Freebie Friday ~ Summer Activities

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Freebie Friday ~ Summer Activities

It’s Summer in Sunny South Africa and for the next 6 weeks, or so, the kidlets will be home looking for summer activities to keep them busy. We recently bought our first home *yay*, and now we have tons of space for the kidlets to run around and play. But I know that they will have moments of boredom. I don’t believe in entertaining my children all the time. I’m a HUGE proponent of them keeping themselves entertained and figuring out what they can do without constantly being glued to a screen. Here are a few fun printables to print out for your little ones when things get a little hairy.

Summer Coloring Pages and Word Tracing from Real Life at Home
Freebie Friday ~ Summer Activities
The following are each on one page of the summer-themed coloring pages printables packet:

Butterfly
Lemonade
Ice Cream
Flower
Sun
Ladybug
Seashell
Rainbow
Watermelon
Beach Ball

Rainy Day Kids Activities from Momdot
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If you are creative you can come up with a ton of different ways to have fun. Shaving cream paint is one of our daily favorites (rain or shine!) or you can try your hand at colored spaghetti or oobleck. I also created a quick and easy In House Scavenger Hunt that you can download, print off, and get to the fun! This is good for kids of all ages. If you have an older kid, just hand them a pen and let them go. If you have a younger kid, you can use the secondary printable to just look for any objects around the house that have a specific color and then write them in.

30+ Free Printable Scavenger Hunts for Kids from Buggy and Buddy
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Sometimes you just need a quick activity you can print out to get the kids moving, learning, and having fun, and scavenger hunts always seem to fit the bill! Here’s 30 free printable scavenger hunts for kids!

Classroom Camping Unit from The Curriculum Corner
Freebie Friday ~ Summer Activities
This camping in the classroom collection includes a wide range of activities for a unique classroom theme or a fun end of the year celebration.

Bubble Wrap Beehive + Fingerprint Bee Craft from Crafty Morning
Freebie Friday ~ Summer Activities
I absolutely hate bees and they can make me scream running across the room in 1.3 seconds BUT today we decided to make cute little cartoon fingerprint bees! They don’t sting or bother you while you eat! 😉 We also used some of my leftover bubble wrap to make the little beehive! I think they turned out great.

NEW Water Fun Preschool Unit! from A Teaching Mommy
Freebie Friday ~ Summer Activities
Here are the printables included in this mini unit:

Roll & Graph
Size Sort
Beginning Writing/Cutting Practice
Size Sequencing
Patterns
Stamping Strips
Counting Clip Cards
Number Order Puzzle
Which is Different?
Uppercase/Lowercase Letter Match

Free Ice Cream Printables from A Teaching Mommy
Freebie Friday ~ Summer Activities
I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream! I don’t know about your kiddos, but one of my kids’ favorite treats on a hot summer day is ice cream. Why not use their love of this cold delight to keep their brains active over the summer months with these FREE Ice Cream printables!

New Pool Time Preschool Unit from A Teaching Mommy
Freebie Friday ~ Summer Activities
Here are the printables included in this mini unit:

Roll & Graph
Size Sort
Beginning Writing/Cutting Practice
Size Sequencing
Patterns
Stamping Strips
Counting Clip Cards
Number Order Puzzle
Which is Different?
Uppercase/Lowercase Letter Match

FREE Popsicles Preschool Unit! from A Teaching Mommy
Freebie Friday ~ Summer Activities
Here are the printables included in this unit:

Colors Mini Book
Spin & Graph
Size Sort
P is for Popsicle Magnet Page
Beginning Writing/Cutting Practice
Observations Sheet
Size Sequencing
Patterns
Shape Puzzles
Spelling
Counting Clip Cards

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Freebie Friday ~ Christmas Activities for Kids

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OMGsh, can you believe its less than 3 weeks to Christmas? Here are some fun Christmas Activities for Kids to do during this festive season. These are great boredom busters. You can view our previous 2015 Freebie Friday Christmas Post HERE.

Christmas activities and crafts from Growing a Jeweled Rose
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Are you looking for Christmas activities for kids?
Well, look no further. Here are over 100 fun holiday activities including arts, crafts, fun science experiments, games, play recipes, and more!

Christmas Paper Chains from Woo! Jr
Freebie Friday - Christmas Activities
I really love printable crafts! I’m a little late on my Christmas in July series, but here’s the next one up – printable Christmas paper chain templates! There’s a snowman, reindeer, angel and Christmas tree, along with easy directions on how to cut and fold the paper to make these paper chains. Tape several of them together to make cute paper garlands and decorate with glitter or paint!

Christmas jokes for kids printable from Nurture Store
Freebie Friday - Christmas Activities
This year as well as chocolate we’re adding some giggles to our advent calendar with a Christmas jokes for kids printable.

Free Shelf Elf Pack! from 3 Dinosaurs
Freebie Friday - Christmas Activities
Shelf Elf contains over 60 pages:
3 Part Cards, Beginning Sounds, Matching Cards, Read Write the Room, Pocket Cards, Which One Is Different, What Comes Next, Pre Writing Practice, Pattern Cards, 10 Piece Puzzles, 4 Piece Puzzles, Size Sorting, Sorting, Coloring Pages, Math Pages, Writing Pages, Graph the Room, Good & Bad Chart, Dot Marker Pages and more.

Tot Pack:
Basic Prewriting, 2 Part Puzzles, Matching, Coloring the Elf Hat, 9 Piece Puzzle

Shelf Elf Blank:
3 Part Cards, 2 Piece Puzzles, Beginning Sound and Pocket Cards.

Santa Christmas Countdown Freebie-Updated 10-10-2012 from Inviting Printables
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As promised, here is the Santa Christmas Countdown printable.

Activities advent from All Things Simple
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Here’s our list:
Decorate your tree
Go to the Festival of Trees as a family
Go on a wagon ride through the lights at Thanksgiving Point
Shop for gifts for other children (FSTC Santa’s Workshop)
Unwrap a book to read
Have hot cocoa and cookies with our neighbors (Neighborhood Service Project)
Open your special ornament and put in on your tree
Make a craft with Mom
Write a letter to Santa
Go to the Christmas party at church
Go to Temple Square to see the nativity
Go sledding with Dad
Have a family Christmas movie night with treats
Choose a special treat
Shop for a gift for your preschool party
Have FHE with our BYU friends
Ride on the Polar Express
Have lunch at a special restaurant with our family
Wear new jammies to bed
Have FHE with your cousins
Decorate cookies
Read the story about the birth of Jesus

Great Ideas — 22 Free Holiday Printables!! from Tatertots & Jello
Freebie Friday - Christmas Activities
What a great chance to get some SWEET decor and gift ideas, from some AMAZINGLY TALENTED bloggers! On one last note, WOW, we have had a record amount of links! What does that mean to you? A record AMOUNT of amazingly cool Christmas Projects AND projects of every kind. Be sure to check OUT all the inspiration!!

Christmas Wish List Santa Letters and Gift Tags from Spoils for Her
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Create a simple yet darling Christmas Wish List with your kids. Give them something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas- I Have Who Has {Freebie} from Created by MrHughes on Teachers Pay Teachers
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Who hasn’t heard the classic poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement C. Moore?

This fun and interactive activity will have your students begging to play again and again as they try to beat their best time by reading fluently and more quickly each time.

The poem has been divided into 28 cards in an “I have, Who Has” fashion. Students will have to listen carefully as they only get the 3 or 4 words in the poem ahead of their lines. I have also listed several alternate ways to enjoy the included cards.

I used this activity for over ten years in my classroom, and my students loved it every year. I am offering it as a free resource as my Holiday gift to you! Happy Holidays!

FREE Christmas Reader’s Theatre! Bob the Goofy Reindeer! from Lisa Frase from Teachers Pay Teachers
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Downloaded over 60,000 times! Get ready for some Christmas fun! This reader’s theatre script is designed for the whole class to enjoy. There are six main readers and four choral groups. Assign parts and have a blast reading this goofy story about a reindeer named Bob! It’s FREE!

12 Days of Christmas Kindness (Editable) from Whimsy Workshop Teaching on Teachers Pay Teachers
Freebie Friday - Christmas Activities
The Christmas season is the perfect time to reinforce acts of kindness with children. This activity prompts children to participate in a different act of kindness each day while trimming off Santa’s long beard.

This kit provides a “ready-to-print” version with both color and black and white.

Also included is an editable version (Power Point format) if you prefer to create your own kindness jobs that are specific to your classroom or family.
Just print your own text in the blank spaces and choose your font, size and color.

Five Little Reindeer – Christmas Emergent Reader for Students from Learn a Latte on Teachers Pay Teachers
Freebie Friday - Christmas Activities
Check out this FREE emergent reader. My students love the poem, “Five Little Pumpkins,” so I created this Christmas version, Five Little Reindeer. With my prekinders and kindergarten students, we read this book together for shared reading several times, using the larger color copy available in my Five Little Reindeer – Christmas Math & Literacy Fun set. We point out the sight words we know, talk about how the text matches the pictures and how we can use the pictures to help us figure out unfamiliar words, practice reading fluently, act out the story with students pretending to be the reindeer, and do lots of fun reindeer activities. We also use the book for guided reading in small groups. After reading the book several times together, the students color the black and white copies and practice reading their books together and independently. By this point, they are very familiar with the text and love reading it all by themselves! 🙂

Please check out my Christmas sets, Five Little Reinder – Christmas Math & Literacy Fun. This set includes a larger color copy of the Five Little Reindeer book with high quality graphics and LOTS of great reindeer math and literacy activities including color words, number words, sight words, counting sets, writing numbers, a reindeer glyph and much more! I also have a new Christmas set, Christmas Literacy Centers & Activities, that provides student practice with syllables, rhyming, beginning sounds, and short vowels.

FREE Christmas Would You Rather Questions from Rachel Lynette on Teachers Pay Teachers
Freebie Friday - Christmas Activities
Here are 20 Fun Would You Rather Questions to use with your students. These are great discussion starters for when you have a few extra minutes. They can also be used for classroom polls or journal prompts.

FREE Christmas Card Templates from Clever Classroom on Teachers Pay Teachers
Freebie Friday - Christmas Activities
Your free Christmas card templates have been designed with the busy teacher in mind. Your black and white card templates will give your students opportunities to engage in the Christmas tradition of making and giving a Christmas card(s) to a loved one or friend. Students will decorate and write on their card with the purpose of giving and brightening up someone’s Christmas.

Christmas Math and Literacy Activities Sampler Pack from Rebecca Bettis on Teachers Pay Teachers
Freebie Friday - Christmas Activities
This four page product is part of a 55 page reproducible book which contains primary reading, writing, and math Christmas activities for grades pre-k through 1st. Activities may also be appropriate for 2nd grade students, struggling learners, or special education students. Included in this free product are 4 activities:
* Santa’s Rhyme Time � Students sort pictures according to rhyme (tree, bell, deer, and fat).
* One imaginative writing prompt/story paper. The primary lined paper contains a color illustration and space for students to draw a picture and write a story.
* Christmas Tree Addition � A cut and paste activity in which students solve 6 basic addition problems involving adding 8.
* Reindeer Counting � A cut and paste activity in which students count sets of 6 through 10 dots.


Christmas Addition Color by Number
from Jodi Waltman on Teachers Pay Teachers
Freebie Friday - Christmas Activities
Fun Christmas themed color by number sheets (basic addition facts).

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Paper Jet Challenge: Win a Trip to Zanzibar #BeAKidAgain

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Paper Jet Challenge
In celebration of Youth Month, Travel Start is challenging you to get in touch with your inner child by taking part in the Paper Jet Challenge. Submit a video of your best paper plane flight video, challenge your friends, and stand a chance to win amazing prizes! Enter by clicking HERE. You have until 7 July 2018 to enter.

I was challenged by Travel Start to share my favourite childhood memories and what better memory to share than my favourite childhood adventures on my grandparents farm.
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Growing up in the 1980’s and 90’s we were fortunate enough to have grandparents that lived in Rural South Africa and farmed sheep. I remember my brothers and I having, almost, full reign of the farm. I remember finding old bricks at the wind pump and deciding that we were going to build a house. We spent hours and hours building this little, dilapidated house with only 4 short “walls” only about 3 bricks high. We spent the whole weekend playing in our little house den. Our imaginations ran wild with all our little adventures.

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Dad readying the horses for someone to ride and my Aunty Sharon ready to ride.

Having the freedom to explore the farm and watch our grandfather work with the sheep was definitely an advantage I didn’t realise my peers and other children weren’t exposed to. Something my children don’t have exposure to today. I remember feeding lambs that had been abandoned by their mothers with my grandfather. Its a memory I treasure to this day and have shared with my children on numerous occasions (probably to the point of annoyance).

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Feeding the lambs with Grampa

The kidlets have had different experiences that we never had as children. My mother used to co-manage a game farm in the Upington area and we spent many holidays there. They have many fond memories of going on game drives, walking up to giraffe and watching them from a short distance.

One thing I would love to add to our family holiday memories is a trip to Zanzibar. What a beautiful place! There is so much to sea and what better way to make new memories than on beautiful beaches and museums.
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Zanzibar: a romantic island paradise of aromatic spices, tropical beaches, and exotic African rhythms

Zanzibar is a unique paradise. Beyond the dreamy turquoise and raw coconut coastlines and delectable cinnamon-vanilla aromatics, it is a place of dazzling colour, spellbinding culture, and bewitching soul. Zanzibar is an archipelago off the coast of Tanzania and is home to an estimated population of 1.5 million. Attractions include Stone Town, Mnemba Atoll, and Kendwa Beach.
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Get ready to lose yourself in the sultry rhythm and shabby decadence of this tropical African paradise with cheap flights to Zanzibar. Zanzibar is home to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ), which is 10-minute drive from the centre of town. The airport serves Kenya Airways, Mango Airlines and Precision Air. Popular domestic flights to Zanzibar depart from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Zanzibar is approximately 3 hours, 35 minutes.

Win a Trip to Zanzibar

In celebration of Youth Month, Travel Start is challenging you to get in touch with your inner child by taking part in the Paper Jet Challenge. Submit a video of your best paper plane flight video, challenge your friends, and stand a chance to win amazing prizes! Enter by clicking HERE. You have until 7 July 2018 to enter.

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How Elf on a Shelf almost ruined Christmas

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Elf on a Shelf
Last year our Elf on a Shelf, Tinsel arrived. There was much fun and excitement before Christmas and the children loved it. This year Pixie told me she was scared of Tinsel and didn’t want him to come visit us because she doesn’t like that he watches her and flies around the house when no one is looking.

It really freaked her out.

Papa and I then decided to tell her the truth and to show her that Tinsel was just a toy that I had hidden away in my closet. She was petrified when I took him out of the box and wouldn’t even touch him. It was heart breaking. We then had to break the news to Koko and Fifi, who weren’t impressed with me for lying to them about it. While Koko was fine, Fifi took it badly and wanted to know why we had lied to them. Explaining to them that it was just to make the countdown to Christmas a little more exciting, she seemed to settle down… eventually.

And then we got asked the questions, IS SANTA REAL? Is the Tooth Fairy real? What about the Easter Bunny?

I refused to lie to them, and told them that Santa, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny were just fun things adults did for children for these occasions. Daddy is Santa (that’s why he hands out gifts on Christmas morning, Momma and Daddy are the Tooth Fairy and Momma is the Easter Bunny. We had 3 very sad children in our home that day. They had to grow up very fast.

We have decided that since they know Tinsel isn’t real, that they got to choose what Tinsel did every night. Each child, including Noo, gpt a turn to have him do something special, naughty, etc. The kids had loads of fun leading up to Christmas getting Tinsel to do their bidding and it made Pixie so much happier knowing that he is just a toy and not some magical Peeping Tom that is stalking her.

We forget that our children are sensitive creatures and that, while some think its fun, others might be freaked out about it. While I think its great that we like to add a little magic to Christmas for our children, we need to be honest when they ask the questions, or it may come back to bite us. Parenting can be hard sometimes, but lying to our children when they ask pointed questions about things like this is something I learned a lot about on this particular day.

You can follow the adventures of Tinsel the Elf on my Instagram account.

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True Christian Christmas

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happy birthday jesus

Christian Christmas

True Christian Christmas
Christmas isn’t showy gifts
Or glittering decoration;
It’s honoring our Savior, Jesus Christ
In humble adoration.

It’s serving those less fortunate,
Meeting their needs before our own;
It’s making sure at Christmas time
That no one is alone.

It’s taking what we would have spent
On things that no one needs,
And using it to help someone
With service and good deeds.

Our Savior showed us how to live
With charity, faith and service.
It makes the holidays a joy,
More peaceful, and less nervous.

So let’s remember Christmas is
About our Savior’s birth;
That’s the way to happiness,
The way to peace on earth.

By Joanna Fuchs

Wishing you and your family a very merry and blessed Christmas

God Bless

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My favourite finds on UncommonGoods

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UncommonGoods, the best find since sliced cheese!!!!

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.

There are so many great gift ideas for children on this site.

Teens

Buying things for teens can be tough! That’s an understatement, right? UncommonGoods has a great range dedicated to our awesome 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

I have never found it difficult to buy for Papa, but UncommonGoods has definitely made it much easier with their great range of products.

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
UncommonGoods
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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