Unique Gift Ideas for Kids

Ultimate List of Gift Ideas
for Creative Kids

In case you haven’t noticed I’m all about keeping the holidays simple and meaningful.
One thing that can cause a lot stress however, is finding really great gifts for kids.
Starting in October, every commercial on television, and every store bombards us ALL
with non-stop advertisements for the latest plastic toys that our children can’t live without.  They aren’t all junky…just so many of them !
It’s toy overload ! Makes the kiddos crazy and the mamas too!
My friend and I were just talking about this today. One of her favorite gifts
as a child was a box all packed with colored construction paper, markers, crayons, and other crafting things. All these years later, THAT is the gift she remembers.
Nothing fancy. And no batteries lol

So, I’m making my own Ultimate Gift Ideas List for Creative Kids.

**BONUS ! 
You can sit in your pjs, with a cup of coffee,
browse, and shop away.
No noisy advertisements. No lines.
Getting it done and keeping it simple !!

And…I promise this is NOT just another
Christmas gift guide with some randomly thrown together ideas!

These are real gift ideas for your creative and curious children!

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car games for kids

**5 Thanksgiving Car Trip Activities**
(You will be thankful for !)

“Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go…”

Sounds so nostalgic and cozy, right?  May be if Grandma lives just over the river and only
15 minutes away.   Otherwise, a Thanksgiving car trip with the whole family can be anything but enjoyable.

One is hungry. One is bored. One forgot batteries.
Someone is touching someone else; someone is making faces; and someone is breathing funny. I feel your pain.

BUT I have the answer to your holiday car travel woes!

In this post you will have everything you need to have a picturesque family Thanksgiving car trip to Grandmas !
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old fashioned thanksgiving unit study

~An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving~

      Thanksgiving Unit Study

Stories to read aloud together, recipes, games to play, crafts, history, family devotional ideas, and lots more fun!

*Thanksgiving Reading:

* “An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving”  by Louisa May Alcott
(google reader, book format)
Read/print it out  here
Listen to “An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving” Audiobook (free)

*Watch the Hallmark movie version of “An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving” online
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Ancient World History Book List –
Part 5 (Middle Ages & the Renaissance)

Welcome back!
If you’ve been following this series, thanks!
This is the last section in the Ancient World History Curriculum.
The Middle Ages & the Renaissance have SO many amazing people and places and events that it is really difficult to narrow it all down… but I’ve done my best, and here are my favorite books for the Middle Ages & the Renaissance Unit.

If you’ve just joined in
, you may like to check out the first post for these units

–> Free Ancient World History Curriculum  and the supplemental book lists for the previous sections as well.  These books are NOT required for the studies… they’re just my favorite resources (most I’ve personally used).  You will find the few required books for the curriculum included on each unit’s curriculum page.
Section 1:  Ancient Civilizations & the Old Testament   &  Book List
Section 2: Ancient Egypt  (includes Ancient China)    &  Book List
Section 3:  Ancient Greece   &   Book List
Section 4: Ancient Rome  &  Book List
Section 5: Middle Ages & the Renaissance    &  Book List

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Free Middle Ages Unit Study
Free World History Curriculum

Part 5:  The Middle Ages

Welcome back to the final post on Free Ancient World History Plans !
This is the last section of the “Ancients Units”.  In this unit, we will cover all the exciting people and places of this period. Knights, kings and castles, battles, intrigue,
the black death, inventors, incredible art and lots more !    

For an introduction to this curriculum and how you can adapt it to all your needs, start below with the first post in this series-
 “Free Chronological World History Plan” .
World History Plan (Teach all ages at once !)You can find the daily plans for the following as well-
Section 1:  Ancient Civilizations & the Old Testament
Section 2: Ancient Egypt  (includes Ancient China)
Section 3: Ancient Greece
Section 4: Ancient Rome

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