I’m probably not qualified to write this post as Grey has two entire rooms filled with toys (one at home and one at grandma’s), but cleanup has become a hassle and let’s be honest kids are usually interested in their new toy for approximately 7 seconds.
As Grey’s 3rd birthday approaches as well as the holiday season, I’ve decided to compile a small list of gifts that aren’t toys. Then when the texts and FB messages start rolling in about what my toddler wants for his birthday and Christmas, I’m armed with some new and interactive ideas!
Memberships: To the zoo, science and children museums, children’s classes, etc. These are especially great ideas for group gifts from family members. It’s always nice to get out of the house and explore a new place.
Books: Several studies have proven that the number of books in a home affects brain development and academic success. According ton University of Nevada-Reno sociologist Mariah Evans “home library size has a very substantial effect on educational attainment.”
Ten Tiny Toes has been a favorite book for the past few months!
Clothes & Shoes: Now, this one has the potential to get you in just as much trouble as toys, but it’s safe to say that your little one is growing faster than you can shop. To show our appreciation we like to send a photo of Grey in his new outfits to the person who gifted them to him. If we end up with too many outfits and no gift receipts we like to donate them to friends, family members, or organizations that can make good use of them.
Games, Puzzles, & Activities: We know it can be hard to settle an energetic toddler long enough to play a game or complete a puzzle, but we’ve found a few that do the trick every time.
We try to limit screen time, but we aren’t always good at it. Thus, digital learning activities are a way to ensure your little one is using their screen time productively.
Grey loves these touch & feel flash cards. Plus they are super bright and colorful. As a parent, I’m impressed at their quality. We haven’t destroyed a single one…yet!
Art and craft supplies: A little bit of glue, a splash of glitter here, some paint there and voila! you have at least 20 minutes of fun (cause let’s face it, Grey is going to try to eat the glitter at some point).