My kids are pretty easy to please when it comes to toys, but every holiday season, my goal is to give them toys that will 1. entertain them for longer than 7 minutes, 2. not break, 3. not consist of 12 million tiny pieces and 4. has the potential to actually teach them something. The toys on this gift guide are a combination of items we already have and love and other items that I’m considering for my own kids this Christmas (affiliate links for you convenience)! Leave me a comment with any other toys you guys are loving! I’m always looking for ideas!
If you followed along with #SwapItLikeItsHot 4 then you know my love for weaving runs waaaaay deep. I’d love to pass along the skill to one of the kids so one day we can go to weaving camp together. Or something. Also… totes good for fine motor skills. Win-win.
You KNOW you did these when you were little and it was a little piece of voodoo magic right there in the toaster oven. Not gonna lie… planning on coloring most of these myself.
3. Unicorn Horn
Something about the ol’ unicorn grabs the attention of kids. Pretty sure this will help with their behavior somehow, right?
Oliver’s godmother gave him this wheelbarrow a couple of years ago and all of the kids LOVE it. It’s out in our yard, and they use it to schlep things back and forth between the playhouses. In the spring, they help me mulch. In the fall, they fill it with leaves. Teach ’em young.
Both Eleanor and Oliver have gone through a bunch of these sticker mosaic kits… there are lots to choose from, some more complicated than others.
Join me on a little walk down memory lane! We got these for Eleanor last year and all of the kids love to play around with them… and maybe their mom too.
7. Kinetic Sand
I can’t believe I haven’t shared kinetic sand before! Imagine sand mixed with playdough mixed with flubber. Fluid, textural, mesmerizing. The older kids can make landscapes and and maps… the younger kids just love exploring with it!
This is another popular item in the Smith arsenal of toys. We’re deep into make-believe these days and the kids use this for lots of imaginary scenarios with their baby dolls and stuffed animals.
I mean c’mon… string art for kids?! This is a definite home run.
These books are super cute. Lately, this one has been Louisa’s favorite. It has a nice rhyming cadence to it… and good message about taking turns and being polite so I’ll take the redundancy of reading it 12 times a day.
11. Circus Ship Book
My sister gave this to the kids last year and they all still love it. A fun story about a ship of circus animals that runs ashore off the coast of Maine.
12. Superhero Hat
Oliver has drunk the superhero KoolAid HARD. He has a Superman cape and Superman pajamas and Superman action figures and a Superman clock and… you get the idea.
13. Born to Be Wild
You might have seen this at the IMAX theater near you, but if not… you need to get this. It’s a fun and adorable glimpse of two incredible animal preservationists responsible for rescuing/ rehabilitating orphaned elephants and orangutans. It’s not the longest movie, but we’ll sometimes put it on before bed for a little bit of light hearted sweetness.
These are something else I’m pretty sure I obsessed over a bit when I was younger. I mean… they CHANGE COLOR. That’s pretty cool. For all the budding artists!
15. Pie Face
Confident this needs to be under the Smith tree. I saw a video about this a while back on Facebook and couldn’t help by chuckle. The loser literally gets a splat of shaving/ whipped cream in the face. That’s too good NOT to get!
Four weeks left, folks! Check out all my other gift guides and shopping lists HERE!
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