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Stocking Stuffers Gift Guide

Nothing was more fun as a kid as sorting through your stocking and all the mini goodies it held. We put together a list of our favorite stocking stuffers for kids, including cars, giant pencils and, of course, whoopee cushions. Check out our picks below and shop all our best kids stocking stuffers.

Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide

  1. Giant Wooden Pencil & Giant Eraser
  2. Mini Food Trucks
  3. Trapeze Monkey & Trapeze Ballerina
  4. Piano Horn
  5. Nautical Boats
  6. Cat Goody Bag Purse
  7. Box of Jokes
  8. Whoopee Cushion
  9. Double Sided Flip Car
  10. How’s That Grab Ya? Robot Claw

DIY Kids Pom Pom Pins

Post by Lauren Baker, our fearless events marketing manager

DIY Kids Pom Pom Pins

A few weeks ago we celebrated our collaboration with Pink Chicken by creating Pom Pom Pins in all The Land of Nod stores and Pink Chicken locations. This was a fun activity for kiddos to create an accessory for their jackets or book bags. Our #nodevents team created poms for the kiddos to combine with letter beads and toy animals to make an adorable pin to take home with them. Below in a step by step to make your own at home!


Things You’ll Need:

  • Yarn (one piece that’s 18 inches or so and 2-3 smaller pieces of cut yarn)
  • 1 Pom (you can buy them premade or learn how to make them here)
  • 1 animal
  • Beads (we used alphabet beads to spell names)
  • Safety pin

How to Make Your Pom Pom Pin

  1. Tie the long piece of yarn around the “tummy” of your animalDIY Kids Pom Pom Pins - Step 1
  2. Pull the yarn through the hole at the end of your safety pin and tie a double knot so your animal is secure on the pinDIY Kids Pom Pom Pins - Step 2
  3. You’ll notice two long strings hanging down the side of your pin. You can now add your beads through one of them.DIY Kids Pom Pom Pins - Step 3
  4. When you’re done, to secure the beads, take your mini pieces of yarn and tie a knot or two. Trim any excess yarn.DIY Kids Pom Pom Pins - Step 4
  5. Simply add your pom to your pin and ta-da!DIY Kids Pom Pom Pins - Step 5
When Lauren isn’t planning ridiculously awesome #nodevents for The Land of Nod, she spends her time putting up with the crazy antics of her English Bulldog, Lola. She also loves searching for treasures in vintage stores and summer antique markets. Due to her previous adventure living in Canada, she has a strong obsession to Hudson Bay stripes, as well as the fine cuisine of poutine (Don’t make her choose between the two…that’s like choosing between Ryan Gosling and Jason Bateman for her!).

An Autumn Themed Lunch for Kids

Post by Michelle of Avery and Augustine

An Autumn Themed Lunch for Kids

Ahhhh, fall.  My favorite season.  Creating an Autumn-themed lunch is one of Avery’s favorite things these days—a sandwich with cheese in the shape of autumn leaves, thinly-sliced honeycrisp apples and a little surprise message inside.An Autumn Themed Lunch for Kids

I absolutely adore these hilarious Lunchtime Lol Notes.  They make lunch a little more special and remind Avery that we’re thinking about her.  Avery’s been into learning jokes lately, so these are right up her alley.  It’s so great how there’s some space on each note to personalize it.  I like writing little messages of encouragement, like “Making mistakes means you’re doing a good job of learning!” or “Name three things that you are thankful for today,” or “Do something kind for two classmates today.”  I find that using specific statements or questions rather than general ones is more effective in helping the message resonate with Avery and be more effective.  The message sticks with her and is easier to remember.An Autumn Themed Lunch for Kids

Colorful, sturdy lunch boxes also make school lunches something to look forward to.  If you need any ideas for your own food art adventures, do check out How About Cookie.  Selena’s jovial work always inspires me to make my kids’ meals more fun!

Thanks to The Land of Nod and Sweet Estelle for sending the items for this post.

You can see Michelle’s work and read about her two young children and their first forays in cooking, art and everything in between at Avery and Augustine.

Kids Thanksgiving Themed Free Printable Coloring Page

Nod Fun Pages designed by Michelle Romo

Turkey Day is right around the corner and we’re all excited to get our turkey on! But what do you do with your kiddos when they’re ready to eat and you’re still cooking? Set up a space specifically for your kids – full of activities like interactive games, toys and printable coloring pages. Our new Happy Thanksgiving printable can be downloaded HERE.Make sure to share the finished product on Instagram with hashtag #landofnod. A few of our other favorite kid-friendly Thanksgiving activities are below too.

Kids Thanksgiving Themed Free Printable Coloring Page

Looking for more free printable coloring pages? Check out all our other Nod Printable Coloring Pages!

Michelle Romo is our newest Nod illustrator, she’s a self-taught illustrator and designer fueled by cookies and naps. Her influences include Mid-Century, Japanese and Scandinavian design, along with pretty much anything cute. When she isn’t working she spends her time eating good food, hugging her friends, playing video games and crafting.

Thanksgiving Table DIY Place Card Leaves

Post by M.J. of Pars Caeli
Thanksgiving Table DIY Place Card Leaves
As a child, it was the presents and festivity of Christmas. As a teenager, it transferred to the lovestruck Valentine’s Day. And now, as the hostess and mom of three, Thanksgiving is easily my favorite holiday. Since we were first married, we have been the hosts for the feast! My husband and I share the cooking responsibilities (he’s a master at the turkey, and I serve up a mean cornbread). And our kids always want in on the action, too. This year they’re in charge of setting the table and decorating the feast so we decided to make some special place cards.
Thanksgiving Table DIY Place Card Leaves
Using fall leaves from the backyard, air dry clay, and a gold leaf marker, the kids and I created beautiful place card leaves. These were simple for small hands and got a lot of wows from the rest of the family!
To make yours, roll out white air dry clay. We used a play dough rolling pin to make it easy for everyone to do it themselves. Roll the clay so that it is even and about a quarter of an inch think. Using a leaf with a simple shape (like an elm or sycamore), roll the same clay with the leaf on top. Press as you roll to make sure to get all the veining pressed into the clay. Trim off the excess clay and smooth the edges with your fingers.
Thanksgiving Table DIY Place Card Leaves
Let the clay dry overnight, making sure to turn over the leaves carefully and dry the backside.
Next, take a goldleaf marker and paint the top and side surfaces. We found markers very easy to work with for this projects and fun to use for tracing over the lines on the leaf. The paint will dry almost instantly, and your leaf place card is ready to use!
Thanksgiving Table DIY Place Card Leaves
These are not recommended for food, but they do make a great focal point on your dinner plate or across the center of the Thanksgiving table. The veining comes through beautifully, making these kids creations a timeless family heirloom to bring back out every Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Table DIY Place Card Leaves
M.J. is a graphic and product designer, wife, and proud momma to three. She founded Pars Caeli (meaning a piece of heaven), a delightful blog and shop, to add more creative to the everyday. M.J. worked with our team to bring her lunchbox jokes to life in our product Lunchtime LOL Notes, now available at Land of Nod to bring on a case of the giggles!

DIY Straw Cake Topper

Post by Sara Walk of Tell Love and Chocolate

Cake toppers are my favorite.  You can take a completely boring cake and make it into something unique and colorful, and, no one wants a boring cake for their birthday.  I am super excited to share TWO fun DIY straw cake toppers.  They are inexpensive and give such a fun and playful look to any birthday cake.

DIY Straw Cake Topper DIY Straw Cake Topper

DIY Straw Cake Topper Materials
  • Colorful plastic straws (Mine are from IKEA)
  • Scissors
  • Heavy duty circle punch
  • Twine
  • Wood Skewers
    DIY Straw Cake Topper
How to Make DIY Straw Cake Toppers
  1. Cut up various sizes and colors of the plastic strawsDIY Straw Cake Topper
  2. Punch holes into the straws.  For the wood skewers punch the hole in the middle.  If you are hanging them on the twine punch the holes toward the top.DIY Straw Cake Topper DIY Straw Cake Topper
  3. ​String the straws onto the skewers and or twine. DIY Straw Cake TopperDIY Straw Cake Topper DIY Straw Cake Topper
​Now go have a party!  Because these are too cute not to make!
DIY Straw Cake Topper DIY Straw Cake Topper
Sara Walk is the face behind the DIY blog, Tell Love and Chocolate, a colorful blog focusing on easy, DOable, DIY’s for life, home and parties.  Sara believes that life should be fun and colorful and is a big fan of simple DIYs.  She also LOVES parties.  She lives in California with her husband and two boys.

Loog Guitars – Nod Artist Interview

Interview with Rafael Atijas of Loog Guitars
Loog Guitars - Nod Artist Interview

Tell us a bit about yourself…

  • HOMETOWN & CURRENT TOWN: Montevideo, Uruguay
  • FAVE BREAKFAST FOOD: chocolate croissants
  • FAVE HOLIDAY: Summer holiday with the kids!
  • FAVE COLOR: Blue
  • FAVE MOVIE: The Godfather (part II)
  • FAVE DECADE: This oneLoog Guitars - Nod Artist Interview

TELL US HOW YOU STARTED YOUR COMPANY: My niece, who was 6 at the time, got one of those cheap toy kids guitars and I, being the musician in the family, would try to tune it and show her how it works. That’s when I realized that it was absolutely impossible for a kid to learn music with an instrument like that. And I also realized that pretty much all guitars for kids were like that: just a small, cheap replica of a standard guitar. That’s when I knew we could do better and that we could design that was actually meant to make it fun, easy and stimulating for kids to play music. And it was good timing too: at that time I had to come up with a business idea for my thesis at NYU, so it all worked quite well for me. I then took the idea to Kickstarter and was lucky enough to find people around the world who also thought that a small, well-designed 3-string guitar kit was a good idea and something that deserved to exist.

Loog Guitars - Nod Artist Interview

IS THERE A STORY BEHIND THE NAME? Yes. It’s my subtle but very meaningful homage to Andrew Loog Oldham, the first manager and producer of The Rolling Stones. I always found him to be a fascinating character (I’m a bit of a Stones nerd) and back when I had a band I had a chance to meet him and he was super kind to us.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? I would describe it as classic, based on my own taste for classic design, I guess.

IF YOU COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD IT BE? I always go back to NYC and that’s where I always want to go. Although last year we did a trip through Italy and it was not to shabby!Loog Product Acoustic Loog Apart

IF YOU COULD POSSESS A SUPERPOWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Tel- transportation! Or the super power to always be upgraded to business class, if that’s too much to ask.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE LAND OF NOD. Our very talented friend Lucky Diaz told us that The Land of Nod would be a great place for us to sell our guitars. We were of course already fans of The Land of Nod, so it was easy to agree with that. We took it from there!


Shop Loog Guitars at The Land of Nod & browse our collection of kids musical instruments.

UP-Cycle Your Art

Post by Kim of Beehive Art

Up-Cycled Art

I know for a fact that children love to paint and print up a storm! As a parent and educator, I know it is hard to part with any of it. Below are some ideas I suggest to parents when they have a stack of beautiful paintings and have run out of wall space.

  • Make a book: I love this because it keeps the collection together and protected. Arrange paintings in a neat stack, have your paper fastener or other hardware ready, and punch holes through the stack.  It’s simple and sweet. You and your child can revisit the paintings until you are ready to set them free.

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  • Wrap a present: This is truly the best wrapping paper ever.  You’ll never need to go out to buy a cheap roll again. Besides, it makes the gift you are giving even more special.  I love that.

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  • Make cards + gift tags: Create a card or tag for the gift you just wrapped.  Or you can get busy and collage a few paintings to make a set of note cards. Keep a set for yourself and give one as a gift.

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  • Sew a garland: This is a favorite of mine. We have flag garlands hanging in the studio made from assorted paintings. I cut the paintings in triangles and use a long stitch with a heavy colored thread. You can make little teeny garlands or great big ones, depending on where you want to put them. Decorate your child’s room or classroom or at a birthday party.

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  • Frame it:  Find a simple frame large enough to fit your painting. I buy several, so I can display several together. Your child will be so proud to see their artwork framed.

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  • Collage:  Cut up paintings, drawings, doodles and prints, even samples of your handwriting. Create a collage from these cut-ups, and use paint, watercolor or markers to enhance your design. Make new art from art.

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  • Mail it: When my kids were little I’d roll up their favorite paintings and send them off to their artist grandmothers. Roll them up and put a stamp on it!  Best mail delivered, I guarantee!

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Kim Poler is queen bee of beehive ART. She lives for inspiring visual expression, explosions of colors, forms and exciting combinations of mixed-media art. She creates, designs art projects, teaches children art and blogs at Beehive Art