Friday, November 23rd, 2007 at 7:29 am in Health & Safety.
Holiday shopping in the age of toy recalls is particularly challenging, but the folks at Contra Costa and Alameda countiesâ€™ Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs have put together a list of creative, alternative gift ideas for families, and for kids ages 3 months to 9 years:
For the whole family: Time together; sports activities and hikes; outings to the zoo, aquariums, museums, picnics; concert, event and movie tickets; family movie nights; a drive to the snow; garden gifts (trees, bulbs, flowers to plant together); pet obedience classes with the family dog; philanthropic projects (donate time at a soup kitchen, beach clean-up); gift certificates for family activities.
For babies (3-6 months): Infant mirror, cloth books, soothing music, cloth mobiles and rattles.
Older babies (6-9 months): Cloth blocks, tummy time mat
Toddlers (1-3 years): Age appropriate soft toys (Raggedy Anne, bean bag chairs), books, finger puppets, balls, nesting blocks, finger paints
Preschoolers (4-5 years): Games and puzzles, books, jump ropes, balls, hula hoops, puzzles, tricycles and helmets, beginner skates and safety gear, field trips (fire stations, the jelly bean factory), costumes for dress-up, library card and regular trips to the library, coloring book with large boxes of crayons, activities such as making salt dough ornaments, cookies and gingerbread houses.
School age (6-9 years): Craft supplies and teaching time (knitting, embroidery, water color), sleeping bags for sleepovers, lessons (dance, music, horseback riding, cooking, sewing), field trips, musical instruments, bikes and helmets, sports equipment, skateboards or skates with safety equipment, stickers and sticker books, collections (sports cards, marbles, rocks), games and cards, scrapbooks, school supplies, hair ornaments, CDs, an inexpensive camera to record family events, binoculars for bird watching, a microscope or science kit, parties for friends (including a piĂ±ata, pizza parlor, time at an event) and age-appropriate computer games.
- Jackie Burrell