It's that time again! Here's the 2014 favorite kid gifts list. Some of these we have had for years, some we have gotten recently—all of them are very popular with our family in a way that stands out.
We like board games in this house, and this one is pretty great because each time you play it, you draw cards to define the rules, so it's different every time. It's more complex (I'd say ages 8 and up), but our enthusiastic 7 year-old can hang just fine. Scoring is at the end, which is nice because there isn't that sense of losing the whole game while you are playing it.
This circuit set is played with so much. It's pretty basic, so it's time we got more advanced ones, but the girls still go back to this one. They have many different kinds and come with complete directions that are very clear and easy to follow. For tinkerers, makers, and kids that like to see how things are powered and work, Snap Circuits are really cool.
All my girls have a few of these craft kits from American Girl and love them. They have all been very well made with clear directions and nice materials. This one is the favorite right now, but we haven't had a bad one yet. They are easy to find and at Michaels and Joanns, can be scored with a coupon, which is very helpful because these are a higher quality of craft kit, so the price is higher, too.
Our eldest (12) takes this into her bed at night and plays it until the wee hours. It's a puzzle where you match the shapes to cards that show different patterns. It's simple and comes in a very pleasing box and is easy to pack in the car or in a bag. Which she does, often. This company makes quite a few games like this for younger kids too, which look very cool.
I think this book, along with tape, pencils, markers, and scissors should be given to every kid and adult. It's just that great. My girls have several copies and each one they do differently. They instantly start wrecking, drawing, tearing, and experiencing this book in a way that is so great, I just can't say enough good things about it. There are prompts on every page telling you how to wreck it, so all you need is the book and some gumption.
A classic. We have had this big tin in our house for about 8 years now and it still gets played with by all of them. They love it for their Calico Critters, but they also just love to make the cabins.They also like to put in the tiny battery operated tea lights for a fire inside.