Mamatoga’s 12 Days of {local} Gift Guides: Kiddos Edition

kids6kids1kids2kids3kids4kids5kids7kids8kids91. I want to buy these Marion Deuchars placemats for every family I know. We all know kids sometimes (always?) need to be kept occupied during meals, and this way they can be creative while keeping their cool with 36 generously sized mats printed on art activity paper. Kids can make up your own pasta shapes, draw their favorite meal, pencil in Mona Lisa's smile, invent a meal for an alien and so much more. This handy little attention grabber will keep them thinking long past the chicken fingers. Find it at Northshire Bookstore. 2. While you're at Northshire find these favorites of mine, the Dangerous Book for Boys and the Daring Book for Girls. Finn just loves his and Levy has one waiting for her under the tree this year. In the Daring Book girls can learn about female heroes in history, secret note-passing skills, science projects, friendship bracelets, double dutch, cats cradle, the perfect cartwheel and so much more. Boys can check out stuff like building go-carts and electromagnets, identifying insects and spiders, and flying the world's best paper airplanes. And then they can switch books and learn it ALL.

3. Do you remember Colorforms? Colorforms began when two art students were experimenting with a new flexible vinyl material and discovered how the vinyl stuck to the glossy paint in their bathroom, and how much fun they had playing with the shapes they had cut out. It was first launched in New York City and was considered for the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art. Give your kids a classic this year with Colorforms that easily attach to any glossy surface, allowing hours of imaginative games, puzzles and activities. And two surfaces are already included, too. Find these at Northshire Bookstore.

4. I LOVE Bean Belts. Just like the preppy staple for grown ups, these cute belts have adorable prints like lobsters, flamingos, and my favorite, the green whale. Find these at Next Summer, but I warn you, they are addictive.

5. This 4D Horse model helps kids learn about anatomy with a 7" tall model contains 25 detachable organs and body parts and display stand. It also includes an illustrated assembly guide and description of the anatomy along with some fun Q&A to test your knowledge. Need more science fun this Christmas? Check out this Wind Power set. Kids can build a working wind turbine to harness power out of thin air and conduct more than 20 experiments with their wind turbine, including experiments with different numbers of rotor blades, different blade angles and profiles, different wind speeds, different gear ratios, and so on. The full-color, 32-page experiment manual offers illustrated instructions and scientific information. Find both of these at G. Willikers Toys.

6. Ice pops aren't just for summer, especially when kids can make their own! The patented Zoku Quick Pop Maker freezes ice pops in as little as seven minutes right on your countertop without electricity. Quickly make striped pops, yogurt pops or (for the first time ever at home) flavored core pops. To enjoy Quick Pops at a moment’s notice, simply store the compact base in your freezer. Kids will love coming up with new flavors to try. Find the Zoku at Healthy Living Market and Cafe.

How cute is this Vineyard Vines Woody tie? Even cuter, this tie has a grown up version, so Dad and Son can both look stylish for the holidays. Find them at The Pink Paddock.

7. This cool newspaper bag caught my eye at Northshire Bookstore. Teach kids about recycling, reusing, and repurposing materials to make something new. Pop their lunch into it or have it be just a cute carryall for little treasures.

I have two words for you. Moon Boots. I am in LOVE with these retro cool boots (they have an adult version too, I want). The rainbow ones are my favorite, but any color looks awesome and keeps little feet nice and toasty. Find them at Alpine Sport Shop.

8. We all know Keens are great for kids footwear. They are durable and cute, and this pair of shark printed Keens makes them even more awesome.

This Fjallraven backpack is so old school cool. Originally designed for Swedish school children in 1978, the Kånken has since become their most well-loved and iconic backpack for children and adults around the world. Find both the backpack and the Keens at Mountain Man Outdoor Supply Company.

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