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To Do: Holiday Shopping!

‘Tis the season for shopping and gift giving…surely the kids have submitted their lists this year and you are scratching your heads contemplating where to start. Undoubtedly at the top of many lists this year is some sort of technology – an iPad, an iTouch, a Kindle, a Nintendo DS, Leap Pad (the list goes on). These can be very cool learning tools, but I do challenge you to look beyond the technology section this year when selecting gifts for your children.

Free play is so important for children – it stimulates their minds, their bodies, and their imaginations. Too often, we resort to TVs, tablets, computers, video games, and smart phones to occupy children’s minds (it’s easy, right?), and forget to send them outside to play.

This holiday season, give some gifts that don’t have to be plugged in – building blocks, water table, dress up clothes, tricycles and bicycles, plastic numbers and letters, art supplies, sports equipment – to encourage your child’s active and creative sides!

Definitely check out this fantastic blog post by fellow pediatricians with great ideas for gifts by age. 

Happy holidays and happy shopping!