We love getting ready for the holidays at Mastermind. It puts us in a very festive mood! You can imagine how much fun we have decorating the stores, putting up displays of holiday-themed toys and crafts. Here is a smattering of some of our favourites, found in the Gift Guide and online.
Lego Advent Calendars ($49.95 each, ages 6+, GG page 52): This year we have two Lego Advent calendars:Lego City and Star Wars. Lego City comes with an assortment of mini figures, cars to assemble, Santa, reindeer and trees, etc. Star Wars includes Yoda, Chewbacca, a Rebel Fighter and Jar Jar Binks. The kids (and maybe an adult or two), will be full of anticipation, wondering what will be behind each door every morning. Put together the pieces daily and watch the collection build into a full scene.
Playmobil Christmas Post Office Advent Calendar ($39.95 each, ages 5+, GG page 52): We also have our classic Playmobil Christmas Post Office Advent Calendar. Put together a charming little scene of a post office, day by day The set includes classic Playmobil toys, figurines including Santa, an elf a sleigh and reindeer.
Shrinky Dinks Christmas Tree Kit ($19.95, Ages 7+, GG page 53): I am a self-confessed “Shinkydinkaholic” – I love doing Shrinky Dink crafts. Recently Shrinky Dinks has developed themed-based sets with one of the latest being the Shinky Dink Christmas Tree. How much fun can you have drawing and baking ornaments for the included velvety ShrinkyDink tree? When they’re shrunk, you can finish decorating them with included metallic beads, glitter glue and more!
Christmas HexBug nano in Ornament Ball ($6.95, Ages 6+, GG page 52): What’s more fun than a HexBug Nano? A HexBug Reindeer Nano of course! This HexBug comes in an ornament ball, complete with little antlers attached. Perfect for skittering around the floor next to the tree and driving your cat wild!
Chanukah Lights Pop-up book ($40.00, Ages 5+, GG page 52): Chanukah starts on December 20th, 2011 and what better way to start it that with this beautiful gift pop-up book. Using a classic Chanukah poem by Michael Rosen, Robert Sabuda has developed this pop-up book, using one page for each day of Chanukah, depicting Chanukah through time as well as through different places around the world. The scenes travel from Herod's temple to an Isreali kibbutz and a Russian shtetl.