Living Gift Guide

Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, and a life.
~Charlotte Mason 


    One of the things that I find begins to dawn upon moms as they embrace Charlotte Mason's philosophy of education is that not only can the education of their children be more living, but their play can be living as well. Of course, as we pursue a living education, our homes fill up with living books, handicraft supplies, and all things art. But, even our toys can both be living and encourage open-ended, imaginative play. Over the years, I have slowly ditched the more twaddle-like toys, games, and activities and replaced them with items that encourage my children to play like education is truly a life and like the atmosphere of our home aids them in learning outside of the "classroom".

Each year for Christmas, I attempt to balance out the inevitable "buzz" items that are requested (Read: Nerf Guns and Pokemon Cards) with living games, puzzles, handicraft supplies, art supplies, nature items and open-ended toys. What follows is a list of items that I love in the categories of: Play, Handicrafts, Nature/Scouting Supplies, Art Supplies, Games, Books, Science/STEM and Skill Building. This isn't an attempt at a "mega" living gift list, but is instead a compilation of things I have purchased, used, personally seen, loved, or plan to purchase for my children. 

Melissa and Doug Fold and Fill Taco Set  (this is the set I am purchasing this year, but we also love ALL other Melissa and Doug play food sets) 
Melissa and Doug 4-in-1 Puzzles (we also love ALL Melissa and Doug puzzles) 



Skill Building 



Art Supplies


Stocking Stuffers
Riddle Books

Want more gift ideas?
Here are a few gift guides from other living educators:

Merriest of Christmases to you, Friends.
May your holiday season be spent....Delightfully Feasting.
Crystin <3

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