It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a month since Lila turned 5, and I just finished her thank you notes today. As we were going through the list, I was so impressed with how thoughtful and creative the gifts were that she received. So I thought I’d share a list of some of her favorite presents, plus a few things I love to give newbie 5 year old!
Books, Books, and More Books
One of our new favorite books is written by actress Jamie Lee Curtis, It’s Hard to Be Five: Learning How to Work My Control Panel. She’s written a slew of other wonderful books, (including Big Words for Little People) but this is one we read often. It’s getting Lila ready for Kindergarten, and helps little ones understand the transition of growing up and not being a baby anymore. Highly recommend this for any kids you know turning 5!
Book series are awesome gifts as well. We use the BOB Books (Lila’s on this level Bob Books Set 2-Advancing Beginners), which are great for teaching word families.
And my friend Katy loves the Usborne Very First Reading Series for her daughter Samantha. She told me “The stories are well written, funny and engaging. My daughter loves these books and really looks forward to not only the bonding of story time, but the challenge and reward of puzzles at the end of each book.” They also teach reading comprehension, which is key for elementary school.
Big Kid Legos
Another great gift we received were these intricate Cinderella Legos, officially called LEGO Disney Princess Cinderella’s Dream Carriage. (In case you want to check them out!) I was skeptical at first of the little pieces, and the fact the box said for ages 6 -12. But sisters Darcy and Cassie nailed it when they chose this gift for Lila. She loved putting them together…and it was a great activity to do with her dad. We will definitely be buying more of these!
Dolls are big business in our house, you can never have enough…especially rock star The Beatrix Girls! This new line of dolls was one of the hottest trends this past holiday season, and the company was kind enough to send me not one, but two dolls for both my girls. I gave the blonde, Ainsley, to Lila for her birthday, and she really liked this 12 inch, well-constructed doll. Bonus, Ainsley came with a VIP Pass so we were able to listen and download their original songs. Yes, they play music and have videos! I actually heard Lila singing one today…pretty catchy! If you are as tired of Frozen and other Disney Princesses as I am, check these out.
Lila also received a Lalaloopsy Loopy Hair Doll too, which both girls are gaga over. They love playing beauty shop. My 2 year says over and over “mommy, braiding hair!” As long as it’s not my hair…go for it Emy.
Art Projects Galore
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