Buying gifts for children is a tricky business, you never know what will be a hit and what will fall flat and never get played with. I wasn’t planning on doing a gift guide this year, there are so many lists out there, I figured I’d pass and stick to my regular glue and glitter. Then I got email after email asking me for advice. I admit I always worry when I get those emails because I don’t want to lead you the wrong way. Kids are so variable. So I decided instead of doing a wish list gift guide listing all the toys I think are cool, I am doing a parent to parent it’s worked for me guide based on experience, including a reader suggested list. I have not been paid for any of these endorsements, nor have I contacted any of the companies to include their products. Please feel free to add your child’s favorite toy in the comments. This guide is about sharing and helping other parents!
We have 3 parts to our 2009 Holiday Gift Guide.
From now until January 1st the gift guide will be on the main menu bar for easy access.
There are some blogs I absolutely get lost in, Dollar Store Crafts is one of them. I adore this blog . The crafts are not just inexpensive and made with things from dollar stores and things around your house , they are incredibly creative and really hip. There are crafts for all ages, and all abilities featured . My favorite feature is that you can search by cost $1 and under, $5 and $10 and more. In this economy it’s awesome to have someone break it down for you like that before you end up at the store adding everything up and second guessing if you can afford a new crafty creation! If you haven’t visited before – check it out!
I love wreaths, they are the perfect way to decorate and although I made a Halloween wreath last week I wanted to share how my son got in on the fun too. We actually made this one weeks ago. This Halloween craft was fun for both of us I love the organic look to it. If you don’t have a paper plate to use any cardboard cut into a circle will do!
- Gather your materials. You will need dried black beans, dried orange lentils, a paper plate, orange ribbon, white glue, bowls to mix , a spoon and scissors.
- Start by having your child mix the black beans and orange lentils. It was at this point that I got the idea for this sensory tub. My son loved this step.
- While they play with the beans and lentils add glue, lots and lots of glue.
- Add the beans and lentils. It was hard getting photos of this because I was helping him drizzle them on.
- Keep going until all the glue is covered.
- Let dry – I popped it outside in the sun to dry faster!
- When it’s all dry cut out the middle.
- Shake off any loose lentils and beans.
- Add an orange ribbon.
- Hang up !
Halloween Books from Carrie Anne
Carrie Anne is a monthly contributor to No Time For Flash Cards, she shares fantastic book reviews and today she is sharing her Halloween picks! Catch up with her on her blog Another Day , Another Thought…or two!
Dragon’s Halloween by Dav Pilkey. The kids love Dragon. Actually I love Dragon too. He’s such a lovable character. He has a few books out . The Halloween book has 3 mini Halloween stories. Dragon’s personality and natural innocence is so childlike , I think that’s why we all love him so. Dragon is written by the same author as Captain Underpants, which explains some of the humour.
Pumpkinheadby Eric Rohman. I love, love, love the artwork in this book, all printed from carvings. The story is cute too, about a boy with a pumpkin for a head. One day he looses his head and adventure follows. Same author / illustrator as My Friend Rabbit .
I am often asked how I can chill and not worry about the mess my son makes, but I have nothing on Filth Wizardry. The creative messes here abound, with amazing results. I loved the Freaky Scarecrow and her Playdough Dinosaur Island is simply amazing. If you haven’t found her blog you need to , trust me your kids will thank you!