I was enticed by this adorable fairy doll family. Unfortunately I had misread the link that led me there, it's almost $20 per doll, not for the whole set. Not that they're not worth it, but not what I was planning to spend on Claire's stocking stuffers (as much as I had to hold back from splurging on them because they're so incredibly cute!).
I won't even start on the dollhouses and doll treehouses. With my penchant for all things forest and fairy, these are irrestible.
And then I came across find after find for active play, it's a storeful of kid and imagination powered toys. I now have a headful of ideas for our 'kid up the backyard' project planned for next summer. Look at these.
A garden fort, complete with vine seeds.
Twisty twizzler swing.
No more sore bums from the friend abandoning you mid see-saw.
This mostly made the list because I had it when I was little and loved it.
Apparently twisting the handles makes this move? I want to try this thing.
Want this very much for the now and future toddlers in my life.
The top cranks down to cover the sand when not in use! How cool is that.
Learning about science while playing. Also on my list because I daydreamed about having a pulley basket for my childhood treehouse.
I think a zipline is definitely in order.
And a few goodies receiving honorable mention...
We have a balance board something like this that I love for my boys. What started as physiotherapy for Seth's ankles (without him noticing it is physio!) became the go-to for the kids to balance and stretch on while they play video games, another minus away from the screentime. You might notice for all the 'anti-practically-everything' I do sometimes, if I can keep the time spent under control I really don't have much against video games. My kids are anything but stagnant while they play them. (Not to mention the working together and problem-solving they have to do in the newer partner games.) I was glad when the controllers started to be made sans wire, because they jump around so much they had already broken a system by pulling it down!
This balance board even takes it up a notch.
Well, it blows my snowshoes idea out of the water!
Add a platform with a slide and rope ladder, and we've got the tree space worthy of Neverland or Swiss family Robinson that I'm hoping for.
Now let's see how much this amounts to and how much of it we can realistically do!