94: Cookbooks for Younger Kids

Whether this is a gift idea for a kid who loves to be in the kitchen or if you plan to incorporate your junior chefs in the holiday baking and cooking, here is a selection of top cookbooks to delight the kid chef in your life!

Twist It Up: More Than 60 Delicious Recipes from an Inspiring Young Chef

cookInspiration resides in the kitchen for eleven-year-old Jack Witherspoon. And for good reason. When Jack was going through incredibly tough times battling leukemia for the second time he sought solace in the Food Network and decided his dream was to become a chef. Before long, Jack was creating his own recipes, cooking for cancer fundraisers, and even coining his own culinary catchphrase ( Twist it up! ) to characterize his individual spin on comfort food favorites like French toast, pesto pizza, shepherd’s pie, meat loaf, cupcakes, and more. Clear, step-by-step instructions and sumptuous photographs will encourage cooks of all ages to whip up delicious recipes and make mouthwatering memories in the kitchen.

Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cook Book

kidscookbhgWritten and designed to appeal to kids ages 5 to 12, this all-new edition of the Better Homes and Gardens New Junior CookBook features 65 brand-new recipes that are simple to make and a blast to eat. Each recipe includes a photo of the dish and unique and lively illustrations of characters that tell a story to complement the dish.

All the recipes here are easy-to-follow and packed with helpful hints and fun ways for kids to put their own spin on them. With lots of easy-to-understand nutrition information, it’s a great way to teach kids about healthy eating while getting them interested in cooking.

  • 65 recipes include hearty breakfasts, lunches, and dinners as well as healthy snacks and treats
  • Fun, engaging, full-color illustrations bring each recipe to life and grab kids’ attention
  • Special features cover cooking basics, kitchen safety, menu planning, basic nutrition information, and guidance on reading and understanding food labels

Teach your kids how to eat right and help out in the kitchen with the Better Homes and Gardens New Junior CookBook. It’s the perfect way to make it rewarding for the whole family.

The Cookbook for Kids (Williams-Sonoma): Great Recipes for Kids Who Love to Cook

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Packed with more than 60 yummy recipes for easy-to-make treats, from crepes and cookies to fish tacos and nachos, Williams-Sonoma Cooking for Kids makes cooking loads of fun! This book features gorgeous photography and colorful illustrations in a fun, uncomplicated book that kids and parents are sure to love. Kids will love dishes like cinnamon-swirl French toast for breakfast, or granola bars for after-school snacks. Lots of colorful illustrations and fun facts ensure they will have a blast whipping up their own creations in the kitchen. Delicious and simple, the recipes inspire creativity while teaching the basics of healthy eating and giving kids skills they can use throughout their lives.

Curious Chef 3-Piece Nylon Knife Set

knivesEvery chef needs a knife!

  • Our Curious Chef 3-Piece Nylon Knife Set is a superb collection of flawless kitchen knives for young ones to engage beginning cooking
  • Set includes 1 small, 1 medium, and 1 large nylon knife all with serrated cutting edges, blunt tips; ergonomic handles; and soft touch button grips
  • Appropriate for young gastronomic apprentices ages 5 and up | Dishwasher safe
  • Rigorously tested and conformed to protection requirements of ASTM F963 and CPSIA lead and phthalate limits – and is also BPA free. YAY!
  • Curious Chef is the first complete line of actual cooking tools designed specifically for kids to encourage culinary learning, bonding, and confidence
  • Set includes 1 small, 1 medium and 1 large nylon knife
  • Knives feature serrated cutting edge with blunt tip; ergonomic handle for small hands; soft touch button grips
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Appropriate for children ages 5+
  • Conforms to safety requirements of ASTM F963 and CPSIA lead and phthalate limits; BPA free

95: External Battery Pack and Portable Charger

The Jackery Giant Dual USB Port Power Pack is worth its weight in gold, figuratively speaking. Tired of having a dead phone and looking for an outlet? No more! The Giant will give you 3-4 full phone charges!


jackmini-smallIs your child unreachable due to “dead battery?” Take away the excuses.

Give them the Jackery Mini to keep in their backpack.


  • BATTERY PACK: Ultra high-capacity portable charger with dual USB ports of rechargeable battery power for simultaneous charging of your iPad, iPhone, Android devices.
  • COMPACT TRAVEL CHARGER: The world’s largest capacity external battery pack and portable charger is perfect for long flights, road trips, or whenever you need to charge your iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices. Size (LxWxH): 4.3 x 3.1 x 0.8 inches, Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • SMARTPHONES & TABLETS: Portable battery charger can be used as Samsung Galaxy S5 charger, Samsung Galaxy S4 portable charger, iPhone 6+ portable charger, iPhone 6 charger, iPhone 5 charger, iPad charger, and much more.
  • POWERFUL PORTABLE CHARGER: Panasonic grade A Li-ion polymer cell and premium microchips create high-quality portable charger with 4 layers of smart safety protection circuit and lasts 500+ recharge cycles over the life of the battery.
  • EXTERNAL BATTERY: External battery package includes: Jackery Giant+ External Battery, premium Micro USB to USB 2.0 cable.
  • FLASHLIGHT: Dual LED flashlight for emergencies!

96: Car Charger for the Whole Family

The Belkin Road Rockstar with 4 USB Ports is a gift for the whole family! With 2 ports in the front seat and 2 in the back, this road warrior will keep the peace when everyone needs some quiet time.

  • Seamlessly charge 4 devices simultaneously while on the go
  • Perfect for watching movies on long road trips
  • Designed with a 6-foot cable, and 4 USB ports
  • Extending USB Hub – Allow back seat passengers to easily charge devices
  • Tablet Charging – Charge 2 tablets simultaneously on extending USB Hub
  • 2 front seat USB ports charge smartphones at optimum speeds with shared 2.4A, while the extendable hub allows backseat passengers to charge 2 tablets simultaneously at 2.4A per port
  • Package Includes: Road Rockstar, Velcro Cable Management and 3M Double-sided Adhesive Tape Strip

97: Carcassonne: New Edition

Carcassonne is a clever tile-laying game. The southern French city of Carcassonne is famous for its unique Roman and medieval fortifications. The players develop the area around Carcassonne and deploy their followers on the roads, in the cities, in the cloisters, and in the fields. The skill of the players to develop the area will determine who is victorious. The game is for ages 8 and up and 2 to 5 players.

This new version includes all new artwork as well as the River and Abbott expansions!

If you have the old version and you are looking to double your tile set with this expansion, it will work because the tile backs are identical, HOWEVER, the beautiful new artwork may clash a bit with the old. The mechanics still work properly, but depending on how particular or sensitive you are to the aesthetics of the game, it may or may not be tolerable to you.

This is one of my most favorite games of all time and I still play it at least weekly even after years of owning it.

98: Kindle Fire Kids Edition

The new Kindle Fire Kids Edition from Amazon is the perfect tablet for kids!

What’s not to love about this new tablet from Amazon?

Let me count the ways:

  • Up to $109 in savings on Fire, 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited and a Kid-Proof Case, plus a 2-year worry-free guarantee
  • Not a toy, a full-featured Fire tablet with a 7″ IPS display and front and rear cameras. Add a microSD card for up to 128 GB of additional storage.
  • 2-year worry-free guarantee: if they break it, return it and we’ll replace it for free. No questions asked.
    Unlimited, free access to 10,000 kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games with 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited included
  • Best-in-class parental controls allow you to manage usage limits, content access, and educational goals

99: LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2015

It’s that time of year, again! Get the all new LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar for 2015! You do not want to be left out in the cold when this sells out.

This is the brand new 2015 version!

  • Open a window every day to reveal 24 different LEGO Star Wars themed gifts; features 5 minifigures and 2 holiday-themed Droids
  • Vehicles include Jabba’s Sail Barge, Sand crawler, Star Destroyer, Millennium Falcon, AT-AT, A-wing Starfighter and a sleigh
  • Also features an Ewok weapon rack, catapult, gun turret, blaster rack and Hoth command post
  • Play out fun LEGO Star Wars scenes on the fold-out playmat
  • Makes a great festive gift for humans and Sith Lords everywhere

Our family has enjoyed the LEGO Advent Calendars for many years. With 2 children, we decided that the kid with an even birthday gets the even numbers, the odd birthday with the odd. That has served us well! The great thing about the number 24 is it has a lot of factors! The tricky bit might be if you have 5, 7, or 9 kids, and at that point, you might just want to buy 2 calendars or offer special incentives to claim the remainder days.

If you start preparing for Christmas gradually now,
you will be able to relax and enjoy the holidays!

In case LEGO Star Wars isn’t your thing, here are a few different themed calendars:

Christmas 2015: Let’s get ready!

We’re ramping up for an all new 100-day countdown to Christmas! Lots of great ideas and hot items to discover this year!

This list is hand-picked by me. Every day will feature quality content, not a bunch of spammy links, so bookmark this site and share with your friends!

What’s hot this year? Star Wars, LEGO, board games, Frozen, robots, quadcopters, science, gender neutral, cooking, knitting, and general geekery!

I love to read your comments, so please feel free to add what you like about an activity or item and give your recommendations!

If we start preparing for Christmas now, we will be able to relax and enjoy the festivities with our friends and family instead of out shopping or in the kitchen.

13: Bracelets for Opera and Ballet Lovers

If you are a personal friend of mine, you know that I love opera! I know this is all about Christmas with Kids, but let’s face it, many of us are looking for the perfect gift for our parent, spouse, sibling, or grown child here!

This first gift is a great way to commemorate your daughter’s first opera experience!

Check out this wonderful spiral chart from Cindy Battisti about Donizetti’s opera “The Elixir of Love.”

The Elixir of Love bracelet spiral chart

What girl wouldn’t want a beautiful Queen of the Night bracelet in a box with a pair of tickets to see The Magic Flute? I know that I’d love this! Check out all of these lovely bracelets!

This jewelry artist specializes in bracelets that the tell the story of an opera or ballet through symbolic beads and charms. They are very clever and beautiful. I really like that they can help you remember plot details. and it’s a great way to recall and celebrate favorite performances and events.

Did your daughter just sing her first operatic role at college this semester? Celebrate that with an opera bracelet!

Did your young ballerina dance in The Nutcracker this Christmas? There’s a Nutcracker bracelet for that! If she’s too young, get one for yourself to commemorate the event!

Please visit Cindy’s Facebook Page and her website for more information!

If you are a fan of The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD Series, join my Facebook group! That’s where I met Cindy!

 

 

30: The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition

We’ve all seen this little guy and wondered, “What’s the deal with The Elf on the Shelf?”

I’ve had a lot of friends adopt this new Christmas tradition and they all seem to be having a lot of fun with it! Some family members take turns hiding the elf around the house each day during Advent and letting the others find it, then hide it, again. If you have time, another hilarious activity is to pose the elf getting into Christmas mischief and mishaps around the house or classroom every day!

There is a whole line of related products and a variety of elves available:

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition with Blue Eyed North Pole
The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition with Brown Eyed North Pole Elf,brown skin, black hair
The Elf on the Shelf – Girl Elf Edition with North Pole Blue Eyed Girl Elf and Girl-character themed Storybook

The Claus Couture Elf on the Shelf Skirt Collector’s Edition 2012
The Claus Couture Scout Elf Skirt
The Elf on the Shelf Girl Plushee Pal – Light
Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story Elf Figurines, Set of 4
Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story Santa Figurine
Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story Sound Book

Baby Elf on the Shelf in Bag
The Elf on the Shelf: Activity Book – Great for teachers!
An Elf’s Story DVD

40: Beards for Everyone!

The Original Beard Beanie

  • The Official Beard Beanie Eco Friendly 3 Ply hat with a crocheted beard.
  • One piece like a mask and fits snug to stay in place for any outdoor activities, or great fun at parties/nights out.
  • Made from soft 75% recycled cotton and 25% virgin polyester for easy care.
  • Each beard is individually hand knitted.
  • A full range of colours and designs.

Beard Head - Santa Edition

Beard Head – Santa Edition

For more cool beard + hat combos (Pirate, Viking, and Barbarian!), check out the Christmas with Kids Store!