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Old 11-23-2008, 02:26 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Has anyone ever introduced natural toys to their friends' children? Did they go over well? I want to do something nice for my friends' kids for Christmas, but I definetly want to steer clear of commercialized, plastic toys.
They have an 8yo girl, 6yo boy, 3yo girl, and a 1yo girl. The 3yo, Abi, is the one that clings to me the most (in a good way) and LOVES to "read" to me. A book would be an easy idea, but I think I want to make her a special doll. The 1yo, Vinni, would be real easy to please as well. I guess I'm just worried about natural toys for the 8yo and 6yo. Any thoughts?

I don't have kids of my own yet, either...

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Would devil sticks work for the older two?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil_sticks

There are tutorials online for how to make them -- they are made of wood but with a special tape wrapped around them:

http://blog.makezine.com/archive/200...devil_sti.html

I know *I* want some, and hope to make some for my older children for Christmas this year...

ETA if you've never heard of them, search for Devil Sticks or Flower Sticks on Youtube. My son is mesmerized by the routines kids do with them...
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That is a really neat idea! I'm going to file that away for future use.

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Would devil sticks work for the older two?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil_sticks

There are tutorials online for how to make them -- they are made of wood but with a special tape wrapped around them:

http://blog.makezine.com/archive/200...devil_sti.html

I know *I* want some, and hope to make some for my older children for Christmas this year...

ETA if you've never heard of them, search for Devil Sticks or Flower Sticks on Youtube. My son is mesmerized by the routines kids do with them...
That's a really cool idea! I told my DP about it and we think devil sticks would be perfect for the oldest child. Thank you so much!

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I did a little digging through other posts and found this crocheted space ship with aliens and astronauts! I haven't crocheted anything more than a few dish cloths since high school, but I think I can get it.

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