This time of year it can be hard to balance that quality family time with the seemingly never-ending list of holiday preparation. These next few weeks can be precious time for a mother, with Winter Break fast approaching. I know I find myself running to and from stores before Sabrina (11) gets out of school, planning where to hide gifts and attempting to fit in mi-afternoon wrapping sessions between meal plans and grocery shopping. As if it weren't bad enough, children find themselves bursting with extra energy, enthusiastic for the upcoming holiday, and tend to cling to the adults in their lives every chance they get. As much as we love them, we simply need a few moments of time for communicating with Santa and double checking our own Naughty or Nice list. I often feel guilty when Sabrina's pencil hits the table, done with her homework for the day, and I'm still rushing through the house preoccupied with holiday prep.
Not all gifts have to be saved for the holidays; investing in a few smart kids crafting products can really help save your sanity, and keep your child feeling engaged without feeling left out. If you don't have time to tarp the dining room table for reindeer hand print paintings, consider much cleaner, self guided, crafts like Glitter Petz and Plusheez from Orb Factory and Artsi. Artsi is a new range of interactive toys that encourage young girls to express their creativity through the creation of their own toys. Not only do they get to spend some time personalizing the decor of their craft, but the end result is a beloved toy they will play with for a while to come.
What Daughter Says: Don't feel guilty this holiday season, occupy little ones with engaging kits and creative toys.
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