As a daycare, homeschool and mom to 6, 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 family favorites (including a few of my mom favorites and family devotional ideas!) that would be great 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 mamas that need a quiet moment!)
Crayola Scented Markers: My kids are obsessed with these because of the fun scents when coloring. They would make for a great stocking stuffer!
Crayola Metallic Markers: These are so cool! I have even loved coloring with them and the colors show up so pretty!
Crayola Emoji Stamp/ Marker Maker: All my kids (ages 4-11) loved this so we ended up buying another pack. It is a great activity that teaches them colors and ratios.
Melisa & Doug Scratch Art: Can you tell my kids love art? This is an easy art activity that allows them to be creative with drawing and the colors are fun! All my kids love scratch art but this is especially great for littles!
Top Kids Games:
Blokus: This has become a family favorite this past year! Even our 6 year old can beat us at this one!
Spot it: This game is great to take on the go, keep in the car or pack in a bag! It's a fun one for siblings to play together without adult help;)
Rack-O: I grew up playing this game with my grandma, and now my kids love it as much as I did growing up!
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 so, 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!
Kidz Labs: ALL of them! One of our boys loves anything science or engineering related so we have gotten SO many of these. He has loved every single one. A few options: Robots, Science Kit, Crystal Mining, Robotic Hand, Solar Rover Kit, Volcano Making and Tin Can Robot.
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!
Wooden Beads Pacifier Clips: We have loved these for Attwood. They are neutral, fun for him to chew on and easy to clean.
Huschh White Noise Sound Machine: We have this attached to our carseat and it's the best for white noise. It has great volume control and can we charged with a USB. LOVE it!
KicKee Pants Swaddle Blankets: The softest and stretchiest blankets ever!
Ergo Baby Carrier: My favorite heavy duty baby carrier.
Beco Ring Sling Baby Carrier: My ALL time favorite carrier that is lightweight and easy to take on the go!
Sit-me-up Floor Seat: We loved how supportive and safe this baby seat was, how it was collapsible and easy to take on the go!
DockATot Deluxe: I never thought I would love this so much, but we did. We were able to use my sisters and Attwood has always slept amazing in it.
Boon Frog: Perfect for holding bath toys and allowing them to drain and air out.
For Kids of all Ages:
Sonicare Toothbrushes for kids: Bluetooth allows the toothbrush to sync to an app that educates and gets kids excited about brushing. They get exciting rewards for successful brushing sessions!
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 7 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 4-11, are really into these! This is the one Christmas gift that we got them last year that they are still playing with this year. That's always a win!
Legos: Always a classic and great for independent play! Every child needs legos!
L.O.L. Surprise: Don't ask my why, but my 6 year old daughter LOVES these!
Shopkins: My 6 year old daughter loves all things Shopkins, so you can't go wrong with any of them!
Hatchimals Mystery: This has been the craze for my daughter and her friends this last year!
Hatchimals Egg Carton: Another fun and smaller option!
JoJo Bows: Big bows are a thing for girls this year!
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!
Shark Vacuum: May possibly be the best gift I have gotten ever. I'm serious, I LOVE it. Every mom needs one.
Rack to hold my Essential Oils: It's made for nail polish but holds oil bottles and keeps them organized and easy to see.
Spice rack/drawers: I love how I can see all my spices easily and it takes up less space!
Mom's Manager Calendar: How I run my life with 6 kids, seriously!
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.
BeachBody on Demand Fitness Programs: What I use DAILY to stay on track with my health and fitness!
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!
100 Days to Brave: Amazing devotional on how to discover how to be brave
It's All Under Control: I have LOVD this book. I'm a "control" person and it's helped me to understand that I need to surrender my control to God. It also have a GREAT 6-week study that I would recommend doing alongside it: It's All Under Control 6-Week study.
Streams in the Desert: A morning and evening devotional
Hello Mornings: Establishing a Morning Routine
The Husband Project: A great read to re-ignite the spark in your marriage!
Love & Respect: Our all-time favorite book on marriage.
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!