We’re not a family that does the “something to read…something to wear…something to…” whatever those last two gift ideas are. I only remember that I read this idea on Pinterest, and that it totaled four gifts per kid and with four kids that’s sixteen gifts which I think might be getting a little out of hand.
I do like to make sure the kids have a gift that is creative, or mentally challenging, or something a little out of the ordinary. We have fun gifts, but I like when we can combine fun and learning (sneeeeaky!). Here are a few gifts for kids who like to learn and do and make stuff.
-Markybox — a box subscription program, where each month you get another art project to do with your kids. We tried the paper marbling project and the kids had a blast. You can also order individual projects (without subscribing to their monthly program) on their website.
-Craft My Chunky and Funky Scarf — kids can learn to knit, and end up with a cute scarf at the end! A fun way to begin a lifetime
with an out of control yarn stash of creative knitting.
-Curious Chef Fruit and Veggie Prep Kit and Cookbook — My younger kids haven’t stopped playing with this since we got it out. They’re now obsessed with cutting apples (and eating them…so that’s good). A fun kit with a kid-safe knife, apple slicer, peeler, and other kitchen tools, and a cookbook to get them helping with dinner!
-The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! — my son is loving making LEGO movies right now. He builds sets with no back so he can move his figures around. He’s blocking shots and worrying about lighting. I love it. This book gives tips on apps and techniques for kids to use to make their own LEGO movies (you do need a smartphone or tablet to download some movie maker apps they recommend).
-Tempera Paint — we use these so much, we just had to go through and take inventory to see what we had left, and what had run out. Tempera paints, markers, watercolors — all great gifts to give at Christmas to restock your craft supplies. And don’t forget paper to paint on!
-Debbie Lynn art supplies — giant, turtle-shaped erasers…bright paper clips…tiny markers and highlighters…these fun art supplies would make great stocking stuffers or add-on presents for a larger art set or book. We keep ours in the kids’ craft area so they can pull them out to use anytime.
-Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors — Rachel Doorley has amazing ideas for kids, to get them tinkering and experimenting (she’s also the founder of Tinkerlab.com, which is one of my favorite websites).
-The Curious Kid’s Science Book — another excellent book to get kids asking questions and exploring science. Kids are naturally curious, and both of these books tap into their curiosity to get them exploring the world around them.
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