Thinking outside the box for stocking stuffers for young children can be a challenge. In fact, filling a stocking with things that are interesting at all feels like a challenge! Your knee jerk response is to pick up several dozen small toys that might well be ignored completely in the piles of new toys and goodies from everyone your child has ever met—preferably small toys that are as inexpensive as possible. Maybe you give in to the sugar craze and dump chocolate bars into their stocking, figure you’ll portion them out over the course of the year, and then wind up throwing them away later. Maybe you throw in a few useful things, figuring that your child won’t notice a toothbrush (it has Elmo on it; that’s fun, right?) in amidst all the toys, and that’s at least something that they need. And it takes up space!
What if, instead of filling the stocking with useless things that will just become clutter in a few short days, you filled the stocking with things that your child will actually play with—and learn from? What supplies would you love to have to homeschool with that haven’t fit into your budget? Could they come out of your stocking budget—even just a few of them?