Gifts for children should be things they will enjoy after the wrapping paper has hit the floor. Expensive, high tech toys may offer an initial thrill, but they don’t do much to spark children’s creativity.Listed below are some gift ideas that will provide hours of fun as children exercise their imagination.
- -A plain white t-shirt, banner or tote bag along with fabric paints and markers
- -A special book accompanied by a tape of you reading the book
- -A dress-up suitcase full of clothes, hats, jewelry, ties, vests, boas, face paint, costumes, etc.
- -A creative art kit consisting of a wide variety of (open ended) art supplies (plain papers, crayons, markers, paints, clay, rounded scissors, and a variety of tools to apply the paints and shape the clay)
- -A memory game made out of snapshots (double prints) of the child
- -A bucket-o-ingredients including recipes for playdough, bubble solution, face paint, etc.
- -A toolbox full of safe, miscellaneous tools, measuring devices, a child sized apron and a whole supply of wood pieces
- -A gardening kit made up of gardening tools, various seeds, flower pots, and a watering can in a handy gardener’s basket
- -A jewelery box kit consisting of a plain wood box to decorate, glue and a variety of decorative items like gemstones, glitter, lace, sparkles, beads, etc.
This list has been adapted from: (Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Early Childhood Education: The Book of Lists for Teachers and Parents by Judy Fujawea, published by Gryphon Books