Five Favorite Etsy Stores- Toys for Older Kids

by - Monday, July 18, 2016

I want to keep highlighting amazing makers in the US, and I feel like my Etsy links can get caught in the more mainstream shuffle. So starting a series to focus on the greatest stuff we have found. 

This month is all about shopping for babies and kids, because it may not seem like it but buying them less stuff and more ethical stuff is a huge investment in their future. The trick is that once they get older (I am thinking 6-10), it can be harder to find toys they like, much less toys that are ethically-made or good for the environment. I know I am getting more and more worried about getting my niece and nephew gifts that are a hit, but I have found some cool stores on Etsy that sell things I think they would find to be awesome.

from Suite Dream Creators
1.Suite Dream Creators- I think these sorts of tents could still be really cool, because it kind of gives them some independent space and room to be creative. I find kids in this age group really do still like imaginative play, but sometimes it gets replaced with screen time. I love the tents Suite Dream Creators makes, because they are room height and just really cool. Want something more simple? Maybe try North Star Teepees.

from Goldenlake Creations
2. Goldenlake Creations- Got someone playing Pokemon Go in your house (I know I do, but he isn't 6-10 years old)? Goldenlake Creations makes really adorable plush Pokemons. Might be kind of a fun cool way to extend the play when the screen is off.

from Pretti Mini
3. Pretti Mini- Mostly, Pretti Mini sells craft supplies, but among those supplies are some cool craft kits that might make for some really fun afternoons. My favorites are the microphones you could decorate- such a good idea!

from Rustic Road Designs
4. Rustic Road Designs- Kids in these age groups often really like games (and can get awesome at them), so I love stores like Rustic Road Designs that sell outdoor games. My nephew currently loves connect 4, and I think these huge outdoor ones look really fun. Kind of steep for a gift for a single person, but maybe a family gift?

from Polksadotty
5. Polksadotty- The best thing you can give them is your time. I know that sounds so lame, and it is totally a cliche, but it is true. You can tell something is really worth doing if it is pretty hard, and I think coming up with new activities and ideas for this age group can be a huge challenge. Stores like Polksadotty sell fun sets of cards with different family activity ideas. Maybe buy a set like this and set a goal to get through them all? Might be more fun than you expect!


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