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« on: November 14, 2009 09:51:17 AM »

My nephew is actually turning two on December 7th but I've already bought him a birthday present (Leap Frog Tag Jr).  I wanted to do something special for his Christmas present that will help him develop skills throughout the year if possible (maybe an activity book of sorts?) .

For the baby shower I made a diaper wreath that my sister and brother-in-law were so impressed with they decided not to use it and hang it up in the nursery room as decoration instead.For his 1st birthday I bought him some hard toys and hard books for entertainment and teething purposes. Last Christmas I filled a large box with wipes, diapers, a few books, a few movies, some small stuffed animals and various things for mom and dad to use (baby lotion and the like).

This is my sister's child and our other sister comes in to visit every month and she brings a new toy everytime. I don't have the budget for that so this time of the year is the only time he gets presents from me so I want it to be from the heart. Any ideas?
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2009 07:46:33 AM »

-melt crayons and pour into molds in the shape of something he likes (dogs, trucks, etc.) so they are chunkier and more personal;  add roll of butcher paper
-homemade play dough and cheap, plastic cookie cutters
-wouldn't work for a two year old, but later you could make activity book with a bunch of scribbles to turn into drawings (http://shesureissketchy.blogspot.com/2008/12/scribble-drawings.html), the beginnings of drawings or scenes for him to add to (what's in the treasure box, what does this alien look like, etc).  Basically a homemade "uncoloring book"
-videotape yourself reading books that you think he'd enjoy and include them so he can read them with you (on tape), you can talk to him about the pictures, etc. like you would in person.  more fun than disney if mom or dad need a few minutes of distraction.
-homemade puppets
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2009 09:30:44 PM »

When my daughter was that age, I made her a memory game using pictures of our family . You could do that for your nephew and you can through animal pictures, colors and so on.
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2009 03:54:47 PM »

Felt boards are also great for that age.  You could also use pictures of family members and/or pets.  Just cut felt to the back and cut them out.  You can do random shapes, or make felt figures. 


« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2009 06:01:36 AM »

i'm making felt finger puppets for the toddlers on my list.  farm animals and such. 
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2009 11:03:59 PM »

for my two great nephews (1 and 4)  i'm going to be making furry monster stuffies. i also considered hats but they don't really enjoy wearing hats. kids are pretty easy to please. my nephews also LOOOVE their sippy cups. they fight over them. you could customize a couple of cheap sippy cups for them. or a pair of fun footy pj's. i miss my footy pj's.

ooh... that's a good idea. now i HAVE to use it.
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