Are you racking your brain for a little something extra or special to put under the tree for your kids? As if their lists aren’t long enough already right? But sometimes you have an idea on your own you know they would love. Let’s admit, it’s really fun when they open something totally unexpected and love it! But what, but what? Take a look at these options and see if anything sparks Santa’s interests.
A telescope! This one is on amazon for $19.38 and great for preschoolers and kindergarteners. I mean anything that gets them thinking and discovering a little more is always helpful so this does the trick. Let them explore around the house and outside for miniature “treasures” and examine them under the lens.
Um if you have a little arts and crafter…..I mean….right? This is it. It might be something you mention to them ahead of time so they are already introduced to the idea. Sometimes I will drop the idea around to see how my kids respond before purchasing a present without sounding to obvious. I mean they are 5 and 2 so it’s not that hard to be sneaky about it but still. Such a neat hands on activity from Land of Nod for $19.95.
Now if ya got a baker in the fam this Melissa and Doug wooden mixer for $24.99 would be just perfect. My mom actually purchased this for my little Ella because I can’t keep her out of the kitchen, especially if I am baking. She always wants to be apart of it. It would even be fun to set it on the counter for them to pretend while you get some real baking done. Sometimes I just set out a bowl and put a tiny bit of sugar and water or whatever I am baking with, and a whisk and let her mix away.
Bow and Arrow Set
Adorable? Yup! Always coming across unique little handmade items when shoppin around Etsy. This wooden bow and arrow toy set sold by “FromJennifer” is great if your looking for somethin else than a gun or sword this year. The bow is handmade from hardwood ash and should last a long time with a stretchy elastic paracord string to send those arrows flying. Made with bright and safe felt tips on the arrows as they learn hand eye coordination and turn it into a game. You can order more arrows and even add on a felt quiver belt in different colors if ya want to really impress them.
Creatively Designed Educational Toddler Games
So Educational Insights makes the sweetest little games for typically ages 4 and up with simple concepts but creative learning and thinking. Also helps with counting and fine motor skills. We own this Shelby’s Snack Shack Game and the Squirrel one but would love to own more because it seems like they have plenty to choose from. My 2 1/2 year plays and understands the game pretty well so I would say it works for real youngins as well. As long as they don’t eat the little pieces of course.
Now here me out with this one. It’s a little out there but if your kids are dyin for a pet, get a temporary one! Grow-A-Frog kit from Amazon for $29.99. If they like frogs of course. They will learn to take care of it, feed it, clean the aquarium as they watch it grow from a tadpole to a frog then set it free when it gets bigger. This kit includes nutria-rocks, vitamin enriched growth food, a handbook, and a coupon code for the actual aquarium and tadpole bought separately.
Special Agent Kit
Special Agent Chromo Bomb Kit for all those secret agent spys out there from Fat Brain Toys. This kinda toy would be great for any kid ages 7 and up with his or her friends to use their imagination and gross motor skills as they set up these mock missions and try to complete it before the bomb goes off. Change up the mission cards for different challenging obstacles!
Make Your Own Felt Dolls
So another crafty artsy project but if your little one loves little dolls like mine this would be a good gift. The Klutz Felted Friends Kit on Amazon is only $13.46 and makes 5 felted small dolls. Includes everything you need to make them from the felt, needles, and instructional book. Recommended age 10 and up but that would a subjective call depending on your own child. Great reviews, great price, great gift!