Last Updated on November 26, 2018 by Bilingual Kidspot
Non-Tech Gift Ideas That Encourage Kid’s Language Development
Are you looking for gifts for children to boost their language development? In a world filled with technology it isn’t uncommon for children to request or expect presents such as tablets, phones, computer games, dvd’s and other tech related items. While these types of gifts can be fine in moderation, sometimes simplicity is best. There are so many non-tech gift ideas that can encourage children’s language skills in a way that no screen can. Here are some of our favourites.
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Simplicity at it’s best. Art and literacy supplies are must haves for all children. A fun colouring book or activity book, some pencils, markers or crayons, can keep kids busy for a while. Mix it up with an art easel and some paint (of course water-based) and kids will have a blast with endless hours or art chatting away together.
These are gifts that will definitely get used and you can get most of this from your local office supply shop or toy store.
Books and Series
The top of my list would have to be books. You can never have enough books, and one more is ALWAYS ok especially if you have children who speak multiple languages.
Board books and lift the flaps are popular for younger children, and books that come in a series are great for school aged kids. Novels for older children.
If you want to give a gift that keeps giving, then a subscription is a fantastic idea.
For example One Third Stories have a subscription pack for kids where you receive a book along with educational activities to help learn a new language. The book starts in English and finishes in another language introducing new vocabulary all the way through. See our full review and get a 15% discount!
Little Passports have different subscription options for all ages to help children learn about the world.
Cards and Board Games
These can never get old. A fun board game or card game will get even the shy kids talking once things get competitive. Our favourites are Guess Who, Connect Four, and Up-words. Uno is the most popular card game in our house. And we recently tried out a new Personalized Snap Game too which I thought was a cool gift idea.
Dressing up in different costumes is a great way to boost your child’s imagination. Kids love to get into character and play pretend, which is the perfect way for children to develop their language skills.
The best gifts my children have ever received have been experiences. Things like an annual zoo or museum pass where children can have multiple return visits throughout the year is a fantastic gift idea. Tickets to a concert or sporting event are popular too. Taking the kids out, and spending quality time together and engaging in conversation is one of the most important things for language development.
Looking for more ideas? Check out our other gift guide: “Gifts for bilingual kids“. Do you have any other non-tech related gift ideas that kids would love? Let us know!