A selection of gorgeous gifts for your growing babes, the ones that are now crawling, cruising, or walking! I have tried where possible to shop small as by shopping small you are supporting a family, couple or entrepreneur living their dream! Let’s support them this Christmas.
Some Christmas gift ideas for kids aged 4 to 6 years, give them the ability to draw, create, jump and have fun with their imagination and learning through play.
Inspired by own son who is the happiest when he is drawing or colouring on notepads, scrap paper, paper towel holders, boxes and more. This one is for you, my beautiful Jasper.
1. For colouring fun on a giant scale, try the Omy Design and Play Giant Colouring poster
2. For finger painting fun and travel friendly, the Finger painting set by NPW
3. To inspire and captivate your little artist to learn about the history of art this book is amazing, If I were an Artist by Minus Editions
4. Your little artist will love designing their own monster tee, Creatures and Features by Neve and Hawk
5. For every budding artist, The Artist long sleeved tee by Organic Zoo
6. Stunning rudolph crayons bv Crayonbox2013
7. All artist’s need something to draw with and what better pencils than these, Slogan pencil from Bonne Nuit
8. Ebery artist needs somewhere to sketch their creations and this one is a great gift idea, “Oh what fun” by ordinaryartists
9. For one of the best artists and illustrators in the business, Herve Tullet – Mix it up
10. A great little notebook to bring out the fun in drawing and help them create, How to dress a fox by Wee Gallery
GG* Oekaki House by Kukkia
I always loved playing with an “Etch a Sketch” as a child, creating drawing after drawing and happily or unhappily erasing them when I was finished. I had been on the lookout for one for the boys after they were playing with one on a ski holiday earlier in the year. However, once I started researching those available they didn’t get great reviews, with many saying they broke within a few months. I thought I would prefer to spend a little more money and find one that was well made, sturdy and not prone to breaking and it would not doubt save me money in the long run!
I then saw an IG post from Abacus Kids regarding a wooden magnetic drawing board and I knew this was what I had been searching for! Plus Faye was having a little sale on at that time, so I couldn’t resist buying this toy for my son’s birthday!
The gg* Oekaki Drawing board house comes in a cute little carry bag for travel on road trips, to the grandparents or even out to restaurants. It also helps for easy storage AND the drawing board is as cute as it looks in the photos!
My son adored playing with this present on his 2nd birthday. The first thing on the toy he was drawn to was the abacus on top of the house. He played with that for a few minutes before he then moved on to playing with the actual drawing board.
When he first started to play with the drawing board, he loved playing with the stamps and stamping them on the board. 6 months down the track he can now use the pen more and make swirls and scribbles which is great for his fine motor skill development. His eldest brother J, loves drawing with it as well and creating little masterpieces. I adore that the drawing board is in colour too! I always remembered mine as a child was black and white.
This toy is not cheap in comparison with the plastic variety, but it is well made, seriously cute and a lot of fun for your kids! This is definitely a case of quality over quantity and I am glad I chose this wooden drawing board over the plastic variety.
One point to note, is that the little running dog that erases each creation was a little stiff to start but it has loosened up with use. The only other thing I would mention is the screen sometimes cuts out with the drawing but if you shake it or pull the dog across, it fixes that problem.
We have other toys from Kukkia like their little wooden car and I have to say they are great quality, gorgeously designed and beautifully presented.
Designed in Japan and made in Vietnam by Kukkia.
Great for: fine motor skills, creative play, hand and eye coordination, shape and colour recognition and learning to draw/write.
Apple House by Rock and Pebble
If you follow me on Instagram you will know how much I love and adore Rock and Pebble! They are a truly unique, inspiring and wonderfully creative label brought to you by the awesome Mr Printables (check out this site for AMAZING free yep you guessed it, printables).
It was love at first sight when I saw their Apple and Pear houses in February this year via Abacus Kids‘ IG account and I knew that they would make the perfect 2nd Birthday present for my youngest H.
As he loves apples, it was the Apple House for us. I adored playing with my dolls house as a child. It was one that my father had made for me and it had the coolest silver roof!! I felt that just because I had 2 boys and not girls, that didn’t mean I should deprive them of the same joy, imaginative play and fun that a doll’s house provides.
The Apple house is a perfect unisex doll’s house that has been so brilliantly designed that it comes all flat packed in a cute grey bag. It allows you then to pack it up when it is not in use. I have to warn you though, it will be in constant use!
As we bought our Apple House as part of their original launch, we received 4 cute pebbles (wooden peg people) included. You can now buy these separately as Modern, Color and Alphabet and they come with reusable clothing! So adorable and yes we had to buy these too as our Apple House likes having guests come to visit.
Doll’s houses by their nature are generally big and bulky and require a lot of room in a child’s bedroom or playroom. I wanted something we could travel with and easily assemble and dissemble when required.
Rock and Pebble are a US based company that manufactures the houses in the UK using European Birch wood. They felt it was more environmentally sustainable to have the houses made close to where the wood is cut rather than shipping it all the way to the US to manufacture. I love their catchphrase, “Natural, non toxic, sustainable is our goal.”
Their inspirations for both their doll houses and pebbles have come from their parent company, Mr Printables. Both of the designs were amazing printables that were so hugely popular they decided to create something more permanent using sustainably sourced wood.
If you want to inspire your child with wooden toys that are brilliantly designed and manufactured and that provoke your child’s imagination and sense of wonder and help to contribute to a greener world, then look no further than Rock and Pebble. Plus these doll houses look seriously stunning in your children’s room!
Ages: 3+ ( although with parental supervision due to the little pebbles, it is fine from 2+)
Great for: fine motor skills, imaginative/creative play and role play.
Grimm’s Rainbow Stacker:
Oh how I have admired and adored this little rainbow stacker from Grimm’s Spiel & Holz Design. I love colour and I love rainbows and this is the perfect match in my eyes!
If you have ever had the pleasure to touch a Grimm’s product you will know that they use matte paints to ensure that the child still feels the organic nature of the wood/grain. They want to ensure that the child understands the connection between nature and environment, unlike plastic where it is hard for a child to visualise where the product originates.
The Rainbow stacker is iconic, so much so that it has become the symbol or logo behind the Grimm’s company. It has been copied more than I can think of but it can never be truly replicated, as their manufacturing and painting process is unique and means that no one stacker is exactly the same.
Both my son’s absolutely adore this toy. Although it was brought for my youngest son’s 2nd Birthday, my eldest son has had a lot of fun with it as well. He loves making it into tunnels and race tracks for his cars. My youngest son likes to stack them up or make little houses for his pebble people or Sonny Angel’s.
It comes in 3 different sizes with minimal packaging and small instruction sheet. We have the medium size. I wish we also had the large as there are so many possibilities of play with the larger model but it came down to cost. The larger one was about €50.00 and this one was about €24.00. Unfortunately my husband was with us at the toy store when we bought it and he freaked out at the cost of the large rainbow stacker! Such a shame as it would have been a fab addition to our playtime. I can tell you as a result, I now do a lot more online shopping!
Grimm’s is a family owned business based in the Swabian hills of southern Germany. The company has been producing toys since 1978 and they are made from sustainably sourced FSE wood from various European mills. All their products are designed at their factory in Hochdorf, and they manufacture their toys in Germany and Bosnia. However, all products go through the German factory for final quality control to ensure the highest specification for each product is adhered to.
I have had the absolute pleasure to meet some of the Grimm’s family at the Spielwarenmesse (world’s biggest toy trade fair) in January this year and the love and passion they have for their work is clear. Each toy that you are buying from Grimm’s is one made with love, passion and dedication. This is how all toys should be created, not for profit but for the love of the design and the happiness it brings every child.
Ages: 12 months +
Great for: construction skills, gross motor skills, imaginary play, and hand and eye co-ordination.
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.