Last week I shared my friend Melissa’s amazing lists of educational gifts for children, most of which can be purchased online. Today I thought I’d share gifts that may inspire your own creativity as well as that of the children you share them with. Perhaps one will help you cross that last gift off your list!
Steph at Modern Parents Messy Kids shares so many amazing DIY ideas! I loved her recent collection of playtime mail centers (one of my boys’ favorite play themes), these fantastic DIY fort kits (pictured above from Saltwater Kids), and I’m personally planning on making the felt button activity (to drop into the stocking of one button-obsessed little boy I know) from her amazing Pinterest collection of busy bag activities she shares here.
I recently gathered a collection of felt food tutorials for Childhood 101 (here) that I think my kiddos would love. Don’t you just love the bacon pictured above (from Fiskars)? For those whose kids love to play with food (and who doesn’t?) I also thought this tossed salad from Frugal Family Fun Blog was pure genius (and simple to boot!).
Kara at Simple Kids shared a list of DIY gifts last year, guaranteed not to require any sewing or knitting. So many brilliant ideas! I love the simple blocks her older children made for their younger sister!
I especially enjoy DIY gifts that encourage the kids to do the actual creating. Here’s an example of one, a Build-a-Fairy Box, I put together for a few birthday gifts. Or fill a storage box with scented playdough/glitter playdough/or classic playdough and fun tools; a ready-made art kit with scissor, glue sticks, crayons, markers, and sheets of paper; or the pieces for classic science activities like these. Children will enjoy these creative kits for hours at a time!
How about you? Do you have any DIY gifts on your To-Do list this year? What are your favorite creative gifts for children?