be adults.

Kids have powerful imaginations and boredom gives them that space to exercise their muscle to imagine.

 

Boredom helps kids shape their world views

Sometimes kids give the most profound insights. And when asked where they got those ideas from, they say they came up with it themselves or deduced it from what they observed.

I remember a kid running to tell his mother that seeking happiness is what makes life worthwhile. I found this shocking because that piece of insight is something you would never expect a child to come up with.

Boredom gets kids thinking. That period when boredom strikes could be the best time for your kids to come up with thoughts and ideas that will help shape their world views. Sometimes having that reflective moment helps kids process what they learn and produce ideas that will help them when they grow up.

 

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Boredom helps kids to start taking responsibility over their life

This may seem like a big one, but boredom could be just the thing your child needs to start taking control over their life. Let’s face it: You won’t always be around to entertain your kids. When you allow them to get bored, they’ll find ways to entertain themselves.

They also start to learn that they need to be there for themselves and motivate themselves. Hovering around your kids trying your best to entertain them when they’re bored only teaches them that they’re the centre of the world. This could turn your kids into being selfish and even narcissistic several years down the line. This, however, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play with your kids. What I mean is that you should also give your kids the chance to figure a way around boredom by themselves.

Allowing them to handle problems like boredom on their own, teaches them that they have what it takes to change a negative situation around for the better. And nothing teaches that better than kids experiencing it themselves.

 

 

Play-Doh Fun with the Kiddies

Half term is over and the kiddies went back to school yesterday. It was a very busy half term week with us making the most of the lovely sunshine. We spent plenty of time outdoors with the twins riding their bikes and scooters. We also visited a soft play centre and our local playground. The kids enjoy being outside, especially my son. He could spend the whole day outside if I let him. My daughter on the other hand loves the outdoors but would be happy to stay indoors all day if I wanted too.

I enjoyed the time outdoors myself and I am seriously missing them now that they have resumed school. Always good to make the most of the holidays when they come. Are you in the UK? How was your half term week?

 

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The kiddies also spent time playing with their new Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Set. They enjoyed making donuts and all sorts of Play-Doh food. It was fun to watch them in their element, it never gets old.

 

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They made a proper mess of the floor but it was worth it. They played with the set for almost 2 hours. I was amazed at how much attention and determination they put into creating Play-Doh creations. Normally, they play with a new toy for a few minutes (an hour tops if it is a great toy) for the first time, before tossing it away for something else, but this was different. I am not too surprised because I know how much they love playing with Play-Doh, but I think their love for the brand has increased since they started primary school.

They play with Play-Doh a lot at school as it helps with the pencil grip. My 5-year-old son previously had issues with that like many boys his age do, but he has now improved massively. His handwriting is also a lot better now which is amazing.

 

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Are your kids fans of Play-Doh? Have they tried the Kitchen Creations Set?

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