August 18, 2009
In our family, the second half of the year heralds birthday season as all the cousins start celebrating birthdays, a run that seems to go all the way up until Christmas. So how to avoid constant visits to toy shops, or crafting burnout to make that special something for everyone? Here is my little list of treasured ideas that I constantly add to and peruse for inspiration as the birthday season rolls around. Packed in a nice thrifted basket or sewn drawstring bag, these ideas have been well received by various cousins over the years. What would you have on your list?
circular tree stumps/offcuts and sandpaper/ beeswax polish (or sanded and/or polished depending on age)
plank of wood, ends rounded, sanded/ broom handles with rounded off ends /old clean sheets for cubby building
seeds and flowerpot
dustpan and brush/ straw broom
trowel, garden fork
bicycle bell/ basket/ pannier
wooden rolling pin
jar of buttons
pottery jug/ teapot
cotton tablecloths/ picnic blanket
hand tools /hammer/screwdriver/sandpaper
pieces of soft wood and nails
handdrill and bits/tape measure/ saw and rasp
marbles in a bag / pebbles and dice in a bag with printed rules for some games like tom thumb, knucklebones, mancala or thunderhole dice.
balls of wool
gift ball of wool (wound with tiny tresures inside)
chalks/ sidewalk chalks
torch and batteries
candle holder/ snuffer
rope with ends spliced in
padlock and chain (and spare keys for mum/dad)
beeswax (for modelling)
drawing paper/ crayons/pencils
needle case with needles
coloured cottons/ felt pieces
blank recipe book with two or three favourites written in to start off
fruit trees/vege seedlings
beeswax sheets and wick for candlemaking
maps of the local area with walks etc.
waterbottle and holder
If you leave your ideas in the comments, I’d love to add them to the list.