One thing I’ve learned over the years is that it’s a waste of money to buy my son “toys” that don’t really DO anything.
Action figures. Pretend helicopters. Little cars to push around. Waste waste waste.
Jon David is only really entertained when he is learning or creating something. He’s always been that way, which can be both good and bad at times. Good because he learns a TON, but bad because a lot of the things he wants to do require help, and I only have so much time in a day.
Awhile back, I discovered Klutz books, and they’ve been a favorite ever since. They’re reasonably priced, and come with all the materials your child will need to complete the projects in the book. There is a HUGE variety, from art, to building, to imaginative play, and they never fail to keep Jon David occupied.
We most recently bought this Lego Crazy Action Contraptions book, and Jon David has had a ton of fun with it. Every piece you need, as well as step by step instructions for 16 projects are included. They’re easy enough for kids around 7 -10 to put together, but just complicated enough for it to take a bit of time and thought. We really love this one!!
This Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes is another one we’ve had our eye on for awhile. It’s for ages 7 and up, and comes with 40 pieces of sturdy patterned paper, as well as step-by-step instructions for 10 really cool airplanes. Jon David will fly paper airplanes for hours, so I have no doubt he will love this book.
This Klutz Juggling book comes with 3 bean bags and complete step-by-step instructions on how to juggle. If the bruised apples in my fruit bowl are any indication, I think this book would be very popular in my house! It’s the oldest Klutz book, and one of their best selling. I am going to buy this one and save to give to Jon David on a rainy day.
There are tons of fun Klutz options for girls, but I really love this Fancy Paper Fashions book. It comes with patterned paper, stencils, glue, and tons of sequins, beads and ribbon to embellish the dresses. Even tiny hangers!! I sort of want it now. For myself.
When I was younger, I went through a phase where I had a whole Friendship Bracelet Business going, so I really love this Klutz Friendship Bracelet Book. It comes with tons of instructions, as well as floss, beads, and even a clipboard to secure the floss while you work. So cool!!
If you’ve got little ones, Klutz has a Chicken Socks series that is a lot of fun for younger kids. I have bought this Twirly Tutu book as a gift for my niece and it’s completely adorable. It comes with material to tie a pretty tutu, and lots of activities to do afterwards.
A few years ago, Jon David went through a super hero obsession, and I got him this Klutz Superhero Starter Kit. He had a ton of fun with it and looked so dang cute. It comes with a cape, stickers, and 3 paper masks, as well as indispensable superhero advice.
I highly recommend having a few Klutz books on hand for last minute gifts or “I’m bored” weekends. We love them!!
**Klutz did not pay me for this endorsement, we just really like their books sooooo….(but if they wanna pay me I will totally take the money).