Christmas is just around the corner. How’s your shopping list look? Need an extra stocking stuffer or two? I know gathering gifts for everyone can be a bit overwhelming and I often get asked what type of toys and books we buy our children so I decided to put together my favorite holiday gift guide from infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and beyond.
If you have been following us on Instagram for a while then you know we love wooden toys, they are timeless and so durable. What I love most is that they encourage creative and imaginative in every play. My children love using their imagination when it comes to play, we try to get as creative as we can around here plus most wooden toys grow with your child. What’s not to love! I encourage pretend play as much as possible because I truly believe children benefit a lot by thinking outside of the box and letting their imagination take over. I have gathered some of my favorite items below. Many of these we actually own and many are on my own wish list for my children!. When shopping for toys I suggest, keeping materials as simple and as natural as possible. Avoid things that are too flashy, heavy or complicated. Instead, focus on beauty and function!
Something for the reader in your home.
A collection of our favorite books with fun, colorful engaging illustrations. Books create warm emotional bonds between adults and kids when they read books together. Books help kids develop basic language skills and profoundly expand their vocabularies—much more than any other media. SHOP HERE NOW
01. My First Bible and Prayers by
02. A Year in Brambly Hedge by Jill Barklem
03. A Seed Is Sleepy by
04. A Treasury of Five Minute Stories by Parragon Books
05. Magic Tree House Boxed Set by Mary Pope Osborne
06. A Child’s Book of Poems by Gyo Fujikawa
07. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (Author)
08. Loteria by Patty Rodriguez
09. The Children’s Book of Virtues by
10. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
11. Toy Story 2 (Little Golden Book) by Christopher Nicholas (Author)
12. My Strong Mind by Niels van Hove (Author)
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Something for the little pretenders in your home.
Imagination-driven play builds your young child’s developmental skills. The process of pretending builds skills in many essential developmental areas. Social and Emotional Skills. When your child engages in pretend (or dramatic) play, he or she is actively experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life. Super important to my husband and I. SHOP HERE NOW
Something for the creators in your home.
Creative play incorporates a whole range of activities, which use the imagination of the child, such as singing and dancing, musical instruments, craft activities, cutting and pasting, building blocks, baking, and even gardening. Your child is exploring the world through play and imagination. I love having creative activities at home to boost my kiddos imagination and creativity. Always praise and encourage your child when they engage in an activity and give them compliments when they have created their masterpiece this gives them a sense of achievement and instills confidence and self-esteem.
I included Kiwico in our list because they have a clear goal on encouraging kids to learn STEM skills while having fun! Designed by experts, tested by kids, and just plain awesome!
KiwiCo is a monthly subscription crate that comes filled with age appropriate STEM projects for kids, from toddlers to teenagers.
Every crate explores a different theme designed to spark creativity, thinking, and learning. I absolutely LOVE THAT! KiwiCo provides an activity booklet for each crate! And everything required for your child to create their projects is included in the crate.
I really put a lot of though into this holiday gift guide and I hope you find new treasures for your kiddos, you can SHOP HERE NOW all items here.