PEG Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Writer and Storyteller Edition
This week we’re sharing some of our best ideas for holiday gifts for kids of all ages! Be sure to check out all of our holiday gift guides!
We’re a story-telling and writing family. People are always either reading a story, listening to a story, writing a story, or making up an imaginary story with their toys. Jake and I know that stories are powerful and we try to be sure to make space and have tools ready to aid in story-making of all kinds!
If you have a little budding writer, or simply a child who loves to tell stories, these toys and tools are great holiday gift options!
1. Magic and Fairy-tale Dice ($13.15)
Check out these story dice from Laurence King Publishers! Simple in design these 9 wooden dice are a great way for kids to use their imagination to create a magical story about masked dragons who eat pumpkins and stay inside all day so that they don’t accidentally run into wolves who are cloaked by invisibility capes (seriously, this story happened!). The dice come with a book that describes each picture, and also gives suggestions on how to use the dice. One of the dice is even a superpower die– which superpower will you roll??
I must admit that I don’t have very fond memories of bubble writing. While I went through a stage where I LOVED to do it, it soon became evident that no matter how much I practiced, cute bubble writing would never be my thing. Apparently I did not pass on that gene :). My girls love to get creative with their writing, and bubble writing is one of their interests! How to Be the Best Bubble Writer in the World Ever is filled with lots of different bubble-writing ideas (with space to practice) as well as pages to create your own- a great gift for young writers.
3. eeBoo Animal Village Tell Me a Story ($9.95)
Use these story cards to help kids get thinking about storytelling! Who is the character? What’s the setting? What is one of the main conflicts the character has to overcome? These beautiful story card sets are a fun way for kids to take the next step in storytelling and writing1
This creative writing book encourages kids (and parents, I love this book!) to think outside the everyday writing! Authors and poets offer funny writing warm-ups, great word lists, and other encouragement to get over the fear of the blank page and to just have fun and be yourself in your writing!
While I don’t think any of the girls and I are quite ready for this, it’s been waiting for the right time :). This journal is one for girls and their moms to pass back and forth, taking turns asking and answering questions. I LOVED passing notebooks back and forth with friends in late elementary and middle school; it’d be cool if I could do this with my daughters too!
6. Worry Eater ($15)
Worry Eaters LOVE to eat worries- yumza! While journals are great for kids to write down worries, worry eaters take it one step further- they eat the worries and hide them in their tummies so no one can find them! We did a review of them not too long ago, and it was one of our most popular reviews– I think because it meets a huge need of kids AND they are SO CUTE!
7. Lulu Jr. My Comic Book – Create Your Own Comic ($26.95)
Kids can design, write, illustrate and publish their own comic book with this kit from Lulu Jr. After the child is finished with their book at home, the publisher will mail you a copy of your comic book at no extra cost!
8. Secret Message Pens Writing Set ($6.98)
Secret message writing is very in-style right now with my kids. They each bough some super secret message pens at the book fair this week and I’m pretty sure they will run it out by the weekend. How cool is it to write and draw and tattoo yourself with an invisible ink pen, right?
Playful Learning is the place I first learned about the idea of writing centers. They’re not hard or expensive to make; in fact, you may have some of the stuff you need already! Take a look at some of their examples, or go Pinning to find other ideas.
Sometimes the best gift to give a writer is a journal. If they are a child, a small journal (in our house the smaller the better!) :). This pack of 8 comes in a variety of styles.
This journal is for the nature enthusiasts. Kids or families can take this interactive workbook out on adventures year round– learn about all that’s going on in nature, make observations, draw pictures, etc.!