Finding the perfect gift for a loved one can be stressful, but finding the perfect gift for your grandkids can take the pressure to new heights. Children can be as picky in their love of toys, games, and books as they are in eating their vegetables. With so many options out there, it’s difficult to know what your grandkids have added to their ever-changing holiday wish list. So, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of sought-after books and games your grandkids can’t wait to open this holiday season.
The book: The Elephant and Piggie books are an award-winning book series by Mo Willems that follows two best friends with opposite personalities, Piggie and Gerald. These two lovable characters learn important life lessons like sharing, waiting, and that Piggie loves to eat slop. All lessons are taught through compassion and humor which makes these a fast favorite for bedtime or anytime reading.
The Game: Pop the Pig is a top-rated game for preschoolers. This pig in chef’s clothing is waiting to be fed and has players pop colorful hamburgers into his mouth and then press down on his head. The more times kids push on the pig’s head, the bigger his belly grows, until it pops! Add this one to your game night favorites because the excitement of that bursting belly keeps kids coming back for more.
For Grade Schoolers:
The Book: The Dog Man series is all about a man who’s “part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!” Written by bestselling author and artist Dav Pilkey, these books rely on humor and relatable characters to explore themes like empathy, tolerance, and friendship. When a new book is released, they sell out fast, and with titles like Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties and Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild they’re on their way to becoming instant classics.
The Game: Exploding Kittens is a funny, family friendly card game for kid’s ages 7 and older. Players draw cards with the ultimate goal being to avoid the exploding kitten card. If you don’t explode you win and live in glory forever. (No one really explodes.) Game play takes 15 minutes and kids love the amusing card captions and illustrations.
For Tweens and Teenagers:
The Book: Eragon (written for children ages 11 and older) is the first book in this New York Times bestselling series. The story follows 15-year-old Eragon and his dragon as he makes those big hero choices that will affect the Empire. Kids who enjoy fantasy will love this international bestseller similar to The Lord of the Rings series.
The Game: Unstable Unicorns is a strategic card game that keeps players guessing. Created for kids ages 14 and up, the object of this hilarious game is to collect 7 unicorns, but it gets complicated when the other players are trying reach the same objective while doing their best to annihilate you. There are many expansion packs available to keep the challenges coming.
Article written by Tonilyn Hornung
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