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You know what I am sick and tired of? Wasting a ridiculous amount of time searching and purchasing toys for my kids. Why? Because they play with it for all of five seconds and then they are on to licking the walls and playing with the oven(totally kidding, well about the oven part. Haha). So this year I am taking a different approach to Christmas. I am getting them things they need, items that will educate them, or things that they will play with for a long amount of time.
A personalized book.
I have found several websites that you can get a personalized book for your kids, but most of them have little to no selection or custimization. Put Me in the Story has so many books to choose from. From Christmas themes to Disney themes and everything in between. Does your child like Spiderman? I know my oldest son does, so for Christmas he is getting a Spiderman book from Put Me In The Story with his name in it! You can look at the entire collection and get 20% off using the code GIFT20 by clicking here.
I love reading to my kids. I think it builds knowledge and a love of learning. I found this awesome website/app called Epic!. It basically works like netflix. You pay $7.99 a month and have instant access to 25,000 books, learning videos, quizzes and more. There are no ads or in-app purchases, and it has books for infants to 12 years old. You can have up to 4 readers per one account and it even has books in spanish. My kids love Epic! and it keeps them excited to read new books. You can try Epic! free for 30 days by clicking here.
Kiwi Crate is a box that coimes to your door once a month and has all kinds of specialized age realted STEM activities. There are five age ranges to choose from that vary from newborns to 16 years old, and you can change the age range at any time. It is hands learning. Plus, every box is different. If you use the code GIVING you get 40% off your first box, and also a foster child will recieve a box. Click here to sign up and give your kids something different this year.
Who can go wrong with legos? Legos are one of the few things I still catch my kids playing with. I love that lego has multiple different sets so you can build numerous different things like batman, pirates, and princess’s.Weighted blanket.
I have heard such amazing details about the weighted blankets. They are calming, secure, and help children that have a broad range of issues including anxiety, autism, ADD, and more. (Im not only getting my kids one, but also myself!) Click here to browse Weighted Blankets.
I can hear some of you now “but it is winter and way too cold where I live”. It may seem rather dumb to purchase a “summer” toy ast Christmas time, but my kids love love love to be outside. Even in the winter we take them to the park a few times a week. It helps get their energy out and helps this mom not have a destroyed home for five minutes. SO why not purchace a playset for your backyard. That way you can moderate the kids play time for several minutes at a time in cold weather. Instead of having to drive to a park for a ten minute stay. Play sets can be expensive. Here is a playset on sale.
Various Creativity Sets.
You know the kits that your kiddos will have to spend time making. From terrariums to rock crystals my kids love to get messy and use their hands to create various masterpieces.
Think and Learn Smart Cycle.
I found this bad boy not too long ago. It looks so promissing. It is a tricycle that is stationary and it can hook up to a tablet or your TV for gaming, racing, and driving. I love toys that are designed to be fun and also for learning. This one incorporates physical activity which is amazing. Check it out by clicking here.
What toys are on your kiddos Christmas list?