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Sprout Scoop – December 2010

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December 2010

Holiday Gift Ideas For All Ages

In this issue:
  1. Holiday Gift Ideas
  2. HolidayVille, Dec 4
  3. December Events
  4. December Classes
  5. Make the Most
  6. Handmade Gifts
Manny & Simon LambIt’s the most wonderful time of the year! We love filling the shelves with great items for you and your little ones so you have fun things to give this holiday. Here are a few of our favorites that are Made in the USA or Fair Trade, sure to bring a smile and a merry day to all!

We couldn’t pass up these Wooden Push Toys, made in the USA by Manny & Simon. Their bold colors and fun shapes will make them favorites for kids of all ages. Choose from a variety of different animals, even a dinosaur, or three different cars. Manny & Simon also makes gorgeous rockers in animal shapes, a great heirloom gift for toddlers that will last through generations.

NameTrainsSchoolhouse NameTrains are always a hit with toddlers or even great as a gift for a new baby. Spell out the child’s name in these solid Maple wooden letters, made in the USA and finished with non-toxic paint. Start with a basic engine or the commemorative 2010 engine, or splurge on our special Holiday Set that features Santa driving!

Green Toys Tug BoatThe Green Toys Tug Boat is always a hit. Use in the pool or in the bathtub, it easily scoops up and pours water. Green Toys are made in the USA from Earth Friends Doll100% post-consumer plastic. These toys are strong and durable and will take whatever beating your little one can throw at it!

Yellow Label Cuddle Dolls are Fair Trade and a fine choice for the youngest on your shopping list. They are stuffed with wool and simply made and sure to be baby’s favorite.

If you need a doll for a little older child, check out our Earth Friends Dolls. Heirloom quality, handcrafted dolls made from recycled and organic fabrics. The included backpack contains a Douglas Fir Pellet for planting.

HolidayVille Saturday, December 4HolidayVille brings together Clintonville shops and celebrates shopping local this season with HolidayVille!

Sprout Soup will join in the fun with our annual Make and Take craft day and surprise discounts and giveaways. There will be a trolley running up and down High Street, stopping at shops along the way. See for a trolley schedule and other shops’ specials.

We’ll also be participating in a fundraiser for the Clintonville Resource Center. Pick up a mitten on Saturday, make a donation or pledge to purchase and deliver a much needed item to CRC.

Weekly Events

Activities are open to everyone and FREE!

Crafty Tuesday
Tuesdays 11am-1pm
Each week we have a new craft project, geared toward ages 2-6. Crafts take 10-20 minutes.

Ornament Thursday
Thursdays in December, 11a-12:30p
Add some flair to your tree this year and get handcrafted ornaments to boot. Every Wednesday in December. Kids will have the chance to make unique ornaments. $3 for each child or attend all four for $10.

Moms Groups
Fridays 10am-12pm
Weekly playdates are a relaxed time for moms to connect with other moms in the area and let their kids play.

Monthly Events

Activities listed here are FREE and open to all.

La Leche League Toddler & Tandem
Second Thursday 6:30pm – December 9
Support group for mothers nursing beyond one year and/or nursing more than one child. Contact Helen for info 740-485-2864

December Classes

Cloth Diapers and Baby Carriers
Sunday, December 12, 2pm
This combination class begins with Cloth Diapers 101, after which we will talk about baby carriers including how and why to use them. $10 per family registration required. Class is approximately 90 minutes.

Special Events

Saturday, December 4 – All Day
Shop locally this holiday! The Shop Clintonville shops will have special events throughout the day and a trolley will provide transportation up and down High Street. Sprout Soup will join in the fun with specials and giveaways throughout the day.

Make & Take Crafts
Saturday, December 4, 11a-2p
A yearly favorite! Bring the kids in to make gifts to give as gifts this holiday. $2 per craft or $10 for 6.

Natural Flu Prevention
Saturday, December 11, 10:30a
Come learn about essential oils and how they help boost energy, relieve headaches and deal with ailments like the flu.

Toys & Play
Tuesday, December 14, 5:30p
Join Rebecah Freeling of Briar Rose Waldorf Preschool for a parenting discussion about your child’s toys and how play adds to their development.

Online Events Calendar

Making the Most of the Holiday Season

This time of year can evoke a lot of emotions. Sometimes it’s stress, sometimes sorrow, hopefully for you it’s all excitement and cheer. But if you’re like many parents you have at least some reservation about the upcoming holidays. Will they throw your kids off their schedule so you’re stuck with cranky monsters? Or maybe you’re worried that it won’t be as magical as when you were a child.

The best way to combat your doubts and fears is with a little planning. Now is the time to do it, before you’re too busy and it all becomes a blur. We’ve compiled a few tips, and we invite you to share your own on our blog. [read more on the Peaceful Sprout Blog ]

Handmade for the Holidays

Baby CanvasHandmade gifts are always a popular option for grandparents, aunts and uncles. Sprout Soup is ready to help even those who have little or no craftiness create memorable gifts with their kids this holiday.

If your little one is barely holding their head up, let alone a crayon, how about creating foot and hand prints with Baby’s First Canvas Kit from the Little Experience. Bird CafeThis kit includes two canvases, paint, and even a drop cloth. Everything you need to imprint your child’s feet or hands. Then simply write your child’s name and perhaps the date, decorate with a bow if you wish, and you’ve got a keepsake worthy of grandma’s walls.

Older kids may enjoy helping you build the Little Experience Bird Cafe. If they’re too little to swing a hammer, they can still have fun decorating. The Bird Cafe is another project that makes a heartfelt gift from the kids.

Thank you for your support!

Noah and Alissa DeRouchie

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