Remember my theme of the year presents I blogged about before?
Since then I’ve done a baking theme – handmade aprons with recipe books/ baking mixes/ measuring cups, cookie cutters, etc. Whatever I could find at the shops to go with my theme
The current presents came about (as usual) because my kids LOVE these kinds of things: tape, scissors, post-it notes, little notebooks, foam stickers, glitter glue, fancy pens, highlighters, etc. I personally like to have things contained in a box so I first used up all the spare containers I had (all organising queens buy extra containers, right?) and now I get some lunch boxes which serve the purpose beautifully.
So I make craft/ stationery/ keep ‘em busy kits and add some activity/ colouring/ notebooks too.
The kids and I have a system for birthday parties – I do the present (I select things based on the child, gender, etc.), one twin does the card and the other decorates the gift bag. In this case, Kendra did the card and Connor decorated the gift bag.
I personally LOVE cards for kids (and for myself, who am I kidding?!) and I want them to have the joy of creating something for someone else.
I stamp the happy birthday and let the kid loose with washi tape, stickers and their markers. I write out the birthday child’s name and they mostly get on with it by themselves.
And bonus – it’s a craft afternoon
I know it’s a hit when the kids start asking when I’m going to make boxes of fun for them to use