What to Get a Tween for Christmas? A Lifetime Youth Kayak!

What to Get a Tween for Christmas?  A Lifetime Youth Kayak!

What to Get a Tween for Christmas? A Lifetime Youth Kayak!

youth kayak 4.jpgAre you still trying to figure what to get a Tween or a "kid who has everything"  on your Christmas list? Trust me, I know how you feel.  As a mom of an 8-year-old, I completely understand how tough it is to come up with gift ideas for those ages when they aren't really into characters or toys anymore.  But, if you have a child who loves being active in the water, I have a perfect idea for you - a Lifetime Youth Kayak!

My family tested the pink Lifetime Wave Kayak this summer and we absolutely loved it!  Between my kids and my nieces, we had ages 4, 8, 9, and 11 using it.  And, I even tried it, too!  I must say, we were amazed at how quickly all of the kids got the hang of paddling and maneuvering when they had a kayak and paddle their own size.  We have sit-inside adult kayaks that they have tried in the past, but sitting down in the kayak and using a long paddle is really awkward for them to paddle and go anywhere.  But, each child figured out how to paddle the Lifetime Youth Kayak within about six strokes.  Honest.  Even my 4-year-old. Youth kayak 3.jpg

The kayak is a great size.  It's small enough for kids to handle on their own  when paddling and when dragging it in and out of the water.  Yet, it's actually big enough for two smaller kids to ride at the same time.  There aren't actual seats for two, but my kids loved sitting criss-cross-applesauce on it and paddling around together.  Having a companion is always more fun!  Don't worry, the Lifetime Youth Kayak is so stable (which is also what makes it perfect for beginners) that it didn't even tip with two of them wiggling around. 

We tested the Lifetime Youth Kayak on Lake Erie with waves, on a calm pond, and on a wetland with trees.  The older kids really enjoyed paddling around the trees at the wetland like an obstacle course.  As a mom, I was hesitant when Papa first suggested this outing, but I couldn't believe how easily the kids maneuvered the Lifetime Youth Kayak in-and-out of the trees without any problem. The kayak is so-well sized for kids that it was like watching them weave around on their bike since they made it look so easy.  And, as you can see by the photo, the older kids also enjoyed using the Lifetime Youth Kayak like a paddleboard.  youth kayak 2.jpgYouth kayak 1.jpg

My 11-year-old niece who is 4'11" and 90 pounds (pictured in the top photo) seemed to be the ideal size for the Lifetime Youth Kayak.  Smaller children can certainly use it and enjoy it with room to grow, but for a child much bigger than my neice, the Lifetime Youth Kayak is almost too small. (Consider a Lifetime Calypso or Lifetime Daylite kayak for bigger tweens, teens, and adults.)  Personally, even though the Lifetime Youth kayak is rated up to 130 pounds, I think 110 pounds is probably a more realistic weight limit to enjoy the kayak. I am 5'6" and barely under the weight limit.  I was able to fit in the kayak (with my legs bent about 45 degrees) and paddle the kayak; however, it definitely started to take on water and "sink" if I tried to go fast because of my size. 

The only thing that we found not to work so well on the Lifetime Youth Kayak was the "swim-up" platform which is designed to allow kids to easily board the kayak from the back. Personally, boarding from the rear seemed to require a lot more "repositioning" once they were on board and sometimes the kayak would scoot out from under them as they tried to get on.  So, my kids found it much easier just to board the kayak from the side by jumping up on their belly, pushing up with their arms, then pulling their legs up under them. (Similar to how kids climb out of a swimming pool.)  Even the 4-year-old could get on that way.  I did some asking around afterwards and a co-worker at Lifetime said his kids always board from the back using the swim- up platform; however, they have a backrest on their Youth Kayak and the kids use the backrest (which can be purchased separately) as a handle to help pull themselves up so the kayak doesn't scoot out from under them.

Overall, I can't say enough good things about this kayak.  It's the perfect size, perfect weight, a great price, maneuvers easily, is super stable, and is even available in three color options.  It really is a perfect Christmas present for active kids ages 4-12 who love the water and love outdoor fun.youth kayak 5.jpg

Jan

Jan

Name- Jan

What I do for a living- First and foremost, I'm a doting mommy of a second grader and a 4-year-old, and a proud wife of a USAF F-16 fighter pilot!  In my pre-children life, I was the Communications Manager for Lifetime Products.  But, once you're a Lifetime fan, you're hooked!  So, after a few years of hiatus, I'm now a WAHM and am happily back on board at Lifetime as a freelance PR Consultant.  In addition to blogging for Lifetime, you can follow and chat with me on Lifetime's Twitter account @Lifetime365 and on the Lifetime Products Facebook page!

Topics I blog about- How I use Lifetime products in my everyday life at home, for kids parties and community activities, as well as inspiring stories... and GIVEAWAYS!  :)

My favorite products from Lifetime- 4x2 Table, 30” Personal Table, Chair, Youth Kayak, and Wheelbarrow.  Although, our Shed and Yard Cart are pretty close favorites, too!

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