Holiday Gifting with a Plan.
I don’t think I need to remind you that Christmas day is breathing down our necks. It’s coming up so fast. Have you finished shopping yet? Well, I haven’t but I’m not worried. It’s hard not to get wrapped up in all of the cool toys and stuff that are in abundance this month for your shopping pleasure. Being a parent, you sometimes want to buy it all even though you know deep down in your heart, that your little one doesn’t ‘need’ them.
This year, my gift purchases for Malakai will be a little different. His Grandmas and Grandpas will get him toys for sure, so I was even more convinced that educated play was the way to go. He’s two and loves to build and figure stuff out when he plays, So I decided to visit our local Lakeshore Learning store and do some shopping. Puzzles, arts & crafts supplies, math toys, learning toys galore. My husband also mentioned getting some outdoor toys that would spark imagination and more active play, we’re thinking maybe a playhouse and a toddler trampoline. And surprisingly, most of them can be found for well under $100.
I’ve donated his old toys, it’s something we’ve done every year before Christmas. It blesses children in need and it helps me sort through the stuff he’s outgrown. I highly suggest doing this, get rid of some clutter and spread some holiday cheer in the process. Win-Win. So, when you shop this holiday season for your little one and you grab a toy, ask yourself “will he/she learn from this” and “will figuring out this toy get his mental wheels turning?”, This is play with a purpose and the benefits will last a lifetime.
My favorite place to donate to is http://www.gratefulhearts.org/ Look them up if your looking for a great cause.
www.Etsy.com is also a great place to purchase learning toys and materials AND (double bonus) support mommy and home based businesses. You can't beat that!