Cute & Simple: The 7 Gifts

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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. 

About leslie1218

Author of SPEAKING OF APRAXIA (Woodbine House, 2012) frantically working on a novel that should be ready for submission this fall. Mom of two spritely redheads & one chubby basset hound whose stories & images appear in my writing from time-to-time.

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