AD: This post on Gift ideas to get boys away from screens this Christmas is brought to you in conjunction with Wicked Uncle. Please see end of post for a full disclaimer.
With Christmas fast approaching and the media full of stories suggesting that we should all buy early this year it’s no wonder that many adults are already trying to work out what to buy for the children in there families. In particular those slightly picky pre-teens who often would happily spend whole days (and nights if you let them!) in front of a screen of some sort. Knowing where to buy presents online is key to solving this particular conundrum and once again Wicked Uncle come up trumps in helping you get them away from screens for at least part of Christmas.
Something familiar, in food form
Start with something familiar to them. Any screen loving child will be familiar with a game controller, so why not break the ice by giving them one in chocolate form? After all, what’s Christmas without chocolate? And once you’ve lured them in with chocolate you could try pushing your luck with some chocolate vegetables too? Perfect for a stocking filler.
A means of calming down
One think I’ve learnt being mum to a screen loving boy is that he also loves time and space to calm down when he’s not on his screen. Often in the dark too. He’s fascinated by mood lights and there are so many different ones you could choose from – a jellyfish tank, an erupting volcano or even a colour changing tornado.
As much as many of then deny it, kids actually quite like time with their parents doing something fun, and there are some excellent card and board games on the market now that meet this brief perfectly. Cards Against Maturity is a version of the popular adult Cards Against Humanity game that instead is full of juvenile toilet humour that allows kids to blow off some steam with statements that they might not normally get away with.
All kids love to think that they’re a Smart Ass, and what better way to prove it than by playing the Smart Ass card game. I’ve previously reviewed the board game version of this and it was a huge hit with our then pre-teens.
For sports mad kids A Question of Sport is more than just sports questions – there are also physical and mental tests to complete against the clock to ensure they are in peak mental and physical shape for all that screen time that they plan to have.
Grow their Brain
Not literally our course, but instead through some of the excellent science and tech kits are are available these days. Children are often still learning loads when they are on a screen, but sometimes they just need a bit of help translating what they do on the screen to real life and that’s where these kits come in. Get them building their own Hydraulic Cyborg Arm and not only will they learn loads about hydraulics, but they’ll also have something really cool to show off to their mates when they’re next on a video call with them.
If you can’t beat them, join them
This might not be what you expect to read here, but just last week I read an interesting article by fellow blogger John Adams from DadBlogUK about how teens actively want to spend time online with their mum and dad. His article is based on research by Roblox (who you might expect want kids to be online) and Internet Matters (an online safety specialist who provide excellent support for parents when trying to demystify what their kids are doing online and keep them safe). Whilst you might want to try to get your kids away from screens this Christmas, also consider spending time online with them too. Yes it’s unlikely they’ll be happily introducing you to all their online mates straight away, but why not join them in some online games and get them to show you what they spend all that time doing. You might be surprised!
Disclaimer: This post on Gift ideas to get boys away from screens this Christmas was written in conjunction with Wicked Uncle and I received financial compensation for the post. All opinions remain my own and all the products I have linked to are ones that I would happily buy my own pre-teen son this Christmas.