We were excited to get some Jill Yoga gear, I have never seen kids so excited for clothing before. I knew they were going to be cute, and fun but I was blown away. The quality of these clothes is amazing!
Have some this holiday season with your kids with this fun scavenger hunt! There is nothing like going for an evening drive through your neighbor hood looking at the Christmas lights.
Can you believe that there is just over a month left until Christmas? I can honestly say, I am done shopping. Hubby still has two things to pick up this week when he goes into the city for a meeting and then I have to start wrapping. Though I tend to put that off until the last week that I possibly can. I love the shopping and buying for people, hate the wrapping.
How do I get so much shopping done so early? I do my Christmas shopping all year long! It adds a couple extra bucks to my grocery bill to throw in an extra bottle of bubble bath for one of my girls, or a pack of *crayons. It doesn’t add much, but come December, you have a lot, if not all, of your stocking stuffers.
*If you are going to do that… the above… keep track or you’ll end up with doubles or triples!*
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Gone are the days of trying to write in “Santa’s handwriting.” Educents has made it so easy to make your child feel special and loved by Santa! The personalized letter comes straight to your front door from the North Pole in a beautiful red envelope, and highlights your child’s exciting accomplishments this year. The letter also includes some fun Santa-approved activities for you and your kiddo to spend some sweet holiday time together, like a recipe for Mrs. Claus’ Famous Cookies, two snowflake craft templates, a packet of reindeer food (glitter!) and a sheet of festive stickers. This special letter will make for an imaginative and exciting addition to the very top of our Christmas stockings this year!
This letter will make for an imaginative start to any Christmas morning, but there’s more pressure now to keep the fun going! Here are some other easy stocking stuffers to keep the magic going for your kiddos this year!
Educational Stocking Stuffer Ideas
1. FREE DIY Crystal Christmas Tree Experiment – An opportunity to spend more time together as a family is one of the best gifts you can give! These directions for a DIY salt-crystal Christmas tree can get the whole family involved and teach everyone something new!
2. DIY Push Light Planets – Create these amazing lights for your kiddo’s bedroom. Each light is decorated to represent one of the planets. To encourage planet recognition, even paint the names of the planets onto each pushable light!
3. Show Me the Kwan – Looking for a great, fun game for the whole family to play after all the presents have been opened? This clever and upbeat word game gets kids excited about vocabulary, word construction and more and is the perfect size for a stocking!
4. Matching Games for Little Learners – These handmade wooden matching games from Mama May I are a very sweet stocking stuffer for little learners. Choose from Zoo, Trucks, Vegetables, Space and more !
5. The Familia Craft Kit – This craft kit has all the tools for your kiddos to decoupage little wooden peg dolls to create their own story or to include in a new adventure! They come in a slim tube that’s easy to fit in a stocking!
6. DIY Domino Set – This homemade domino set is one you and your family can play for years to come. To make this set special for the holidays, use green and red puff paint!
7. DIY Pop-Up Alphabet Sponges – This simple gift is a low-cost way to make baby’s bath time fun and educational! Cut sponges into the shapes of alphabet letters and numbers.
8. DigiPuppets – This adorable animal finger puppet acts as a touchscreen-sensitive stylus for phones and tablets. Use them on their own to keep kids engaged with digital learning tools, or head to the app store to download DigiPuppet’s educational games.
9. Just Add Milk Science & Art Kit – This kit is filled with fun science and art projects you can do along with some at home ingredients, and it’s just the size of a milk carton! If your child is lactose-intolerant, don’t worry, the experiments work with non-dairy milk as well!
10. DIY Telling Time Clock Pillow – Crafty family members can take a few hours to create this comfortable accessory for kiddos learning to tell time!
11. Clever Catch Math Balls – These inflatable balls make math-learning fun with active games you can play with 2 or more people. Just keep it deflated, and this blow-up Clever Catch is ready for the stocking! Choose from: Numbers 0-25, Money, Multiplication, Addition, or Subtraction.
12. DIY Hopscotch Mat – Here’s a fun game you can make yourself, roll up into a Christmas stocking, and then play on Christmas Day and many, MANY days after that!
13. DIY Bongo Rice Shakers – Use some household materials to make shakable, musical instruments for little ones to use while Christmas caroling on Christmas Day!
Looking for more ways to make your Christmas stockings and holiday gifts extra special this year? Head to Educents’ Give the Gift of Education page for more ideas, tips, steals and deals!
“The night be for Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” Do we all know what this story is and we know how it goes. Know, image it personalized for your child?
Austin’s Night Before Christmas – I See Me
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I See Me has done it again. They have blown my mind with the details in their newest holiday book “My Night Before Christmas” with the beautiful images, everything. There is a reason that we keep adding them to our book collection. The pages are satin soft. The story is a classic we all know with that lovely personalize touch having your child’s name in the story.
We’ll be adding two more of these books in the next two years, one for each of the other two.
This unique gift is brought especially to you by our friends at internationally award-winning publisher Chronicle Books.
The first book I received had a (rather large) error, but one we’ve come to expect often, the book was created with a boy Austin. But I See Me is great they quickly got a replacement in the mail for us. Customer service is amazing!
Make sure to check this out and the other great products that I See Me offers as well including (but not limited to) placemats, coloring books, stickers, growth charts and more.
Disclosure: I received this book for the purpose of the review. No compensation was exchanged. All opinions are 100% honest.
When you blend together any family, you’re always going to find a difference in how people celebrate the holidays. One difference for us was Christmas Eve. Hubby and his family would go to a Christmas Eve service, and my family would have people over, there would be a lot of food, lots of fun.
We also opened a gift on Christmas Eve each year. I remember always hoping to open a movie or a book, you know, something to do on Christmas Eve until it was bedtime. Which is why I started a Christmas Box tradition in our home. I love it, my kids love it.
Christmas Eve Present – Box of Goodies
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We no longer go to a service, religion isn’t for us, which is why we are a secular homeschool family.
A few years ago I started doing the Christmas Eve gift a little different. We started doing a specific gift. When Gauge was ity-bity we did one box for all of them, which is pictured below, now they each get their own box.
What is a Christmas Eve Box?
Basically its a box of somethings to do until bedtime. After we stuff ourselves, us foodies must feast! and then, we must lounge around the house waiting for bedtime, waiting for children to calm down enough to sleep so that Santa can came.
What’s in a Christmas Eve Box?
- Snacks – my kids love Starbrust candies, and we rarely buy them which makes them even more special.
- A movie
- A small toy
- An ornament
- Hot chocolate
- A hot chocolate mug
- A Santa plate
- A Christmas craft to make
- New hat or mittens
Basically anything that you want to be in it. I don’t put all of that into a box for each of my kids. I just wanted to give you can idea of what you can put into them. I do try to give each of my kids the same, no fighting or complaining.
Does it have to be a box?
No, it doesn’t have to be a box. Or it can be. I have started trying to be more eco-friendly, and have been reusing the awesome gift bags that Amazon gives you when you get “gift wrapping”. They are really nice bags. I couldn’t find a link to them, but you could always order a gift for yourself and get it gift wrapped. 😉
There are some great reusable Christmas boxes that you can pick up too.
I always have some of these Christmas bags. I love reusing these bags, plus, if they continue to last then we’re set for years and years to come.
Now that I have our first present wrapped, I want to get the rest done and over with. I also want to just give them all to the kids because I know that the girls are going to be so excited and love everything
we Santa got them.