Now that we are almost halfway through December (say it ain’t so!), I can say with confidence we are in the middle of the holiday season. By season’s end, my goal is for Gavin to experience the holidays, give during the holidays and receive during the holidays. So far, Gavin has participated in a food drive at his school (where, at the end of the drive, his class delivered the donated food items to a local non-profit), has made Thanksgiving-themed cookies and went to see the ZooLights exhibit at our local zoo. We have plans to make Christmas themed cookies, to go see Christmas carols and to celebrate the Christmas holiday with Sweets’ family and their friends.
In the meantime, we’re working on Gavin’s wishlist for things he’d like to receive for Chanukah and Christmas (ok, fine, Chanukah ended last week and he’s already received some of the items on this list – sssssssh, don’t ruin my post!). Last year, I shared the gifts we were buying our then two-year old son. So, this year, I will continue the tradition with gifts we are buying (or asking grandparents to buy) our now three-year old son.
For the past year or more, Gavin has been infatuated with construction vehicles. Our morning runs consist of lots of stops, usually to point out construction vehicles and often to watch them at work for a few minutes. Excavator! Bobcat! Cement mixer! Bulldozer! Dump truck! Crane! He knows them all and wants to make sure to engage me in conversation about them! That’s why I knew that even though Gavin doesn’t like to sit still for very long, Melissa & Doug’s construction puzzle set might be just the thing to capture his attention! And if they do capture his attention, then he can work on his problem solving and fine motor skills along the way!
Gavin is fascinated with how things work. He closely watches Sweets whenever something needs to be fixed. He loves helping me cook, always curious about what happens when we mix things together. And, his busy body loves his work bench, which includes a battery operated drill, hammer, screwdriver, nails and screws. Insert Battat Take Apart Airplane and Battat Take Apart Crane. Battery operated drills allow young children to take apart and put back together again different vehicles (they also have a 4×4 and roadster). Given how obsessed Gavin is with work trucks, planes, trains and anything else that moves, we expect these gifts to be a huge hit!
While I’m on the topic of all vehicles that move, let’s talk about the great piggy bank debate of 2013. You know, the one where Sweets was sure Gavin’s piggy bank was plastic and I was sure it was porcelain. The one where mere minutes after we publicized that debate in front of friends, Gavin drop said piggy bank and we (along with our witnesses) watched it smash into a million tiny pieces on the floor. Well, while I like to chide Sweets about that debate (and remind him of my victorious outcome), Gavin has not lost interest in money. So, when I saw the this cute, PLASTIC bi-plane bank, I knew it was the perfect gift. It’s time to get that kid saving for his college fund!
Before moving away from our busy-body son, let’s talk about that work bench. The most exciting thing is being able to twisting the screwdrive to fasten screws to the bench (ok, well, maybe it’s a tie with using the hammer to bang in nails to the bench). Either way, Gavin loves it. I think Design and Drill will take Gavin’s interest to the next level, allowing him to continue drilling while also learning to follow patterns and make interesting shapes.
Gavin moved fairly seamlessly from hating every attempt I made to take a photo of him to wanting to use my camera to take photos. These days, I negotiate with him: if he stands still for a photo, then I’ll help him take a photo with my camera. However, you know I’m a nervous nelly when I let go of my camera to let Gavin independently take a picture. Enter Fisher Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera. It’s a kid-friendly digital camera that takes real photos from a kid-friendly (and drop-friendly) body. Parents can also download the photo app to their computers, allowing kids to download photos and edit them in fun, colorful ways. The photos themselves might not be masterpieces, but I think the camera will provide Gavin a much-needed opportunity to practice behind the lens without mommy standing over him for fear he’ll drop and break her precious camera.
Sometimes, age appropriate games can buy us ten minutes of time. Gavin is still at an age where he needs parental involvement when playing games. But, during those ten minutes of play, it means he’s not getting into trouble elsewhere. It’s usually worth taking a few minutes away from what we’re doing in order to join him. This year, the Cat in the Hat’s I Can Do That and the Sneaky Snacky Squirrel game on are Gavin’s wishlist. The former works on physical abilities (“Can you hop on one foot while holding onto the (paper) goldfish?”), while the other works on counting and colors. Both look like great fun, especially as winter drones on for months and months!
I wouldn’t say we’re raising Gavin to be a voracious reader, but we do enjoy family reading time just before bedtime each night. Given that Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site was such a popular choice in our house (and is easily one of my favorite kids books), I figured more books with the work truck theme would a hit with the little person crowd in our house. That’s when I came across I’m Dirty and I Stink. The only problem with fun books like this is I’m not sure who looks forward to reading them more: Gavin or his parents!
I think these gifts just about cover off on what our busy-body three-year old boy is hoping to get this year. I also think it’s possibly the last year where mom and dad will be deciding what’s on Gavin’s wishlist. I have a sneaking suspicion he’ll be much more vocal about what he wants in years to come!
What’s on your child’s wishlist this year? What sorts of gifts are you giving to the children in your life? How do you