I put a LOT of thought into making the lists. I want things that will entertain them, that I know they want, and that I know they will play with as well as learn from. I don't want to spend my money (or family members spend theirs) on things that will just sit and collect dust.
Here is a LONG list of toys, maybe you'll find something your kids would enjoy. Keep in mind that we are not buying ALL of these things. Our entire family and Santa pulls from this list :)
First they'll be getting a big big basket of art supplies: sketch pads, how to books, new play doh, sculpting tools, oil pastels...
Brian and I are also giving the girls a combined basket and a family tradition that we are starting. From us they will be getting illustrated, hardcover classics that we plan to read each night as a family. I'm excited to build on this collection over the years. I realize that this may not be something they are overly excited to see on Christmas morning but I think that it's something that will create memories they'll always have. This year we're getting a few of the Little House on the Prairie series, Pippi Longstocking, and then some of these Sterling Illustrated Classics, they are BEAUTIFULLY illustrated by Robert Ingpen
On the list you'll also find different puzzle type games:
Artsy activities like
Something to use outside--plasma car
And other fun things
At first I really struggled with Jack. This is the kid that most likes to pull things out of cupboards and climb all over the house. But once I got going I really had fun finding ideas.
This Little Tykes wagon was an easy place to start. I know that he'll love to throw his manly toys and dirt in there and haul that puppy around.
You can never go wrong with cars, solid wood and racetrack so this was added.
Like I said he likes to take things out of drawers, throw them back in....so the HABA shape sorter was added. Next a fun addition to the train table or maybe just to have a little train collection in his room.
Next I picked out a collection of farm toys. Carry and Go Farm, farm animal train, animals (these are SO cute), and the farmer himself