Unbored Adventure, 70 Seriously Fun Activities For Kids & Their Families - With this book your kids can never say "I'm bored!" again. This book, and others in the series, list hundreds of ways to play, invent, and explore. We use this book, and Unbored Games, as starting points and usually come up with our own versions of a game or something completely new. Written by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen their concept has grown into a group of products encouraging play and discovery.
The Arduino Starter Kit is a great gift for kids interested or involved with STEM. It's fun for adults as well, I learned so much having gone through the exercises in the accompanying book. Now I have a list of future projects I want to attempt with this easy to use micro-controller. The 'love tester' project was a favorite for my girls; it used a thermal sensor to detect heat and convert the reading to a display using red LEDs.
Mr. McGroovy's Box Rivets Double Wall Kit for building structures with cardboard. We have made several box forts with this clever invention. I use a drill or awl to poke a hole through both pieces of cardboard then from both sides press the two sides of the rivets together until they snap together. It takes some effort to get them apart again but they are reusable.
Making Needle Felted Animals is my favorite needle felting book, The inscructions are clear and include the quantity of wool for each body part. A carding brushes, you'll need two, are necessary to blend the colors and to make variegated patterns.
Feltcraft has Waldorf style of characters and includes teaches wet felting and tapestry. Little Felted Animals has the most realistic sculpted animals that but will require glass doll eyes to replicate their work, which are hard to find.
Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl Kit is a must have for general repair of upholstery, clothing, and fabric. I have used this sewing awl to create a large meditation cushion. I have also used it to repair the fabric seat of a metal framed camping chair. This tool has paid for itself many times over.