10 Awesomely Analog Toys For Kids Who Are Too Plugged In

12/06/2013 05:08 pm 17:08:29

At HuffPost Screen Sense we're all about mindful technology use for children and adults. We also know that a lot of kids have electronic gadgets and games at the top of their holiday wish lists. To balance out the iPads, smart phones, and Xboxes, here are some suggestions for gifts that will foster creativity, get your kids outside, and be a whole lot of fun. Even if they don't emit a blue glow.

1. For The Homebody modern dollhouse Kids can get lost for hours of imaginary play with this beautiful modern doll house. If they want a house of their own, there’s this pop up castle. And if they prefer to build their own domain, you can never go wrong with Magnatiles.

2. For The Traveler travel kit Forgo the screens on your holiday road trip and set your kid up up with a crafty travel kit.

3. For The Free Spirit starter kite When your kids ask for more screen time tell them to “go fly a kite” -- literally. They’ll get some fresh air, learn how to catch wind, and get to control something other than a mouse. Here’s a good starter kite and this one’s a good pick for older kids.

4. For The Writer tiny printsCool stationery will inspire kids to write -- and mail -- actual thank you notes. We love this and this.

5. For The Playground Lover jump rope Introduce your kids to old-fashioned school-yard games with this double dutch jump rope or these old-school marbles.

6. For The Gamer bananagrams If your child complains that board games are boring -- by which they mean they’re not as exciting as electronic games -- give them some fast-paced ones like Bananagrams or Mancala .

7. For The Athlete glow in dark frisbee Tossing a frisbee with your kid can be a relaxing way to spend time together while also getting some fresh air. Try this glow in the dark one for night time fun.

8. For The Scientist mineral science kit This super-cool Mineral/Crystal/Fossil Set will get kids excited about non-computer science. And for older kids, this awesome kit will teach about them all about fiber optics and light technology.

9. For The Foodie chocolate boutique Mini-foodies will appreciate this Golden chocolate coin maker or this treat making kit. Unlike the cake decorating apps many kids are obsessed with, they can actually taste these sweet treats.

10. For The Artist calligraphy set For artsy types, this calligraphy set will allow them to practice writing text, instead of sending texts. And you can’t go wrong with this fabulous art kit. They can decorate the case themselves using the many colorful supplies inside.

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100 Best Toys of 2013
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