Alternative Girls’ Gift Guide
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I absolutely loved experimenting when I was a child, and Little Miss loves to make potions in the bath and in the garden. So this Rainbow Lab kit will be perfect for her.
Trying to get girls interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is quite high on the agenda in today’s schools, and I do agree that our education system doesn’t really do enough to encourage girls to consider these areas. So getting them interested when they are young is the key to them heading down that route at a future date, which is why I’m including them in this Alternative Girls’ Gift Guide.
Rainbow Lab costs around £12.99 and you can pick one up from here via Amazon, with free next day delivery if you are a Prime member.
Little Miss has wanted a pair of Heelys since, well, forever! But it’s only been recently that I’ve decided that she has enough control over her movements to know that she will be able to wheel in them without becoming a cropper!
I’ve included these fab Heelys in the Alternative Girls’ Gift Guide for two reasons. One because I love the colours that they come in. I love the fact the black and pinks ones are girly but not overly so, and that they will go with pretty much anything Little Miss chooses to wear. The second reason is because being able to use the wheels, balance, start and stop are all skills that she needs to develop. In fact she will need these skills for life – so it’s a bit of a win win.
Not only that, but I can pretty much guarantee that by having the Heelys, Little Miss will want to be outside a lot more than she is at the moment, which means we can go on longer walks and explore the countryside, knowing she’s getting exercise and having fun at the same time! What more could a parent want?
You can buy the Heelys in a range of colours, starting at around the £40 from Skates.co.uk They’ve currently got some Black Friday deals on so it’s definitely worth checking them out!
Rosie Revere, Engineer
The children love new books (almost as much as me!) and so books are obviously a good choice as a present. The lovely book of Rosie Revere, Engineer has definitely turned into one of our favourite stories, and the children have asked for it several times over the past few weeks, which is always a good sign.
The book tells the story of a little girl named Rosie Revere, who, since she was very small, has loved tinkering and building inventions in her bedroom. We learn that when she was small she was a confident little girl, but after one sad occasion when a relative laughed at her invention, Rosie hid her desire to be an engineer and became quiet and withdrawn. Until, that is, her Great Aunt Rose appears in her life, and Rosie learns the meaning of resilience and trying again.
It is quite long so it is more of a 15 minute read rather than a 5 minute read, but we spend a long time talking about what the children can see in the drawings and then thinking about all the things they could invent themselves. It inspires great language and discussion, which for me is a key element to a good book, and the children can use the pictures to retell the story for themselves which they love to do!
You can buy Rosie Revere, Engineer from Amazon at the cost of £9.79 for a hardback copy.
Both of the children have tablets, which I think that the majority of children have access to these days, but we’ve really been struggling to find appropriate apps for them to use. We’ve tried a variety of ‘kid friendly’ apps, but none of them have either been at the level that the children require, or been interesting enough to keep them engage. So when we were asked if we wanted to try out a new app called Azoomee, we jumped at the chance, and haven’t looked back!
Azoomee, which is not only BAFTA nominated but has been developed in conjunction with the NSPCC, offers films, games, educational content (including coding and lots of STEM activities, hence it’s inclusion!), and audio books, all without ads or any in game purchases! So it’s pretty much guaranteed to keep the children entertained, and learning, throughout the holidays and beyond.
Not only that, however, threaded throughout the app is an online safety curriculum called Smart Safe Kind Online which helps teach children how to be responsible and safe when using online content. A huge win for me, especially as Little Miss is getting to the age when she wants to explore online a lot more!
For a whole year’s subscription the cost is only £44.99 and you can find out more over at azoomee.com.
What type of gift guide would this be if it didn’t include a board game? So, on that note, the best board game I’ve come across in a long while is a fab Maths game called Plyt.
Plyt is a board game for up to 6 players aged 4+ which is all designed around basic calculations. The premise is simple. You throw a number of dice, perform a calculation and then move your piece around a board until you reach the ‘winner’ space in the centre. Simple? Yes, but there is so much more to the game than that!
This is one of the only games I have ever come across that allows children and adults of all differing abilities to play together on a level playing field. This is the genius of the game! The game can be made harder or easier for each individual player without giving any one player an advantage.
Little Miss is currently learning her tables at school and it’s being quite a torturous process. However, in only a few years time, the government expects that, by Year 4, all children will know their tables up to 12 x 12 – which is quite a demand! So having a fun, engaging game which the children can play with us and be learning at the same time is such a great idea!
Plyt costs around the £25 mark and can be bought over on Amazon.
So there you have it – my top gifts in our Alternative Girls’ Gift Guide, all designed to inspire, challenge, engage and generally encourage girls to have fun in different, alternative ways. I’d love to know what you are planning on buying the little girl in your life this Christmas – after all it’s always great to have new ideas to consider!!