The BEST Gifts for active kids require two things: knowledge from someone who has been there, done that and some creativity!
As a mom of five kids (three of them early-rising, super high energy boys) I am very familiar with the need to find good ways for your active kids wiggle, burn off energy and have fun!
I remember when it started to get cold outside and my oldest was a little over a year old. After spending summer and fall outside at parks, riding scooters and bikes and running off every blessed bit of energy I was having a hard time imagining him INSIDE FOR THE WINTER?! What in the world was I going to do with him all day?
16 years (and four energetic kids) later, I’m here to share with you my favorite gift ideas for those little ones with BIG energy. These are gifts that provide lasting fun, are good for many ages, and will get a lot of use!
So let’s cross a few gifts for wiggle-worms off your list. In no particular order:
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The best climbing and sliding toys for active kids
There is something about climbing up and then sliding down that every kid just adores. And our slide usually ends up with dolls, stuffed animals, and dinosaurs zooming down as well! Little Tikes slides are durable andI love that this one folds up! Another option is this sofa/bed slide. It has no stairs but kids will love jumping off the bed or sofa on to it! Last, a Pikler Triangle is such an awesome toy for active kids! They can move the ramp up or down and climb on the other side. I love how this slide allows for lots of imaginative play (and kids of all ages will enjoy it!)
The Best Jumping and Bouncing gifts for active kids
Bounce house: This is hands down the best gift Santa ever brought to our house. It is small enough that it fits in our family room and it stays inside always (I don’t want leaves, grass or dirt on it!). We pull out the bouncy house ALL THE TIME and all of my kids love to play on it! and this was the BIG present for my kids one year. Balance Stepping Stones: This is another toy that gets a ton of use at our house. The height is hard to see in this product picture, but the tallest Stone is pretty tall! This comes with 9 stones for jumping, leaping and balancing. These are awesome because they inspire imaginative play, are great for balance and coordination, and stack inside of each other for easy storage. Our stones have been volcanoes in dinosaur play, been landing spots for musical chair type games, and have created awesome obstacle courses! These are sturdy, but made of smooth rubber and have rubber backing so they don’t slide. My kids will just set them up and try to get across them by jumping. I just love these things!
Bounce Toys: I’m sorry, these are the most adorable things ever! And with a toddler on them?! When my one-year-old holds onto her blue horse’s ears and bounces I take like 40 zillion pictures. Now this is made for the littler kids, they aren’t very tall off the ground so my biggest kids (12 and 9) couldn’t play on it. But my 5, 3 and 1-year-olds love it! It is super sturdy rubber. And you can choose other animals too! Now if you have big kids (like over 12!) then here is an awesome option that is more like what I had when I was young. Except it is made for teens and grown-ups. Hoppers are super fun to play with indoors on carpet, or outdoors and are perfect for helping active kids get their energy out.
Pogo balls combine balance and jumping! Get yourself balanced on the ball and then hop up and down. Older kids can try and do it while jump roping. A super fun activity (I had one growing up!)
A smaller trampoline for indoors is another great gift for active kids. This 84” trampoline works great inside if you have space for it. This is definitely for younger kids…my 9, 7 and 5 year olds use it almost every day, but it isn’t bouncy or big enough for my 13 and 16 year olds. It is great for kids to exercise and get their wiggles out. We love ours!
Oh my goodness, this crash pad is amazing! This is a giant pad that your active kids can jump dive and CRASH into!
The best swinging toys and gifts for active kids
Indoor Play Gym: This is one of the best (and most used) gifts we ever purchased. We have ours hung in the doorway of our playroom and my kids swing on it all.the.time. This hooks into your doorway (without screws) and has a swing, a ladder, a trapeze bar, rings and a swinging rope! AND it holds up to 300 pounds (so if the doorway height isn’t an issue much older kids can actually use this!). My 16-year-old also uses it for chin-ups. It is super easy to install and change out the different pieces
Yoga Hammock : Now stay with me here for a second. HAHA! This gift will require some DIY to make a spot that the yoga hammock can hang from. These are very similar to what are called “therapy swings,” which are used for kids with autism as a way to calm them down. This Yoga Hammock comes in so many cool colors, is made from soft silk-like fabric and when paired with this Yoga Bar you can simply hang it in your doorway. There are other kits that include the two caribinirs (don’t forget to order two!) and two daisy chains (don’t forget to buy two!) that you will need to hang this, but it is less expensive to add these items to this particular hammock. Remember, if you get this for kids make sure they have a soft landing underneath, and are being properly supervised!
There are so many different swings available, but these rounds swings are my kids’ favorites. Partially because most of my kids can get on them at the same time!
The Best Balance Boards and Toys for active kids
Wooden Balance board: There are quite a few variations of balance boards, but the basics are that your wiggle worm will be using their core to balance on a wobbly surface while having tons of fun. The first balance board is for younger kids.
This more advanced balance board is great for older tweens and teens. They will love sliding back and forth (and can pretend they are catching a wave!) This was a whole family gift that we keep in our family room. It is great to have there because while watching tv my kids will hop on it and balance themselves.
The Spooner board is great for kids of all ages (including tweens and teens!) It’s like a skateboard without wheels. Kids can practice jumps, twists and have tons of fun inside! We have two of these at our house that get used ALL.THE.TIME.
Other fun gifts and toys for active kids
Parachute: Everyone remembers playing with the parachute in gym class, don’t you? My favorite was when we lifted it up in unison and sat down while putting it behind our backs to make a giant parachute igloo, ah-mazing! Now, these play parachutes are only 10 feet across, so not quite big enough for a giant igloo, but fun nonetheless! I would recommend adding some ball pit balls to this gift, throw them on top and oooweee it is a blast! We’ve also thrown stuffed animals and, umm, popcorn on top (try and catch it in your mouth, it’s hard! haha!) I love the versatility of this gift and also how compactly it can fold away…super easy to store!
Ball Pit: Since you already bought ball pit balls to go on top of the parachute (hee hee!) your high-energy kids will also enjoy this ball pit! This one folds up into a small pouch (when you have lots of kids you appreciate anything that folds up tiny!). If you look on the Amazon site it shows this pit filled with different amounts of balls (so smart of them to show this!) . I think I would choose at least 200 like this set
Stomp Rockets: We’ve gone through our fair share off stomp rockets but this double rocket set is the best by far! It is way more stable and durable and two kids can play at once. Not only can kids jump on it, but then they run to catch their rocket. Way fun (and doable indoors if you have high ceilings).
Awesome Games to Gift Active Kids
Ultra Dash can be played by only one kid OR more, and involves them running around and putting the stick into the appropriately colored stand. I love that kids can try and beat their own time and that they practice their colors (for the littles).
Here is a Red Light Green Light game your kids can play while you get things done! It has amazing reviews and would be a fun way to run, crawl and sneak to the target (it has motion sensors!)
Fitivities combines a board game with exercising. Tons of great reviews for this active game for kids that can be played indoors or outdoors!
Dancing Activities for Active Kids
Our Amazon Echo devices are an amazing (and surprising) way to get active kids moving! Not only can your child play music, but they can also use Amazon Skills like The Incredibles Trainer which is a game that has them running like Dash, stretching like Elastagirl and jumping like JackJack.
Portable CD Player + Dance CDs I know it seems old fashioned but kids LOVE to have their own special source of music! Grab a CD player plus a few dance CDs and you and your active kids can dance and dance.
This bluetooth enabled Dance Mat doesn’t require screens PLUS helps get your kid moving! It also folds up when not in use.
I hope that these gifts for active kids ( most of which have been used and loved by my five active kids!) have sparked some inspiration for you!
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