Cool Gift Picks From Cool Kids: Gwendolyn

Today we continue our series of gift guides curated by kids! We go straight to the source for picking gifts, bypass the guessing, and ask the kids what they'd like the most. We talk today with eight year old Gwendolyn. We will learn a little bit about this magical kid and then she shares her top favorite gift picks from Oompa Toys. 

Let's meet Gwendolyn

Child with purple hair in blue dress with dogs printed on it stands up to her shins in a lake

Q: What’s your favorite thing to learn about in school?

A: Animals, and their life cycles.

Q: If you could be any animal in the world what would you choose? Why?

A: A baby lion, because they are really big and their cubs are really cute

Q: Your favorite after-school snack?

A: Crackers and hummus, or a peanut butter bar.

Q: What do you like most about yourself right now?

A: I really like to make stuff and create! I made a clay turtle for my Mom on Mother’s Day.

Q: How do you like to spend your time?

A: I like reading, and drawing, and painting.

Q: If you could eat one food forever, what would it be?

A: Popsicles!!

Q: Do you have any pets? Tell me about them.

A: I have a really, really, really cute puppy. His name is Winston. He’s an Australian Sheppard mixed with a poodle. An AussieDoodle! And I have another dog named Harley. He’s kind of a little grumpy sometimes.  

Q: What advice would you give your parents?

A: Don’t be so bossy!!

Q: Why do you like being a kid?

A: Because I don’t have to pay bills or work. I get to play!  

Many thanks to Gwendolyn for answering our interview questions and letting us get to know her. Try interviewing your kids one day, write down their answers so you can come back to them later and reminisce. It's a great way to store memories that you might not think seem special, but you will be so thankful to have once they've grown older. 

Gwendolyn's Oopma Toys Picks

Images of 8 toys picked out for a gift guide chosen by an 8 year old girl from Oompa Toys

Olli Ella Dinkum Doll - "Tiny"

Tiny is a special doll created from the coziest and softest cotton for a lifetime of snuggles. With their simple and sweet embroidered faces and other details, including a rainbow over their hearts, these unisex dolls stimulate empathetic connections and encourage hours of open-ended play. Gwendolyn loves the dinkum dolls because their arms and legs can move and stay where you put them, and they can stand up! Not to mention, all of their cute clothes and accessories!

Princess Mouse and The Pea

This sweet mouse princess is wearing a stunning blue and gold sparkle dress with lace trim and a lace crown. She comes in a keepsake castle box that slides open and closed to reveal her piles of mattresses in a variety of Maileg fabrics. This famous story reimagined will encourage hours of imaginative play and royal stories!

 Grimm's Wooden Rainbow Tunnels

child with purple hair stacking wooden rainbow arches

Lovingly made in Europe by Grimm's Spiel & Holz, this stunning set can be used not only as a puzzle and stacking set, but also to create countless scenes in open-ended play. Gwendolyn says she loves making all sorts of things with the rainbows, from tunnels, houses, bridges, and making abstract sculptures by stacking them in new ways.

Bed & Biscuit Labradoodle Stuffed Animal Play Set

This fuzzy Labradoodle comes snuggled inside a beautifully illustrated doghouse wearing a cheerful red bandana and sitting on a polka dot dog bed blanket. The puppy is the star of its own small story, which is tucked inside a hidden pocket on the bottom of the dog house. This plush pet will encourage lots of learning opportunities like motor development, imaginative thinking, language development, and social learning skills. "The puppy stuffed animal is super fluffly, just like my puppy!" says Gwendolyn.

Make No Mistake Erasable Markers Set of 12

These markers fix mistakes in an instant by flipping the marker over to erase. You can even create unique designs and textures by using the eraser end to add detail to your coloring projects. The chiseled marker tips allow artists to choose broad or narrow strokes. With twelve bright colors included, get ready for fun and relaxing coloring experiences for everyone! 

 Paper Magic Origami Kit

This beginner origami kit introduces kids, recommended aged 3 and older, to the magic of origami paper folding. The kit includes 36 eco-friendly printed papers and complete instructions so you'll be ready to begin the moment you open it. 

 Rainbow Nesting House

This handmade wooden toy provides endless open-ended play opportunities. Nest the pieces from smallest to largest to create an adorable wooden house, or add a little imagination and the individual pieces can be used as bridges, tunnels, fences, furniture, caves and more! "I love these because I use them as houses for fairies and nins, AND I use them to be caves or dens for lots of animals. We've even made a ball run with all the pieces! It was super cool."

Lemon Mini Chari Basket Bag

The unique and cleverly designed woven basket bag, features adaptable straps and hooks to work with every size explorer. It can perform all kinds of roles like bike basket, back pack, treasure bag, or purse for a special day out on the town. This basket can adapt to any way your child imagines and will continue to grow with them.

These are lovely choices from Gwendolyn, we hope they help you pick the perfect gifts for the special small people in your lives. Don't forget to tag us on Instagram and share your gift picks and the play they inspire using the hashtag #OompaToys! 

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