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Building All Children is excited to share with you our 2018 Christmas List for Children!
We have spent hours researching to provide you the best age-appropriate and development-building toys for your children. We desire for your family to slow down and enjoy the Holiday! We hope you can find time to open presents together, play together, and celebrate Jesus’ birthday together!
We wish you…A Very Merry Christmas!
Birth to 12 months Old
Until about three months old, your baby doesn’t seem to do anything except check out his or her surroundings. At this age, their vision is still blurry, so they see bright, bold patterns well and it’s best to avoid contrasting colors. As your baby grows, he or she will enjoy playing with things that engage all the senses. Toys are designed to draw in the kids’ attention in various ways like sounding squeaky, feeling rough or squishy, and looking shiny and attractive. Infants will typically enjoy toys they can put in their mouths since teething occurs early on. Take precautions to avoid toys that are not intended to go in the mouth. Soon enough they’ll be into everything so it’s important to get in the habit of moving all tiny parts and even certain foods out of their reach. There are many ideas for children birth to 12 months old that will entice their senses and entertain their curiosity.
Here are some of our favorites…
Birth to 12 month old toy ideas:
- Rattling Toys
- Unbreakable mirrors
- Floor gyms
- Activity boards
- Stuffed animals or dolls
- Small fabric balls.
One-Two years old
At this age, your baby will begin to use motor muscle skills to enjoy interactive and responsive toys. He or she might enjoy toys that involve buttons to push, music that plays in response to touch, things involving pop-ups, or toys that require using a soft, age-appropriate hammer or ball. From one to two, they’re still too young to learn the ABCs, but would enjoy interacting with toys that say or sing letters and numbers. These toys expose children to language and sounds which will soon become developmental milestones.
- Stacking rings
- Nesting cups or boxes
- Push- or pull-toys that make noise or have pieces that pop up or move
- Hammering sets that let kids hammer pegs or balls through holes
- Simple, sturdy musical instruments like tambourines, drums, or maracas
- Shape sorters
- Large play vehicles, such as a school bus or a fire engine, plus plastic people that ride in them
- Puzzles with four or five pieces
- Rubber ducks or toy boats for bath time
Two-Three years old
By two to three years of age, your child has developed the fine motor skills needed to complete a puzzle or build with blocks by his or herself. They’ll begin to initiate pretend play by imitating the actions of others they see. They’ll enjoy toys that make real-life sounds, such as phones that ring or dolls that talk. Boys may love actively pretending with a toy dump truck, and girls might pretend to feed and care for their dolls. Children seem very active at this age. While they’ll still enjoy their push- and pull-toys, they may begin enjoying ride-on toys as they develop coordination and strength. Your daughter or son may begin using colors and numbers to describe things more often. Use laundry to teach colors by sorting clothes into color piles and matching socks. Use car rides to work on counting all the red cars or yellow school buses they can find. The more you identify toys by characteristics, the more you’re helping build vocabulary and observation skills.
- Dolls and stuffed animal
- Pretend-play toys like phones, tea-party sets, toy kitchens or construction sets, and doll beds or strollers
- Ride-on toys and tricycles
- Musical instruments that involve responsive lights and sounds
- Vehicular toys with horns, engine sounds, or sirens like cars, trucks, firetrucks, and police cars
- Construction toys that snap together
Four-Five years old
At this age, learning seems to ignite and it’s a good time to introduce interactive educational, teaching toys. You daughter or son is capable of imaginary play now, and may want to pretend that they’re someone else. They enjoy dressing up and pretending to take on professions and/or characters they are interested in. Your child may pretend to be “mommy” or “daddy” at times, and these are good opportunities to allow them to safely help with chores by using toy vacuums, sweeping the floor, helping wash dishes, and folding towels. Local fire stations often welcome families to come look and learn at scheduled times, and your little ones may enjoy seeing their pretend-play characters in real life. Encourage his or her imagination and allow them to try building things without helping them, or working puzzles with less help over time. Give them plenty of patience and provide as many opportunities as you can to build motor muscles during play. The more they can use their fingers to button doll clothes or work puzzles, and their legs to kick balls or peddle bikes, the more their development and coordination will thrive.
- Blocks or magnetic shapes
- Electronic phonics toys
- Construction sets with large pieces, such as Lego Duplo or Lincoln Logs
- Action figures
- Dress-up clothes
- Transportation toys, such as parking garages, airports, and train stations
- Board games that don’t require reading, such as Hungry Hungry Hippos, Yahtzee Jr., or Candyland
- Soccer balls and basketballs
- Bicycles with training wheels
Six-Seven years old
By six and seven, you’re likely seeing some independence in your child as they begin to show interest in particular things and really observe the actions of peers and adults around them. Their friends are becoming increasingly important to them, and they may begin to desire the same toy a friend got for his or her birthday. They’ll likely begin to show interest in computer games, having friends over, playing team sports, and enjoying board games. He or she may love listening to music but playing instruments may still be challenging. Continue to encourage physical play, building their gross motor muscles and developing strong coordination. Provide and promote healthy interactions with peers so that your child learns patience, empathy, leadership, and kindness. These interactive skills and their social-emotional development will serve them well the rest of their lives.
- Remote-control cars
- Basic science kits
- Magnets, magnifying glasses, and telescopes
- Craft kits
- Game Boys
- Computer and video games
- Construction sets, such as Legos or K’Nex
- Sports equipment
- Board games that involve strategy, including chess and checkers
Please remember the most important part of development is PLAY! Play with your children and enjoy the time together. Building All Children hopes you find time to play together, learn together, and explore together!
Please join us this Friday, Nov.16th from 10-11am.
The children will do an amazing craft, have circle time, and hear a story. They will take a book home and you will hear from Kendra about your child’s development and some ideas for the Holidays!
Please RSVP to Kendra@buildingallchildren.org
Please don’t miss this opportunity!
Building All Children’s 5th Annual Benefit Dinner was AMAZING! Humbled is how my heart feels, thankfulness cannot even be described and I’m overwhelmed with abundant joy! Every seat was full and the evening could not have been more special. From our guest speakers, to the children that participated, to all the amazing volunteers, everything came together and it was a beautiful evening.
We raised the most funding we have ever raised and made connections that will allow us to keep building! Building children, building families, and building the Kingdom! I shared that when we created Building All Children, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, I had several business men tell me that in 5 years BAC would either close down or take off and I had the privilege to announce our TAKE-OFF! Exciting things are happening and we are helping many families and changing lives forever!
The venue, Spain Ranch, was breathtaking and allowed our guests to feel comfortable. The peace in the room was God-given and it will be a night we will never forget! Thank you to ALL who made this evening happen. You will NEVER know how grateful I am.
Right before the event started I took a deep breath and looked around…I saw volunteers working hard, the fundraising committee adding their magical touches, and the BAC Team/Board of Directors making everything perfect! My heart was overwhelmed knowing that only the Lord could orchestrate so many people involved to help BUILD children.
The registration table was ready to greet our guests! Huge thank you to all our Corporate Sponsors! Because of YOU we will continue to Build children!
The tables were prepared for our guests. Ready for an evening of great stories, lots of laughter, and relationship building.
We believe in the power of stories! Our guests did not have a table number to sit at…they had a child’s name along with the child’s story! Each guest was represented by a child.
The chairs were filled and the white barn was full!
The silent auction was AMAZING! The donations that we received allowed us to raise funding to help more children. THANK YOU for all the beautiful donations!
Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who provides rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains. -Psalm147:8
Only the Lord, and we are grateful for the way He is providing! He provides in mighty ways…and we are thankful!
Thank you to ALL the restaurants and gift shops that donated gift cards…we are grateful! They sold out quickly and provided great funding! THANK YOU!
The Raffle was a HUGE success! Thank you Luxe Furniture and Design and Hasty Bake! We are grateful for your giving! You helped make a few of our guests very happy and allowed us to raise more funding for therapy for children. THANK YOU!
This is one of my favorite parts about the evening…the kid volunteers! They ALL worked so hard to help serve our guests! Very grateful for these kids and their hearts to help children!
Before the guests arrived we took time to thank the Lord for all that he has done! It was an overwhelming feeling (I might have even ugly cried)! It just amazes me how many people we have believing in this program and helping us build this ministry so we can build more children and families!
This is the CREW! The crew that helped me start it from the beginning! They have been involved with every step and have worked countless hours and I love them dearly! This is my family, and together with God’s glory, and an incredible BAC team, we are helping children and family!
This crew worked HARD! Serving all our guests’ dinner, filling up drinks, taking trash, serving dessert, and helping in many other ways! Grateful!
Having the Emert family involved always makes for a special evening. Luke Emert has not only provided his gifts and talents to our program, but he and his amazing wife also helped build and design our office so our reading program will have success! Thanks, Emert Interiors!
Luke played the guitar while our guests mingled and enjoyed dinner. Thank you, Luke, for sharing your talents!
Ginger Ford and Ginger Coffey were the Co-Chairs of the Fundraising Committee and I cannot express in words how thankful I am for their time, talents, and devotion to the Lord and to children. They created an unbelievable team that worked great together, and brought different strengths to the table! Thank you- Shonda Wagner, Ronnie Williams, Wendy Haines, Julie Khalil, Kim McGinty, Teena Lowery, Elizabeth Paitsel, and of course Ginger Ford and Ginger Coffey! These ladies did an amazing job! Their entire families were involved and I am forever grateful! From unloading the cars, to decorating the tables, wrapping the napkins, making signs, sending invitations, ordering supplies, picking up tablecloths, managing the food, creating the silent auctions, and planning the entire event for months….THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
The silent auction was a huge success and our guests left with some amazing items!
Thank you EBdesigns! We are grateful for your giving and your talent! Our guests left with some amazing earrings! THANK YOU!
Ginger Ford sharing about Co-Chairing the event and why she has a passion for Building All Children!
It was an honor to share about Building All Children!
The highlight of the evening was our guest BAC child! He did his amazing Jimmy Fallon thank you’s and added a twist of Heather Land’s “I Ain’t Doin’ It.” He stole the spotlight…and we all LOVED HIM!
We had great guest speakers that shared how Building All Children helped their family. Jamie did an amazing job sharing!
The Asbury women made dessert for all our guests and the kids served the dessert!
Julie is a true gift from the Lord! She is the one that placed each guest at their table making sure each guest would feel comfortable and invited! The BAC team is a better team because of Julie! She is a ROCK STAR!
This is what the entire evening is about…CHILDREN! Helping children build their development and empowering families to know how to advocate for their children!
Deedra Determan was our emcee for the evening! Thank you, Deedra!
Heather Turner from Anthem Road Academy sang a beautiful song for us! Thank you, Heather!
Both of you helped us make the night special!
Thank you, Thank you, to all our guest that spent the evening with us. We are so glad you could be a part of our special evening!
HUGE thank you to Randy Yeats photography for donating your time and talents! We are grateful!
If you were unable to attend our event but would like to help BUILD children and their families please donate to https://buildingallchildren.org/donate/
We are thankful for your support!