I am a huge fan of gifts that kids actually play with, that keep them busy, that give you a few extra minutes to do some of the amazingly selfish and terrible things parents want to do alone: pee, take out the trash, write a grocery list, empty the dishwasher. You know, all those wonderful things we get to enjoy while our kids are occupied. Here are 10 awesome gift ideas that will keep your kids busy while you get all wild and make yourself some toast or something.
1: eeBOO Pom Poms
I love everything eeBOO makes and at under 10 bucks I can see my kids making pom poms for everything.
2: Potholder Loom Kit
Oh man, those of us of a certain age may remember these loom kits from when we were young, and I know they kept me very busy and made my mom have a whole mess of pot holders. Only 14.95.
3: Mr. Sherwood Stitch Kit
This kit comes with everything you need to make this guy.
4: Paper Plate Bugs
I am a huge fan of all of these kits, and even toddlers can make these. Pro-tip: Get a different brand of glue stick, the ones that comes with the kit don’t work so great.
If you know a kid old enough to hold scissors with no adult supervision, this book makes an amazing pile of snowflakes to keep an kid busy and to enchant your windows with!
6: Fake Food
I am a huge fan of all of these Melissa and Doug fake food sets. They have velcro, so you can slice them with your fake knife. The quality is great so they are a future hand-me-down, and I will even admit my 9-year-old still likes playing with fake food and baking.
7: This Glorified Cardboard Box
I know what you are thinking, that I am kookoo for kookoopuffs for suggesting you spend 40 bucks on a box. But give some kids a new box of crayons and this and not only can you pee alone, but you can probably take a bath too.
8: These Magnets
Long gone are the days when all e had were boring letters to stick all over our refrigerator. Now your kids can make a beautiful forest scene will you scrub the dishes. I love how these have no choke-y pieces so they are great for ages two and up.
9: Collages For Little Ones
I love all of these craft kits, and they range images from three years on up. Plus, they come with everything you need.
10: Paper Bag Monsters
These are geared towards young kids, but I’m sorry, older ones will wanna help because everyone loves monsters and this kit makes some truly awesome ones. At less than 10 bucks, it’s almost guaranteed to buy you an episode or two of Orange is The New Black.