Gift ideas for little kiddos 2018

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We’re pretty low key around here when it comes to buying gifts. For now I’m planning on DIY a cardboard playhouse for Liv and wrapping up some fun books and art supplies. I’m not doing very much for Cohen (he’s only 1 year old), but I do have a few little things in mind! Here are a dozen gift ideas I think would be great for little kids. I like to buy toys that both kids will enjoy and that we might be able to ALL enjoy as a family. My kids are 1 and almost 3 years old. Pretty sweet that we can buy so much off Amazon these days! Quick easy shipping is the best.

1) My First Chess Set, from the MOMA museum store. We’d like to teach Liv chess this year using the story approach. I think the philosophy and approach of ChessAtThree is awesome!

2) Star Stories: Constellation Tales From Around the World, a book I think Grant and I would enjoy reading, too! :)

3) Any of the Little People Big Dream board books, to teach them about so many incredible thinkers, writers, artists, scientists: Marie Curie, Agatha Christie, Harriet Tubman, Maya Angelou, Frida Kahlo, Coco Chanel, Amelia Earhart, Mother Teresa…gorgeous illustrations as well!

4) The Ark Photo Journal, National Geographic, Insanely beautiful close up photographs of animals, “This lush book of photography represents National Geographic's Photo Ark, a major cross-platform initiative and lifelong project by photographer Joel Sartore to take portraits of the world's animals -- especially those that are endangered.”

5) Edushape Sensory See-Me Ball, Cohen would love this (Liv too!)

6) Rainbow Scratch Art, no clean up art projects are the best. I’ve already bought this!

7) Jumbo Coloring Pad, Space, Sharks, Sports, and More…

8) Unicorn & Rainbow stamp kit, a sweet start to a little stamp collection. Liv is obsessed with stamps.

9) Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Broad Line Markers, 40 Classic Crayola Colors , woo hoo-these are ULTRA clean washable markers (a must, we have a white couch and babies). Also, I think this set would be an awesome birthday gift for any kid/any age.

10) Ahoy! Boat Bath Toys

11) Kaleidoscope, perfect stocking stuffer! Beautiful patterns and colors that always change.

12) Wooden Skyscraper City Blocks, I love this set..I’m planning on using a sharpie and making my own city blocks using the wooden blocks we already have. something along these lines. seems like a quick fun project! Love these ones, too!

Piet Mondrian Calling Card, from the archives


Found this calling card in the MET archives recently. Loved the simplicity.

Learned a little about Mondrian’s parents and home while I was digging around (always doing something while we watch TV)…”Art and music were encouraged in his household. His father, the headmaster of the local primary school, was an enthusiastic amateur artist who gave drawing lessons to his son, while Mondrian's uncle, Fritz Mondrian, was an accomplished artist who taught his nephew to paint.” (The Art Story) Always fascinates me how many artists come from artist families—-Picasso’s dad was an artist and art professor, Andy Warhol’s mom was not professional but also a very talented artist who would hold “drawing competitions” between Andy and his brother (the winner would get a Hershey’s chocolate bar) :)..Andy Warhol and his mom even wrote a cute book together with her writing and his doodles. ..Makes me think about how the hobbies and passions I have will impact my own kids.

This tiny little card just caught my eye and I thought something about it was lovely.

Art Institute of Chicago with Liv

Going through my pictures last night to organize and print some and I realized I have a bunch of pictures from the past few years of Liv and I in the galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago. She’s only 2.5 years old, but I love that we have captured a bunch already. I hope she grows to be inspired by it as much as I am! (I have zero that I can find with Cohen, so…haha! Gotta take him in, too!) :)

 Pregnant with Cohen, two weeks before he was born!

Pregnant with Cohen, two weeks before he was born!

 anddddd 33 weeks pregnant with Liv (thanks for the pic,  Jane !)

anddddd 33 weeks pregnant with Liv (thanks for the pic, Jane!)