Christmas was six weeks ago, and as the dust has settled, the top gifts have emerged. Here are some of our favorites: […]
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I love Leap Frog products. This Fridge Words Magnetic Word Builder,or “Word Whammer” as we call it, is a fantastic learning toy. Little Man and Eby spend lots of time standing in front of the refrigerator building words, sometimes with greater success than others. The toy sounds out the letters and if they’ve built a word, it reads it to them. All of the vowels are red, and they know (from the Leap Frog DVD’s) that the vowels are the “sticky letters” that hold the words together. With a vowel in the middle, they can make lots of fun words. Little Man especially likes to spell Mom and Dad, which we like too. There is also a button that plays the “ABC Song” which Little Man plays a little bit too often.
Another favorite gift that has seen daily use is Wii Fit Plus. After refusing to have video games for years, we were persuaded to get a Wii last Christmas (2008) with gift money from the grandparents. Because it can be used interactively, and you actually use your body to play many of the games, we decided this would be a good fit for us – especially during our long, cold winters. Overall, we have been happy with that decision. The kids lobbied hard for Wii Fit and this year we used grandparent gift money to get it.Most of the kids have set up an account and are playing games to increase their balance, agility, etc. Russ and I had a hilarious time doing the Obstacle Course. I love the premise that exercise is fun; I want my children to love moving their bodies and breaking out in a sweat. I was a completely non-athletic, slightly overweight child, but I got hooked on running in college and haven’t stopped yet. So far the Obstacle Course is my favorite game, although I have yet to make it to the advanced level. I’m terrible at Skateboarding – Boo tried to teach me how to do it, but I think it is going to take practice.
The kids love this new Children Around the World puzzle and have put it together several times. It is round, big, and colorful. Even better, it features children from many cultures. I can tell that is going to be a long time favorite.
Other favorites are Eby and Little Man’s Magnadoodles and View Masters, and the girls’ new doll dresses. All in all, I think we did a good job choosing gifts that will be enjoyed for a long time.
What gifts are the favorites at your house?
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