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Old 12-07-2009, 02:18 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Art stuff. Paper, colored pencils, stencils, water colors... creative stuff. It helps them express feeling they cant always talk about, or maybe just for fun.

 
Old 12-07-2009, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Smalltown, USA
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Every 8 year old boy needs a pocket watch, (seriously, they love them) and the little girl could use a locket or charm bracelet.
I'm not sure about boys, but a charm bracelet is an awesome idea for a little girl. Then you can always get her charms for b-day, Christmas, etc.

Great idea, Sapph!!!
 
Old 12-07-2009, 02:33 PM
 
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Every 8 year old boy needs a pocket watch, (seriously, they love them) and the little girl could use a locket or charm bracelet.
I LOVE that idea Sapph....a pocket watch for him. He really would love that.

I'll have to think about the jewelry for her....she obviously has all her mama's jewelry (in dad's safe hands for now). But you did give me a great idea....thanks.

Books? I have no idea what is good reading for kids that age right now. I love all the classics for kids that I grew up with and my own kids have copies of.....but I don't want them to be dust collectors either...both are mature for their ages. I'm leaning toward Calvin and Hobbes for him (since my son LOVED those books at his age)...not so sure dad would approve (lol). Are American Girl dolls/books still popular? She's really not much into dolls, but she may like the books. Dad has been trying to steer her away from Hannah Montana....which she was hooked on two years ago. (I know....mature for a six year old, but she loved Hannah then!)
 
Old 12-07-2009, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Tetons, WY
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How about a used grandfather clock? It's a great stocking stuffer.

You can always give kids a card with some cash in it. Works everytime.
 
Old 12-07-2009, 03:38 PM
 
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That's what they got for birthdays! (minus the grandfather clock!)
 
Old 12-07-2009, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Texas
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They are good readers? What about a "chose your on adventure" book. I LOVE those.

This frame is pretty neat as a stuffer, if Dad orders school photos every year: http://www.wearmeoutkids.com/school_days_frame.jpg

A GF has a frame like the one above, a keepsake for sure.
 
Old 12-07-2009, 04:35 PM
 
Location: That's pretty obvious
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ooh I loved those choose your adventure books too...are they still around. And the Trixie Belden series was a big hit with me at that age.
 
Old 12-07-2009, 04:56 PM
 
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Love the pocket watch and charm bracelet ideas! And even tho she has all of mama's jewelry, the charm bracelet is super cool because it is hers in a unique way ~ since she could receive new charms as she has momentous occasions (ie, learns to skate/ride bike, looses first tooth, first piano recital, sports accomplishments, you get the picture ).

And those "Choose Your Own Adventure" books look great! My 7yod would love those! Some other good ones for that age are the Junie B. Jones series and Magic Treehouse. C loves those as well!
 
Old 12-07-2009, 06:03 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Ugh....my son comes running in from the back porch...Mom theres a possum there. Sure enough I peak out and there it is sitting under my patio chair. EWWWWWW it wont go away and I'm completely creeped out by critters. I didn't realize they were a problem in this area????
 
Old 12-07-2009, 08:28 PM
 
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We have possums in our neighborhood, too.....but they don't bother anything really--they're just hungry. I see them scurry across my yard sometimes when it's still dark in the morning when I leave for work.
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