Rubyellen Bratcher is a homeschooling, crafting, blogging mama of four. She spends her days trying to manage all the happy chaos that ensues in her home. You can visit Rubyellen at her blog, Cakies, and see how she tries to capture the chaotic beauty and fun of having four little ones.
I have four little girls who are pretty close in age, so I am used to having a plethora of toys everywhere, all the time. Life is just plain messy (and wonderful) with kids, and we try to be intentional in the gifts we give our children. This helps make our chaotic lives a bit simpler with four little ones (and their things) everywhere. One of the biggest things I have learned is that children really don’t need a lot of toys. I find that their favorites aren’t the fancy ones with batteries, but ones that really encourage their creativity.
[1. Circus folk paper doll by kissabug; 2. Hand carved “Winter Street” stamps by talktothesun; 3. Miss Sunshine tote bag by misakomimoko; 4. Flip tops by TheLittlestLearners; 5. Mouse softies by krakracraft; 6. Old McDonald finger puppet set by WeeKnit; 7. Gnome baby by warmsugar; 8. Waldorf wooden cars by Imaginationkids; 9. Vintage duck pull toy by CLEOandBLANCHE; 10. Wooden toy camera by twigcreative.]
I love that the sellers making these wonderful toys are often other moms and dads who come up with ideas based on things that have worked well for their own families. It makes handmade gifts even more special!
[11.Plush fox by sleepyking; 12.Retro toy watch bracelet by misakomimoko; 13. Vintage doll’s high chair from SweetBread; 14. Geometric rubber stamps by JulietCaesar; 15. Wooden doll kit by SophieTilleyDesigns; 16. Vintage toy piano from suziesvintage; 17. Vintage tin cars from nanascottagehouse; 18. Vintage Marx dollhouse from BlackEyedSusanShop.]
Vintage toys make great gifts. They can be re-used and loved over and over again while giving children the opportunity to create and imagine.
[19. Mid century tricycle from zomodern; 20. Radio Flyer push bike from PropParadise; 21. Vintage wooden scooter from WhimzyThyme; 22. Tiny turquoise leather locket by JENBOOTHLOCKETS; 23. Vintage push kick scooter from sugarSCOUT; 24. Wooden blocks wagon by asummerafternoon; 25. Mini fold away teepee (a splurge!) from houseinhabit.]
Other favorites in our home are toys for building and riding. And of course, kids love little hideaways. Every child must have some sort of tent. It guarantees lots of special memories!
When we give to little ones, their delight and excitement gives us a sense of joy better than any present.
What gifts will you be giving to the children in your life this year?