Congratulations to all those who have finished their Christmas shopping.
I'm not one of you... Christmas shopping isn't my favorite thing to do
and I'm really not keen on crowds, battling other shoppers for this
year's top items and all that. We're definitely close to finishing up
our online shopping so the season's gifting panic is almost at an end.
If this sounds good to you, too, then there's still time to encourage your kiddos to expand the horizon when it comes to their Christmas lists. Forget the Hatchimal, and think more creatively! Ditch some of those must-have items of the year and let's hatch a new plan. Here are some ideas straight from the Four Little Monsters crew:
1. Art & Creative Building Craft Sets, Models
I'm an artist by profession, so I suppose it's only natural that my kids are obsessed with anything art-related. Creating art and building crafts is a great stress-reliever and amazing for expanding minds. There are so many craft kits out there and there's something for every personality. Whether your kiddo is into jewelry making, car and vehicle model building, clay or marker art, you'll find that most craft stores carry a huge variety of art sets and kits. You can always count on great coupon sites like RetailMeNot.com to provide you with an excellent 40 or 50% off in-store coupon most days, too. Craft stores usually run great sales this time of year as well.
Have a kid that's into Star Wars or Ghostbusters this year? They've got build-it models for that, too!
2. Favorite Movie & TV Show Accessories
You can find every accessory imaginable for any movie or TV show fan. From Stranger Things Funko Pop Action Figures to Harry Potter phone cases, a simple search online can provide you with a whole host of movie and TV show gift ideas. There's Etsy for awesome handmade stuff in this arena, too, but you have to be careful of each shop's turnaround time.
3. Bedroom & Nursery Decorations & Accessories
Winter is a great time to redecorate the kids' bedrooms. Dress up any space with custom painted nursery wall letters, hanging canopies, themed wall art and more. Coordinate new bed sheets and blankets with a new room theme. Add an over-the-door basketball net for in-room play.
4. Get smart with science experiment kits.
Kids love experiments, especially messy ones. Choose from dinosaur fossil dig kits, Smithsonian science kits, motor and robot-building kits, circuit and electricity kits, magnets, crystal growing and terrariums. Last year, the monsters received several high-quality microscopes with pre-made slides which has since provided hours and hours of curious fun.
5. Polaroid-style Cameras Are Back!
We are excited to gift a FujiFilm Polaroid Camera to one of our kiddos this year (as in, our Snapchat, selfie-obsessed seven year old). I'm sure she'll use up all the film in an hour or less, but hey, I think she'll really enjoy the camera. These are on sale all over the place, too, in a ton of cool colors. We got a fantastic deal on one of these. You do have to keep buying more film, though.
What are your go-to outside-the-box gift ideas this year!? Tell us in the comments! Happy shopping!
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South Mountain Fairy Trail. FREE.
Brown's Orchard & Market Wooded Trail. FREE.
With apple picking season headed our way, be sure to put a visit to Brown's Orchard & Market on the calendar. Located in Loganville, Pennsylvania, this farm offers pick-your-own as well as a farm market. The farm offers live music, open-mic nights and story times in the pavilion alongside a café. Tucked behind the pavilion you'll find a small trail that leads into the woods. Look hard and you just might run into some evidence of gnomes.
This Ellicott City, Maryland farm includes a produce, meat market, gem mining and a petting zoo and The Enchanted Trail. Much of the features of this trail were moved from another location and restored over the years. The trail includes a Cinderella pumpkin coach, the Three Bears' House, Mother Goose and Gingerbread Men, Jack's Beanstalk, Rapunzel and many more characters and fairy tale settings. Families can find shade and picnic spots in the Enchanted Pine Tree Forest, full of characters' from your favorite nursery rhymes. Admission and Hours HERE.
Longwood Gardens Indoor Children's Garden. Admission Required.
Yes, this one is indoors. It's surrounded by an enormous selection of outdoor gardens, though. The Children's Garden is our favorite indoor magical garden to visit, especially on a rainy day. Located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, this fairy-friendly garden includes hands-on water features, impressive dragon and heron sculptures, mysterious stairways, doors and pathways. There is always some new detail to discover each time we go.
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This is my go-to, no hassle Flat Iron. It doesn't matter if my hair is wet or dry, I can use my Flat Iron either way. My long, thick hair is a total pain, especially over the summer when my hair is constantly subjected to chlorine pool water. This Flat Iron makes it super easy to tame. It's a solid, comfortable hair iron and it works.
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My Life My Shop Balance2 Digital Body Scale
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The Perks of A Family Membership to Museums & Attractions
- For a big family, an annual Family Membership may cost just as much as paying per person for one single visit.
- You can visit your favorite attraction all year long, and never pay admission until your membership runs out.
- Some memberships offer free gifts and free passes for additional guests.
- Memberships often offer discounts for special events, free admission to special events, discounts at the gift shop, discounts to other similar attractions.
- Many Family Memberships participate in programs that get you into other similar attractions for free or discounted for the duration of your membership.
- Once you become a member of a certain attraction, you'll often receive discounts on membership renewals when the time comes.
- Members receive invites to members-only or member appreciation days.
- Members may receive discounts on birthday party packages.
- A membership to an outdoor garden attraction like Longwood Gardens is great for a beautiful day while a museum membership is great for a rainy day. There are lots of indoor and outdoor options when it comes to family-friendly attractions.
- Use your membership when new exhibits open and visit for family fun days.
- Find out if your membership to one museum gets you into other museums. For instance, a membership to the Delaware Natural History Museum participates in ASTC Passport Program, which gives members free or reduced admission to over 350+ Science-Technology centers across the country and the world. This comes in handy when we travel and are looking for new museums to visit.
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- Magic Rocks are made of metal salts that are dispersed in aluminum hydroxide.
- The Magic Growing Solution is sodium silicate.
- Metal salts react with the Sodium Silicate to form chemical towers about 4 inches tall.
- 1 cup Hot Water, Boiling is Best
- 1/4 cup Salt
- 2 teaspoons Vinegar
- Food Coloring
- Medium Piece of Sponge
- Shallow Dish
Crystals All Around Us
Crystals are everywhere and most of the time we don't even know it. The kids had fun guessing where we could find all kinds of crystals. We decided that sugar was made of crystals, which made for some tasty follow-up crystal experiment ideas, and then we set out to find how crystals form in the first place. We found this great, kid-friendly resource on how crystals work:
Further Reading On Crystals for Kids:
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