Experience Gifts for Preschoolers
I totally has this wonderful craft planned that used a paper plate and paint and somehow turned into a tree. Well, let’s just say somehow it worked much better in my head! But will make a terrific snake craft in the spring!
My husband and I have been struggling to come up with a good gift for Christmas for our 4-year-old. There are so many toys that already fill her room. Plus, she is going to be getting more from the grandparents in her life. Toys sometimes are just too much. Toys get pushed aside. However, one thing you can not take away are memories. This year we will be giving experience gifts to our oldest. I am looking forward to seeing how she enjoys her experience gifts throughout the year. We wants these experience gifts to be memories and time spent one-on-one.
The Rules of Experience Gifts
Be present, not sidetracked by other things around you
Spend time one on one together
How to Make Experience Gifts Happen?
If you read my post about calendar planning you already know a little about how we make sure it happens.
Some tips to making sure it works:
- Pay in advance or put the cash in an envelop
- Put on calendar in marker, and plan a rain date if it is outdoors
- Promise to always follow through
Experience Gift Ideas
My husband and I put our list together the other day. Then we realized that it could get pricey. There are so many ideas. It was also hard to come up with something that we would feel ok just taking one child and not both. I am going to list all the ideas below and I will star which ones we picked for our little outings.
- Movie (This can be to rent one or go to the movies)**
- Go out for ice cream or milkshake (There is a place around here that makes mega milkshakes that I really want to take Melody to)**
- Waffle House (or dinner to your favorite spot)**
- Photo Scavenger Hunt (More to come on this)**
- Pottery Painting**
- Star gazing with hot cocoa (or in summer a cold water)**
- Picnic in the park**
- Put together a model car and go to dirt track **
- Out for a donut
- Pick out plant at a nursery and plant it
- Bake a fancy cake at home**
- Get dressed up and go out for dinner
- Go for a Nature Walk and Take Pictures **
- Local Swimming Pool
- Take a cooking class or craft class together
- Check out the local hardware store and see if they have free building classes
- Go to a free concert in the park
There are many ideas to do that do not have to cost much. So that we do not end up spending a fortune we have a set amount that we cash out. We still got her something to open from us on Christmas and this we will package as well. However, I know the memories and relationships that will be made during this next year is what will matter the most.
Have any other fun ideas to add to the list? Let me know below so I can add them on!
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