Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holiday Gift Picks

Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things....

It's that time of year when we share our gift picks for 2011. Each year we like to highlight gifts that are creative, imaginative, and inspiring. We are certain that they bring joy to the wee folks in your life. Our selections are geared towards children in my son's age bracket, if you are looking for gift ideas for younger children, you can look back at my archived lists. They are as wonderful today as they were when I posted them.

Lets Make Some Great Art by Marion Deuchars! This a wonderfully imaginative coloring book full of creativity prompts for drawing, painting, cutting, and pasting for artists of ALL ages!!! A perfect boredom buster for harsh weather days or long car rides. Highly recommend!

How to draw a simple bird from Marion Deuchars
Each holiday we add a few more picture books to our seasonal book basket, this year we recommend the following beautifully illustrated and inspiring wintry tales...

Snow Moon by Nicholas Brunelle

Night Tree by Eve Bunting

Snowflake Bentley by Jaqueline Briggs Martin

For the inventors in the family, we recommend Snap Circuits! We discovered these beauties at the Smithsonian Museum and fell in love with them.

Some fun with squishy circuits here...and a TED talk to inspire you and your children...

We also love K'Nex! A building set that explores the use of pulleys & levers, wheels & axles and gears. A terrific alternative to legos.

A copy of the book, Simple Machines, would be a wonderful pairing gift with these sets.

For nature loving "unplugged" families, for mudpie mixing wild things, or the little potion making wizards in your life, we highly recommend Wildcraft, an extraordinary cooperative game that teaches edible and medicinal plants!

And we think "Walking the World in Wonder: A Children's Herbal" is the perfect book to go with it...

And speaking of all things herbal...we are WILD about these mini flower essence mists by Lotus Wei. You can split them up and give one to each person on your list. My son likes a spritz of Inner Peace before bedtime. He has SPD and he says that it helps him feel "less jumpy". I can't seem to get enough of Infinite Love and Inspired Action. I spritz my studio with Joy Juice before teaching Mighty Girl Art and the atmosphere is always joyful.

And for stocking stuffers, we like...

Glow in the dark ceiling stars...

Wacky Wall Walkers

Fascinating Geodes to break open! You can buy them by the box and drop one into each stocking.

Holiday Smencils are a delightful gift for sensory kids...

Candy Cane flavored Pop Rocks are another awesome sensory treat!

Reindeer by Wild Safari


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