No, you don’t have to give all the kiddies on your list coal for Christmas this year. But you will have to do some research to find something safe. Here’s a list to help you get your own creative juices flowing and give you some hints.
- Etsyis a great place to find home-made toys and crafts on the Internet.
This little birdie is by Allilson
- Buy American-made toys. This is a great list, but still, it doesn’t hurt to double check what you see. Toys from Back to Basic Toys are a safe bet. And Simply Green Living has also compiled a list. Any book from China Berry, or Barefoot Books.
- Spend time with your child, and help him/her make something this cute. This one was made by Hop Skip Jumpand loved ones.
- Make a poster of your child.
Pottery Barn Teen is selling large sports posters for kids rooms. Take this one step further, and have a photo of your child blown up poster size for his own room.
- Who can resist Sock monkeys? Hand-made of course. You don’t want your little loved one getting poked by stray needles.
- Give great memories
Picture Frames filled with photos of your child with his best friends, playing his favorite sport, or with Mom and Dad.
- Whip up a batch of home-made marshmallows.
- Magazine Rack.
You’re constantly telling her to clean her room, so give her the tools to do it. This magazine rack came from Pottery Barn Teen.
- Bulletin Board
A Bulletin Board already loaded with their favorite memories.
Turn your child’s small wooden blocks, match box cars, starfish, or hair barrett’s into thumbtacks with epoxy glue and a package of magnets. You could also buy a small package of wooden letters at a craft store to use for magnets.
- A Scapbook
Kids love to hear about themselves. Put together a simple Scrapbook of their life so far. One for them to keep, in their own room.
- Turn a paper bag into a book.
- Yarn Dolls
Very fast and simple to make.