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送孩子这18种礼物,比玩具强多了!

18 Excellent Gifts for Kids That Aren’t Even Toys

作者:Rachel Jones

来源:Huffingtonpost

翻译:家长大学

送孩子这18种礼物,比玩具强多了!

现在的孩子们不缺玩具。家里有小孩的一个特点,就是在家中各处会堆着、摊着、散着、摞着各种玩具。就算你再勤快、不停收拾,也总是拾掇不过来。

All of us who have children have too many toys scattered throughout the house. No matter how diligent we are about keeping them at bay, it seems to be a constant fight.

尤其赶上逢年过节的特殊日子,我们给孩子的礼物,爷爷奶奶外公外婆给的礼物,或者亲朋好友的礼物,数不胜数。

It’s especially hard when special days come and we want to give gifts to our children, or grandparents want to give gifts.

诚然,礼物代表了别人的祝福和心意,收礼物也是件让人高兴的事。

Gifts are good things!

但是,如果礼物太多了呢?如果玩具太多了呢?要知道,任何东西一旦过度,就变得不再那么美好了。

But, too much of anything isn’t good.

下面为您提供了一些实用的建议,用更棒的礼物来取代那些既没创意又占地方的玩具。

A great way to combat having too many toys is to shift all the gifts to non-toy items.

1

兴趣班

Classes.

音乐、舞蹈、骑马、绘画——可以基于孩子的兴趣爱好,帮他报名喜欢的兴趣课。注意:一定是孩子自己的兴趣,而不是成年人的兴趣。这样不仅鼓励孩子发展兴趣爱好,还能让他们感受到来自父母的尊重和关注。

Music, dance, riding, drawing — classes are a great way to encourage children in their interests and let them know that you pay attention to them and what they enjoy.

送孩子这18种礼物,比玩具强多了!

2

会员卡

Memberships.

动物园、科技馆、博物馆等等的月卡、年卡、会员卡,都是很好的礼物。一家三口一起出游,体验亲子乐趣,还能增益见闻、寓教于乐。

Zoo, science museum, children’s museum, YMCA membership, etc. These are particularly great for family gifts! Many young families want to enjoy day outings, but affording them can be a challenge, so give them the gift of a yearly membership.

送孩子这18种礼物,比玩具强多了!

3

订杂志

Subscriptions.

孩子喜欢收信件,喜欢去邮箱取东西。那不如就订一本他们喜欢的杂志或读物吧,鼓励他们自己去取,然后一起来阅读。

Kids enjoy getting things in the mail. Why not encourage their reading by getting them a magazine subscription for something they are interested in!

送孩子这18种礼物,比玩具强多了!

4

看演出和比赛

Events.

电影票、演出票、音乐会票、体育比赛票,都是激动人心的礼物!还有数着日历,翘首以盼演出和比赛到来的日子,也是一种快乐的经历。

Movie tickets, or tickets to a play, concert or sports event are really exciting! Having an event to look forward to makes the rest of life more enjoyable.

送孩子这18种礼物,比玩具强多了!

5

体育活动

Activities.

迷你高尔夫、保龄球、滑冰,这些都很有趣!更有趣的是,能和家人一起去。孩子喜欢和家人在一起,喜欢和家人一起开怀欢笑和享受生活。

Mini golf, bowling, skating rink. These are so much fun! And a big part of the fun is going together. Children love spending time with the adults in their lives; they want to see you enjoying your time as well as enjoying them.

送孩子这18种礼物,比玩具强多了!

6

下厨

Recipe and Ingredients.

孩子喜欢和父母一起下厨。玩烘焙或做晚餐都是不错的体验,还能学习烹饪技巧。那么,就打印一个菜谱,买好原材料,找个时间和孩子一起做饭吧。

Kids love cooking with their parents. Baking something special or cooking dinner is an ideal time to spend together and learn life skills. Print out a recipe, purchase all the ingredients and set a date for cooking together.

送孩子这18种礼物,比玩具强多了!

7

手工日

Crafting Date.

我女儿爱做手工。其实我也喜欢做手工,我喜欢那种创作的乐趣,但却很少能抽出时间和她一起做。因此这个“手工日”对于小艺术家们来说就非常重要。

Our daughter loves making crafts. I do, too; I really do enjoy the creative aspect. But I rarely take time out to do it with her. These crafting dates mean the world to our creative little girl.

准备好一筐原材料,找一本能启发灵感的书,和孩子一起尽情地发挥创意吧!

Keep a basket of craft supplies and get out a book for inspiration. We like Sneaky Art: Crafty Surprises to Hide in Plain Sight, by Marthe Jocelyn.

送孩子这18种礼物,比玩具强多了!

8

艺术创作的工具

Arts and Crafts supplies.

如果你们的创作材料快用完了,那不妨多储备一些。还可以增加孩子从前没用过的有意思的工具。新鲜的艺术工具,总能带来新的灵感,让孩子迫不及待想要开始创作!

If your craft box is running low, stock up a little on things you need. Add in something fun the kids haven’t used before. A gift of arts and crafts supplies often brings on the imagination, and kids can’t wait to get to work!

送孩子这18种礼物,比玩具强多了!

9

“优待券”

Coupons.

做一套你们家的“优待券”送给孩子,让他可以随时使用这些“优待券”。

An envelope of coupons that they can “spend” at any time:

比如:“做一次家务券”,“电影之夜的电影优先选择券”,“一对一玩游戏券”,“坐下陪我读书券”、“晚睡半小时券”等等。

I’ll do one chore — no questions asked; movie and popcorn night, you pick the movie!; 1:1 game of cards or basketball (whatever the child’s interest is in); sit and read a book with me; stay up 1/2 hour past bedtime.

当孩子使用这些“优待券”时,父母务必要遵守照办。至于优待券的具体内容,全看你们自己喜欢了。

送孩子这18种礼物,比玩具强多了!

10

餐厅礼卡

Restaurant Gift Card.

晚餐,冰淇淋,咖啡,蛋糕——任何孩子爱吃的东西都可以!孩子有权请爸爸妈妈、爷爷奶奶、外公外婆、叔叔阿姨,或者老师同学等任何人,一起来分享美味。

Dinner, ice cream, coffee, cupcake — whatever suits their fancy! Give them the freedom of inviting whomever they wish: it may be mom or dad; it may be a grandparent, aunt or even teacher they would like to spend more time with.

送孩子这18种礼物,比玩具强多了!

11

道具服装

Dress-Up Clothes.

当然数量需要限制,但是两条裙子和一些纱巾能让孩子乐此不疲地玩上好几个小时。

These do need to be limited, but two dresses and a couple play silks can get hours and hours of play!

送孩子这18种礼物,比玩具强多了!

12

图书

Books.

我们能从图书馆里找到许多书,但还有一些是找不到的,或者需要花更多时间来阅读的。记得读完书后放回原处,这样家里就不会乱糟糟的了。

We get a lot of books from the library, but there are some that I just can’t find there, or it takes us longer to read through. We have read through the entire Little House series, Narnia, and are working our way through Shel Silverstein’s books. Be sure to pass the books on when you are done, so they don’t clutter up your home.

送孩子这18种礼物,比玩具强多了!

13

衣服

Clothes.

小孩都喜欢新衣服,所以买衣服也是不错的礼物。但是请注意你买的衣服一定要符合孩子的品味!

When kids only have a certain amount of clothes, they often enjoy getting clothes. Make it a point to get something that fits their style.

孩子的品味一般是:西部牛仔风格、超级英雄服装、化妆舞会裙子等等之类吧。

That may mean Western clothes, superhero, fancy dresses, etc.

送孩子这18种礼物,比玩具强多了!

14

美味零食

Snacks.

如果孩子是个小吃货,那他一定会喜欢你做的坚果水果混合麦片,或新鲜出炉的香喷喷的小饼干!这可不是街上能买到的那些吃食哦,它们是家人亲手做的,是世界独一无二的美味!

If your child is a foodie, they will love this! Some homemade granola or cookies made just for them is a special treat!

送孩子这18种礼物,比玩具强多了!

15

户外用品

Outdoor Supplies.

如果你们是一个爱好户外运动的家庭,那么送孩子一套钓鱼用具或园艺工具都能让他欢喜不已。当然也有可能这些东西玩过一次之后就被束之高阁,放着落灰了。

If you are an outdoorsy family, giving kids their own fishing tackle or gardening equipment can be a big deal. It’s also something that gets left on the shelf in the garage, so you always know right where to find it.

送孩子这18种礼物,比玩具强多了!

16

时间能力

Telling Time.

现在有很多孩子不会看表,或者觉得要花时间去思考几时几刻,还不如电子表用着方便。所以你可以送孩子一块很酷的手表,让他喜欢拿出来看时间,无论男孩、女孩还是青少年,他们都会喜欢这个礼物。

Many children these days don’t know how to read analog, or find it takes too long to think about it, so they search for a digital watch. Getting them a cool watch makes them want to be able to tell time on it. Boys, girls, and even teenagers can be excited about this.

送孩子这18种礼物,比玩具强多了!

17

桌游游戏

Games and Puzzles.

当孩子只能在室内活动时,桌游是很好的游戏形式。当一个人独处时,也可以摆一套拼图出来安静地玩,既锻炼大脑又提升问题解决能力。

Games and puzzles are great activities for when kids have to be indoors. It’s a good practice to have individual quiet times during the day, and having a puzzle to sit and work on by themselves helps brain development and problem solving skills.

此外,游戏还教会了孩子不少知识。我的孩子们告诉我,他们能顺利通过地理考试,多亏小时候玩过“risk”(一种世界版图的征服作战)游戏。

Games teach a lot, too! My kids talk about how they passed geography, just because we played Risk when they were little.

“大富翁”和“收获日”也很受欢迎,还有助于培养数学思维。另外,小孩子会喜欢玩记忆游戏。

Monopoly and Payday have been popular and help cement math skills. Memory games are great for younger children.

送孩子这18种礼物,比玩具强多了!

18

日历

Calendar.

许多孩子爱问“发生什么了?”,“今天几号?”,“再过几天就xxx么?”。他们想知道今天的计划,事情的顺序,朋友们来的时间都是怎样安排的。

Many children like to know what is going on, what day it is, how many days until ____. These kids are the ones who want to know what the plan is for the day, the order in which things will happen, what time friends are expected over, etc.

如果碰巧你是一个没什么计划,很随性的父母,那么他们可能会感到生气。但好消息是,这样的孩子具有优秀的能力,让一切有序运转。:-)

They struggle with spur-of-the-moment and can be frustrating if you are a spontaneous parent. But celebrate it! These children have many strengths, and make our world run more smoothly. 🙂

送孩子这18种礼物,比玩具强多了!

所以,接受他们的内在计划性需求,送一本日历作为礼物吧。让他记录下自己的课程、约会、和小伙伴玩的时间等等。

Embrace their inner schedule and get them their own calendar. They can write down their own classes, appointments, playdates, etc.

如果他再来问你日程安排,就把日历拿出来查看,让他慢慢习惯自己管理日程。你们还可以安排一个“随便日”,告诉孩子那天会有些不一样的随机事件发生,比如一场说走就走的旅行。

And if they ask you, send them to their calendar so they can get used to being in control of their own schedule. You can even schedule “spontaneous days,” so they know that something different will happen that day.

相信我,计划性很强的孩子也会慢慢喜欢上随遇而安的快乐。

Trust me, it will help them enjoy the spontaneous outings!

以上这些礼物都很特别,也不需要花费许多钱,更不会占用家中太大空间,选一种最适合你家孩子的礼物送给他,相信你和孩子都会喜欢。

最后,祝你们玩得开心!

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