As much as it is fun and probably the right thing to do to have kids make their own super hero accessories, sometimes there is a pressing need to play with a certain laser beam that can't be satisfied by any glue and paper in the world.
We asked and you answered: what are the best gifts for preschoolers? Many reader suggestions for this age group were similar to gifts for toddlers including books, blocks, play kitchens and accessories, cars and trucks, trains, dolls and costumes. One of the major themes is gifts that encourage imaginative and pretend play.
I'm of Norwegian extraction, but the closest I've come to "The North" is Norway, Kansas, where my mom grew up. I dream of seeing the moss, fjords, and aurora borealis for myself, and I got a tiny bit closer two years ago, when I was given the gift of A Norwegian Christmas..
For better or for worse, if you've experienced any significant life changes recently, the holidays can amplify those shifts. While returning to traditions can be one of the most comforting parts of celebrating a holiday, adopting and adapting to new ones can be a positive way to adjust to fluctuations in our individual lives and family structure.
The Holidays provide us with an excellent opportunity to show those close to us just how important they are. Remember, a present shouldn't be about how much you spend, but is a well-thought representation of how much we know and the memories shared with one another. It's believed that technology has created a cold rift between ourselves and everyone around us but we believe that these six apps beg to differ. Smartphones can make purchasing gifts from the heart a seamless affair without detracting from the human element.
When it comes to little kids asking for silly, impossible, and/or utterly confounding things for Christmas, I say, "Bring it on!," probably because my parents have always been down for attempting to fulfill off-the-wall gift requests. One year they even snuck downstairs early to cook the hamburger I'd asked Santa for…
After unwrapping all the presents, when everything gets a little chaotic, it's reassuring to see our over-stimulated kids run outside to work out that anxious energy. When it's time to upgrade our winter outdoor toys, the Holidays are a great opportunity to bring in these new additions.
The holidays are expensive, but this chic set of gaming inspired printable wrapping paper will help you cut costs in a fashionable way. If you're giving lots of gifts with pixelated beginnings, like mobile devices and gaming consoles, then this free paper from Mini Eco is a must.
As a toy designer and a parent, this time of year is fraught with not only finding the usual Christmas gifts, but finding gifts that I admire both as a designer and a mom. It can be a tall order. I have high expectations! Until recently I felt like I had most of the control over what my daughter would play with. These days, as she approaches the ripe old age of 4, I'm realizing my hold on our curated collection of toys is slipping fast. But I have a couple of aces in my pocket to help me along.
From babies to toddlers, kids are fascinated with toys that move. There is no end of toy vehicles to chose from in the marketplace, and sometimes it can get overwhelming figuring out what to select for longevity and daily use. Here are some selections that we love and our children can't get enough of.