Video games are constantly increasing in complexity and beauty, and for that reason many young players stay chained to their desktops or game consoles, sacrificing fun memories being made outside. This isn’t to say video games are a waste of time. They’re increasingly serving up memorable experiences dripping with narrative complexity, and have been proven to increase critical thinking skills and reaction times.
However, with such a beautiful summer upon us, it can feel like a shame if your son or daughter doesn’t spend as much time outside with their friends, crafting new memories and friends as you once did, before silicon chips were such a ubiquitous invention.
However, for the tech-savvy child brought up on video games, providing them with a birthday or special gift that will encourage them to go outside is difficult. Here are a few significant gifts that are likely to forget they ever owned a video games console. At least for the time being.
Purchasing a drone for your child is an excellent choice. With a wide array of applications and sporting genuinely fun user interactions, drones could be just the ticket to get a child outside who loves technology. Flying the drone around is a game in itself, and can be fitted with a camera to create some amazing panoramic or bird’s eye shots. There are many drones out there, so choosing one of the best drones under 300 dollars requires you do plenty of research before buying.
Who knows? This time next year your child could be joining one of the blossoming drone racing championships. Yes, they do exist!
If a drone camera seems like a little out there, why not try purchasing your child a regular camera, or relatively cheap SLR? You can find these well-maintained and used from some online retailers or auction houses like eBay. This camera will allow your child to fall in love with the discipline of photography because any time spent outside is further time spent inside correcting and uploading the photos too.
These disciplines have many similarities to video games, as does any discipline. You’re imprinting your stamp upon the world and navigating it in a way you see fit. Refining the photograph is a perfectionist hobby, but it’s also open to a wide range of experimentation. This is something that the best video games share. Frame the hobby in these terms, and your gamer child is sure to shuffle outside their bedroom and rediscover their love for the outside world.
Would you like to develop a love of reading in your child? Want to see them hang out in the garden more? Consider purchasing them an e-reader. If they like fantasy video games, filling the reader with fantasy fiction novels can help them make that initial step to lounging outside on a deck chair, and getting excited over a plethora of amazing stories to consume.
Notice how these gifts are all focused on technology? This is because variant technology is an excellent way to stimulate those who have developed an affinity for online or digital fun. Being smart here will pay significant dividends. When your child has a remarkable tan at the end of this summer, you’ll be happy you made an effort.