We borrowed Snap Circuits from the Girl Scout library, which had donated sets. I have been wanting to get these in the house since we borrowed the alternative energy set last summer. Finances are kind of tight right now, but I have a mental list of what I'd love to have around the house in the near future.
What is on your short list? *Anything* that you would like for your kids and family: toys, books, animals, art supplies, mechanical supplies, sports equipment, garden supplies, academic resources, whatever seems even *remotely* relevant to the fact that I've posted this is the homeschooling forum.
My short list, right at this moment, is:
Snap Circuit sets
small adult-size wheelbarrows for the girls (they've long outgrown the kid ones)
Painting supplies, and other art supplies. Again, more adult-level ones but still rated for safety. DD9 is getting deeply interested in painting and art. She said "I want to learn to make good paintings." I said "Great! You can start by making some bad paintings." I *think* she understood me. (I hope she understood me! ) We are outgrowing our little kids' art supplies, even though I've been careful to get ones that would last over the years. I've discovered that even art supplies for adults will have an age rating, and many are rated for 7 and up--ones that wouldn't be good to eat but are otherwise safe to handle.
Some math stuff: Miquon books and a bucket of wooden rods, and I think a couple of Singapore math workbooks.
Thinking about K'nex or other moveable construction set
Baby chicks are already on the schedule for early April. We have most equipment, though we need a new fount and feeders.
The book "Science Experiments You Can Eat", a slender book we keep checking out from the library.
I'm sure my short list will get much, much longer once I hear what everyone else is wishing for. It's already longer than it was when I started writing!
Oh, yeah, a backpack for DD9 that can be used on the trail.