Welcome to another Friday Feels where I share what I’m “feeling” this week. This post contains affiliate links. kids gift guide 7 -10
Are you all early Christmas shoppers? I try to get it all done early, because I always need presents under the tree for photoshoots. Although, I do enjoy torturing my children with empty wrapped boxes under the tree to keep them guessing. ;) There needs to be a support group for spouses and children of bloggers who are constantly subjecting their families to pumpkins in summer and Christmas at Halloween.
I feel like as my kids get older it’s getting harder and harder to find them fun Christmas gifts that aren’t electronics. I’m kind of a stickler about their screen time. Just ask them…they will tell you about the unfairness of it at length. If you are in the same boat as me shopping for older elementary kids, I’m sharing a few things that I have found for them this year that I think they will love.
First up – my super creative mini-me daughter. This kid loves anything she can make, create, color, squish, do, etc…don’t know where that comes from ;)
- Slow Rising Jumbo Squishies – I have to admit I do not understand the obsession with these squishy things, but she loves them and so do all her friends. You basically just squish them and watch them inflate again. Yep, that’s it. That’s all they do. These ones are super cute at least.
- Choose Kind Journal – My daughter is an avid reader and she loved the book Wonder. I love the concept behind this Wonder Journal. It’s a kindness journal with prompts each day to do a little random act of kindness with space to write about it.
- Just Between Us Mother Daughter Journal. I love this concept, it’s a journal you pass back and forth with your daughter with different discussion prompts. My daughter is not always comfortable sharing her feelings or thoughts, but sometimes she will write me notes or letters. I’m hoping this will be an easier method of communicating thoughts or feelings she may be uncomfortable about. Or she could roll her eyes at me and say Mo-ooom, but we shall see!
- Alex Glitter Gel Pens – I find she is more receptive to writing in a journal if she has fun pens to use. I will pair this with the journals for a fun stocking stuffer.
- Alarm Clock Speaker Nightlight – Ok, this is like the coolest nightlight/speaker/alarm clock/party in a box. I may not let my kids have a ton of screen time, but they are allowed unlimited music time. I have an app on my phone (read about it here) where I can control what functions they use on their devices. I can shut everything off except her music. She is always wanting to listen to music with her friends, so this is a great portable bluetooth speaker with the added bonus of color changing lights. This will be the hit of the next slumber party. It’s also an alarm clock and a fun night light.
- Bath Bomb Mold Set Kit – Last Christmas I bought her a kids bath bomb kit, which she loved, but it was geared towards kids and wasn’t the best quality. I thought this year we would try a legit bath bomb kit. You still need to buy some of the supplies, but it looks like the forms are much more professional looking. I can see her making these and wrapping them up for friends and family.
- Crayola Light up Tracing Pad – This light board has a ton of uses, but my daughter loves to draw clothes and make up fashion designs. I can see her using this over and over to draw clothes on different doll forms, etc.
- Alex Spa Hair Chalk – This is always my daughters favorite thing to do at play dates. She loves to get creative with hair designs with her friends, and this washes out easily when they are done.
- Jumbo DIY Clear and Fluffy Slime kit – I don’t know any kid between the ages 7 and 13 that aren’t slime obsessed (put this right up there with the squishies, in things I don’t get). What I like about this kit is that it comes with a box to keep everything contained. This is one of those things that I will hide out of sight and bring it out when I can supervise and put it all back again when we are done. Hopefully avoiding any slime mishaps, cross your fingers for me.
Ok onto my 7 year old son. Basically his whole goal in life is to take things apart and put them back together again while asking a bazillion questions in the process. I found lots of cool building and STEM learning type options for him.
- Lego Classic Large Creative Brick Box – My kiddo is lego obsessed and while he loves building specific sets, he also loves making his own creations. With 790 pieces, it has everything he needs to make whatever his brain can dream up.
- Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit – This kit has instructions to build fun machines and ramps to create different chain reactions. Warning, you need more lego pieces than this kit comes with so this may be a good gift with the big box of legos. Or for a lego lover who has a large collection of legos.
- Klutz Lego Gadget set – This set gives you everything you need to build 11 gadgets and machines. He is really into gears and pulleys and how things work, so he will love this set.
- ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Logic Game -This game is half marble run/ half logic game that is supposed to teach spatial reasoning. It has fantastic reviews and I think our whole family will have fun playing this.
- National Geographic Kids Why Over 1,111 Answers to Everything. If you have ever met my son, you may know why I need this book in my life ;) He loves to learn and is super curious, so I know he will enjoy all of the odd questions in this book.
- Melissa and Doug Suspend Game – We are always looking for fun family games, and I feel like this is a new jenga type game that our kids will love, plus it helps with hand eye coordination.
- Zoob Builder Zoob Bot – I haven’t seen these before, but I’m always looking for an alternative building type toy to legos and these look really fun and moveable unlike legos. This set builds a robot that you can actually play with and is kind of a beginner guide to robotics.
- Magic School Bus: Soaring into Flight – My little guy’s favorite show is Magic School Bus and he is always spouting off things he has learned. This little kit teaches all about flight with fun experiments with paper airplanes and parachutes.
- Zoob Builderz 125 piece kit – More zoobs! This set will expand any of the zoob kits and I can see my son building a million different things with these.
We are leaving for our family trip to Costa Rica tonight, and I’m so excited! I hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving with your families. I’m so thankful for all of you who continue to stop by here and follow along – really, truly, you have made my little corner of the internet a fun place to be. I won’t have any posts during the week next week while we are traveling, but my Christmas tree post will be going live Sunday the 25th! If you will be decking the halls over the weekend, be sure to stop by for some inspiration. Happy weekend!kids gift guide 7-10