Go fish and Old Maid were some of my favorite games as a kid. These Kids Classic Mini Playing Cards are adorable and the perfect size for slipping in a stocking (yet again, you could buy the pack and divide them amongst your brood). It says they’re for ages 5 and up but I’m getting them now for my 3 year old because the only skill you need for the “Go Fish” game is color recognition and I know he’ll love it.
After our Make Like a Montessori Mama: Animal Activities post, I knew I needed to get C some small animal figurines as soon as possible. A quick Amazon search revealed exactly what I was looking for – toobs. Not only is the handy container the perfect shape for a stocking, there are a million themes to choose from. Whether your little one are into horses, zoo babies, trains, pirates, dinosaurs, North American Wildlife, or the arctic – there’s a Toob out there for them. And at only $9/toob, they’re a steal!
Curious Chef makes a great line of real yet safe kitchen tools for kids. My favorite are the nylon knives (that’s right, I’m advocating knives in the stocking this year) which allow kids to safely participate in their own food prep. As an added bonus, you might even get them to eat some of those veggies they’ve been carefully chopping and peeling for the last hour.
Finally, we’ve been on the hunt for some new play doh toys. This set looks like it would be the most stimulating. Take everything out of the box and you can use all the individual pieces to completely fill the stocking.
And if you’d rather make something this year, kirtsy has a nice roundup of stocking DIYs from some of my favorite bloggers.