Okay, so I am old enough to think every grade school child does not need to own a lot of technology. I still think hands-on gifts are the best and, if they include time with you-even better. There is no greater gift you can give a child than time spent with him or her. This year, when you are putting your gift shopping list together, consider at least one or more of the following ideas.
Craft gift: This is an easy gift to put together. Craft papers-like construction paper, copy paper, drawing paper or card stock are needed. Include colored pencils, watercolors, charcoal pencils, watercolor pencils, crayons, finger paint or markers. It doesn't need to be all of them. One or two will work. Add scissors, glue, glitter, yarn, ribbon or anything else that you want to add. Adhesive foam letters are inexpensive and fun. Foam frames, bookmarks and squares are all available at the dollar store.
Construction gift: A simple hammer, nails, screwdriver and screws are great gift starters. Add scraps of wood, wood glue, craft glue, cardboard cut into different shapes, from squares to rectangles to circle. Save empty containers, bottle lids, paint, foam or poster board, hooks, chains, rope or anything else that can be used to build anything the imagination can conceive.
Cooking gift: Find a few simple recipes that a child can bake. Write them on his or her own recipe cards and put them in a recipe box. Add all the dry ingredients the child will need. Include their own apron, pan, bowl, spoon and measuring cup. While an Easy-Bake oven is a great toy for a young child, this kind of gift knows no age limit!