It’s beginning to look a lot like _____________. (Nooooo!!!!) Don’t say it. Don’t sing it. Don’t think it. It’s not close to Christmas time. Yes, it’s the middle of October, but seriously, no one wants to plan ahead for Christmas or any gift giving holiday at the end of the year. We want to procrastinate and wait until the toy manufacturers tell us what are the hottest gifts for the younger folks on our list this year.
Wait! Seriously? Umm, that’s not how I would prefer to do things. I like planning ahead. No, I’m not going to start playing any holiday jingles or movies, unless there are some featuring American Thanksgiving, but I digress.
Gifts for Pre-School and Elementary Aged Kids
1. Addi’s Nest
Attention all grandparents, or amazing aunties and uncles. This season, consider doing something a little bit different for your children this year. Give them the gift of family bonding through subscribing to Addi’s Nest.
You can purchase a monthly subscription and receive a craft, a book, and additional family history centered activities for your chidlren to open and enjoy. The box is mailed to them in their name, which increases the excitement of opening the gifts.My younger children received a box and reviewed it here.
This gift subscription is ideal for a grandparent, godparent, or aunt/uncle who wants to spoil little ones in their brood. They’ll think of you often as they learn about their family connections. Check out Addi’s Nest. (I did receive a discount on the box in order to review this product).
2. Little Family Tree
Little ones love their mommas and daddy’s phones. I can’t tell you the number of young ones who abscond with their parent’s tech tools making the childbearers wondering if they should purchase a device for the half-pints.
Why not install an app that can teach your little ones about their heritage and have them coloring over or matching photos of their parents, grandparents, or great-great grandparents? That’s where Little Family Tree comes to the resuce. This 10 game app draws its content from your FamilySearch account. If you haven’t set up your free FamilySearch account, get on it. Then get this app for your family!!!
Gifts for the Whole Family
3. Roots & Branches
After meeting Doug at RootsTech, I fell in love with this game. I even bought Roots & Branches myself and have played it on our days of rest. I love how we draw cards to answer about ourslves,w hich helps my children, husband, and I connect. Then, we answer questions or learn about our ancestors. Extending the connections in our family.
You’re littlest ones will love eating the M&M treats along the way (or any other candy you place randomly on the board for someone to eat while playing). Your older ones will learn a few more things about mom and dad then they thought were possible. And parents can deepen their understanding of what makes their kiddos tick. Roots & Branches is a game that really does bring families together.
There you have it. Something to arrive in the mail, something for the smartphones, and something that’s a little bit ‘old school’ to play on Sunday afternoons (remember those?)
This is part of the #FHforChildren blog link up for October, “Family History Gifts for Kids.” Two other stops in this link up include: