Ellen E. Rupp, M.D.
Holiday gift giving doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Children love to learn through play, so this year, give them a gift of learning. These gifts will keep children entertained while keeping parents happy.
Books: Stretch the imagination with a good story book that parents can read before bedtime or select books from a popular series or author for the older child. Activity books are also a great gift for children learning their colors, numbers and letters.
Interactive learning games: Children will have fun learning shapes, mathematics, reading and even a second language with the help of many fun and interactive video games for the computer and home gaming systems.
Board games: Remember Chutes and Ladders, Connect 4 and Twister? These and other popular board games can help teach team playing, along with colors and counting.
Crafts: Give an assortment of old-fashioned craft items such as crayons, coloring books, painting sets, beads and clay. Children can be creative while they learn coordination, patience and other fine motor skills—all while having a quiet activity to do at home. (Make sure products are age-appropriate.)
Outdoor fun: Snow suites, snow boots, hats, mittens and don’t forget the sled. Peak a child’s curiosity by sending him/her on an outdoor adventure. Creating snow forts and snowmen is not only healthy exercise, it’s fun too.
Stay tuned to current recalls by visiting the Consumer Product Safety Council (CPSC) website at
www.recalls.gov which lists all current and past toy recalls.