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Holiday Gifts that Support Creative Play

Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr

Tis the season for shopping and deciding what you want to give your kids this year. Check out our holiday gift list and consider buying some toys and gifts that support creative play! These gift ideas support children’s free play, imagination and creations. Also, check out the resources listed below; there are some great sites for unique gifts geared toward nearly every child’s interest.

Dress-up
Versatile dress-up that allows children to create their own characters or invent numerous disguises with just a few items. Some ideas include…
plain cloaks
bird wings
play silks
dyi eye masks
Pretend Play
Indoor and outdoor objects and furniture that promote pretend play include…
Pirate Ship and Pier
Play Stand
Indoor Tumble Mat
Huggle Pod Play
Bilibo
Indoor/Outdoor Rope Ladder
Hammock


Kits/Bags
Create a bag full of items needed for a specific kind of play.  Examples include
Fort bag
Experiements kit (science kits including magnafying glasses, notepads, nets, and more)
Baking kit (a bin of ingredients for kids to try their own recipes)


Building
Building toys that don’t have directions are a great way to support creativity.
Legos; not a set.
Eco Blocks
Tegu Pocket Pouch Magnetic Block (Travel Toy too!)

Bulster Toys Sets
Consider bulstering toy set you already have rather than buying new gifts. For example, if your child has dolls, buy doll clothes so that your child has enough to make many new outfits. She or he would also have enough to play with friends.

 

Great Gift Resources

Seedlings
Ages 3- 8+ years
“Here at Seedling, we are determined to create beautiful products that redefine how we shape and understand children’s creative time. We design nourishing play experiences that value process, and encourage experimentation, decision-making, and social interaction. Loved by children and trusted by parents, our award-winning products are specifically designed to help families put the child in control of the experience, and to encourage them to create their own adventure.  After all visionaries aren’t born, they’re nurtured!”

Nourishing Joy
Non-toy gifts for kids.

The Artful Parent
“The Best Open-Ended Toys for Kids”

The Imagination Tree
30 DIY Gifts to Make for your Kids

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