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Christmas Gift Ideas – Board Games

Why not make one of this years gifts one that will give the family some quality time and fun during the holidays? Board games might end up giving the whole family some great memories. Here are a few examples of fun board games from our product finder.

Froggy Boogie

The concept of Froggy Boogie is inspired by the ability of parents to have eyes in the back of their heads, and knowing everything the kids are doing. So in this game the frog kids are supposed to get around the board, which of course is a pond, without being detected by the adult.

Skills needed for playing are color recognition and memory skills. The game is for children age four and up.

Lutso – Is a brain game which older kids will love, as they take turns placing their marbles strategically on the board. At the same time they’ll have to look out for marble patterns that matches one of their shapes, and watch out not to make patterns that fits the opponents shapes.

Marrakech Game – a fictional rug market, that teaches strategy and decision making. The players take turn rolling the dice and moving the market organiser, Assam. If Assam stops on free space the player can place one of their rugs on the space. If he stops on an opponent’s rug though, the player will have to pay the owner of rug owner some money. The idea is to have most rugs places on the board at the end of the game.

 

WorryWoo Monsters – Stories and plush toys helping kids deal with emotions

Helping kids deal with their emotions can be difficult, and incorporating emotions in play is a very good way for kids to learn how to talk about their feelings and build confidence.

The award winning WorryWoo Monsters are characters made with this in mind – cute characters that embodies one emotion each. A story book and a plush toy is available for each character, and I’m sure many kids will appreciate having a plush toy friend who’s dealing with the same difficult emotions that they themselves are.

There are six emotional characters available; Nola The Monster of Loneliness, Rue The Monster of Insecurity, Fuddle The Monster of Confusion, Squeek The Monster of Innocence, Wince The Monster of Worry, and last but not least Twitch The Monster of Frustration, which will be available this fall.

Topozoo – a World Filled with Fun Assemble Toy Animals

Topozoo is a world filled with fun assemble toy animals. These toys come in sets with parts for one, two or three animals, and the children choose to assemble these parts into traditional animals, or their very own fantasy animals.

At this point Topozoo has a safari series, a dinosaur series, a monster series, a spring series, a unicorn, a dragon, an owl and two series that children can colour themselves.

Topozoo toys are developed to stimulate creativity and imagination, eco-friendly and made in the USA. Suitable for children 3 years and older.

ThinkGeek – Geek Toys for Geeky Types

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ThinkGeek is one of my favourite webshops. ThinkGeek is a webshop dedicated to geeky and fun toys and apparel. Their target audience is the geekier people, the IT crowd – basicly anyone you’d consider a little bit “brainy”.

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At ThinkGeek they’ve got apparel for children, gadgets, electronics and more. The products cover areas such as Star Wars, Zombies, Linux and Gaming. Many of the products are also very suitable for adults – especially if you’ve got a spouse working in the IT industry.

If you’re looking for Christmas gifts for a child they’ve got a whole section you can browse through.

Should you know someone who’s very into playing World of Warcraft or other types of role playing games a good gift idea would be these health energy potions pictured on the left. Loaded with caffeine which is a gamers fuel but they also contain elderberry and ginseng and are void of sugar.

P’kolinos Wooden Baby Puzzle Stacker

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P’kolinos wooden Baby Puzzle Stacker combines the developmental benefits of the infant toy classics, the stacker and the puzzle, to offer them in one toy.

The Puzzle Stacker helps the child fine tune it’s motor skills, develop spacial logics and learn color and size recognition.

Besides contributing to the child’s development this wooden puzzle stacker toy is also very aesthetic. It has a simple clean design and fresh colors combined with natural wood.

The P’kolino Baby Puzzle Stacker costs 38.50 USD at P’kolino.

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Wooden Games and Toys by Alexander Girard

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Girards wooden toys and games are the kind of things you buy because you just cant take your eyes off of it.

Except for the obvious uses of these toys, any of Girards toys would also work nicely as ornamental pieces. Exploring the wonderful detailed decorations of each toy and game could occupy a baby or toddler for ages, and the lovely colors and shapes will work nicely as decoration in any nursery.

The lovely colors and shapes makes Girards wooden toys something a toddler might wish to try and eat, so keep an watchful eye on any hungry toddler playing with them!

Having said that it should be mentioned that the materials used for all items are non-toxic, so a little gnawing would only be hurtful to your wallet, as each toy costs quite a bit!

The Alexander Girard Memory Game costs 320,00 USD, the Alexander Girard Puzzle costs 250,00 USD, the Alexander Girard Blocks costs 120,00 USD and the Alexander Girard Nativity Game costs 410,00 USD but they’re absolutely beautiful!

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