Playmobil Play Sets
R’s aunt bought him the Playmobil NHL Hockey Arena for the holidays last year and he could not have been happier. He loves pitting the Montreal Canadians against other NHL teams to create his own games and stories. R enjoys playing with this toy both on his own and with us.
His Bubbie bought him the Playmobil Knights Wolf Knight Castle which he has fun with as well. The set includes a large castle, knights and horses. R enjoys using his imagination to create new stories involving the all of the action figures.
R loves all sports and many of his friends are just like him. Kid sized sports equipment of any type is almost guaranteed to be a hit for both boys and girls.
I think all little kids enjoy dressing up. In our circle of friends, many girls like to dress as princesses while the boys like dressing up as Star Wars characters or superheroes. None of us suggested these roles but the kids just kind of fell into them.
To me it’s not important what a particular child dresses up as, but the imagination and the creative play that results is what is key. Playing together and making up stories are where the real magic happens.
From the time R was super small he’s enjoyed puzzles.
As R continues to grow, his puzzles are becoming more complex. Between big ones and small ones he has fun with all of them. Depending on the size of the puzzle they can also be great to take on trips or to restaurants to keep his little hands busy.
Puzzles help R enhance his problem solving capabilities and fine motor skills. I also find them helpful to teach R how to manage frustration and challenges. When he has difficulty getting a puzzle finished it’s an opportunity to encourage him and push him to complete the project despite these frustrations.
In addition, when kids finish a tough puzzle there’s such a sense of accomplishment. A complete puzzle shows kids that when they work to complete a task they get a reward at the end.
Buying gifts for boys (and girls) can be a real challenge. When buying presents you want the kids to like them, the parents not to hate you for buying an annoying gift and for the kids to use them.
I know I said I’d give you 7 suggestions but one more type of present is a never fail, make everyone happy type of gift – books! R loves books. He enjoys looking at the pictures, when we read together as a family and soon enough will be reading on his own. If all else fails in your search for the perfect gifts for boys – get them books 🙂
What are your go to gifts for boys?
If you found this post helpful, please check out these:
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- Gifts for your Hockey Obsessed Child
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