Experience Gift Ideas for Kids

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All parents can relate when I say “clutter” and the pictures in your head are the hundred Lego blocks at home under the bed and the Barbie dolls inside their miniature houses with a lot of toy furniture. So many that you honestly do not know where to put them. What about the cooking toy set, the musical toys and Play-Doh clay? Even the laundry baskets are full of movie characters from Frozen, Moana and Tangled. 

Do not get me wrong. I can still remember when I was a kid the joys of receiving toys as gift rather than money even though I knew that money can buy more toys. I loved toys. Past tense. Since I am doing all the cleaning now with a little help from complaining kids, I am no longer a fan.

There are also so many arguments now like, “Play-Doh is no longer blue or yellow”! because her sister did not follow instructions of not combining the colors. “My Barbie’s clothes are ruined, the hair is messy and I need new comb because the old one is broken!”

Too Many Toys Are Bad For Children

Toys keep piling up and a bunch of forgotten ones. Gone are the days of children owning one doll, one ball, only few toys through out his or her childhood. Kids of this generation receive too many toys and bad for these young ones according to study. “Children who have too many toys are more easily distracted, and do not enjoy quality playtime. They found that youngsters were far more creative when they had fewer toys to play with”.

So Mom and Dad, let us join hands and begin anew. Giving experience as a gift to a child especially if it’s a memorable one with family establishes stronger bond and relationships. The research Experiential Gifts Are More Socially Connecting than Material Gifts tackles more about this topic. It concludes the connecting power of experiential gifts stems from the emotion that is evoked. Thus identified as a highly effective form of pro social spending.

Emotions Evoked from Experience Gifts

  1. The excitement and awe of a magical theme park. Give tickets to Enchanted Kingdom, Star City, Manila Ocean Park, Kidzania and Dream Play to name a few. How can your children not love these theme parks full of their all time favorite movie characters, attraction, encounters, rides and fun activities?
  2. The adrenaline rush of coming down a water slide and the increased heart rate from all-day swimming. Trips to beaches, swimming pools and water parks give a lasting memories to kids. This is also one way to take some of the stress from the body. Kids experience stress too so let us give them a break and try out some of our destinations.
  3. The fear of a safari adventure and fun farm experience. Exposure to nature and teaching them to be kind to animals will make them respect other living beings as well. There are several zoos and farm your kids will love like the Sta. Elena Fun Farm, Calauit Safari Park in Palawan or Baluarte Zoo in Vigan or try Avilon Zoo and Manila Zoo.
  4. The gaining of insights and serenity of a walk to museums. An art exhibition, the life of heroes, culture and histories can lead to hundreds of curious questions. Your kids will learn new perspectives and find inspirations. Try Villa Escudero, the newly opened National Museum, Dessert Museum, The Mind Museum, Art in Island and stimulate young minds.
  5. The pleasure from delectable food and appetizing meals. It is a must to satisfy our food cravings, the sense of taste. Schedule food trips and culinary tours or lesson. One can also learn to know the culture by trying out the local food for each family trips. As the saying goes, the fondest memories are made when gathered around the table.

Give Experience Gifts for Your Kids and Develop Your Children Through the Senses

“The senses, being explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge. Our apparatus for educating the senses offers the child a key to guide his explorations of the world, they cast a light upon it which makes visible to him more things in greater detail than he could see in the dark, or uneducated state.”

Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind

These are only few things. There are also concert tickets, musical plays, summer camp, swimming, singing and dancing lessons that we can give to our children. I am not saying no to toys and material things but these are good alternatives and proven to forge bonds between parent and child. Start to give experience gift for your kids and build better relationships.

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