Warning: don’t let your kids see you reading this article. Attaching the word “healthy” to anything is usually enough to send most kids running for the hills. But luckily, there are plenty of healthy gifts for kids that you can feel good about buying and that kids will never suspect are good for them.
And with kids aflutter at the prospect of getting gifts and subsisting solely on candy canes, pies, and cookies, what better time than now to give them something they’ll enjoy that’s also good for them?
Here’s our guide to this year’s best healthy gifts for kids:
Nintendo Wii – $129.99
This is a great healthy gift for people of all ages, which is why it also appears in our healthy gift guide for adults. These are nothing like the video games of my youth that my parents banned from the house, saying they’d rot my brain. With the Nintendo Wii, the games require active involvement through the use of motion-detecting technology. My nieces love working up a sweat to the “Just Dance” game.
Snow Sleds & Toboggans – $10.99 to $99.99 at Toys R’ Us online
For those kids from areas of the country where there’s snow in the winter, a sled or a toboggan is the perfect way to stay active in colder months. They’ll love the exhilarating feeling of flying down a snow covered hill and you’ll love the exercise they get from lugging the sled back up the hill over and over again.
Solar Powered Vehicles (model building kit) – $49.99
Keep your child’s mind healthy with this kit for building six different solar powered vehicles. Help them improve their problem solving skills and ability to follow instructions while teaching them about renewable energy.
Kids’ Fun and Healthy Cookbook – $12.23
The earlier your child learns about the importance of healthy eating, the better. And speaking as someone who is closing in on 30 and still doesn’t know how to cook, I can tell you that learning to cook early is also a very good thing. Kids will enjoy getting their hands dirty in the kitchen, too.
Scavenger Hunt for Kids – $9.65
There may be no more surefire way to get the kids off the couch than to challenge them to a game that gets them running around the house in a search and find mission. Even kids as young as 3 years old can play, and you’ll love that points are also given for returning objects to their rightful places in your home.
Do you have other suggestions for our list of healthy gifts for kids?
Sources: nintendo.com, toysrus.com, and amazon.com