Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Gifts for Kids

My collection would not be complete if I left out the little ones!!!  Here are some gift ideas I saw that might make a good last minute gift for the half-pint in your life!  Some take more time than others, but these are things that would work for birthdays too if you don't have time this week.

This would even make a good gift for Grandma!  A kitchen she can pull out when the kids come over, then put away in a tiny closet until the next visit.  

Cute chairs that wouldn't be too much money or work, but get great response from you kiddos.

Charming!  I LOVE imaginative play kits :0)  
This is super cute and ready to be played with for hours.  It would be enjoyed for hours on Christmas day.  I can see the fort being set up, all the presents drug inside and kids giggling and playing for hours.  On my list!

What a great way to make a tutu!!!  It is so adjustable and easy to make.  LOve!

This book is cute and could be given as a kit, rather than finished.  With the book put together, an outing can be planned to go take photos of alphabet items.  That is a gift that keeps being fun even after the wrapping hits the curb!

I have seen a lot of paint chip activities, but as a clothes pin junkie, I am totally making this one!  Great gift for preschool-aged friends with very little prep time or cost!!!

I don't have time to make this for Christmas, but I can see Emmers loving the potato head family in felt.  She is crazy about the original version and this one is even more portable.

Years I have been wanting to make these.  Here is a great tutorial.  PVC is very cheep.  The connectors my husband says are expensive {they are like $.50 each-I have a different idea of what is "expensive"}  These guns can be made for a couple dollars and enjoyed for years.  My aunt made these for all the grandkids, then made bigger ones for all the parents and had a mega marshmallow WAR on Christmas day a few years ago.  Sounded totally fun.  Gotta DO!

How cute is that!?!  I can make this!  I have an endless supply of old tires out at the tire dump I take pictures at.  This see-saw promises hours of fun in the back yard.  We need a little more of that around here.

I am totally making these dollies.  They are so cute!  I am going to give the boy and the girl versions a try.  I am not sure I can make mine look this good, but I am headed to Hobby Lobby on Thursday to pick up some wooden pegs.  I will keep you posted.

This idea is a winner to me for the mere reason it includes STORAGE!  Brilliant!!!  
I also love any toy that inspires kids imaginations and mimics play like way back when I was a kid.  I wish my baby boy were still little enough to sit around all afternoon playing with little army guys or tiny plastic cowboys and Indians...*sigh* Why did my little boy have to grow up.  Make this for yours while he is still young enough to play with it!

Fun addition to any dress-up collection.

This right here is probably {in my mind} the most brilliant thing in this whole post.  You can bet I will be making these.  It is a maze made by sewing lines in the fabric, then a marble is sewn inside.  You push the marble around the maze with your fingers getting it from one end to the other.  What a fabulous quiet activity for the church bag or for children that need an isolated, concentrated activity or simply need to be kept busy to sit still.  Love IT!

So cute.
If I were a grandma, I would make these for all the grandkids...and one for me.  We are nuts about having pillows with us while traveling.  I never once put it up at my head, but use it as a desk for working while we travel.  A nice little pocket sewn on there and a handle for easy carrying would be fabulous.

I have long been in love with these car rolls.  Whoever invented the first one was a genius.  Thanks for letting the rest of us copy you :0)  Now if I could only find a little boy to make one for...

I would make him one of these too.  I love it when people make these car maps personalized to their particular city or town.  The local diner, bank, and grocery all shown with name.  Super fun.

Love the idea of wash puppets for baby.  These can be whipped up for pennies and in less than an hour for basic ones.  Nice last minute craft fix.

These are going to take me too long for this week, but a great idea.  Paper dolls that are not paper at all!  Make them out of felt and fabric for a much longer-lasting toy.
These babies will be around for your kids and then your grandbabies.

Super cute apron.  This would be great for at church or the restaurant where there isn't table space for the crayon roll.  Everything is held by the apron so you don't have to worry about crayons rolling all over the place.

Another fun activity that is totally portable and store-able.  Great idea and affordable too.

Kids can make other kids...
These monsters will make your monsters look forward to turning pages in their favorite books.  They make great little gifts for friends and don't take too much time to make.

How fun is that!?!  Your kids can put together a shooter kit in no time and their friends will be totally excited to play with it for hours.  I can see my son's friends really enjoying this one.

I don't know if anyone on the planet has a supply of extra charms, buttons, and do-dads like I do {part of clippie madness} but I am certain you could find enough thing-a-ma-jigs at the bottom of the toy box and in the junk drawer to make one of these I Spy Bottles.  The kids will have a blast looking for items to include.

Yep, you need to make the Angry Birds game.  You know you do.  Any kid would love a game kit.

super cute idea.  This would be great for Teachers {maybe with alcohol gel...or would that work.  Someone try it and let me know :0}, Grandparents, or even friends.  Have the kids create a work of art, then color copy it onto a transparency and insert it into the bottle.  Easy.

These paper blocks are fun and easy to make, then completely customizable by decorating the side as with markers or what-not.  Great for anyone, really.

Storing those toys that take over your already bulging playrooms...
Great!  Love that you can see what is in each bag.  Fabulous idea.

I am liking this mat.  Open, spread out all the legos, build, then pull the string and the whole disaster is cleaned up.  Brilliant!

OK, hoping to come back with at least one more list before Christmas.  One about creative gift wrapping maybe.  We shall see.  Good luck on your last minute prep and Merry Christmas!!!


  1. okay, so I made 2 of the paint matching games last night, I am in the middle of making 3 sets of the Angry Birds game for each family...AND I bought the wooden things to paint a little family for Lilee...such great finds...thanks!!

  2. Oh my HECK! THis is the THIRD time I have been to Hobby Lobby and have COMPLETELY forgotten to buy the peggies!!! Where is my mind. Nicki, so glad to hear you found something useful in all my babble :0)

    The Sew*er, The Caker, The CopyCat Maker


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