I excel at online shopping. I think I might be close to making the World Cup team, but I’m not sure when the try-outs were… Anyhoo… these are my Top Eleven Favorites for this Christmas. (And if you’re an immediate member of my family… spoiler alert: some of these may be for you! Not #5… I’d never do that to you.)
This looked SO fun… basically you follow a diagram to set up your colored ‘dominoes’ in different designs and then let them fall… revealing a picture! It will probably take some adult supervision at first, and there may be some tears if the dominoes get bumped early, but that’s life! Failure, perseverance, victory… how’s THAT for a Christmas gift?!
2. Goldie Blox
If you haven’t heard the hubbub about this commercial then watch it now. As a mom to three girls, I’m in love with this premise. (Grinch alert… the Beastie Boys sued the company for referencing one of their songs in the version that went viral, so the one above is amended with new music.)
3. The Dipr
Stocking stuffer for your favorite snacker? I mean anything that facilitates Oreos in milk is a win, right?
Oliver pretty much likes all things that ‘go’ and this eco-friendly rocket is a new one for us! These Green Toys are super durable and bonus that they can come into the bath with us often. 3-2-1 blast off!
I had one of these growing up and remember putting the poor guy into a jar to come with us on summer vacation. I’m pretty sure he made it through the first leg of the trip and then went to the lily pond in the sky; don’t tell PETA. The kit comes with a simple plastic tank and rocks and then you send in the enclosed form and bam… a little tadpole arrives in the mail!
Last Christmas Eleanor got the alphabet version of this and it’s a big hit with everyone! Eleanor practices her handwriting, Oliver likes to name the letters, and Martha uses the pen to tap at each silver magnetic ball. This year we’re adding the numbers to our repertoire. Only catch is the magnetic pen goes missing every once in a making the whole thing somewhat useless so don’t lose it!
At about 4:35 every day, Oliver’s eyes glaze over, smoke starts coming out of his ears, and he just starts racing. Jumping off chairs, running around the table, leaping down stairs… it gets ugly. We have a mini trampoline in the playroom, but I’m hoping this might be an additional weapon in my tire-Oliver-out-and-fast arsenal. Here’s hoping.
No magic here… just plain ol’ white ping pong balls. They’re fun to throw indoors and won’t break anything… I think they’ll fit through paper towel and toilet paper tubes so we can make this again… and I plan on setting up a bunch of little fish tanks so we can practice landing ping pong balls in anticipation of carnival season this spring. You could glue a bunch together to make a fun sculpture. Draw faces on them. Cut circles in a cardboard box and try to throw the ping pong balls through. I could go on.
These were already opened as part of our advent calendar and they’re a MASSIVE hit. For, like, $4 all three kids have been in heaven. They take them into dark rooms and play flashlight tag. They overlap the colors to show how the colors mix. They shine them into each other’s eyes potentially compromising their vision. It’s magical.
10. Ice Cream MUGZ
Technically we haven’t tried these so maybe they’ll be a bust. But they seem pretty sturdy so I’m cautiously optimistic. And anything that makes my kids work for their dessert is a victory in my book.
11. Story Cubes
A friend told me about these when I was still counseling and they’re really great: basically a set of dice with pictures on each side instead of numbers. You can use them anyway you like, but we would take turns rolling the dice and making up stories with whatever pictures were rolled. You could use it for rhyming words with the pictures or making sentences or creative writing… They don’t take up any room so could be perfect for killing time at a restaurant or airport. They also stimulate creative thinking and imagination so there’s that.
If you follow me on Facebook (and you should… I’m hilarious over there… or something) you know that I ordered most of my Christmas presents via Amazon Prime so not only is my global footprint in the gutter, but you also have PLENTY of time to grab up some last minute presents because Amazon will get it to you in about 3 hours. Merry merry!
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