Little Boy’s Christmas Gift Idea!
Boys are tough! Geez, when shopping for Cake and planning out what to make her I’ve had no problems at all! Cute dress here, cloth doll there, done and done. Boys…not so much… And it just so happens that there are boys all over the freakin’ place in our circle of family and friends! So when it came time to make some gifts for some of the boys I had to get my best thinking cap on, to make sure that I was going to give them something they’d like, that was age appropriate, and that was above all else…FUN!!
We had an early ‘Christmas’ with S. Geek’s family this past weekend because my in-laws are snowbirds and are heading to Florida in a short while. So that means that I actually get to share the Christmas gifts I made with you early so that you can make them too!! Which is funny because Nay loved little Xavier’s gift so much that I’m going to make him one too to go underneath our own Christmas tree!
The first thing I can say, and not stress it enough is that you should get a GOOD tote to put this sensory bin in. The first one I bought was a cheaper one and after filling it and carrying it, I was worried so I went out and bought a heavy duty one. With the weight of the filling in it, the kids will need help to get it out anyway and really who wants them to play with this unsupervised anyway?!?! so I didn’t worry about the added pound!
I started by filling it with a big bag of multi colour rice, then a huge bag of green lentils, and then to finish another huge bag of shell shaped pasta. Originally I went searching for wagonwheel pasta but the day I went to Bulk Barn they were sold out a rush on wagon wheel pasta, who knew? Then I added a small bag of river rocks that felt really smooth and weren’t too big for little hands. Then the fun part came, looking for the awesome construction kit for the kids to play with!
I found the set at winners and it came with three trucks and some signs and little pylons and one construction guy. I wouldn’t recommend filling it up with too many toys because then they can’t drive the trucks in there!!
Oh boy, this was a hit and when it was time to put it away when the boys discovered it was fun to use the dump truck to bring rice out of the bin Nay was one unhappy character! He tried repeatedly to get back into the bin and this is where I was thanking my foresight in changing bins because the original bin didn’t have locking handles you’re welcome Shannon. and he cried and cried when he couldn’t get the lid off. I’m thinking of making one slightly different for Nay, I thought a dinosaur dig would be a good idea but haven’t settled on anything yet. If anyone has any suggestions I’m all ears!!
This was such a good way for us the start off the holidays even though Halloween hasn’t even happened yet and I’m so glad that our families were able to get together and share some time together. Of course now that we’re only 8 weeks left until the big guy comes it means that I’m going to turn into a crazy insane busy person (and LOVING every minute of it!!)
Hope you enjoy your toys Xavier and Tristan, (I’ll be sharing what I made for our other nephew in a few days so stay tuned for that one) and to Shannon and JP…I hope the mess isn’t too bad!!!!!!!!