Frugal Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids
Posted on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 at 7:00 am
Your kids are expecting to find lots of goodies in their Christmas stockings. Some parents may want to avoid stuffing the Christmas stockings full of candy. Instead, try some of these frugal ideas for toys. With a little luck, your kids might even decide to play together for a while.
Frugal Toy Stocking Stuffers for Kids
Uno is a simple card game that is intended for children who are 7 years of age (or older). It is a fast moving family game that is always exciting to play. One box of Uno cards usually costs about $6.00. It is the type of card game that requires at least two players. That could encourage siblings to decide to play the game together.
A Small Stuffy
Little kids will enjoy the soft, cuddly, texture of a small stuffed animal. You can find really cute ones for under $10.00 at toys stores, dollar stores, and even some pharmacies. The excitement of Christmas can be overwhelming for some children. Having a brand new stuffy to snuggle with might make calming down a bit easier.
Preschoolers tend to be fascinated with dinosaurs. Purchase more than one, and your child can use his or her imagination and send the dinosaurs on an adventure. One option is to pick up a few of the medium sized plastic dinosaurs. Or, you may be able to find a bag (or container) that is filled with a bunch of smaller plastic dinosaurs. More dinosaurs could enable two or more kids to play with them together.
A Brand New Box of Crayons
Does your child love to color? He or she can get hours of fun from a brand new box of crayons and some paper (or a coloring book). Drawing encourages the use of imagination and small motor skills. Not every school includes an art program. A new box of crayons, and the opportunity to draw or color any way your child wishes, can open a world of possibilities!
A Bedtime Story
This idea will appeal to toddlers and preschoolers. Select a board book that would work well as a bedtime story. “Goodnight Moon”, by Margaret Wise Brown, is a great choice.. The book can become part of your child’s bedtime routine. Parents who are tired of the book their child is currently obsessed with can introduce the special book that was in the Christmas stocking. Older kids might be able to read the book to their little brother or sister.