Advert. Some people say there’s no such thing as bad weather but as a mum who’s spent quite a lot of time trying to convince an uncooperative child to go outside in the cold (and also dealt with cabin fever kids) I’m kind of disinclined to agree. Of course it’s always good to get outside when you can but there’s few of us who manage to do hours and hours outside everyday during the winter. Is it really so wrong to want to stay inside in your new pyjamas and a hot chocolate?
Rex London asked me if I would share a few of their Christmas gift ideas and I was really happy to as it’s a company I’ve bought things from myself previously – both my kids use their lunchboxes which are several years old now! I asked my kids for their best recommendations for Christmas gifts but also wanted to share some cool presents that I think would be perfect for keeping the kids busy on those bad weather days when you need something fun to do. As we live a few hundred miles away from any family members we tend to spend the main Christmas week as just the four of us so believe me when I say that keeping the kids busy, happy and entertained during the Christmas holidays is always a big consideration for me when I’m Christmas shopping! Hopefully this will give you a few ideas too to help make this Christmas your family’s best one ever.
While my kids do play computer games and watch films, I think it’s really important to make sure that they don’t spend ALL their time doing this! Playing games as a family is always a really good way to have a bit of chilled out family bonding time and it’s something that we do a lot of. I find that if they’re starting to get a bit tired or grumpy too then settling down to play a game together is a great way to re-balance everything. You also won’t be surprised to red that we do quite a lot of art and crafts here! Particularly for my daughter, being creative is her happy place but with both kids I’d always rather see them with some paint and paper in their hands than fighting over who’s next to play on a computer game.
Rex London’s Environmental Initiative
Like a lot of people I try to take environmental aspects into consideration, especially when I’m buying gifts so I thought I would share a little about Rex London and some of the things that they are doing as a company to be as kind to the environment as possible:
- They aim to remove plastic from the packing process by the end of 2019.
- They are expanding their bamboo fibre range as well as new children’s toys constructed from sturdy cardboard rather than plastic.
- Most of their products now come in cardboard packaging and their goal is always to use recyclable material whenever possible.
Our Favourite Gifts from Rex London:
Magnetic Let’s Go Fishing Game – I love this game so much – it’s great for number recognition, learning to count to ten and motor skills but most importantly it’s good fun and although it’s obviously aimed at younger kids it’s one that our whole family (including me) enjoy playing.
Secret Agent Fingerprint Kit – this cute detective kit was my eight year old son’s choice and would make a great stocking filler as well. Let your kids find out all about fingerprints while they have fun with some police style imaginative play.
Rainbow Sponge Painting Kit – We love a bit of painting here but that doesn’t mean that we always have all the materials we need (I’ve currently only got three different paints, the kids are not impressed.) I love kits like this which contain everything you need to have fun – the colours and shapes look lovely and I think it would make a great gift for a toddler or preschooler.
Transport Puzzles – Puzzles are a great way to keep your kids occupied and they’re great for their fine motor skills too. I love these fun transport designs and the big puzzle pieces which are perfect for little hands too.
Cookie Cat Children’s Umbrella – finally my daughters’ choice with this super cute cat umbrella perfect for when you really do need to get outside but the weather doesn’t seem to want to agree. Grab this and pop some hot chocolate into a flask and you’re ready to all brave the outdoors for an adventure again.