kayaking kids blog
Our family's learning experiences, stories, guides and favorite things
What is the best gift for my 5-year-old? A kid kayak! (Yes! They can kayak at five! It is so easy!)
What is the best is the best gift for your 7- year-old? -- A kids kayak
What is the best gift for a 10-year-old girl? Yes, yes, it's a kids kayak
What is the best gift for a 12-year-old boy? ...Kids Kayak
What is the best gift for a 15-year-old son or daughter? Kayak! Kayak! Kayak!
Sit-On-Top Kid Kayaks are Super Easy, Fun, and Safe for Anyone to Use
Here are the 10 Reasons Why a Kid Kayak is the Coolest Gift Your Kid Will Every Receive
IT IS LARGE AND IMPRESSIVE ON CHRISTMAS MORNING
Just imagine your kids coming down the stairs on Christmas morning and seeing a 6 or 8 foot wrapped present leaning against the wall with a bow on it. It is an impressive start to Christmas morning! You know that they will always remember what they got for Christmas that year! If a kid had never owned a bicycle, then that is the most impressive gift they could get on Christmas morning, but most kids have a bike. A kayak is the next coolest thing a kid can possibly get from their parents or grandparents on Christmas morning.
IT IS A PERSONAL BOAT FOR A KID . . . ONLY A PERSONAL AIRPLANE CAN BEAT THAT
Yes, you are giving your kid their own boat, and yet it is super-easy to store because it is only 6 or 8 feet long (thank you to whoever make a kid-sized version. You are my hero!). The same way bikes come in sizes for adults, teenagers, tweens, and even little tiny children, so do kayaks. I never knew this until a few years ago. Seeing a 5-year-old paddle around the water all by themselves is so amazing, much like watching your little one learn to ride a tricycle or use their training wheels or take off on two wheels for the first time. I will say that learning to use a kayak is MUCH EASIER than learning to ride a bike, and there are no skinned knees involved! Joy! But it also gives them the same type of ability to explore and discover things in the world around them as a bicycle does.
IT WON'T GET THROWN AWAY IN JANUARY
This present will stick around and bless your kid and probably his or her friends and younger siblings for years to come. You will get your money's worth after the first time or two you use it, yet it will serve your family for years. After all the junky Christmas presents have been donated or thrown out, this one will be treasured. My goal each year is to eliminate as much as possible the nonsense gifts and get fewer gifts that are better quality and more useful to our family in the year to come.
IT GIVES EVERYONE IN THE FAMILY SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO
Some presents get the family excited for spring. One year we bought our kids a basketball hoop for Christmas morning, and everyone was so anxious to use it together (even a few times in the snow!). The kid kayak is like that. It sets an excitement in the air for adventures ahead and gives everyone something to look forward to in the coming new year.
IT IS GIVING YOUR KIDS A PORTAL TO THE OUTDOORS AND TO THEIR OWN JOURNEY OF SELF-DISCOVERY (Few gifts can do that!)
A kid kayak is so easy to use, and when they are equipped with a life jacket, and they are on calm water, you will see them figure it out in a few minutes and then go off exploring on their own. It is the most incredible feeling they will get as they navigate the challenge on their own. Kids don't get as many opportunities for self-discovery in the outdoors as they used to, and a kayak changes all of that.
IT CAN SET A COOL THEME FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS THAT YEAR
Sometimes it can be so hard to figure out what gifts to buy your kids for Christmas. Getting your kid a kayak can set a cool theme for the year. Even though all you need to get started in kayaking is a kayak and life jacket, you now have a whole list of fun extras you can buy as gifts that relate to having a kayak, camping or the outdoors. Kayak, life jacket, paddle, a stylish stainless-steel water bottle, binoculars, possibly a fishing pole, a dry bag for their cell phone, water shoes or sandals, a hat...the list goes on and on. Now it's easy to think of presents for this year, and all of them are useful!
IT DOESN'T HAVE ANY COMPLICATED PACKAGING TO DEAL WITH
Oh, the joy of not having to fold up cardboard and try to smash it into the recycling bin the day after Christmas, or pry toys out of plastic or spend an hour untwisting those horrible twisty ties they use to hold toys into the packaging. Our kayak came from Amazon with free shipping in a plastic bag and was leaning against the door a few days later. You may need to be careful that your kids don't see it when they come home from school. Watch the delivery day and have your kids out of the house or call your UPS person to see what time it is going to arrive.
IT CAN WORK AS A PRESENT FOR MULTIPLE KIDS
If you have any two kids under the age of twelve, they can both use the same child-sized kayak, though it would probably be more fun to get them each one in a different color, but yes, one kayak could work for multiple kids! Any kids over twelve, I would get an 8-foot kayak (still free shipping on Amazon) or even a 10-foot sit-on-top kayak or a 10-foot sit-inside kayak the whole family can enjoy. Another option if you have multiple kids over twelve, or think you might like to share kayaks between parents and kids is shopping online for a two-pack of kayaks, which is a cheaper way to outfit the whole family for Christmas and can serve as a present to everyone.
IT COMES RIGHT TO YOUR FRONT DOOR
No need to strap anything to the roof of your car, it shows up on your front door a few days after you click a few buttons online. It is small and light and easy to manage. Thank you, Amazon for letting me do all of my shopping online! The times I've bought an air conditioner, heater, an inflatable hot tub (yes, this is a real thing and my family's next most unforgettable and fantastic gift we ever got ourselves for Christmas!), an above ground swimming pool, and yes, these kid kayaks I just am so grateful for delivery to my front door and free shipping! Thank you thank you thank you. Christmas list, check! Done! No crowded stores! Holiday bliss!
IT IS AFFORDABLE
For around $100 you can get a kid age 5 to 12 a kayak, and for any kids over 12 you can get one for between $100 and $300, or even as low as $70 for an inflatable kayak (which are very high-quality and fun to use). After their first bicycle, a kayak is the next coolest thing you can get for the price. The great thing is that you as the parent don't need to be a kayaker. You can let your kids play with the kayaks on the edge of a calm lake or even in a swimming pool. When I bought my kids their first kayaks, I would use a stand-up paddleboard for myself while my little ones paddled themselves around a lazy river on their tiny kayaks, searching for turtles and frogs. As we've taken friends and neighbor kids out on these adorable child-sized boats, I've realized they are good for all kids and families, whether they are the outdoorsy type or not. They are safe, easy to use, and so much fun and the best memory-making gift I have ever bought for my kids!
Merry Christmas to Your Family From Ours! And Happy Paddling!
When we moved to a house in Connecticut with a river in our own backyard we started venturing into the world of kayaking for our three young boys. After reading, buying, trying and learning, we decided to share everything we discovered along the way for other families who are ready to get their kid's feet wet in the world of paddling.