Sunday, December 4, 2011

Stocking Stuffers

Last week I wrote about books, blocks, and puzzles, my favorite choices as gifts for young children (as opposed to gifts that are marketed to children based upon the latest television show or movie). Sometimes larger gifts seem in order and other times we need ideas for small, low cost, stocking stuffers.
Many of us remember the smell and feel of new crayons, or the power of having our own pair of scissors, or the joy of spreading the wet pastels of watercolors over a sheet of blank paper. These are also great choices for the three to five year old child in your life. They are wonderful gifts because they allow children to enjoy the creativity and problem solving of making something.
Simple card games like Go Fish and Slap Jack are easy games for the four to six year old. They foster playing together and for most of us, they evoke fond memories. They are also gifts that do not break a budget.
Gifts for new infants are sometimes helping gifts for new parents. If you can cut and sew, you can make a cuddly baby blanket or some bibs. If you enjoy baking and cooking, you will be able to make something yummy for the new family to eat. These are lovely ways of giving something of yourself. Isn’t that what Christmas is truly about?


Smells like Christmas,
Smells like Christmas
Mmmm so good!  Mmmm so good!
I can smell the pine tree.
I can smell the cookies.
Mmmm so good!  Mmmm so good!

Peppermint and Gingerbread
Peppermint and Gingerbread

Chocolate and Cranberries
Chocolate and Cranberries

tune of Frere Jacques

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