When I’m describing a Rainbow Resource catalog a a new or non-homeschooling family (because, let’s face it, if you’ve homeschooled for any length of time, you know what a Rainbow Resource catalog is), I always call it the Sears catalog of homeschooling. Rainbow Resource, in general, is usually referred to as the Wal-mart of homeschooling because they have everything, including great prices.
Today, they’re giving you a chance to win a $100 gift card to do some Cyber Monday Christmas gift shopping at Rainbow Resource. No, I’m not talking about the kind of homeschool Christmas gift shopping where you give your kid workbooks and math manipulatives. Y’all, they have a Christmas catalog. With toys!
Following are a few suggestions (some of my favorites) to get you started.
1. Fisher Price Classics
Okay, I seriously remember from my childhood just about every toy on their Fisher Price Classics page and would love one of each. As a kid, I had the Music Box Record Player, the Pull-A-Tune Xylophone, and the Chatter Telephone. My kids are too big for all of those, but it’s never too early to start stockpiling for my future grandchildren, right?
Granted, I’ll have to explain the concept of a rotary dial telephone and a record player, but that’s beside the point.
2. Dress-Up Clothes
I love dress-up clothes that can also be part of school – like princesses dresses and knight costumes. They’re just plain old fun for the kids, but they can also be used for a medieval unit study like we did several years ago.
Rainbow Resource also sells costumes for doctors, nurses, cowboys, and superheroes.
3. Pretend Play
We used to love playing store. Rainbow Resource has this great Pretend and Play Cash Register. It even comes with play money – fun and educational! They’ve also got tools, kitchen sets, baking sets, and tons more.
4. Calico Critters
Brianna used to love collecting horse figurines, much like her mother. Our favorites are the realistic Breyer Classics. As a matter of fact, some of the figures that we’ve still got are some that I got for Christmas when I was a kid.
6. Timeless Classics
In addition to the Fisher Price classics, Rainbow Resource sells other timeless classics that you’ll (if you’re my age) remember from your childhood, such as Brio Wooden Railway sets, Lincoln Logs, and Little House paper dolls.
We looked all over for Lincoln Logs for my nephew last year. I wish I’d known that my favorite source for homeschooling supplies had them.
7. Outdoor Toys
I am seriously loving this Rainbow Resource Christmas catalog. In addition to this nifty book, How to Build Treehouses, Huts & Forts (my cousin and I were constantly working on a tree house in my Papaw’s backyard when we were kids), there are more toys that I remember from my childhood. Remember Pogo Sticks and Hop ‘n Bounce balls?
8. Science Kits
Science kits probably start getting a little more schoolish, but science is also just fun. Rainbow Resource has a huge assortment including Magic School Bus science kits (love that show!), robot and circuit kits, and, for the nature lovers among us, bug vacuums and flower press kits.
My family loves board and card games. I’ve heard about, but never tried cooperative games. Have you tried them? What would you recommend?
In addition to cooperative, educational, and card games, Rainbow Resource stocks classics, such as Pick-Up Sticks, marbles, and Jacks. They also sell a really nice, wooden Mancala and, just for fun, one of my favorites, Whac-a-Mole.
10. Art supplies
At my house, art supplies are almost always on someone’s Christmas list. I know Brianna would love the any of the Prismacolor Manga sets. Megan would enjoy a paint-by-numbers. And, me? Well, I’m reminiscing about my childhood again with the Spirograph set. Remember those little round, toothed templates for drawing designs with colored pens? My cousins and I used to drag that out at my grandmother’s house.
Crafting supplies are usually on our list, too. There are kits for making the cord jewelry and Brianna had tons of Shrinky Dinks that’s she’s made. There are also kits for Duct tape crafts and pot holders, as well as clay and knitting looms.
We have a musician in the family, so we’ve had many Christmas gifts that have encourage that, including the drum set that Josh got a couple of years ago (the very one he’s playing as I type this). Rainbow Resource offers instruments for your budding musician such as – BoomWhackers (the kids used to love playing with those as music class), harmonicas, and even guitars.
13. Stocking Stuffers
Finally, no list of Christmas gift suggestions would be complete without some stocking stuffer ideas. The Rainbow Resource Christmas catalog has stocking stuffer suggestions sorted by price, starting as low as $1 each. In addition to those, a few things that I saw just flipping through the catalog included: Yo-Yos, juggling kits, Mad Libs, and a Slinky.
So, see? There are a whole slew of gifts (100+ pages, as a matter of fact) available from Rainbow Resource that will not leave you kids scratching their heads on Christmas morning trying to figure out what they did to deserve a math book for Christmas. Now that you’re excited about shopping, how about a little something to give you a head start? How about a $100 gift card from Rainbow Resource?
Rainbow Resource has agreed to give one Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers reader a $100 gift card that you can use to shop their Christmas catalog. Follow the directions on the RaffleCopter widget below to enter.
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Rules: This giveaway is open to United States residents, ages 18 years and older only. Giveaway ends at 12 a.m. (ET) Monday, November 25. The winner will be selected at random using Random.org via RaffleCopter.
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