Christmas Lists are Starting…

I know I’m not the only one thinking about what we might get the kiddos for Christmas this year (or ask the grandparents to get), and actually I have gotten quite a few emails and comments asking what I would recommend for YOUR kiddos!

So, as a part of my new website, I created a page showcasing our very favorites. They are in no particular order, and not sorted by any certain category. I went through almost every Tot School photo I had, and many other photos to see what I KNOW are the very favorite items we own.

Here’s a link to the new page, What We Love!

I was picky about what I put on the page, trying to choose only the items that are played with repeatedly and usually by both of my boys. I also chose toys that stand the test of time (for the most part), and mostly open ended types of things that allow for tons of creative play. A few things shown are learning toys that we absolutely love and use all the time, many items are just fun toys!

Have fun browsing through our suggestions and leave me a comment of a toy you recommend for my children for Christmas as I start making lists for them! At the bottom of the webpage there is a link to our family wish list *store* where you can see the beginnings of potential Christmas lists!

If you have any questions about anything on the list, or anything that you know we own that didn’t make the list, feel free to ask!

I also get asked a lot how we have so many toys and school items…because this is all we ask for when birthdays and Christmas rolls around and we are blessed with family members who buy these types of things for our kids!

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Christmas Tot Book

The Christmas Tot Book is up and ready for you to share with your tot! I hope you all enjoy it, it was fun making it!  There are additions to the basic Tot Book that were added later.  You;ll find links to all of the free downloads on the same webpage here!Christmas Tot Book

Educational & Spiritual Gifts

We spent Christmas down south visiting our family. It was a fun filled week, and very busy for our family. We have safely arrived back home and I am looking forward to getting back into our routine! Our kids were blessed with some really cool stuff this year, I love it when our kids get cool gifts that can help them in both their spiritual and educational growth! I am posting a widget on my right sidebar (I can’t get it to post in my current post for some reason, oh well.) to share some of these neat things! I always love to see what other kids got for Christmas, especially things to use for homeschooling!

1st, our son who is 5 1/2 right now…
I LOVE the Sansa Shaker MP3 player, which I preloaded with 2G of Christian children’s music. It clips to his belt loop and has an external speaker so he can listen all the time! We are also really excited to put up the space explorer set (which we got at Costco for $29.99!) in his room, our next lapbook is all about space!

And our baby, who is 19 months…praise God for Melissa and Doug toys! The ABC stacking blocks were a HUGE hit with him! He got tons of cool wooden toys, as well as puzzles, and other fun things. I plan to keep most of them put up and use them during school time to keep him entertained with “new” things each day. I also don’t want to lose all of the wonderful pieces to the many wooden items! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!!!

Christmas Crafts

My son LOVES to do crafts and Christmastime is always a wonderful excuse! I like crafts, but am not very talented in this area so the craft kits are a big hit at our house. Here are the 3 big ones he made this year so far (which will all be given as gifts to family members).

The Nativity (my favorite!) I found a link for this one at Michaels.
The other 2 we got at JoAnn, I couldn’t find them online, but I’m sure they have something similar in the stores now!

The Train…and the Gingerbread House…

Christmas ~ Little Laplinks

I know I have already posted about my Christmas Symbols lapbook, but I was a bit ahead of the game! For December, Little Laplinks, hosted by Little Blots of Faith, is collecting info for Christmas lapbooks! Instead of info, I have a whole lapbook to share! I wanted to re post so I could connect it to Little Laplinks. So, here is my link to all of my info, which was mainly gathered from this site, and put together into a lapbook, with pdf file hosted here.