Day 12: Gifts for busy little minds

If you’re buying gifts for curious kids this Christmas, we’ve put together a few ideas that will keep their brains ticking over whilst encouraging creativity.
Scarecrow making workshop – $15.00
Visit Federation Square’s Pop Up Patch to take part in the regular kids’ scarecrow building workshops run by The Little Veggie Patch Co. Kids can then take their scarecrow home to place in their own gardens.

Trellis and plants at the Federation Square Pop Up Patch

Build your own scarecrow down at the Pop Up Patch.


What Does Santa Do When It’s Not Christmas? – $16.99
The Little Bookroom is a paradise for little book lovers. A great stocking-stuffer is What Does Santa Do When It’s Not Christmas?, the latest picture book from Melbourne author and illustrator Heath McKenzie. This book has become an instant classic for children who like to ask the big questions.
Books in a bookshop window

Does he sleep in? Does he check his lists twice?


Cole’s Funny Little Picture Book – $25.00
Written by E.W. Cole and first published in 1879, this curated “best of” is jam-packed with pictures, puzzles and games, providing fun for the whole family. Long out of print, Cole’s Funny Little Picture Book was brought back to life by Michael Brady of Melbournalia, the city’s specialist in quality Melbourne-inspired goods.
Cole's Funny Little Picture Book on a shelf

Cole’s Funny Little Picture Book: 100 years of occupying the young and young at heart.


Design Your Own Superhero Cape – $49.95
Poppyshop is the kind of toy store you could get lost in, and for busy little minds there’s no better place. Get adventurous and buy a Design Your Own Superhero Cape kit, or choose from the spy and magic kits, bedroom planetariums, photographic sun print kits and much more.
Design Your Own Superhero Cape kit

Every child is a superhero – they should dress like it too.


Blade Remote Control Helicopters – from $79.95
Family-run Hearns Hobbies has been trading out of Flinders Street for over 65 years, and is one of the most respected hobby shops in the country. Choose from the huge range of remote controlled helicopters, planes, cars and drones. For a more earthbound gift, they also stock Meccano and model rail kits.
Remote controlled helicopters

Hearns Hobbies know their aviation.


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