It’s that time of year again, when the kids are making their Christmas lists and in doing so it’s becoming even clearer that they’re growing up. Although only 8 and 9 years old, action figures and Barbie dolls didn’t make the cut this year. Most requests include some kind of technology and building. Included here on this list are a few of the kids favorites from this past year that they think would make great gifts, as well as what they’re asking for themselves. Let me pause for a moment to say, this is not a list of affiliate links. We don’t profit from this and have already fulfilled any requests made by the two companies we have worked with. This is a genuine list of the kiddos favorites of the year that and would make fantastic additions under any tree.
This was given as a gift earlier in the year. We’ve written about other Osmo games previously, which you can check out here. After that post, the kind people at Osmo were kind enough to gift us with an addition to our growing
collection. They noticed that music is huge in our house and sent over Osmo Coding Jam. Holy Moly, this did NOT disappoint! The system is compatible with an iPad/iPhone and is an excellent way to make learning fun. Coding Jam teaches the basic theories of coding. The color tiles are used to create beats and music…aka, JAMS!!! They’ve really enjoyed making and sharing their original songs. I keep getting emails from the kids that link to short music videos they’ve made using the characters in the game. They totally dig it. I would HIGHLY recommend checking out the Osmo system this Christmas. There are games for a wide range of ages and interests including, math, music, art, and coding. Zion has Osmo Pizza Co. on his list this year, which makes sense because it deals with math and money and this boy is all about the Benjamins!
This one shocked me, honestly speaking! We were asked for an honest review of this toy months ago. The kids loved it so much they wanted to do a “What We Think” review of it. Click here for that. From the moment this came in the mail the kids were building and have not stopped. We’ve taken road trips and they brought their Shape Mags with them. We’ve had play dates…they brought their Shape Mags with them. And then guess what happened? We went to see my bestie and her 18 month old started stacking the Shape Mags, causing her to order her own sets that night. I’m not sure what kind of pixie dust they sprinkled in the box before sending them on over but whatever it was worked because months later it’s still a go-to toy for them. First thing in the morning they wake up and play with the Shape Mags. They love these things. It’s another great toy for STEM learning, and totally appropriate for a wide range of ages. Not only does bestie’s boy enjoy stacking them but it’s been a great way to reinforce shapes and colors with him as well.
Okay, the kids got these two years ago for Christmas and still LOVE them! While we often battle over the amount of time they’re able to spend on them, they have been great devices and I’m super proud of how well both kids have taken care of them over these past two years. They keep them in the recommended kid-proof cases which no doubt has saved them. They came with a 2 year warranty which we did have to call on when the prongs on Hannah’s charger port went a bit wonky. They sent us a new one out right away with no issues at all. I justify all the Roblox play by balancing it out with a bevy of learning games and books available.
Speaking of books, this year the kids favorites included:
Hannah loved Girls Who Code. She started the series a few weeks back, loves it and we’re adding to it this Christmas. Based on her glowing review to her cousin, my sister started her daughter on the series as well. She also loved Zoe in Wonderland, Flora and Ulyesses, and another girl power coding book, Clicked. Between the books and the Osmo, she’s developing a real interest in coding which we’ll explore further a few different ways in the new year. We’ll keep you posted.
Zion’s free reading favorites included the Captain Awesome and Imagination Station series. Being a huge basketball fan, he LOVED the 3 book, Little Shaq series and is ready and waiting for the day a new one is added.
On their list for this year:
Hannah has asked for some version of these every year for the past few years and has a collection of various animals. They’re mechanical animals that interact and make sounds. She has actual living pets but loves these things for some reason. Grandmom knocked it out of the park last year with “Baby Butterscotch” the Magical Pony and this year the tiger is on the list. We shall see.
This was on Zion’s list. Both kids are pretty artsy fartsy because well, they’re mine. I mean, I made them soooo, it’d just be weird if they weren’t. I scored these Daler-Rowney sets at Walmart for $29! Comes with everything a budding artist could want/need, complete with an easel and canvas.
Classics…they have a million already. I could live without them because I step on them constantly but, both kids are SUPER into them these days put them on their lists.
They don’t really have a specific one in mind. They just like playing with all things operated by remote control, whether it’s rolling on the ground or flying in the air. They’ve had a few different ones that have all gone to drone heaven but it’s high on the list once again this year.
My daughter is 9 and losing her interest in dolls, *cue tears. That said however, she reeeeeeaaaaallly wants a HarperIman doll. I missed the deadline for Christmas delivery so this will likely be a gift for her birthday in February. The fact that there’s a doll she’s still asking for, fills my heart with so much joy. These are beautiful hand made creations that she loves because we can custom order one that mirrors her own look and personality. Representation matters and I love that she loves seeing these beautiful dolls with hair that looks like ours, and the skin tones of everyone in her family from the lightest to the darkest.
So, that does it for the Little Lanier’s picks this year. Hope is helps. We wish you a super blessed holiday season.