I’m totally copying Amy Karol with this post. It’s one of those things I should have posted in November, but can’t be organized enough to do so. Hopefully most of you are finished shopping, but if you aren’t, maybe you’ll find some good ideas herein.
We call them Lego Blocks at our house. I bought 3 sets 6 years ago, and they are still the number one toy in this house. I would buy them again in a heartbeat.
My mom introduced this game to us, and my kids really love it. There are a few different varieties out there. It’s simple and fun for all ages, and doesn’t drive me nuts.
This is a no brainer, right? But I think it’s still worth pointing out. In the craziness of the holiday season, it’s easy to forget that sometimes the simplest presents can be the best. All my kids still love dressing up as knights, pirates, princes and princesses, ninjas, and super heroes. These are pretty easy gifts to make if you’re handy with the sewing machine, or shop places like etsy for cool stuff.
Have you tried jumping rope lately? Holy smokes. My kids can jump endlessly, just like I remember doing when my, er, bottom was less ample.
Settlers of Catan
I know I’m kind of a broken record with this game, but it remains a huge family fave. The kids use the pieces in other inventive games, and it’s just all around rad.
Littlest Pet Shop
I’m pretty surprised at the longevity of this item; these little animals have reigned supreme for a couple of years over here. Three of my kids asked for more for Christmas, and the other one will actually join in their play (which often includes the dollhouse, the interlocking blocks up there, and several matchbox cars).
Littlest Pet Shop Starter Pack on Amazon for $35.00 (You can find different sets for more or less, and I’ve seen these in local toy shops, too).
My kids loooove playing pirates and knights with wooden swords. Over the years my husband has made some, and we’ve bought some from places like Amazon and etsy. This year my boys pointed me to the Rubberband Guns site. Now, my kids love rubberband guns, but I can’t stand the elastics everywhere. So when they showed me the swords and axes section, I decided to give them a try. Their prices are amazing, but I have no idea on the quality. We’ll have to report after um, Santa ah, makes up his mind on what to bring.
Some others we’ve tried:
Wooden Roman Gladius Gladiator Sword – these were only $11 last year. The point was too sharp, so we sanded them down, but they’re still going strong.
The Pirate Sword from Nova Natural, I believe met an ‘unnatural’ end due to a dog chewing it up. It was solid and well made, and I think cheaper than $19.00 a handful of years ago when we bought ours.
Art supplies, clay, and play-dough are also oft requested, oft played with items over here. Santa can’t go wrong with a set of paints and brushes. What are your most played with, most loved toys and games at your house?
I’ve used some Amazon links in here, but this is not a sponsored post — all the things I linked to were because we tried and liked them (or wanted to try in the case of the super affordable wooden swords).