What do you guys think of this?
We got Blokus as a family game last year and we're still having fun with it. Just a suggestion.
He also wants the Playmobil zoo set, I have to check and see if it's made in China, but I don't think it is.
or try this: http://tinyurl.com/3dxoyg
"...Playmobil's medieval knights and Roman warriors are coated with
shiny paint — brilliant reds, jaunty yellows and such — which Ms.
Schauer said contained lead, albeit well below levels hazardous to
children. To ensure the safety of its coating process, she said,
Playmobil kept close watch over its manufacturing process..."
I wanted to pick up on this, because I've noticed that my kids still, at ages 4 through 13, still make little distinction between "your" stuff and "my" stuff.
Back to the topic of Christmas gifts, our gift-giving is very simple. Each child gets "something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read." Most of these, except the books, are home-made, though I've bought my 4yo a backpack and my 13yo a nice clip-on watch. The 'something you want' is not generally a big-ticket item. I'm knitting the "something to wear" gifts this year.
We also give ourselves a new family board game on Christmas Eve. This year it's Khet.
I too would love to hear how you accomplish more of a communal ownership vs individual ownership of things. I tell the children the toys are for the children of the family, but sometimes it backfires and make them want to their own things more.
I keep holiday presents very simple. The girls each get a handmade gift from me and something from dad. DD#1 appreciates these the most. She said before that these gifts "feel warm". Then something thats just fun and books.
The girls are sharing a room now and I thought it might be nice to get a little tree for their room and make an advent calendar with little ornaments to hang on their little tree.