I am big advocate for creative and imaginative play. I think kids should be allowed to be kids and child-like for much longer than the majority of society deems acceptable.
I wasn’t always like this. When I first became a mom, I thought I would be a hard-nose, academically focused kind of mom. Then I saw my kids thrive and flourish in nature, with open play, with creative prompts and I realized that my kids are creative; most (if not all kids) are creative.
I think it will benefit the child in the long run, academically, if they are allowed to play longer in their early years. This is not meant to be a rant or a shaming of parents who don’t agree at all. I just think play is good and it’s even better with great toys that are easy on the eye.
Here are some of my favorite toys for creative play this holiday season.
Dress Up Cape – Every kid loves a good cape and they feed into so many good story lines for kids to act out on their own or with a sibling or friend. Both my kids have multiple capes of their own but this one is just beautiful.
Hazel The Deer – Stuffies are a staple in childhood. They are great for snuggles and road trips but also for acting out stories!
Victorian Doll House – This is the doll house of my dreams. No offense to Barbie but that giant pink, plastic, doll house of my childhood is an eye sore. I would have no problem with this beauty in my home. I may even let Milly play with it in other rooms besides her bedroom. 🙂
Explorer Play Kit – If you have a curious child who thrives in outside play prompts, this is the gift that will make a big splash. It includes binoculars, a pocket compass and a bunch of other goodies that any adventurer will love.
Four-Stage Rocket Ship – If you have a space lover on your hands, this will feed right into that desire during play time. Oh, how far the imagination will go when it can get all the way to outer space!
Workbench – If you are a DIY/handy family, this would be a great way to get the kiddos involved without putting an actual hammer in their hand! Don’t get me wrong, my mom has already taught RJ how to use a hammer. Supervised use of real tools is great but if you want to take a more hands-off approach, this is a great option!
Gourmet Grill – This toy is sure to put your kid on the right track to outdoor grilling. Living in Texas, this is a mandatory part of life. All you’d need is a griller’s apron and you’re cooking.
Wooden Camera w/ Kaleidoscope Lens – My kids are always grabbing my camera so i figure this wooden one would make them really happy. They love a good kaleidoscope and, what’s better, I get to keep my camera for myself!
Mars Mission Space Playhouse – If your kids room is big enough for a playhouse, I say ‘Go For It!’ Milly and RJ are always building forts and playing under the beds; that’s because kids love creating their own worlds. Why not cut out the process of turning a room upside down with sheets and blankets and offer up a beautiful playhouse like this one?!
Unicorn Hand Puppet – A unicorn puppet? I mean….there isn’t much to say besides, I. LOVE. IT.
Animal Adoption Set – This is for all the animal whisperers out there. Milly loves caring for her animals; stuffed and real, alike. At this point, she wants to be a vet so this present is a no brainer.
Paper Doll Kit – Paper dolls are so old school but such a perfect childhood play thing. These from Of Unusual Kind are gorgeous and high quality.
Nesting Dolls – Another toy that carries a lot of nostalgia. These are gorgeous and modern and are a great open-play toy. And when they aren’t being played with, keep them on out your baby’s window ledge and enjoy the view.
December is here! I decided to put a gift guide together everyday for the first week of the month. This first list is really my own personal wish list– I’ve already snagged a few of the items listed and am seriously eyeing the rest…some are already in my virtual carts.
While I love a good vacation or adventure, being at home is my jam. I’d rather participate in ” *insert anything that can be done from home* & chill” than go out into the world.
My house is my home; it’s where my kiddos are and my comfy couch and my DVDs. Oh…and my husband. LOL.
Here is a list of some of my favorite things that make being home all the more enjoyable; perfect for holiday gift giving for the homebody in your life.
Hibernating Sweatshirt by Propertee – I love this sweatshirt. It’s so soft and speaks the truth. What more can you ask for, right? Plus, as any homebody knows, you always need a “favorite” binge watching outfit.
iRobot Roomba – We just moved into our new house with hard wood floors and this is such a great saver of time. Imagine watching your favorite Netflix show and simply lifting your feet to let an automated cleaner sweep your floors. The homebody in your life will love it.
Photo Clip Firefly String Lights – These lights really add some ambiance to any room or nook in the house. These are great for for play rooms, for a kid or teen that wants to display pictures of friends or their artwork.
Stovetop Popcorn Popper – A true homebody is also a movie connoisseur of sorts and nothing pairs better with a good movie night than some freshly popped popcorn.
Cards Against Humanity – Let the games begin! This will keep you in stitches, and at home, for hours.
Buffalo Plaid Fringed Throw – A good throw makes all the difference. I use to drag my entire comforter off of the bed and onto the couch for movie nights. That’s cool and all, but step your snuggle game up with a good throw blanket.
Apple TV 4K – An Apple TV really does change your television experience; watch movies, listen to music, share photos all from your living room. I absolutely love mine.
Shearling Moccasin Slippers for Her + Him – I mentioned before that we have hard wood floors and we’ve never been a slipper family until now. Remember, being comfy and cozy in your home is all a homebody wants!
Air Purifying Plant – Plants add so much warmth and color to a home. Add the beauty of a plant to the ability to clean the air in your house? Magic.
Coffee Press – Homebodies usually have a morning routine. If s/he likes coffee, a coffee press is both functional and pretty to look at on the kitchen of counter.
Peony & Blush Candle – Jo Malone candles smell so good and reach multiple rooms in a house without being overbearing. I love the smells of most candles in this line but the peony and blush is one of my favorite.
Electric Aromatherapy Diffuser – If your homebody is into oils, upgrade their diffuser with something that goes better with home decor. Most oil diffusers are like baby toys; they always stick out like sore thumbs. Not this beauty. This will go well with almost any home decor.