I thought it would be great to get a thread going with in which we can share ideas about gifts to make for kids. I'll start. Last year our dd was 3 and our ds was 4.
- We had an old wooden bedframe that was broken. We took it apart and made it into simple wooden balance beams for the kids (two challenge levels) and a rope ladder. That rope ladder hangs in our home in a doorway and still is a *huge* hit, by the way.
- Using some paper I had stashed away from years earlier, I made each of my kid's a stationary set with their names up at the top. Using index cards from that same stash, and two small notebooks that I purchased on sale at Staples, I made each of the kids a writing practice notebook (dot-to-dot letters).
- I also used photos of families and friends and these little flip-book photo albums from the dollar store and made the kids their own "phonebooks" with the phone numbers of relatives and close family friends.
- For each other, my dd made ds cookies and a bracelet. My ds made dd a clay religious symbol.
I hope one of you can give me some good ideas for this year for my now 4 year old dd and my 5 year old ds. I know lots of you knit, crochet, sew, etc., but I have no craft skills whatsoever.
This year I have an idea of making my dd, who has been having a really hard time lately, a "calming kit." I am going to use an old flannel shirt and make her an eye pillow (that's probably the extent to which I am able to sew, and even that will be a challenge), but I am not sure what else I am going to put in yet. She reads, so maybe I will write a "calming" story for her. I don't know, and ideas welcome!
I am sort of at a loss otherwise, especially because we are moving to a dinky space and won't have a lot of room for stuff. That said, I do take joy in giving the kids a few gifts during the winter holidays that speak to their new level of development.
What are some great gifts that you have made for your kids?