Let’s talk gifts! Christmas is right around the corner and I’m hard at work trying to figure out what the perfect gifts will be this year. How is your gift list coming along?
This year I am determined to make the bulk of the gifts “sibling friendly”. Why do I want gifts the kids can share? For one, we just don’t need that much more STUFF. I also love the way M and M play together. Bringing in cooperative toys will help encourage more of that. Wins all the way around.
If you’ve seen my gift guides before you know they all lean towards practical (while still being fun, of course!). Make sure to check out Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids and 62 Educational Toys and Games for more gift ideas.
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10 Fantastic Gifts Siblings Will Happily Share
- CD Player – Can you believe a CD player was one of our best purchases over this past year? I almost didn’t buy it because it’s so easy to put music and audio books on our phones… but I think the CD player is probably the most used item in our house. It’s wonderful because the kids can move it around, use it on their own or together, and be completely in control of it.
- Audio Books – And the reason that our CD player is so very important… you can almost always hear an audio book playing in the background as the kids build or create. They have fallen in love with The 39 Clues series. (We get audio books from the library but since they have resorted to listening to these stories over and over, it’s time to buy the set!) For younger kids, we loved the Magic Tree House Collection.
- Games – Does your family love games? We were introduced to What’s It?* and Noodle Speedoodle* this year. Both encourage creative thinking and can be played with two or more players. Hi Ho Cherry-O and Memory are great for younger kids. (Here is a much larger list of family games we love.)
- Magnets – We were given a set of Magformers a few years ago. They are still a favorite! One of the great things about this particular magnet set is that big and little kids can have fun with it.
- Kinetic Sand – Have you every used Kinetic Sand? It’s pretty amazing. So far we have only gotten the chance to play with it at other peoples house. M and M will be getting their some to share this year… shhh! Don’t tell. 😉
- Walkie Talkie – How many ways can you think of to use Walkie Talkies? I bet your kids could come up with even more!
- Trampoline – Another fun addition to our house this year was an 8 Ft. Trampoline. I was honestly surprised at how much I like it. (For them… not me. 😉 ) At 10 and 8 years old the small one won’t work for much longer but now that we’ve had some experience with the small one I can see us investing in a 15 Ft. Trampoline.
- Art Supplies – Creating art side by side (with an audio book playing) is something M and M do a lot. The newest addition to our art center is Liquid Chalk Markers*. They are unique because not only do they work on paper, they can also be used on chalkboard, windows, dry erase boards and mirrors.
- LEGO – Ummm…. LEGO is awsome. That’s it. The LEGO Creative Brick Box will let two (or more) kids build and create side by side all year.
- Science Kit – Science kits are a fun way to get kids thinking and exploring together. I think Hubby is going to make sure the That’s Gross Science Lab makes it on the Christmas list year.
What toys do your kids use together? Share in the comments!
*I was given these items to try out through the year. Only the things we actually use made the list.