When we select gifts for our kids, we try to go for “tools” and not toys. We set out to do just that for Christmas.
I firmly believe a child’s main job is to play. As a homeschool mom, I want that playtime to be an opportunity to learn, create, grow, and have fun. With an ever increasing focus on electronics and gizmos that mostly just entertain a child, it can be a challenge to find a tool over a toy.
This year we added to our legos, puzzles, games and beloved books!! Magoo’s special gift was a self powered race track, Columbo’s was a camera, and Little Bear’s was a big girl bike with training wheels.
(Magoo’s hysterical library bag, and Columbo’s t-shirt were ordered at Great Products. I ordered bags and t-shirts for all the kids, and definitely see more purchases in our future. I’m calling them our field trip t-shirts 🙂 )
I’m not against electronics. There is a time and place for a competitive family games of Wii sports (this mom totally rules!), we enjoy a weekly family movie night with popcorn, and the computer is a great research tool. This years family gift came in the form of a tablet. Although I’m still figuring out how to get to all those amazing educational apps that I plan to add to our classroom time, the kids have been enjoying Angry Birds, Amazing Alex, and Bad Piggies.
While Magoo might be trying to figure out how to squeeze dad out of some evening tablet time, Columbo is out of sight recording his earlier weather findings to track exactly when he can safely order ants for his new ant farm.
Although dad is back to work, we are taking a fun week off from homeschool to play. New games to play, new books to read, and a new race track to show how mom continues to rule. 😉 (Mom disclaimer: I have full editing/deleting authority on any and all of Columbo’s pictures!!)
What great “tools” do you choose for your kids? Are you taking a break to play?