Sunday, November 25, 2012

Christmas Gifts for Creative Kids - Part 2

As I mentioned in a post earlier this month, this Christmas we are focusing on gifts that spark our kids' creativity, and which they can use together. This gift may also spark a migraine or two, but it's one of those things that you know they are going to enjoy, so once you get the idea, you can't let go of it.
This gift is mostly for L., although the others will enjoy it as well. He is 16 months old now, and ALL BOY. He loves NOISE, and he loves getting into things he is not supposed to.

He has a drawer in the kitchen with things he is allowed to play with, but that doesn't seem to be enough - and, quite frankly, I am tired of searching for the rolling pin or the potato masher when I need them. I decided to give the kids their own set of kitchen supplies, painted in bright colors to make it clear which things are theirs, and which are NOT.
I spent a whopping $4 at a local thrift shop for the basic materials:

Then used up the paint left over from another project:

In addition to setting them apart, the paint makes them look brand spanking new. Toss them in a basket, and you have a cheap and easy gift that any little one would absolutely love. And, hey, if it ends up becoming an "outside only" toy by New Year's Eve, it's durable enough for that, too! Remember, despite what major retailers would have you believe, gifts should not be expensive or flashy or electronic - they should be something that will make the recipient happy, preferably for more than just the moment of unwrapping.
How about you? What gift would make you happy, without costing an arm and a leg?

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