Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Stocking Stuffer ideas that are inexpensive and educational

Moms and Dads, you don't have to fill your kids' stocking up with loads of candy or just random toys that you might find at the end of an aisle that just screams, "buy me!" Yes, we have all succumbed to the impulse-buy items at the register or at the fancy holiday displays. So this time we thought, why not just think simple and educational. You know, something our kids might actually use instead of finding them crammed in their car seats or at the bottom of the barrel toy bag. Well, here are some of our favorite stocking stuffers that will never go out of style and that will be easy on the wallet too.

1. Fun pencils, notepads or travel magnadoodles
2. Stickers or story sticker books (great for fine motor)
3. Silly putty (another great way to develop fine motor skills)
4. Cardboard books, wonderful for those tiny hands to hold and to learn to flip pages
5. Magnetic Letters and Numbers, so inexpensive and a good way to expose your child to letters and numbers
6. Paper dolls
7. Stories on CDs
8. Sensory balls
9. Bubbles
10. Sidewalk Chalk
11. Bath toys
12. Plastic wands for pretend play
13. Deck of cards, Uno, Old Maid or Matching games
14. Lacing cards or beads
15. Small art tools, like crayons or watercolor paints
16. Fun Band-Aids or boo-boo packs, with their favorite characters on them

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