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I'm thinking about getting my three youngest (7, 5, and 3) a bunch of kid sized cookware and bakeware from a Montessori supplier and then giving them a kitchen drawer to keep their very own stuff in for when they help cook, which they love to do. They'll each get their own cookbook. I'm thinking the Green Eggs and Ham cookbook for my 7 yr old Dr.Seuss fan, and I saw a neat mulitcultural cookbook that would be fun, and some Mollie Katzen kids cookbooks that looked promising.
Other than that, my littlest loves to clean and I give him a rag and a spray bottle with very diluted vinegar water to clean the windows and bathrooms, so I'm think he would like his own kid sized duster and mop and broom also. 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.
My 7 and 5 year old both like sewing and will get little sewing kits.
7 year old really likes to take pics so he'll get a digital camera.
Don't know what else dd will get yet. I have some ideas of thing they'd like- pogo sticks, books on cd, board games, books, etc. Just have to narrow it down and sort it out.
Kim ~mom to one awesome dd (12)
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.
AP Mom to 5
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.
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