Every time we are invited to a little boy’s birthday party, I always go through the same thought process – what would he like? Is it going to get thrown into another pile of toys or actually be used?
I don’t like the idea of buying presents that promote violence and I prefer gifts that can help a child learn and grow.
Based on what R and his buddies love playing with, I’ve found a few awesome gifts for boys that both kids and parents enjoy.
7 Perfect Gifts for Boys (plus one extra)
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R loves his Lego. He enjoys following the directions and putting everything together. Then he loves taking it all apart and making his own creations (and that’s why I don’t have any pictures of the completed sets!)
Lego helps build R’s imagination, improve his ability to follow instructions and develop his fine motor skills. You can also use it to teach a variety of subjects including math and language. This amazing post from Living Montessori Now provides a great list and free printables.
Some of my son’s favorite sets are:
Lego Firetruck play set
Lego City Space Port which includes an awesome airplane, mini truck and tractor trailer
Lego City Great Vehicles – Garbage Truck is fun because you can actually fill and tip the garbage truck
Lego City Utility Shuttle Building set, which includes a spaceship, satellite and two astronauts
Board games make great gifts for boys and girls because they are perfect for play dates or for a lazy morning at home. Some of our favorites are:
Sneaky Squirrel – the objective of this game is to get a wood stump full of different color acorns. At each turn, the player spins to find out if he gets an acorn, two acorns, looses all of his acorns or gets to be a sneaky squirrel and take away another player’s acorn.
It’s a great game for kids who aren’t fully reading yet since the instructions are simple and there are no cards to read.
Cat in the Hat I can do That! In this game, players need to complete a challenge based on images on cards. It’s a fun game to play because the players often end up in some pretty silly situations, which the kids love.
R also loves Rummikub, which is a counting game using tiles. It’s great for improving R’s math skills and developing his critical thinking abilities. I’m not the best at this game, but R really enjoys it especially because he can beat me!
Magna tiles are colored tiles with magnets on the edges. They come in various shapes and sizes. R uses them to build garages for his cars, airports for his mini planes etc. The options are endless. Since the tiles are bigger, they can be used by younger kids as well. Magna tiles are great for imaginative play and experimentation.