My favourite finds on UncommonGoods

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Christmas is but 3 months away and with that comes the starting of Wish Lists and letters to Santa. This year, I found some awesome gifts on UncommonGoods.

We LOVE different and unique goodies. UncommonGoods is full of intriguing, mostly handmade, items that I think are great for gifts. These have made it to our wishlist for Christmas 2017.

Wittling these down to just a few was incredibly hard. Here are my top 3 items per category.

Boys

Stop Motion Animation Kit
Build Your Own Movie
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Learn some of the magic behind stop-motion animation with this comprehensive construction / production kit. Stop-motion animation utilizes the principle of “persistence of vision” to create the illusion that inanimate objects are moving through a series of still photos displayed continuously like frames of a movie. A collaboration between a popular toy company and a UK animation studio, this kit pairs the imagination-fueling fun of a building toy with an easy-to-use stop-motion camera and software to edit individual frames together and share your results. The figures you can create lend themselves to the incremental posing of the stop-motion process, while the camera and software will have you shooting and sharing the antics of your own unique characters in no time. 101 pieces. Made in China.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

Make Your Own Kaleidoscope Set
Through The Looking Glass
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Encourage your kids to see stars through their own handiwork with a buildable kaleidoscope that shines mesmerizing webs of color at the turn of its scope. Part art project, part construction task, the Make Your Own Kaleidoscope Set offers an engaging way for young minds to cultivate composition skills while building a timeless keepsake. Like a personal treasure spinning geometric swirls, each one-of-a-kind craft will have your child marveling at their work and imagination. Set comes with everything needed–from glitter to glue–and easy-to-follow instructions to build your very own kaleidoscope. Includes cardboard tube, plastic mirror pieces, assorted beads and rhinestones, adhesive paper, foil confetti, craft glue and instructions. Made in New Zealand.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

My Comic Book Kit
Pow! Zap! Draw!
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Whether you have a child who lives to draw or you’re an adult who hasn’t lost a love for illustrated adventures, this DIY comic book set might just be your action-packed dream come true. It comes with pre-formatted blank pages for you to create your story, along with a booklet of instructions, inspiration and helpful tips. Once your illustrated story is complete, simply seal it in the pre-paid envelope and slip it into the mail. Soon you will receive your very own, professionally-bound copy of your original comic book, complete with an “About the Author” page all about you! A great opportunity for your child to explore their imagination, the possibilities are truly epic. Books are made in the USA. Markers made in China.

Girls

Wishing Kit
Genie Not Included
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What kid isn’t excited by the promise that comes with blowing out birthday candles? With this kit, they can create more opportunities for wishing—and granting wishes—on any occasion they like. It also offers a playful way to talk to your children about some big topics. What is a wish? What’s the power of a wish? Is wishing about giving, or getting? How are wishes, luck, and magic related?

With the included materials, they can create eight cute crafts, including a wish in a bottle, a magic wand, a good luck charm, and a dreamy wish pillow in the shape of a heart. Depending on their mood or personality, they can make secret wishes for themselves or others, or share their wish-craft as a group activity.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

Fairy Kit
Pixie Play
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Bring a DIY dimension to a miniature universe of magical beings. Kids will love making everything from tiny fairy doors, to fairy beds, to a welcoming garland, a “fairy dust” necklace and of course, the pretty fairies themselves. Girls and boys with their own fairy gardens will happily spend a rainy day or two indoors with this kit, which contains all the materials for eight cute projects.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

Design Your Own Doll Kit
A Doll for All
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Delight your little one while providing a less fortunate child a little something to lift their spirits. With some imagination and a touch of magic, your child can create their own plush pal with this kit. Inside an adorable kraft suitcase your creative kid will find an organic cotton doll and all the fabrics and accessories he or she will need to create a darling toy with three changes of clothing. For every doll your child creates, one is sent to an orphan or vulnerable child in need, allowing them to make it their own through an art workshop. A constructive activity to help children overcome tough circumstances, the process of creation gives underprivileged kids an opportunity to process what they have been through, reflect, and control at least one piece of their world. The doll is handmade made by a women’s collective group in India. Kit assembled in the United Arab Emirates.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

Unisex

Financial Learning Ledger for Kids
Dollars and Sense
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Even before she leaned how to write, designer Stephanie Johnson understood the value of a dollar. Her parents set her up with a ledger early on to keep track of her $1 a week allowance, a tool that helped her develop accountability and good money habits that she’s carried with her ever since. Inspired by her own junior bank book, she developed this kid-friendly financial log as practical (even fun!) way to help your mini magnate allocate their earnings and see how their allowance adds up over time. Made in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Storymatic Kids Game
Telling Tales
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Have you heard the story about the princess whose dragon wore funny clothes? Or the sumo wrestler whose sneeze changed everything? Then you just haven’t told it yet! This special edition of the Storymatic storytelling game was created for kids ages five and up, and is full of zany story prompts that will get their imaginations spinning.

Creating a story with the Storymatic couldn’t be easier. Simply draw two yellow cards to reveal who your tale’s characters will be. Maybe she’s a couch potato who can talk to cows, or he’s a sea captain who only knows three words. Then the blue cards provide the situations that put your tale into motion.

The included booklet contains instructions, games and prompts, and soon you’ll be off exploring the reaches of your imagination. Makes a great tool for bedtime stories, family car trips, and creative writing activities. And while it was made with kids in mind, adults will have just as much fun joining in. Made in the USA.

American Sign Language Blocks
Show of Hands
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Grasping the ABCs of American Sign Language is child’s play when your little learner gets a hold of these educational blocks. Character-filled cubes are printed with easy-to-follow diagrams of alphabetic hand signs and embossed letter forms that can be traced by tiny fingers. Handcrafted in Michigan of basswood grown in the Great Lakes area and printed with non-toxic inks.

Teens

Since our teen is heading out to boarding school next year, these are perfect for him. I just love the variety of items available for everyone. There is literally something for everyone.
Travel Cord Roll
Tangle-Free Travel
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Luggage shifts, cords tangle, but you can keep your electronic companions organized in style with this travel roll. No more untangling a messy handful of cords just to charge your phone, rather, neatly tuck up to eight cords and two plugs into your stylish organizer. It’s also great for stowing small knick-knacks like watches, hair clips, or other on-the-go necessities. Designed in Los Angeles; made in China.

Video Games Collection Puzzle
The Big Picture
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Photographer Jim Golden has an eye for striking imagery. His passion has been strategically funneled into this magnificent jigsaw puzzle. Comprised of 1,000 pieces, it features a large, vintage collection of video game consoles, controllers, and cartridges. Made from recycled chipboard in the USA. Photographed in Portland, Oregon.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

Personal Shower Locker
Hands Off My Loofa!
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Soap bar still wet from your shower 24 hours ago? Shampoo disappearing faster than you can say scrub-a-dub-dub? Tell roommates, little brothers, and house guests, “Hands off my loofa!” with this shower locker. Featuring a combination lock, anti-fog mirror, removable shelf with holes for a toothbrush and razor, and two commercial-grade suction cups capable of holding up to forty pounds, you’ll keep bathing essentials within reach and off limits. Made in China.

Papa

Kinetic Gear Key Holder
Cult Classic
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You’ll never forget to grab your keys before you suit up for a full day of tracking down replicants, traversing the galaxy, or just wrangling your inbox with this steampunk-inspired key holder. Lance Nybye Jr.’s laser-engraved plywood design lets you mod a blase set of keys into a kinetic expression of your retro-futuristic style. The individual gears move in unison, and the movement opens and closes with ease, allowing you to add additional keys when your next adventure calls. Made in San Diego, California.

Due to the handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.

Great Moustaches Mug
The Manliest Mug
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No longer will people be able to merely gaze upon you and say, “That is one impressive moustache you have.” Instead, as you stand sipping your coffee, onlookers will be dazzled by the sheer spectacle of the fourteen iconic and historical lip warmers that grace your mug. From push brooms to handlebars, you’ll find the facial hair sported by some of the great men of poetry, art, science and philosophy. Not sure which stache is which? A numbered answer key is printed on the bottom of the mug for your post-beverage convenience. Made in China.

The Gentleman Grooming Set
Gents’ Scents
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Got a big date? A whiskey tasting? A meeting of the Well-Groomed Gentlemen’s Society? Get spiffed up with the classic clean and sophisticated scents of this grooming set. The Power Shower is a refreshing, efficient hair and body wash, while the solid cologne provides a finishing touch as crisp as an arrow collar. Both feature a portmanteau of masculine scents, with bright citrus anchored by woodsy mahogany and a touch of sweetness from sugar maple extract. The set also includes soothing citrus and musk hand “rescue” cream, citrus-mahogany pomade, and a solid hickory comb. Once you’re clean, dry (like your martinis and your wit), and coifed, you’ll be ready for any genteel endeavor. SLS, paraben, and dye-free. Made in the manly environs of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

Momma

Birdie Yarn Bowl
Strings Attached
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Your knitting circle just got a little sweeter. With a hand-sculpted sparrow perched along its edge, Aaron A. Harrison,’s stoneware bowl keeps skeins of yarn in place while you knit, crochet, or weave. A hooked opening allows the yarn to unfurl in a steady stream, and holes pierced in the bowl’s side offer a convenient resting spot for needles between knits and purls. A little bird told us that this is the perfect crafting companion for when you’re creating your own homespun creations for all your close-knits. Handmade in upstate New York.

Kitchen Utensil and Tablet Holder
Take a Stand
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Heather and Myles Geyman’s modern cookbook stand puts your go-to gastronomical guide out of harm’s way while keeping your low-fi kitchen tools at an arm’s reach. With a convenient notch specially designed to fit your tablet, the holder keeps the screen in view and your counter clutter-free. The artist slip cast the dock/holder from white stoneware that is finished with a subtle speckled glaze. Handmade in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Due to the handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.

Himalayan Salt Foot Care Set
Salt of the Earth
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Putting your best foot forward is easy when you treat your tootsies with this soothing kit. Elizabeth McElwain makes every component of this spa set on her West Virginia farm, even the canvas bag. Inspired by naturally beautiful powder-pink Himalayan salt, she infuses each element of her kit–the foot soap, foot scrub, and beeswax foot balm–with this luxurious ingredient plus more than 80 minerals and vitamins. Handmade in West Virginia.

The inspiration for UncommonGoods came in 1999, when the founder, Dave Bolotsky, visited a Smithsonian Museum craft show in Washington D.C. and was captivated by the variety of unique handmade goods and the talented people behind them. He saw there was a significant public demand for beautiful design. At the same time, he realized that the artists working to make those pieces were often traveling great distances in order to sell their wares at the show. Inspired by his experience, Dave had a vision to create something that had never existed before—an online marketplace to connect makers and their creations with individuals looking for truly special goods, regardless of the physical distance between the maker and the shopper. Dave turned this idea into UncommonGoods. He continued traveling to craft fairs and trade shows, meeting artists and finding stand-out merchandise, while running the business out of his home on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Before long, the company had outgrown Dave’s apartment, and moved through three successively larger offices in downtown Manhattan, eventually settling in our current location in Brooklyn, NY. [Source]

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Encouraging Hearts and Home Blog Hop #144 ~ School Day Lunch Ideas

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Freebie Friday: Witches and Wizards Resources

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Witches and Wizards Resources

Wizard Printable Packs from Royal Baloo
Witches and Wizards
Included in the packs:

PreK:
Which is Different?, Size Sorting, Patterning Cards, Finish the Pattern, 1-10 Puzzle, Shadow Matching, 4 Piece Puzzles, Count and Clip Cards, All About 6, Roll and Graph, Sort Wizards and Wizards Tools, Follow the Numbers 1-20, Color-By-Number, Count the Animals, Tracing, Cutting Strips, Cutting Practice, Trace the Shapes, Color the Wizards Coat, Dot Markers, Color By Size, 3-part-cards, Dot Marker Letters, W is for Wizard, O is for Owl, C is for Cat, Uppercase Lowercase Letter Puzzles, Color by Letter, Wall Cards

K-2nd
Read and Write the Room, Circle the Beginning Sound, Word Matching, Wizard Word Search, Montessori Matching, Fill in the ABCs, Write a story, word family matching, Following Directions, Graphing, Add and Clip Cards, Subtract and Clip Cards, SuDoKu, Word problems, Fill in the Missing Numbers, Counting Backwards, How many ways can you make 10?, What Time is It?, Sort the Potions to the Correct Cauldron with Addition, Sort the Brooms to the Correct Wizard with Subtraction, Skip Counting by 10 Puzzle, How many Wizards, Number Line, Potion Fractions, Even & Odd Sorting, Measuring, Count and Write the Numbers, Ski Counting by 5 o 50, Color in your Own Pattern

Harry Potter Origami Sorting Hat: Free Printable from Get Away Today
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One of my favorite scenes from the Harry Potter books is when Harry gets sorted into his Hogwarts House by the Sorting Hat. You can feel Harry’s extreme relief when he gets placed into Gryffindor! Anything but Slytherin right?! Have you ever wondered what house you belong to? Now, you can find out with this Harry Potter Origami Sorting Hat game! Just like the real Sorting Hat, the results are never wrong. Well, almost never.

Free Printable Harry Potter Quotes from The Cottage Market
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The best thing is these are great all year round for all of you Harry Potter Fans and there are MANY of you! Each of these quotes has been designed here at The Cottage Market and we are sharing them with you!

Free Printable 2017 Watercolor Harry Potter Calendar from The Cottage Market
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I know that there are so many Harry fans out there and you are going to love this for sure! It has all your favorites from Harry, Ron, Hermine, Snape, Hagrid and more! We have the entire Calendar File for you on a Zip File and then we have individual links for each month…just click…”save as” and print off when you need them. I have a feeling that this Calendar is going to bring a smile to your face each time you check a date. So come on in and snatch up your Free Printable Harry Potter Calendar and ENJOY!

Mega Harry Potter Word Find from Deviant Art
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It’s got 180 words i think. and once you find all the words there is a hidden book quote revealed when you add together all the remaining letters.

Harry Potter Educational Decrees {free printables} from Paper Trail Design
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A year ago I co-hosted a huge Harry Potter dinner party and one of the things we used for decor were these Harry Potter Educational Decrees. I spent hours and hours searching for images of Harry Potter Proclamation printables and other Harry Potter party printables for our party decor. It took way longer than it should have to track down all of these to print. To make your party planning a little easier I created seven of these posters from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (book 5, although most of these are from the movie).

To Hogwarts We Will Go! Harry Potter Inspired Printable Treat Boxes from Little Luxuries Loft
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So I’m still waiting for my owl letter…but I’m totally packaged and ready to go to Hogwarts when it comes. You with me? awesome. In the meantime, we muggles can still make a little magic of our own, with some paper and a little imagination 🙂 These little DIY treat boxes are perfect for that Harry Potter party I know you’ve been dying to have. Or just as a sweet gift for a muggle friend in need of some cheering up. You’ll also be happy to hear I’ve designed these boxes to be super simple to assemble so there will be no need to slave away like a house elf!

Witches and Wizards Teaching Resources from Sparklebox
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This is probably my favourite site to go to for themed freebies. There are many different themed resources here. Go have a look, you won’t be disappointed.

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Freebie Friday: The Wheels on the Bus Resources

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The Wheels on the Bus

The Wheels on the Bus Resources

We all know the nursery rhyme “The Wheels on the Bus”, but did you know that there are printables to go with it? Here are a few really cute resources I have collected over the last few years.

The Wheels on the Bus action poster from Monsters Ed
The Wheels on the Bus
This is a fun little rhyme and actions poster I made for my kids. Click on the above image to download the file.

Wheels on the Bus Song Book from PreKinders
The Wheels on the Bus
This song book for Wheels on the Bus can be printed or projected as a slideshow.

Back to school printable! from The Kavanaugh Report
The Wheels on the Bus
The printable set include a maze, 3-part cards, and color matching school buses. Hope you have fun using them!

Wheels on the Bus Learning Activities from Best Toys 4 Toddlers
The Wheels on the Bus
Help my toddler to learn:
* names of the transportation devices
* where each belongs (air, ground, water)
* the difference between public and private transportation
* some basic traffic signs and importance of obeying traffic lights

Wheels on the Bus go round and round from Printables 4 Kids
The Wheels on the Bus

Wheels on the Bus Toddler Printable from Preschool Printables by Gwyn
The Wheels on the Bus
11 colour and trace
(Wheels-babies-daddies-mommies-doors-driver-horn-wipers-kids-seats-bus)
Song in BW afor child to take home for reinforcement
Number trace 1-12
Name practice sheet
2 pages of colouring and matching
Circle the smallest
2 scissor practice pages
Coloured song for Teacher
12 coloured cards for teaching

The Wheels on the Bus Free Printable Sentence Strips from A Little Pinch of Perfect
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This year I am trying to add a lot more singing to our school days because songs are a fun way for kids to learn and a childhood tradition I don’t want my kids to miss out on. Since the school year recently started and we are in Back to School mode we have been singing The Wheels on the Bus go Round and Round. The free printable sentence strips that we put in our Pocket Chart (affiliate link) let kids see the words as they sing so they can learn to read as they connect the words of the song with the words on the board. All you have to do is print out the sentence strips, cut them out, and you’re ready to sing in your classroom, daycare, or home.

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Encouraging Hearts and Home Blog Hop #143 ~ Household Tips

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Introducing the Momma Playdate

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Over on my other blog, Getting Me Back, I introduced my new intiative for Moms called the Momma Playdate.

I attended a fantastic moms’ breakfast hosted by Kids Emporium and the inspirational speaker, Janice from Working Moms Expo (which you can read about here), spoke to us about taking back our power. I decided to take a little charge of the me time I so desperately feel I’m not getting and invite others to join me and so the Momma Playdate was born!

The Momma Playdate is something I think we all need. We all need a little time, surrounded by other moms who are also in need of some adult company without having to keep an eye out for our kidlets. We need to look after ourselves and our emotional well being in order to be the best mom and partner we can be. You cannot pour from an empty cup and this is my way to help other mothers refil their cup, so to speak.

My plan is to have a quarterly “Momma Playdate”. It will be a 3 course luncheon held at a venue, still to be decided, in Johannesburg. Tickets will be available for sale before the event. No children will be allowed and it will be for Mothers Only. If you are interested in attending, becoming involved or contributing to the Momma Playdates, please complete the form below:

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