Holiday Gift Guides

This post is sponsored by Fisher-Price. All opinions are my own. #RocktopusWalmart

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Have you thought about holiday shopping for your kiddos yet? November is here and it’s never too early to find the perfect gift. The Think and Learn Rocktopus from Fisher-Price is the perfect learning game that combines music and brain games for hours of educational fun. There are 15 different instruments and has three modes: math, music, and games.

The Roctopus Makes Math and Music Fun

I can’t recommend this toy highly enough! My younger son, Mason loves music and this is such a great way for him to experiment with different rhythms and sounds. It’s also a fun way to introduce your children to math and strengthen their problem solving skills. I don’t think there are enough toys out there that do this in a way that’s truly enjoyable for little kids with short attention spans. It provides hours of entertainment – a good, hands-on alternative to a educational TV show.

Who Would Love this Toy?

The Rocktopus is especially great for little music lovers ages 3-6. While it’s a great introductory method to math and music, it still provides a fun challenge for the five and six year olds.

The rockin’ Roctopus is a great gift for the little Mozart who enjoys creating patterns, solving problems and composing their own music. Who else is taking the Rocktopus home this holiday season?  Run to Walmart to pick one up.

 

 

 

Grade School

 

This is the ultimate gift guide for grade school kids age 5-10.  Here’s the Scoop:   I talked with Logan’s teachers and my friends who teach grade school and they gave me the best ideas of fun activities and games they use at school that the kids LOVE.  The holidays will be here before you know it and your kids will be making a laundry list of things they want.  If you’re tired of your kids getting junk that they don’t play with the day after Christmas you have come to the right place.

Forward this gift guide to the grandparents, aunts, uncles, anyone who wants to know what your child wants for Christmas.  Everyone will feel good about giving your kiddos something fun that will also stimulate their mind over the long Christmas break.  

 

This gift guide is organized for recommendations I got for kids age 5-10.  

1. Playstix

Playstix, the toy that inspires kids to build extraordinary things.  Playstix have grooves that interlock and they are color-coded to make building easy.  Kit Includes Playsitx and idea booklet with instructions and examples of things you can build.  

 

 2. Magna Tiles

Are you a quick-thinker, have a good eye, or just always seem to get the luck of the draw? This brain-bending game can be played three different ways, making it great for all types of kids. Each player tries to recreate the card pattern drawn using their set of 16 cubes. Each level will offer a new challenge, as you race to get your ‘bitz in order! A great game for sleepovers or family night.

 

9. Kinetic Sand

It’s more fun when it’s Wacky! Kinetic Sand is the squeezable sand where you can FEEL the fun! You’ve seen it before, but you’ve never felt anything like it! Pack it, pull it, shape it and love it, Kinetic Sand is so incredible you can’t put it down. It’s kinetic – meaning it sticks to itself and not to you! It oozes, moves and melts right before your eyes. It flows through your fingers like a slow-moving liquid, but leaves them completely dry. Kinetic Sand stimulates children’s creative skills allowing them to create anything they can imagine over and over again. Kinetic Sand never dries out and is gluten free. This soft and stretchy sand easily cleans up while delivering non-stop fun! It’s squeezable sand you can’t put down. Feel the difference with Kinetic Sand!

 

10. Pattern Play 3D 

Using brightly colored, multi-shaped wooden blocks, the goal is to turn 2D images into 3D structures. Some build-outs seem to defy gravity; others are stunning works of dimensional art. All puzzles will challenge kids and adults while providing a rewarding, towering finish! Includes 22 high-quality wooden blocks, 20 cards with 40 puzzles to solve and a 9-inch square wood tray.

 

11. Legos 

The great thing about Legos is not only are they great to keep your kids occupied and help with following directions and building but depending on what your child in into they have so many themes and options.  These will be huge in our house this Christmas.  
Create your own LEGO® vehicles with LEGO Classic! The LEGO® Classic Medium Creative Brick Box inspires open-ended building play and vehicle creation in a wide range of colors. Designed for builders of all ages in mind, this collection of LEGO® bricks in 35 different colors will encourage open-ended building play, and inspire any imagination. Windows, eyes, and lots and lots of wheels add to the fun and offer endless possibilities for creative construction and vehicle play. A great supplement set to any existing LEGO collection, this set comes in a convenient plastic storage box and includes ideas to get the building started.

 

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Pre-schoolers Gift Guide recommended by teachers 

All of these gift ideas were recommended by son’s pre-school teachers. These are some of the hottest items kids love, that are not only fun but have some educational component.  One thing is for certain, these gifts will not be gathering dust!

Forward this gift guide to anyone you know who’s purchasing a holiday gift for a child age 2-5. Family members and friends alike will thank you!

Cash Register

    • The Learning Resources Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register is great for growing imaginations.
    • Realistic money and a working calculator add to the fun while simultaneously helping to build math skills.
    • A winner of the Best Classic Toys Award, it’s a must-have addition to any child’s toy collection.

Marble Run 

    • Give your kids endless hours of engineering fun with the Mindware Marble Run game.
    • This engineering game gets the fun rolling, literally.
    • The kids can build tracks that twist and turn with colorful pieces that simply slide together.
    • They can test their design by sending marbles through chutes, merry-go-rounds, windmills, S-curves, a U-turn slide and centrifugal funnel, then make adjustments to send it off again.

Play-doh

    • Play-Doh Numbers Letters N Fun Art Multi Kids Toddler Games Play Set Playdough
    • Kids can roll, cut, press and mold their way back to school, identifying their ABCs and 123s as they play!
    • Then they can kick it up a notch, creating simple words and number combinations. Item Features:
    • With over 35 colorful number and letter molds the possibilities for creative learning are endless Set of colorful letter and number molds lets you mix and match your ABCs and 123s for endless spelling and counting fun Play-Doh -style

Wood Blocks

    • Wooden blocks never go out of style, and this classic Melissa and Doug block set will keep your child busy for hours.
    • This 100-piece set in bright beautiful colors is the ultimate for creative building and constructing.

Design and Drill

    • Get creative-on the go-with the Design & Drill Take-Along Tool Kit!
    • Kids use an electronic screwdriver to screw colorful bolts into custom pictures and patterns.
    • When it’s time to pack up the fun, all pieces fit in the storage case. Requires 3 AA batteries (not included).

Floof

  • Indoor Snow That Is Easy To Mold and Can Be Used Over and Over Again!
  • Super Soft and Smooth Texture That Feels Lighter Than Air!
  • Set Includes 6 Snowball Molds and 150 Grams of Floof Clay.
  • Safe and Non-Toxic Formula.
  • Designed For Children Ages 3 and Up

Turbo Twister

  • Patented 360-degree front axle rotation.
  • NEW: PULSE Lighting Technology: GREEN Opaque Glow
  • Radio Control, 49 MHz. Requires 5 AA batteries (not included).
  • Play indoor & outdoor, will interfere with other 49 MHz RC units, can play within proximity of 49 MHz RC toys
  • Fun & Safe for 3-Adult
Turbo Twister

Legos

    • Features an easy-to-build farm with opening doors and windows, and a feeding trough
    • Includes 3 brightly colored bricks decorated with farm animal produce
    • LEGO DUPLO products are specially designed to be safe and suitable for small hands
    • Farm measures over 7″ (18cm) high, 7″ (19cm) wide and 3″ (9cm) deep
    • Combine with 10615 LEGO DUPLO My First Tractor for more barnyard fun
    • This learning toy is suitable for ages 1½-5

Magic Tracks

    • Magic Tracks are amazing tracks that bend, flex and glow!
    • The Mega Set includes two battery operated cars that light up and 18 feet of track.
    • Kids can connect the tracks in any configuration. This set will provide hours of fun!

Fold & Go Barn

Your child will have hours of imaginative play with this beautiful doll playset from Melissa & Doug

Crayola Mess Free

  • Create colorful, mess-free creations with the Color Wonder Art Kit. This kit includes a variety of tools to create fun scenes that encourage creative
  • This kit includes a variety of tools to create fun scenes that encourage creative storytelling.
  • With all Color Wonder products, the inks and markers won’t color on skin, furniture or fabric and ONLY color on the special Color Wonder paper.
  • Perfect for on-the-go creativity.

Experience Gifts:  Kidzxplor gift card

  1. Rockin Jump
  2. Kor Komplex
  3. Vetta Soccerdome
  4. Companion teaching bakery
  5. My Gym
  6. Chess Hall Of Fame
  7. Sweetology
  8. Pinot’s Palet
  9. My Gym

 

 

 

A gift card to Kidzxplor.

I can’t say enough good things about Kidzxplor.  I first started using their app last Christmas break, and I was amazed how awesome it is.  If you have active kids who love doing new things, give Kidzxplor a try.  Their app has tons of activities all over St Louis.  Buying through Kidzxplor is extremely more affordable than purchasing directly through the companies, and allows you to try classes before you make a long-term commitment.

Here are some of my 3-year-old’s favorite places through Kidzxplor :  Little Fishes Swim, My Gym, The Little Gym, Vetta Soccer, Kokomo Joe’s, All American Gymnastics and Rockin Jump.

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