Stocking Fillers don’t have to be junk! Instead why not choose practical toys or use it as an opportunity to stock up on art and craft supplies! Here are some of our favourite stocking filler ideas for babies right through to bigger kids.
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Stocking Fillers for Babies
Bubbles, finger puppets and bath toys make great stocking fillers for babies. Musical instruments or fabric books are great too!
We love scarves for playing peekaboo and stuffing into an empty wipe packet for baby to explore! They’re also great for creating small worlds for pretend play when they’re a little older.
Stocking Fillers for Toddlers
We love road and rail tape and it makes a great stocking filler, especially when combined with a toy car.
Have you tried Bath Dropz before? They turn the water different colours!
Schleich animals are our absolute favourite and played with most days in our house. Why not choose their favourite animal or dinosaur for their stocking?
Choosing some art and craft supplies to fill your stocking is a handy way of avoiding lots of junk! Palm Grip crayons are fantastic for little ones who are just starting out with mark making. We adore Paint Sticks– they are one of my favourite go-to gifts for toddlers and preschoolers.
Stocking Fillers for Preschoolers
Orchard Toys make a great selection of mini games that are great for travelling and perfect to pop into a stocking.
Magnetic wands are such fun, especially with magnetic counters or paperclips.
The Learning Resources Handy Tool Set is brilliant for developing fine motor skills in children. We use ours all the time for water play and other sensory play. They are also really great when combined with water beads.
For an extra special gift you could buy some plain peg dolls and paint them. These Frozen dolls were actually fairly simple to do. If it seems a little too complicated you could simply paint them in rainbow colours.
To make Frozen peg-dolls I suggest lightly drawing out the design first. I found it helpful to draw a line down the middle to make sure it was all symmetrical.
You will need some acrylic paint to get a good finish on these dolls. We used these acrylic paints and I highly recommend them, though you will need to mix them to get the right shades. Paint the base colours of the dress first and then leave them to dry before adding the hair. The little details on the dress were added using posca pens
Stocking Fillers for Bigger Kids
Water colours & Acrylic Pens for rock painting are great art and craft supplies for older kids.
Gofindit is a fab outdoor nature treasure hunt game that is the same size as a pack of cards, so easy to pop into a stocking. We love the game Dobble and there are lots of versions now, including a Disney Princess one and Harry Potter version.
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