Farmhouse Schoolhouse Christmas Guide: Entrepreneurs, Handicrafters & Storytellers

Its time for our 2nd Gift Guide!  Enjoy!

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THE ENTREPRENEUR~

My little entrepreneur is almost always making something, inventing something or trying to sell off something we own. He is always scheming and making plans. I like to give him gifts that keep him gainfully occupied…in other words, good trouble instead of bad trouble! 🙂  He is our puzzle lover, game night enthusiast and logic lover.

I have told him he is not allowed to file taxes until he turns 12 and he recently negotiated that down to 11. He has asked for “business classes” in the mean time. Here is a list of our favorite gifts for budding entrepreneurs.

1. Your Business Math Series from Simply Charlotte Mason.  (ages 8-12)Your-Business-Math-Pet-Store-hd.jpg
Choose between Pet Store, Book Store and Sports Store.  The kids keep an account ledger, learn to write checks, pay bills, figure out taxes, etc. It walks kids through 12 months of a business year and there are chance cards that spice things up!

2) Lemonade to Leadership (6th-8th grade)

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Recognizing opportunities, market products, implement business plans, etc. We’re excited to try this one out one day!

3) A LEGIT cash box.
At our most recent Wild + Free Kids Craft Fair I heard a few 9 year olds use the phrase “legit cash box.”  Gotta keep those lemonade stand quarters safe and sound.
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4) Business Cards
This would be a great stocking stuffer that sends a message of love, encouragement and support.

5) Monopoly
Practice, practice, practice!

6) Logic Games- here are a few of our favorites

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 Mastermind

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Rush Hour

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Blokus

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Colorku

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Logic Links

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Katamino

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Pyramix

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Gobblet

 

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Settlers of Catan

7) Speaking of logic, we highly recommend The Fallacy Detective! Our boys have loved working through this together and its sharpened their eyes, minds and hearts.

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8) Set up a nook in your home for their business. A thrifted desk, a small whiteboard, some office supplies.

9) A Business loan or investment– seed money for their little start up.

 

THE HANDICRAFTER~

  1. Handicrafts Made Simple Series by Simply Charlotte MasonHandicrafts-Crochet-DVD-case.jpg
    This is a great series of instructional DVDs that we personally own and use often. My boys learned how to knit, crochet, hand sew and make useful paper crafts using these DVDs. If you have a craft loving child but have little skill of your own to impart, these are a worthy investment!2) Woodworking tools
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    Woodworking with Children & Easy Carpentry Projects for Children are two helpful books.
    51ukEWDI5KL._SX333_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgOr a great book for those wanting to Whittle
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    For more whittling tools, check out JM Cremps

    3) Beginner’s Loom from Melissa and Doug
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    4) Lap Loom from Magic Cabin

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    5) Children’s Knitting and Sewing Kit 
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    6) Nature’s Art Box
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    7) Our favorite craft book: “Crafts Through the Year” 617CCYb6tHL._SX455_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

    8) Basket Making Kits

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    9) Year in Bloom Calendar Kit 
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10) Handmade By Stamp
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11) Needle Felting Kit
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THE STORYTELLER~

As a storyteller, this category is close to my heart. I’m pretty much shopping for my childhood self.

  1. For those writers that are not yet writing, of for this highly creative dyslexic students that want to tell stories without stopping to erase and rewrite everything other word…
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2) For those not quite ready to fill a whole book or for those visual story tellers…blank comic books!

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3) 50 Colorful Blank Books — I think I would have gone bonkers if someone had handed me FIFTY blank books for me to fill. Heaven!
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4) Scrabble….if you want to go all out, here is the link for the deluxe wooden rotating board edition
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5) A nice dictionary. Doesn’t have to be The Oxford English Dictionary (drool) or even a leather bound Webster, just a solid kids dictionary or even a more advanced synonym finder!

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6) Dixit Storyteller Game
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7) Tall Tales Storytelling Game
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8) Story Cubes
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9) Check out The Literary Gift Company. Its a dream.

 

Coming up next: Wild Explorers & Mad Scientists!

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