I am finishing up my Christmas shopping this week. I want to be shopping-free by the time Rebekah comes home. I wish I could link to some of the great things I have found for my girls, but they read this blog and that would spoil all of their surprises!!
Two of my sisters and I took my mom out for her birthday on Monday night and then went Christmas shopping.(My sister Amy was there in spirit, although she lives in MO. We’ll do it again, Amy. )
It is always so fun to go out with the girls! We went to the Rustic Kitchen at Derby Street Shops in Hingham, and let me tell you, their food is sooo good. I have been thinking about my meal and planning a way to go back.
I have also been getting ready for our annual Doll’s Christmas Tea Party. I finished up my invitations. Here is the Tasha Tudor inspired watercolor border I painted for the invitation. I inserted the words in the sky. Feel free to use it for your own personal use.
If you are like me, you are thinking about timeless gifts for your kids this year. The last thing any parent wants is to sink money into toys that a child doesn’t play with long-term. I decided to share with you the toys that our children enjoyed the most. Many of these sets are now packed away incase I have grandchildren someday.
Over the years I have learned that owning fewer toys, but higher quality pieces, has worked well for our home educating family. When kids are overrun with toys that only have one purpose, their natural creativity is stifled.
I purposefully chose open ended toys for my kiddos. These toys require the child to use their imagination, and can also be used in several play scenarios. Most of them are simple, without electrical sounds or capabilities. Toys today have the ability to do nearly everything from walking, talking, eating and interacting. I have found that the more the toy can do, the less the child has to do. Sometimes the latest, greatest electro-gadget inadvertently limits the imagination of the child.
Open ended toys are simple and encourage the child to create their own fun. Unfortunately, sometimes these are more expensive, but in the long run, they last through several children and the amount of play you get out of them makes it worthwhile.
“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is necessity.” Kay Jamison
This book is for older kids, but it allows them to make all kinds of cool cars and gadgets with Legos they already own.
I can’t say enough about Play Silks. I bit the bullet and bought them after a friend of mine raved about them. They were used for years! They became aprons, wings, head covering, belts, etc. Very open ended, lightweight and versatile.
“Miss Polly had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick, So she called to the doctor to come quick, quick, quick…” My kids played with this Haba set forever. They seemed obsessed with giving each other shots. Hmm…
Buy by the Piece Sets:
I honestly can’t say enough good things about Playmobil. Next to Legos, this was the indoor toy they used non-stop. The Playmobil 1-2-3 Line is for babies through age three and is a lovely way to introduce your child to this line. It is a little expensive, but we bought one little pieces here and there and we have amassed an enormous collection today. (My youngest, Hope, is getting the Playmobil RV for Christmas. Shh…don’t tell!) I can’t even count how many days my living room was wall to wall Playmobil towns. In the winter, I would read aloud to my kids while they set up their Playmobil towns.
Toddler Train Set
First Doll House
AND, I have a free gift for you!
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