You may have already purchased–even wrapped–your kids’ holiday gifts, but if you haven’t (and you’re feeling a bit panicked) you might like this formula. I learned about this when I was in MOPS (Mothers with Preschoolers) back in Northfield, Minnesota.
Each child in the family receives 7 gifts. Each gift represents a “category” of one’s life…bear with me.
1. Gross motor: Bike, scooter, swimming lessons, hoola-hoop, Plasma Car, etc.
2. Fine motor: paint-by-number, sticker mosaics, a game that requires small movements, etc.
3. Intellectual: Books, alaphabet/numbers, maps, other educational materials, etc.
4. Social-emotional: dolls, tea sets, a cooperative game, other items in which children work or problem solve together
5. Spiritual: a children’s Bible, religious jewelry, etc.
6. Something your child is passionate about: a hobby, an interest, a collectible, something unique to your child
7. Something homemade: This gift is something truly from the heart–a knitted sweater/scarf/hat, a shadow box for your child’s room, a photo album or scrapbook, a “book” in which you write a story about your child…your creativity is endless!
And don’t forget something from Santa: Whatever is on that wish list…I am sure you know!
Also, don’t be afraid of “gifting” things like–a tickets to the Children’s Museum, admission at a Bouncy place with a friend, season pass to the Arboretum/Botanical Garden, classes at the Park District/Community Ed., zoo membership, etc. They make super gifts for the kid or family who has “everything.”
Enjoy being crafty! Happy Weekend.