The Best Toys for Kids Aren’t Toys

It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to what to get kids fore the holidays! While it’s tempting to but the latest and greatest big plastic monstrosity or hunt down this year’s hottest toy, research shows that joy from experiences last longer. What’s more, gifts that aren’t toss-away toys but can be used to foster family togetherness, create sentimental value, or will grow with your kids are always good choices. There is also nothing wrong with getting your child something he needs, like clothing or shoes, or splurging on a name-brand.

Books: Personalized books like the Willa-Wonka themed Golden Ticket or The Christmas Snowflake by Wonderbly that features your child’s name or It’s a Pirate’s Life for Me from Storymakery. Instructional books like the Origami Animals Super Paper Pack that teaches kids a new skill. Or, go with a theme your child already loves to give them a reason to read, like The Big Book of Wonder Woman by Julie Merberg or The Big Book of Batmanby Noah Smith, Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2, or one of The Gingerbread Loosebooks. Another great choice is Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell by Sue Hendra. Introduce kids to wonder and whimsy with Roald Dahl’s spell-binding tales.


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