Girls’ Holidays Presents Ideas.

Winter Holidays are coming and present time is getting closer too.

Because our daughter’s birthday is right before Christmas, it’s not easy for me to make her impressed with something. She gets a lot of presents every year, and she is still too young to understand the value and importance of presents, but following our traditions we are trying to teach her to appreciate everything that she gets.

I am not a fan of  many toys, because kids usually get confused and get bored very easily, they don’t know what to play with, what they want etc.

Anyway, toys make kids happy and this year( for the first time), Sophia asked for the present that she really wants: A DOLLHOUSE. I have no idea where it comes from, but to be honest with you, we already got the dollhouse for her for Christmas.(BINGO)

I decided to share some gift ideas with you for the little girls that I recently found on line or saw in the stores. Most of them are eco-friendly, natural toys.

1.Hape – All Season Doll House – Furnished Playset

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Hape is a great eco-friendly european toys brand. This is the dollhouse that we got for Sophia. If you decided to buy it, get the furnished one, because it gets a little pricey to furnish it by yourself. The doll family doesn’t go with it, so you need to get it separately.

2.Hape – Gourmet Chef Apron Set

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Hape brand again. Your little one will love pretending to cook with the Educo Gourmet Chef Apron Set! Includes a chef’s hat, apron , and play oven mit. The apron has a functional front pocket. Washable. Ideal for children 3 to 8 years old. You little ones can use it while playing chef or in real kitchen when helping you with cooking.

3.miYim Minnie Mouse Plush, Grey

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This beautifully made organic cotton Disney Baby plush toy is the ultimate in safety and softness for baby. Minnie Mouse features organic cotton and recycled fiber filling, with embroidered details and a chime inside to entertain and soothe. I love, love, love this brand. We have some of these stuffed toys from the time when Sophia was a baby, and she loves them. I am glad they are organic and completely safe for your little ones. Sophia keeps hers in her bed.
71ty5ORejbL._SL1500_ Every little girl wants a playmate to love and care for. A playmate that lets her wash and comb her hair, pick her outfits, tie her shoes. One who will be with her until she grows up and will bring back memories of childhood for decades to come. These are the best organic dolls that will last forever, because they are well-made, washable, organic, safe for you kids. They also have multiple clothes and accessories choices.
Sophia personally has this doll, but they have different characters to pick from.
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For the ones who likes ballet. Puzzles are perfect for the little kids. They keep them occupied for a while. I got the ballet one for Sophia,because she loves everything about dancing.
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This is the best investment ever. We have this placemat for a few month already and it works great during the eating time, when I am cooking in the kitchen and want to keep Sophia busy. The best thing about it, the markers are not toxic, washable and came off from anything. The placemat is washable too, so you can use it again and again. They have different themes of these placemats( we have alphabet one).

7. Greenstart Play, Draw, Create Princess: Reusable Drawing & Magnet Kit

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These Earth friendly, completely reusable kits contain everything needed for everlasting fun, learning, and creativity! Each fun-filled kit includes a magnetic dry erase board, over 30 magnetic play pieces, five dry erase markers in assorted colors, and a write-on/wipe-off activity book filled with lots of reusable activities and games.

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BabyBug Magazine.

I started reading to my daughter when she was 1 week old. I guess she didn’t understand anything but it definitely made her love the books. I guess her favorite activity is Reading Books. She can do it all day long.

It’s  very important to read to your kids from the early age.

Why Read to My Baby?

You may wonder about the benefits of reading to your baby. An infant won’t understand everything you’re doing or why. But you wouldn’t wait until your child could understand what you were saying before you started speaking to him or her, right? Nor would you bypass lullabies until your baby could carry a tune or wait until he or she could shake a rattle before you offered any toys.

Reading aloud to your baby is a wonderful shared activity you can continue for years to come — and it’s an important form of stimulation.

Reading aloud:

  • teaches a baby about communication
  • introduces concepts such as numbers, letters, colors, and shapes in a fun way
  • builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills
  • gives babies information about the world around them

Believe it or not, by the time babies reach their first birthday they will have learned all the sounds needed to speak their native language. The more stories you read aloud, the more words your child will be exposed to and the better he or she will be able to talk.

Hearing words helps to build a rich network of words in a baby’s brain. Kids whose parents frequently talk/read to them know more words by age 2 than children who have not been read to. And kids who are read to during their early years are more likely to learn to read at the right time.

When you read, your child hears you using many different emotions and expressive sounds, which fosters social and emotional development. Reading also invites your baby to look, point, touch, and answer questions — all of which promote social development and thinking skills. And your baby improves language skills by imitating sounds, recognizing pictures, and learning words.

But perhaps the most important reason to read aloud is that it makes a connection between the things your baby loves the most — your voice and closeness to you — and books. Spending time reading to your baby shows that reading is a skill worth learning. And, if infants and children are read to often with joy, excitement, and closeness, they begin to associate books with happiness — and budding readers are created.

We have a lot of books at home, but we also go to the library every week, and I let my daughter to pick the books that she likes.

When she wasn’t even 1, we found the amazing magazine for babies: Babybug.

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BABYBUG is for babies who love to be read to and for the adults who love to read to them.

Full of the highest-quality content available from the world’s best children’s writers and artists, Babybug has delighted little ones since 1994. The joyful, brightly-illustrated stories and poems are perfect for parents and grandparents to read aloud, while the extra-heavy pages, non-toxic ink, rounded corners, and staple-free binding make BABYBUG safe for little ones to explore on their own.

The different stories and poems in the magazine make it interesting and challenging for the little ones, because they always want to hear and learn something new.

Every issue has the different theme:

1. Bathtime.

2. Winter Holidays.

3. Gardening.

4. Fall.

5. Farm animals.

Every magazine starts with the story about the everyday life of the little boy Kim and his stuffed bunny Carrots.  After that you have 3-4 little rhymes and stories with the pretty colorful illustrations. At the end you have the section “Let’s explore” which let the little ones learn more about the world.  A “Guide for Caregivers” on the last page offers read-aloud tips and child development insights to help you get the most out of each issue.

The magazine is 33.95$ for a year, but you can always find the different promotions on line, and save almost 50% off for subsciption.

We personally borrow it at the library. Although my daughter is almost three,  she still loves BABYBUG.  There is something special about this magazine, because little kids just adore it.

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