To make shopping for kids easier, Brilliant Sky Toys & Books came up with the idea to sort through the 10,000 kids' products they carried in their 17 stores and make a list of their favorites. They started the Brilliance Awards 5 years ago, and they just announced the 2014 list – and they are mostly low tech recommendations, which is awesome!
I love toys that allow my girls to use their imaginations and spark their creativity. I also love supporting small businesses, so I love seeing small businesses do things like encouraging the simpler toys that share my values.
If you're getting started on your holiday shopping, check out this list of award winners – there's sure to be something that's right for the kids on your list. I know there are several things on this list my girls would love. The prices range from $9.99 to $39.99, so there's something for every budget too.
- Squigz Starter Set (24 pieces)
- Plus-Plus Mini-Basic (480 pieces)
- Lottie Dolls
- Doodle Quest
- Create Your Own Storybook
- Super Stadium Baseball Game
- Sew Cute Sets
- Illustrated Adventure Stories and Illustrated Fairy Tales
- Paint Your Own Porcelain Bowls
My girls will be receiving a few of these items, which I know they'll be thrilled about!
Squigz Starter Set
We first saw these at ABC Kids Expo in 2013. These little suction cup connectors are so fun and can provide entertainment for quite some time! Both girls love building, and this set takes a unique spin on it.
Zoë has a basic weaving loom and she loves it. She picked it up pretty quickly, so I'm excited to give this to her as a step up. It's something I'm sure I'd even have fun with 🙂
Paint Your Own Porcelain Bowls
Another thing Zoë loves to do is paint. Any time she gets a crafty project for painting she does it right away. I thought it would be really fun for her to paint her own bowls!
If you want to support a small business, you can find a complete listing of all 17 specialty stores across the country on the Brilliant Sky Toys website, www.BrilliantSkyToys.com.
Win an Award Winner!
Brilliant Sky Toys & Books is giving one of my readers their choice of toys from the award winners list above! This giveaway is open to US residents only. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!