Have you and your child been invited to a girls birthday party (between the ages of 4 & 6) and you are looking for a good gift idea? If so I have a great recommendation!
Personally I have a $15 spending guideline for myself when buying birthday gifts that I really need to stick to in order to not blow our family budget (kids can get invited to a LOT of parties). That being said I really want my gift to make a good impression, have lasting play value, and not just turn into plastic clutter in a few days. That is a tall order for $15 these days!
So let me tell you about the Hand Art activity book from Klutz.
If you are not familiar with Klutz, they offer many fun high-quality spiral bound activity and craft books which usually have a vinyl pocket attached with supplies. Hand Art, for ages 4 and up is part of their “Chicken Socks” line of activity books for the slightly younger crowd. Each page shows how to position your hand in order to trace a unique animal. There is also a larger picture which shows an example of how to decorate it with color, googly eyes and pom-poms to bring it to life. The book comes with a supply of googly eyes and pom-poms along with a small tube of glue and crayons in the attached vinyl zip-closure bag. My daughter and I have enjoyed making Hand Art together but it is also easy enough for her to do independently (A REAL BONUS – RIGHT MOMS?!!!). She takes this book out again and again. We have replaced the googly eyes and pom-poms too many times to count.
Additional kid’s birthday party ideas…
- If you like this gift or another, buy a few of them and stick them in your closet for the next party (you know there will be one and it with save you time later!).
- Save gift bags and reuse them or if you have to buy one add value to your gift by using a decorative REUSABLE bag (similar to reusable grocery bags) in Toys R Us stores for less money than other wrapping methods!
- Lastly, have you child make their friend a card by hand or with an on-line card maker. Crayola had a great website with many activities including a card-maker (see my post on Crayola).
I hope you like my recommendation and if you have other great kids birthday gift ideas under $15 please share them in a comments.