I have a house full of toys. Okay, not a house, a room. A room plus 6 very large moving boxes in the garage. I know I’m not alone in observing that while my kids play – all day long – they rarely play with toys. They want my stuff, real stuff.
So this year I’m rebelling. Completely rebelling against ToysRUs. I’m buying my kids real stuff. If there’s a chance that they’ll play with it longer than 5 minutes, and also that they’ll leave MY stuff alone, I’ll take it. (For the record, I do realize that most of these are “toys,” but they’re almost all made of the same material as the adult versions and hopefully will provide a lot of play that would otherwise be done with non-toy items.)
If Gabriel were just a year or two older (he’s 4) I would be buying this Grip 9 pc Children’s Tool Kit, along with the Childrens Tool Belt, Work Gloves, and Child Safety Glass. Since he’s just a tad too young, we are getting him this set: Real Construction Deluxe Tool Workshop. It has plastic tools, nails, and screws and foam boards that can actually be used to construct… things. There are refill sets available, too!
Forget the plastic stuff. We’re getting Ezekiel (2 and a half) the wood-and-metal Toysmith Kid’s Big Tool Set that actually dig and rake.
Cooking and Baking
Gianna (8) has been begging me to teach her to cook. I only hesitate because, well, it makes a lot more work for me. But I’m giving in. It will pay off in the long run, right? (Please tell me it will pay off.)
This Curious Chef 17-Piece Measure & Prep Kit looks like a good starter kit, plus it’s BPA and phthalate-free. I think I’ll add the The Little Cook / Child’s 4-piece Silicone Bakeware Set, too.
Fort Building Kit
Aliya (6 and a half) has recently been showing great interest in directing plays, designing puppet theaters, and building forts. A friend let me in on this magical creation, the EZ-Fort. Looks like it might fit the bill for everything she loves. (Apparently there’s one available at Bed Bath and Beyond that I’m going to check out this weekend before I buy this one.)
Kevin, who for technical reasons, never gets to read this blog these days, is getting some bike accessories. Would you believe my handsome husband rides his bike to work every day so that I can have up unrestricted access to our one car? Yeah, me neither. I’m one lucky dame. Maybe this Gore Bike Wear Men’s Path Neon Jacket (or one similar but a little less pricey) will keep him safe and warm?
All the kids will get a book this year. I’m still working them out, but I’ve got Gianna’s planned.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making looks so cute, it may just reverse my stance that all new literature is crap.
I’m heading to the local kid’s consignment shop to get some new clothes for the kids, but if you don’t have one near you, try ThredUp.
That’s all I’ve got so far friends. If you have any ideas for gifts, “real” or otherwise, please share in the comboxes.
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