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The wellness gift guide for kids

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Health and wellness gifts for kids

Instead of getting your kids one more video game, consider the following kid-friendly gifts that will improve every facet of their health and wellness.

Holiday gift guide

Exploracise Gymathtics DVD ($15)

Exploracise, an award-winning exercise DVD for kids and parents, is the ultimate brain and body workout that teaches math facts and healthy lifestyle concepts during a complete exercise routine in just under 30 minutes. Broken down into four segments, the workout includes Shape Stretches Warm Up, Counting Calisthenics, Pattern Power, and Well-Being Wind Down. Your kids exercise their mind and muscles while following creator Carrie Scheiner and her team of fit kids. This is a great gift that will get you and your kids off the couch and give your kiddos a jump-start on their math homework.

Exploracise Gymathtics DVD


Mindjewel ($10)

A fun hands-on puzzle for brain health, the Mindjewel will challenge your child to unravel the gemstone to lay flat, then twist and turn it back to its original spherical shape. Ideal for travel, the Mindjewel is a fab gift that will improve your child's visual problem-solving skills. Try it yourself -- you might find yourself challenged, too!

Mindjewel ($10)


I See Me God Loves You Book ($25)

Foster your children's spiritual health with a personalized book that tells them they are God's special and beloved creations. The God Loves You book comes personalized with your child's name on the cover and throughout the text. God Loves You! features beautiful poetry by award-winning children's author Jennifer Dewing and colorful, whimsical illustrations by award-winning artist Maria Carluccio.

I See Me God Loves You Book ($25)


Glow Crazy Distance Doodler ($22)

A unique way to get your kids up and moving, the Glow Crazy Distance Doodler lets your kids draw on the wall with a lightwand. They can exercise their creativity by drawing scenes or using stencils. You can even challenge them to make art to music: turn on their favorite upbeat tunes and have them move to the groove while casting light onto the glow clings that catch their pictures. The Distance Doodler is a fun activity for sleepovers and can be taken on the road for use in hotels or Grandma's house.

Glow Crazy Distance Doodler ($22)


Ouchies Adhesive Bandages ($5)

My son's favorite for boo-boos, Ouchies are 100 percent latex-free adhesive bandages that sport really cool designs for young kids and tweens. Whatever your kids' style, you'll find Ouchies or Ouchie Jrs that match their personality and protect their minor injuries. We suggest getting a few of these arty bandages, which are packaged in eye-catching keepsake tins, to use as fun stocking-stuffers. Warning: Your kids may love Ouchies so much they'll use the merest scrape to ask for a bandage.

Ouchies Adhesive Bandages ($5)


Method Mickey Mouse Foaming Hand Wash ($5)

Mom knows that the best cold and flu prevention starts in the sink. Make hand-washing fun with Method's Mickey Mouse Foaming Hand Wash, a naturally derived, biodegradable foaming hand wash that leaves little hands feeling soft, clean, and germ-free. Available in bright, fresh fragrances like lemonade and strawberry fizz.

Method Mickey Mouse Foaming Hand Wash ($5)


Episencial Baby Skincare Essentials Gift Basket ($64)

For your youngest giftee, Episencial offers safe skin care essentials in this adorable gift basket of their best products. The basket includes Playful Foaming Wash, Sweet Dreams Bubble Bath, Butter Body Butter and Sunny Sunscreen SPF 35, Soothing Cream, Better Body Butter, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" Board Book and a matching plush toy.

Episencial Baby Skincare Essentials Gift Basket ($64)


Backyard Safari Portable Weather Pod ($20)

One of the best gifts you can give your child is time outdoors and away from the TV and the computer. Inspire outdoor curiosity in your child by giving her a fun educational tool she has to use outside. The Portable Weather Pod is an ideal instrument for expert data collection that can be used in almost any kind of weather. Your kiddo can track and monitor rain, sleet, hail, snow, wind and air temperature. It also comes with the Storm Chaser collectable patch and pop guide!

Backyard Safari Portable Weather Pod ($20)


Eye Can Art Layered Wax Drawing Kit ($26)

Encourage your child's creative side with hands-on artistic endeavors that don't include a touchscreen or remote. Winner of Education.com's A+ Award, this Eye Can Art project teaches your kids how to create layered pictures with melted beeswax. The kit includes two wood frames, a box of oil pastels, colored and natural beeswax, a glue stick, plastic hangers and easy-to-follow instructions.

Eye Can Art Layered Wax Drawing Kit ($26)

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