Henry has recently cooled on his dinosaur obsession, and seems to be starting up a new thing with knights and castles. His birthday is next month, so I’m looking for ideas.
Fisher-Price TRIO Wizard’s Castle (photo from Amazon.com). This is the castle Henry liked best of all the ones we looked at. My mom bought it for her playroom right away when I told her.
Knights to go with it. (Photo from Amazon.com.) And more knights, so there can be fighting.
Melissa and Doug Knight Costume Set (photo from Amazon.com) for dress-up play. This is highly likely to be one of Henry’s birthday gifts from us.
Knight’s Castle Play Tent (photo from Amazon.com). We’re less likely to buy this, because of the space it takes up—but the reviews are really good, and WITH the costume it might be irresistible. Imagine the photos!
Castle, by David Macaulay (photo from Amazon.com). This is too old for him, but I think he’d like looking through it anyway. (And may I suggest that if you want to search for books about knights, you first select the “Children’s Books” category? Evidently there is a bit of a fantasy genre for adults built around knights.) (And HOLY ORDER OF THE GARTER, be sure not to search “knights” in the Health & Personal Care section.)
Knight stickers (photo from Amazon.com). I wouldn’t be able to be in the room while he used these, or else I’d end up taking over so it would be done “right.”
Dragon Sticky Mosaics (photo from Amazon.com). These sticker mosaic sets are SO FUN. Elizabeth and I have done several of them, and in our opinion they’re well worth the price. Henry might be too young (he’s turning 4), but maybe not.
Crocodile Creek “Jouster” Backpack, Lunch Box, and Water Bottle Set (photo from Amazon.com). If Henry’s still on this kick when he starts kindergarten, I’ll be sorely tempted. We have the Crocodile Creek dinosaur backpack and plates, and they’re GREAT. Note: I used the photo of the set of three items, but as of posting it’s cheaper to buy them separately: backpack for $14.99 down from $28.00, lunch box for $14.90, water bottle for $7.44 down from $10.00—which is a total of $37.33, while the set of three is $47.99. (If you see different prices when you click, they may have changed as the prices on Amazon seem to do every few hours—but also check under More Buying Choices to the right: Amazon is supposed to take you automatically to the best price, but there are flaws in that system.)