Check out this Wooden Hose Swing from Magic Cabin for kids between 1 and 3 years old. Fun! $50.
Here’s a good idea from Real Simple for a picky eater: make a game out of how many more bites/peas/etc. the child has to eat by rolling the dice. From the site:
Decide how many more bites of dinner your child has to eat before being excused. Let your child roll so he’s the one controlling his fate. You’ll end up with a more peas-ful family meal.
I’m filing this idea away for the future. I have a feeling I’m going to need it.
Check out this incredible Outdoor Playset.
Well, I don’t think Savvy Jr. is getting one that fancy, but I envy the kid who does.
How cute is this Munchkin Inflatable Duck Tub? It’s a good way to conserve water and keep your baby safe during a bath. For ages 6-24 months. $12.
Haven’t you always wanted your baby to look like a Cabbage Patch Kid? You haven’t? Well, this is awkward, because you can buy a custom-made Cabbage Patch Kid Inspired Crochet Wig/Hat for your baby. And then make the baby wear it. [Geekologie]
Here’s a good idea from Family Fun Magazine: turn a plastic dinosaur into a kid-friendly toothbrush holder.
Pick a hollow dinosaur toy (they can often be purchased for about $1), trace the size of the toothbrush on the dinosaur, and use a craft knife to cut out the hole. Make sure to cut a hole all the way through the dinosaur for easy cleaning. Voila! A fun way to make tooth brushing more inviting for your kid.
How cute are these Paris Shadow Puppets? From the site:
Bring storytime to new heights with our charmingly unique Paris Shadow Puppets designed in France. With a simple flashlight or lamp and a little imagination, children can create endless new adventures with these sturdy shadow puppets. Comes with 11 figures including the Eiffel Tower, moon, airplane, chimney cleaner, thief, buildings, sleepwalker, and more.
Of course, since these shadow puppets are laser cut cardboard attached to wooden sticks, you could always make your own shadow puppets instead.
Great gift potential here.
Another thing I could have used this summer: a Car Seat Sun Shade.
Spread it over the car seat when you’re not using it and it will keep the seat an average of 26 degrees F cooler. And it’s reasonably priced at $7.99.
Here’s a free pattern to knit your child a cat sweater. The site says “it’s a pretty quick knit — and once you have the cat chart completed, the rest is simple and plain sailing.” Just in time for fall, too.
You can buy plans from this site to make the above castle, if you’re so inclined. Either way, this is a great use for a refrigerator box. I want one!