Nope. I am not going to say it. I am not going to say the name of the Holiday that we are all already thinking about. I can't say the name because it is too early to start thinking about it but I just can't help myself!
Presents have already been bought and hidden. Thought maybe there were some other moms out there as crazy as me and getting things ready already. So, I will share a few of the things I have set aside. Mostly books but a fun little treasure that I picked up for all the little girls in my life!
Books first because every little explorer needs new books for Christmas.
A Garden of Opposites, Nancy Davis
This one is for Avery and it is super cute! I love the simple pictures that are all related to the garden. The colors are bright and fun. And even though the opposites are simple, like same versus different, there is room to expand with your child and have them think even more about the opposites and the pictures. (Like why are these the same? What is different about these two? How do we know they are awake? etc.)
Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth, Mary McKenna Siddals
Super fun, cut paper images that clearly describe all the things you can put into a compost pile in alphabetical order! The long list of things that can be put in a compost pile is presented in a rhyming way that is fun to read. And then at the end it provides simple instructions for how to tend to your compost and what you will get in the end.
Bugs for Lunch, Margery Facklam
This is a great rhyming book that talks about all different kinds of animals that eat bugs. The animals are from all over the world and live in very different habitats so it is neat that they are all connected because of what they eat. Even adults might be surprised by some of the animals that commonly eat bugs!
Where Would I Be in an Evergreen Tree?, Jennifer Blomgren
This one is for Sam because she has recently learned to climb the evergreen tree in our backyard and thinks it is so cool to be up in the tree off the ground. This book talks about all the animals, birds, insects and even plants that live on and around a large evergreen tree. I think Sam is really going to like this one and there are a ton of new animals, words and plants for us to learn about in this book.
And then there are these awesome hairclips!
They are made by an amazing company called The Eco Purse Project. They make hairclips, purses, wallets, bracelets, bags, floormats, bibs and even laptop cases all out of recycled plastic bags and bottles! They upcycle to make some of the most beautiful stuff! And their hairclips really hold up to toddler hands! I bought one for Sam and she is loving it, so I got a few more to share with the other little girls in my life. (Sorry to spoil the surprise Aunt Jojo!)
So, I have bows for the girls and books for each of them! What have you bought already for the holiday that shall remain nameless until after Thanksgiving? And what are you getting your little explorer this year?