Celebrate Your Child!

Dec 19, 2008

Childrens' Gift Ideas

When seeking that perfect gift for a child, try giving the gift of reading ie. BOOKS.

Books can open a world of imagination and amazement to children of all ages. No matter what type of reading a child enjoys, books encourage creativity while also enhancing reading skills at all levels.

When buying books for children, some ideas to consider are Adventure or Mystery Children books or Fairy Tales . Similar children's products can be added to enhance your gift such as kid activity books, educational toys or computers, art-kits, and other children products to enhance creativity.

For a child who craves mysteries, there are some mind-boggling books such as Kid Combat to stir their mind and keep them guessing throughout the story. Many books such as these can be found online so you can order children's gifts any time of the year from your own home or office computer.

When to Buy Books as Gifts

Any holiday or occasion is a great time to buy books as children's gifts. Whether it's a birthday, a special celebration such as Graduations or Awards Ceremonies, or a holiday such as Christmas, Easter, Valentine's Day or Halloween, books make great gifts for children of all ages and interests.

Books are also perfect as stocking stuffers.

Book gifts can be packaged with other presents or food treats, such as holiday cookies and books in a basket, or freshly baked brownies accompanied by a book with a ribbon tied around the package. You might also give a book to a child along with a gift card to his/her favorite bookstore. Your recipient will be able to read your book gift as well as pick out some books of their own. Books are also great when packaged with movies, kids' cook books, stuffed animals, book club enrollments, a library card of their very own, jigsaw puzzles, clothing gifts, or any other children's gifts.

Books as Keepsakes

Another great feature of book gifts is that books are keepsakes that can be passed from one generation to the next. Think again as to how many children's books you kept from your childhood days to pass to your own. Perhaps you saved a few fairy tale books or your favorite children's mystery books. You probably can recall the joy these books brought to you as a child and want to pass the same joy of reading to your children or even your grandchildren ! So when you give the gift of reading to your own child, a student or a niece or nephew, your gift may very well keep on giving for years to come.

You can also create special moments with your son or daughter by reading a chapter or two each night at bedtime. Children up to ages 10 or even 11 or 12 often look forward to bedtime stories. Even as your child grows older, he/she might still want you to read the books meant for older children such as mysteries. It can be exciting to guess the plot together and see who comes up with the correct outcome!

If you're a teacher, you can also give books to students on their birthdays or for the holidays. Books can be for strictly entertainment during break times or they can be used to accompany teacher lesson plans or a teacher activity.

Check out online book stores the next time you need a children's gift. Look for smaller children's books or a great mystery series for older children such as Kid Combat and similar reading. Books can make affordable children's gifts, but no one can put a price on their value!

Dots-to-dots Puzzles

Some Dots-to-dots Puzzles that can be used for your children this Holiday seasons :


Christmas Tree

Little Bear

For more "Dots-to-Dots" Puzzles and FREE downloads in pdf version, please browse : DottoDots


Parents... do you still remember "Dot-to-dot puzzles" ? This classic activity from our own childhood, is still a favorite of teachers and parents hoping to encourage kids to work on their counting and small motor skills.

The development of fine motor skills that work in coordination with the eyes is important for academic success. Working dot-to-dots puzzles gives young children a chance to practice gripping a pencil correctly and understand how numbers and alphabets work in sequence.

Besides being a fun process, dots-to-dots puzzles offer a reward in the form a completed picture that can be colored in and displayed.

Introducing children to dots-to-dots puzzles, you may want to offer a little supervision initially. Encourage kids to seek out the next number in the sequence. It's best to draw a straight, even line from one dot to the other, and don't forget to connect that final dot or the image won't be complete!

At the same time, don't insist that everything be "just so." Kids need to be able to experiment and be creative, even if it means coloring outside the lines.

Dots-to-dots puzzles have many variations, and some are worked using letter sequences alphabetically rather than numbers while some spell words. The skill level needed ranges from preschool-age on up. Sometimes, it's immediately obvious what the picture is, while other designs will keep you guessing almost until the final line is drawn.

Highly portable, dots-to-dots puzzles , like coloring pages, are great for travel. They'll keep kids busy and guessing for a fair amount of time. Be sure to provide a good pencil and plenty of crayons.

Have FUN with your kids on the dots-to-dots puzzles.

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