Today, we are hosting a holiday giveaway with some of our favorite toys and products from Etsy! For those of you who don’t know about Etsy (gasp!), let us help you out a bit.
Etsy is a handmade and vintage marketplace FULL of amazing, beautiful and original treasures. From jewelry to home goods to clothing to handmade soaps, there is definitely something for everyone.
If you are stumped on finding that perfect holiday gift for a child on your list, we can guarantee that we have something today that will make you shout, AHA – THAT’S IT!
Today, we’re rounding up our favorite Etsy finds that are the perfect props for supporting healthy development in kids. We found lots of awesome handmade items that hit the nail on the head when it comes to promoting fine, gross and sensory motor skills.
Read a little bit about our favorite products and then be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win a gift package of some of our favorite items from Etsy! Let’s get to it!
1 || OPEN ENDED CREATIONS || This Etsy shop features beautiful “curvy boards” that are made from 9 layers of maple hardwood. Your child could make one of these into a slide, teeter totter, balance beam…the possibilities are endless. Maybe that’s why they call their shop “Open Ended Creations”!
2 || BABY GRAPHICS || We thought this idea was genius! A hopscotch floor graphic that is non-slip and anti-skid! It is colorful, cheerful and can be used inside and out!
3 || SHANTY BANTY || Encouraging coordination, logical thinking, concentration and creativity, these mandala-style puzzles and domino sets will keep your kiddos busy for hours! Follow Shanty Banty on Facebook. Shop at Shanty Banty today with the following discount codes: SALE10 – 10% off for order over $10, SALE20 – 20% off for order over $20, SALE30 – 30% off for order over $30
4 || LADY BUG ON CHAMOMILE || We loved the creativity in this shop and how she makes all kinds of creative magnets from dinosaurs to vehicles. Use these to encourage fine motor play, imaginative play, or even gross motor play by having your child bend to pick them up and bring them to a magnetic surface!
5 || GRAPHISOAP || Beautiful handmade soaps with scents to stimulate even the pickiest of olfactory systems! What a great gift for kiddos who LOVE bath time or just to keep on the kids’ bathroom sink?
6 || THE IDEA BOX KIDS || LOVE LOVE LOVE this entire Etsy shop and I promise you will not be able to decide on just one of these amazing boxes. From the Wiggle Box to the Scavenger Hunt Box, from the Teacher Box to the Quiet Time Box, there is definitely something for everyone to encourage creativity and movement through child-led play! Follow Jennifer from The Idea Box Kids for product updates and information: Facebook, Twitter. Jennifer is offering our readers 20% off from now until December 31st with the coupon code “BF2014”.
7 || JUMPROPEIA || What could be a better gift than a beautiful jump rope? My 8-year-old is all about jumping and skipping her way down the driveway and would love one of these. Jumpropeia’s products are colorful, handmade gems and they will custom make a jump rope to your specific colors and size! Follow Kathy from Jumpropeia on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook! Today, you can get 20% off of your order with Jumpropeia with the code “BLACKFRIDAY20”.
8 || DIMPPETTO || These free-standing puzzles are some of the most beautiful we have ever seen! Made of aspen wood and hand painted with child safe paints, these will provide an awesome challenge for fine motor skills and visual motor skills for your child!
9 || BRIGHT LIFE TOYS || Beanbags are a staple item in our pediatric therapy practice. We use them for working on throwing skills, for balancing on our heads or for working on body awareness by carrying them in the crook of our arm or between our legs. This Etsy shop has a great collection of pretty beanbags and so many more toys that encourage child development!
10 || MIMIS CORN BAGS || Imagine cuddling up with one of these sweet and warm corn bags on a chilly night! Your kids will appreciate the warmth and comfort they bring to chilly hands and toes and the calming sensation that they encourage! The perfect bedtime sensory experience! Follow this shop on Facebook. Save 15% today with coupon code “BLACKFRIDAY2014”.
12 || OUR LITTLE MESSES || Get your child thinking creatively with these easy on-the-go Crayon Artist Cases that include a pad of paper and Crayola mini twistable crayons! This sturdy case with a handle holds everything kids need to create a masterpiece no matter where they are! Follow Our Little Messes on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for shop updates and product info! This shop is offering 20% off with no coupon code required from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.
13 || THE SPOILED SPROUT || Picking up coins and putting them in a slot is a tried and true occupational therapy trick for encouraging fine motor skills! And, of course, it’s a great way to save up some money too! This shop features gorgeous, hand-painted, personalized piggy banks – the perfect one-of-a-kind gift!
14 || PLAY SAFE TOYS || Send your mighty hunter on a wild adventure with his very own bow and arrow set! Ideal for a child up to age 7, this shop makes these sets in tons of fun colors. The arrows are tipped in foam and are fletched for balance.
15 || PLAY TIPI || I. WANT. ONE. OF. THESE. FOR. MYSELF. Do you think this awesome shop would custom make a play teepee that would fit a 6 footer, like myself? :)
16 || BABY’S INDULGENCE || Do you avoid messy play because it’s… well, messy? This shop has you covered, literally! Messy play is an awesome sensory experience and with a Splat Mat, clean up is easy!! Colorful and durable, this is a perfect gift for kids AND their parents!
17 || STORY BOOK BLOCKS || Do you have a baby or a mom-to-be on your holiday shopping list this year? Check out the sweet blocks in this shop where you are sure to find a set that goes along with your favorite book from The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Peter Rabbit. Not only are they pretty, they are perfect for fine motor play too!
Want to win a gift package full of some of our favorite Etsy finds? Enter below! This prize package would be the perfect way to jump start your holiday shopping and includes:
1 || A handmade jumprope from Jumpropeia
2 || A Wiggle Box from The Idea Box Kids
3 || A mandala puzzle set from Shanty Banty
4 || Artist Case from Our Little Messes
5 || Bow and arrow set from Play Safe Toys
(You must be 18 years old and a resident of the continental US to win. Please read full rules before entering!)*Prize items may differ in size, color, and product type from the items pictured above.