LOVING LIFE: Cameron, Henry and William Reardon enjoy the outdoors and were thrilled with the array of outdoor presents they received for Christmas.
LOVING LIFE: Cameron, Henry and William Reardon enjoy the outdoors and were thrilled with the array of outdoor presents they received for Christmas. Michael Cormack

Outdoor presents popular despite tech era

DRIVE past the Reardon household and there is every chance you will see the three boys, Cameron, Henry and William playing outside.

While Lego, books, movies and video games were undoubtedly in the stockings of many children this Christmas, the presents were very much outdoor-themed in the Reardon household.

Instead, the Reardon boys traded technology for an archery set, a darts board, swimming, cattle and other outdoors equipment.

"I love adventures and exploring the outdoors," William said.

"You can do anything outdoors," Henry added.

"We got what we wanted - our friends got presents such as Lego, books and video games but we wanted the outdoor stuff."

Parents Kelly and Chris said they had encouraged their children to make the most of the Queensland climate. "We've always encouraged them to get outdoors and find things they love doing," Kelly said.

"We want to let them enjoy the childhood memories we have," Chris added.

With their new presents in tow, there were plenty of smiles in the household.

"I think Christmas is all about getting together with loved ones and stopping and reflecting on spending time together," Kelly said.

"Christmas brings a lot of joy and it's great to get the toys," Cameron said.

While the presents in the Fischer household were not as outdoor-themed, there was still a lack of technology.

"We had a bit of a range of things but there wasn't much in the way of technology," mum Michelle Fischer said. "We try to encourage our children to play outdoors or with toys where they can build things.

"We don't have an Xbox or Wii or anything like that in our house either."

Among the four Fischer children, pool toys, Lego, and Meccano were the main presents for boys Ben, Daniel and Ryan, while Katelyn was thrilled with her earrings, perfume and nail polish among other presents.

Did you know?

A Bond University report last year found almost half of Australians play games on their smartphone, but game consoles are still used by 63% of households



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