International Children's Day is near and that means parents may want to plan a fun day for the little ones or buy them a gift.
A wide range of gift options are available, but many parents may feel overwhelmed by the myriad choices. Some tend to buy expensive high-tech products for their kids, but remember the golden rule — kids just want to have fun.
When picking gifts for kids, people should consider age, gender and their interests into account. It is recommended to choose things designed for a child’s age. Also, parents should not forget to check the safety of the products they choose for their children.
Some ingeniously designed toys can be both fun and educational. Some gifts can inspire kids to explore, imagine, invent and help them develop many new skills.
Sporting goods are a good choice as sports help build character and keep children fit. But parents need to help their kids discover what they like. Sports such as baseball, basketball and soccer are good for helping kids learn to be part of a team.
AquaPlay Water Toy
The AquaPlay water canal system can entertain children for hours. Children can move and steer the boat through the canals, let the water lift the boat in the lock and with the crane load the container from the boat to the truck and back. Price: US$144
Disney Big Hero 6 Armor
Baymax is a popular character among children ever since the film “Big Hero 6” hit cinemas. Children can transform their favorite hero from his white, Nursebot form to his fighting super hero form with more than 20 armor pieces in this set. Price: US$19.99
Frenza Racing Trolley
This lightweight suitcase with car design makes traveling fun for kids. It also has an extendible handle and unique tri-wheel feature to ensure durability and stability. Price: US$45
Schwinn Boys’ 12-inch Grit Bike
The Schwinn 12-inch boy’s grit is an ideal bike for the beginner rider. It is equipped with a parent push handle that steers the bike while the child learns how to steer and pedal. Price: US$84.4
TellyBear e-book reader
This children’s e-book reader is a cute Tell-Tale Bear from Taiwan and features both Mandarin and English. It may inspire a love of reading in children. TellyBear’s 100 built-in stories include classics by renowned authors such as Hans Christian Andersen, the Grimm Brothers, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens and Mark Twain. It also includes fables of wisdom and Chinese idioms. Price: US$290
Children usually love to play with water and sand. Both can stimulate intelligence, imagination and creativity. Kinetic Sand is squeezable sand where kids can feel the fun. They can pack it, pull it and shape it. Made of 98 percent sand and 2 percent polymers, it is easy to clean up as it sticks to itself. Plastic sand molds and a sandbox tray are recommended accessories. Price: US$13.95
Children Cartoon Waterproof Electric Toothbrush
Brushing teeth is easier with an electric toothbrush. This rechargeable electric toothbrush has a unique neck angle, soft brush outline, and patent acoustic technology. It can gently remove plaque in hard-to-reach areas. The brush head can be replaced every three months. This toothbrush has different cartoon colors and images to choose. Price: US$21
Fisher-Price Barbie Skateboard
The Grow-with-Me 3-in-1 Skateboard from Fisher-Price has three Grow-with-Me stages. Stage 1 beginners start rolling with the removable handle attached and the height-adjustable skateboard deck set low to the ground for extra balance and stability. When they’re ready, it’s easy to remove the handle for Stage 2 hands-free skateboarding fun. And when they’re ready to board like a big kid, it’s on to Stage 3. Raise the deck to traditional skateboard height for more board action. Price: US$67