Thursday, October 27, 2011

Kids Toys...Ideas?

So Christmas is right around the corner. It's only about two months away! I have been racking my brain trying to figure out what to get the kids for Christmas! Admittedly every year we have overdone things a bit. We have splurged on toys that our son really wasn't all that interested in. And most of them didn't even really help him learn. He will be four in a couple of weeks. Time is going by so fast, and now more than ever he has been open to more learning.
This year we have two boys to buy for, and I don't want to make the same mistakes. I actually couldn't keep myself from cringing as I went through toys that my son no longer plays with and as the get rid of box kept getting fuller and fuller I knew this year needed to be different.
It would be nice to have some things to use during homeschooling also that doesn't really feel like work or a project for him. I have been checking around at various department stores and the bulk of what I see is toys and electronics. I really don't want to get him into too much of that right now. I prefer something more interactive and something we can do together. Particularly something that will help him learn. Any suggestions?
I have browsed a bit online and found some really awesome kids toys at great prices. I found these two really great toys that I may look into. You can tell me what you think if you'd like, I would love feedback. This one is a see and spell wooden puzzle. It shows a picture and the wooden letters fit right in. Personally I think this can greatly help with reading and spelling as well as recognition. It's certainly one of my top choices.
Toy #1:

Toy #2:
This is a wooden clock puzzle that helps with not only numbers, but shapes as well. I thought this was pretty awesome.
There are so many good options out there, and while I have nothing personally against electronics, I just would like more activity and more imagination than a video game of sorts can provide. I already know I will be giving him books because in our household we ALL love to read.
So without further ado, I'm off to browse some more. Thanks for reading and stopping by! Hope to see you again soon!

1 comment:

  1. Have you heard of Pinterest? If you're not on there, I HIGHLY suggest signing up. It's free. There are SO MANY ideas for kids that can be used in homeschooling that it's just... amazing. I think I'm going to just buy the materials to make Addie some things this year that I know she'll play with and learn from rather than splurge on toys that she may or may not use. I'm sure other people will buy her toys so I'll leave that to them.

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