Books are great gifts for small children, especially when paired with related items that will further enhance their learning experience. They are ideal for birthdays, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or any other special occasion, celebration or holiday. They can be presented in gift baskets or bags lined with tissue paper. No matter how they are wrapped, they are sure to be a huge hit. Consider the following four presents to give along with paperback or hardback bedtime stories. They will greatly augment fairy tales, legends and chronicles of all sorts.
Make Story Stones to Go with the Books
Story stones provide something for kids to hold and examine while listening to bedtime stories. After buying the books, decorate stones that will spark their imagination. Apply stickers, or paint graphics on smooth stones. Present the stones in drawstring bags that have been personalized with the titles of the books and the name(s) of the recipients. Acrylic craft paint can be used on fabric and stone. As the stories are read, the reader can hand a related stone to the child. The stones will bring each story to life in a fun and engaging way. Best of all, they can be used for imaginative play long before bedtime.
Include a Bag of Yummy Bookworms
What better gifts to give with bedtime books than bookworms? Of course they are not real worms. On the contrary, they are much more colorful and far tastier. Kids love gifts of sweet treats, and gummy worms are ideal when giving bedtime books for any occasion. Fill a clear plastic bag with gummy worms, and include a printed label to staple or tape to the top. They can be enjoyed before teeth are brushed and flossed.
Give Plush Pets with Animal Stories
If you plan on buying animal books to give as gifts to small children, buy corresponding plush pets as well. For example, if you are purchasing a story about dogs, pick up plush doggies of the same breed as those in the book. Search online to find exactly what you need instead of running from store to store. You can find everything from plush apes to zebras while shopping Internet stores.
Include 3-D Bookmarks with Chapter Books
Chapter books are not just for older kids. It is the content that makes a book age-appropriate, not the number of pages. If you plan on giving gifts of age-appropriate chapter books or a collection of bedtime stories within a single cover, buy bookmarks as well. Look for the 3-D variety, and try to find something that corresponds with the subjects of the stories. Parents, older siblings, grandparents and other care givers can mark the pages without having to turn down corners. They will be able to pick up where they left off when bedtime rolls around again.
Source: Advanced Crafting Experience