Following on from our list of 21 helpful items for parents and carers, I started compiling a list of gift ideas for kids in hospital. It then occurred to me, that I knew of someone who is much more qualified at making gift guides for kids than me! Tash from Gift Grapevine, has been compiling fantastic gift guides for a couple of years now. I asked Tash if she would be able to help me out in compiling a gift guide for kids in hospital.
The result is a magnificently comprehensive list, it’s so magnificent, I didn’t want to leave anything out, so I have broken it into two parts. Below you’ll find the first instalment including toys, games and craft. Part two will include comfort items, books and clothing.
Hospitals are never a fun place for kids to spend their time. Boredom soon sets in and if confined to their bed or room, kids can go crazy without stimulation and things to keep them busy, distracted, comforted and as happy as they can be considering the circumstances.
From comforting items to crafty activities, clothing, games, toys and books – here is a bumper round up of fun and practical gifts for children when they are in hospital that both kids and parents will appreciate;
Games! There are plenty of games to choose from including travel games which are a great size for a hospital table, Pairs or Snap card games, Dominoes, Connect 4, Scrabble Junior, Snakes and Ladders, Guess Who, Battleship… the list goes on. For a great memory game for younger kids, Orchard Toys Shopping List has always been a winner with my tornadoes.
Mr Potato Head is a classic toy for ages two and over and this Silly Suitcase version is a great way to store all of his body parts and outfits.
The non toxic scented modelling dough from Dough La La is a huge hit with my tornadoes. It’s lovely to touch, not sticky at all and smells divine with flavours including Berry, Blueberry, Pineapple, Bubble Gum, Lime, Orange, Peppermint, Strawberry, Vanilla, Lemon and Mango. Don’t forget to include some various shapes and cutters for added creative fun.
Autobahn Road Tape is a great take anywhere tape as it’s easily removable. Stick some on the hospital table and voila! Instant race track.
Hape wooden string along shapes are a fantastic activity for fine motor skills and kids can make and remake necklaces or decorations to hang around their hospital room.
The Le Toy Van Timber Town set includes 34 chunky wooden blocks – ideal for little fingers and hands. Imagine the towns they can build on a hospital table!
Jigsaw puzzles are a fantastic activity. I love these Petit Collage puzzles which come in a handy tin canister (great for easy storage). If you’re wondering how to choose the right puzzle – too many pieces? not enough pieces? – check out my post with recommendations for each age group.
The Tiger Tribe Magna Junior Case lets kids play dress up with magnetic puzzle pieces on the illustrated back scene on the case.
My tornadoes love sticky mosaics. These sets make a relatively mess-free and fun activity and are surprisingly fun and calming for us big kids too! For younger kids, these sticky foam dolls are also fun to dress up and decorate.
Crayons, pencils or pens! You may want to check with the parents or carers first, as these are a commonly given item and they may already have plenty.
This Micador early stART Triangle Pencil Purse Pack is a handy size for colouring and neatly storing pencils.
These Faber-Castell Connector Pen World Traveller Case and Ballerina Music Box tins not only include connector pens but also colouring pages and stickers. The ballerina tin even turns into a wind up music box!
Crayola Colour Wonder sets are perfect for mess free colouring.
Smiggle do a fantastic and very popular 30 pack of gel pens that includes a mix of gel, glitter, neon and pastel smiggle pens, all tucked nicely away in a carry case. They are one of my six year old’s very favourite things (she uses them so often that she’s onto her third pack!).
The handmade drawing sets from Yarra Valley’s evie la la are just beautiful and make a sweet, unique and practical gift.
Stuck On You personalised sketch books and notepads come in large and small sizes and are a great personal gift for kids who love to draw.
Draw, wipe and repeat with a Fisher Price Doodle Pro.
Budding superheros can keep busy by colouring in 20 masks from this cool Make A Mask superhero notepad.
Make sure you check out part two of this wonderful gift guide.
Edit [March 2018] ~ Our Cocooned clothing which makes the perfect gift for a child in hospital, is now available to purchase online
Tash blogs at Gift Grapevine sharing inspiring gift ideas for babies and kids, the latest trends, toy news and occasional 1980s flashback. Nothing’s for sale, just great ideas for when you are thinking “What do I buy a X year old?!”
All of these items need to be considered in terms of age appropriateness, and we encourage you to check with the parents or carers first, if you’re unsure whether an item will be suitable.