In a couple of weeks, Oliver turns 4. Physically he’s closer to a 6 year-old and emotionally… well… let’s just say he takes some finesse. But when he’s into something, he’s INTO something. So no pressure finding a fitting birthday present, right? Here are some of the things Mark and I are getting for Oliver’s birthday and some of the others that he reaches for every. Day. (All of these are affiliate links which just means I get a tiny- and I do mean TINY- little sumthin’ sumthin’ if you click through and buy something.) #WednesdayPlayday
We gave the pink version of this camera to my niece for her birthday, and the report was that it was a success! So Oliver’s going to join the ranks of photographers in the house. Selfie alert!
I feel a little bit like I’m opening Pandora’s Box with this one as he doesn’t have any yet. And we’re INTRODUCING him to this franchise, but… I love the fact that these combine his first love (trucks) with the coordination and building skills of something like Legos that he’s not quite ready for.
This is a short DVD: 40 minutes, but it is SO INCREDIBLE! It follows two animal sanctuaries, one for elephants and the other for orangutans, and shows the sweetest and most amusing interactions between these baby animals and their loving keepers. You know that hour after dinner before bed when the kids want to see dad, but are so tired they can’t remember their name? Well this is the PERFECT solution.
I think I’ve mentioned these before, but Oliver loves the challenge of trying to scribble in the whole screen. He also likes the challenge of trying to lose the pencil that comes with it, but I’ve been able to keep track of it somehow…
I mention magna-tiles whenever I can. But they are expensive. These are identical and half the cost. I mean, I’m sure they’re NOT identical, but we have both sets, and I can’t tell the difference.
These will find their way into all corners of your home, but they’re super fun. Oliver loves throwing things. So having something he CAN throw inside has been great for everyone involved. And they really are fun to use for snowball fights!
Don’t ask. This isn’t the exact one Oliver has, but his is similar. And it’s gone to bed with him every night for a while. And no… he NEVER remembers to turn it off so I have a stash of batteries that could fill a uHaul.
Every time it rains, Oliver asks whether his wheelbarrow can get wet. Sometimes he believes me and it stays outside loaded with whatever he’s been foraging. Sometimes he doesn’t and in it comes to the couch. Yep, on the couch. I wish I knew.
9. HedBanz Game
Oliver has no idea how to play this game. But he LOVES it. He loves putting on the headbands and he loves picking out the card and he loves asking me, ‘Is my card a parrot?’ Eleanor gets it so this game is win-win. (But the name makes me crazy… I think anything FOR kids should have correct spelling, right?!)
These show up as ingredients for 50% of the children’s’ art activities I read about… I’ll put together a #WednesdayPlayday post of some of these when I try them with the kids.
Snap Circuits was recommended to us by lots of wise people. So that’s what Oliver’s getting. I’ll let you know if it’s a success!
Happy early birthday to Oliver! Don’t tell him what he’s getting if you see him and let me know if you have other favorite gifts for a 4 year-old! (I don’t think our house can handle another truck…)
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