I’ve accomplished most of the shopping for my little ones this year (thanks to my computer, a cup of coffee, and my PJ’s). I thought I’d share the toys they’ll get that are “educational” (yet fun), just in case you needed a few more ideas. 🙂
There are several ways I decide on the “right” toys: I see them on other blogs (like Carisa’s) or in other peoples’ homes; but ultimately, I try to pick something that I know my particular child will enjoy and/or needs to work on. And I attempt to pick items that more than one child can enjoy…seeing that they’ll all be sharing them.
BUT in all of this, I don’t want you to get the impression that we make Christmas all about the toys. We strive to help them understand that Christmas isn’t their birthday…and not everyone shares in the blessings that we have.
MBUG: 18 months old
MBug is already showing signs that she may have an engineering mind like her oldest brother and daddy. She loves working with her hands; including coloring, puzzles, dumping and transferring objects, pushing buttons (especially when she gets ahold of my cell phone!) & building things. I am absolutely amazed that at 18 months she can put together our GeoTrax set!
Puzzles: I found these at a discount store in town a few weeks ago and was excited at the price! You can click on the images to view online.Insect Wooden Chunky Puzzle
I got the puzzle that’s on the top of this little rack. I couldn’t find the link to it on amazon and I can’t remember the name of it, but it looked PERFECT for a little girl!
I purchased these at Target & THEY ARE ON SALE THIS WEEK!
We have several B. toys (most of ours were made by Parent before B. bought them out), but I love their products!
NJOY: 3 years old
NJoy’s new thing is to constantly ask, “Mommy, what’s that spell?” or “How do you spell…?” Just the other day, we were sitting at a stoplight and he looked over at a sign and said, “C-A-R, does that spell car?” WHAT?!? He also has recently learned how to play Candy Land, so I thought a few more board games might be fun.
Melissa & Doug Jumbo Numbers Chunky Wooden Puzzle. Even though he can count to 20, he could work on # recognition.