As a daycare, homeschool and mom of 5, I've learned a lot about what toys and crafts are worth buying and which are not. I often get asked which are my favorites, so here are just a few of our daycare and family favorites (including a few of my mom favorites and family devotional ideas!)
I HIGHLY recommend checking these out for both Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers:
Kids Crafting Supplies:
Kwik Stix: These are AMAZING and dry in seconds making "painting easy and fun for all ages! I use these weekly with my daycare kids.
Wikki Stix: Re-usable and great for learning! It allows kids to use their imagination and practice fine motor skills!
Crayola Washable Window Markers: All my kids love these, and the best part, they are WASHABLE!
Crayola Color Bath Dropz: Makes bath time a little more fun! They can mix colors to learn how to make other colors.
Crayola Bathtub Crayons: No worries, they wash off tub walls super easy and make bath time even longer (for all my mama's that need a quiet moment!)
Crayola Scented Crayons: My kids are obsessed with these and would make for a great stocking stuffer!
Top Kids Games:
Guess Who: A classic game that helps with memory and recognition.
The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game: My daycare toddlers love this game!!
Hoot Owl Hoot: All the games by this company are AMAZING!
Sequence for Kids: My younger school age kids love this game!
Race to the Treasure: Great pre-school game!
Feed the Woozle: Perfect for pre-school and kindergarten age kids!
Yeti in my Spaghetti: This has been a favorite this past year and doesn't require much set up!
Ticket to Ride (for kids): Great strategy for elementary age kids.
Catan Junior: Great strategy for elementary age kids and they feel like the grow ups playing Catan!
Electronic Battleship: I love that my older boys can play this on their own!
MORE EDUCATIONAL GAMES ARE BELOW!
Educational & Learning Gifts:
Melissa and Doug Alphabet Puzzles: This has helped my kids with learning their letters and associating them with words.
Melissa and Doug See & Spell wooden spelling boards: This makes learning to spell fun for pre-school and kindergarten age children.
Boogie Board Play & Trace: This has helped my littles learn to write, draw, trace, and work on fine motor skills. They also have stencils that go along with it!
Zingo Sight words: Want to make sight words fun? This is it?
Zingo Time Telling Game: This has helped my sons with learning time on different clocks.
Sequence Letters game: Perfect for learning letters and making it fun!
Sequence States & Capitals: Great for learning states and capitals. Even better for this Classical Conversations Homeschool mom!
Mad Libs: Any and all of these are great! My elementary boys love them and they make for a great stocking stuffer.
Melissa and Doug Play Money: It looks real and comes in a case. It has helped my boys with money skills.
Step 2 Easel with Letters & Numbers: My kids love this for EVERYTHING crafty, so much that I let it stay out in my kitchen!
Wooden Easel: Another great option for an easel. I love that this one has the roll of paper!
Write & Re-use Labels: I use these for baby bottles and water bottles for everyone in my family!
Silicone Placemat/Plate: No more plates of food on the floor, AMAZING!
Robeez Boots & Shoes (all kinds): These shoes and boots actually stay on!
Tommee Tippee Bibs: These bibs stay on and wash off under water!
KicKee Pants Swaddle Blankets: The softest and stretchiest blankets ever!
Ergo Baby Carrier: My favorite carrier of all times!
Boon Frog: Perfect for holding bath toys and allowing them to drain and air out.
For Kids of all Ages:
Mark my Time Bookmark with Light: This has helped my kids want to spend more time reading and makes it fun! A great stocking stuffer idea!
Step 2 Roller Coaster: Toddlers and elementary kids love this! It lasts for YEARS!
Fischer Price Code and Learn Code-a-Pillar: My toddlers and big boys love this and it allows them to learn coding and patterns.
Zoob Builders: My kids spend hours building with these and they are great for little hands. Easy to snap together and take a part.
Magna-Tiles: I don't know anyone that doesn't love these! They provide HOURS of play time and are super educational!
Imaginext Toys (all of them): These are HANDS DOWN my boys' favorite toys for the last 6 years. We have a TON of them! They are durable and last forever.
KNEX: My older boys love building with these! If you have a creative child, these are great!
BeyBlade Battle set: Our boys, ages 8-10, are really into these right now!
Devotionals for the Whole Family:
Long Story Short: For the WHOLE family to read together.
Raising a Young Modern Day Princess
Brave Girls, Beautiful You
Brave Girls Devotionals
Brave Girls Bible Stories
Raising a Modern Day Knight: for Fathers as they raise up sons in the Lord.
Gotta Have God: Fun devotions for boys ages 2-5
Adventure Bible Book
One Year Book of Devotions for Boys
God's Amazing Creatures and Me
One Year Devotions for Active Boys:
Philips Sonicare Toothbrush: They really work better;)
Bath Bombs: Every mom needs time to relax. My daughter loves these too!
Contigo Auto-seal Chill Stainless Steel water bottle: (Keeps water cool all day long!)
Instant Pot: You won't regret it!
Mom's Manager Calendar: How I run my life with 5 kids, seriously!
Inspire Bible: I LOVE LOVE LOVE this bible!!!!
Mother & Son, the Respect Effect Book: For all BOY moms, this will change your life and relationship with your boys!
CC Hat: I wear this ALL the time!
Hunter Boots: These are perfect for living in the midwest and I wear them weekly!
Large Micro-Cooker: I use this all the time to steam veggies.
Norwex Body Pack: I use these to remove my makeup with just water.
I hope this helps! If you have any questions on any of the products, just ask!
Hi, I'm Kansas! I wish we could be doing this face to face over coffee. Maybe someday, till then this will have to do!