I’m always curious: if your kids hang stockings, what do you put in them? Here are 10 things we love, other than the valet parking sign that blew eight-year-old Toby’s mind …
Airport activity book. Your little dudes will stay busy with this book, whether they’re taking a flight or not.
Mini cereals. I have such a visceral childhood memory about these! Never not a total win with kids.
Yo-yo. Anton got a yo-yo on our summer vacation and played with it morning, noon and night. Everyone begged for a turn, even my 71-year-old dad.
HeadlampFor reading under the covers, talking evening walks, playing hide-and-seek, and pretending to be a spy/mountain climber/cave explorer.
mood ring. A classic.
Sleuth & Solve books. Legitimately very fun riddles and logic puzzles to figure out together. The boys and I try to work on these out as slowly as possible, like saving a favorite chocolate bar.
map. This map may seem academic and un-fun at first glance, but my kids LOVE it and spend ages poring over the states and planning future road trips.
Magic 8 Ball. For when you finish playing MASH!
label maker. What child DOESN’T want to label everything in the house? Very satisfying and also time-consuming. (Check, check.)
Pajamas for sweet evenings.
What ideas have worked well for the kids in your life? Would LOVE to hear…
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