Gifts You Can Buy, Gifts You Can Make, Gifts You Can Find: Gift ideas for Infants, Toddlers, and Pre

Question: What are some suggestions for timeless gifts for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers? I love natural materials for babies especially when they are not just touching, but mouthing things as they learn about the world. Wood, metal, cotton . . . I also like to hunt for toys in unusual places like restaurant supply stores, farmers markets, or the forest. I want to give children toys that don’t do everything for them. “Passive toys, active baby,” as we say in RIE®. We say, that if an adult can think of 3 uses for a toy then a child can think of even more, ha! I like open-ended toys that can become different things with the child’s imagination. I also prefer toys where adults don’t fee

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