Some Holiday Gifts for Kids a
Over the years, many youngsters have received a holiday gift or two that
could be described as buggy. Insect-related items are probably not near
the top of most children's holiday wish lists. But, like their living
models, insect things do seem to creep into the stacks of holiday gifts.
Wooden pull toys have been popular gifts for children for many years.
A common design for such toys is that of a cricket or grasshopper. Both
of these insects have hind legs adapted for jumping, and that action has
been incorporated into the toy.
Wooden pull toys designed in the shape of a grasshopper have been available
commercially since the late 1800s. One model offered for sale recently
on eBay was labeled pla-lak toys and dated to the early 1900s. These early
toys had the body of the insect cut from wood and included painted markings.
The front legs were attached to a wheel. Each hind leg was articulated
to the body on one end and to a wheel at the foot, which produced the
up-and-down motion, simulating jumping by the insect.
By the 1950s, the design was frequently that of a cricket. For example,
Fisher-Price produced Kriss Kricket. In this case, the cricket wore tuxedo
and spats and produced a clicking sound as the toy was pulled forward.
This cricket had coiled-spring antennae.
The well-known Kouvalias Wood Toys included the Little Cricket. This
happy cricket was adorned with a top hat and four legs, which moved up
and down when the toy was pulled. It also produced a clicking sound when
Another insect pull toy, which remained popular for years, was first
produced in New Zealand by brothers Hec and John Ramsey. This toy, called
Buzzy Bee, became a standard toy for baby boomers. It featured a buzzing
sound, quivering antennae and spinning wings.
For kids who would rather push than pull their toys, there is a firefly
by the Steven Co. You know it is a firefly because, when you push the
handle, it produces light in its body. It also has front legs that move
up and down, producing a noise.
When it comes to sound production by insect toys, the top of the line
has to be the Bee Bop Band, manufactured by Battat Inc. and distributed
by "Parents Magazine." This combination of instruments includes
a caterpillar tambourine, ant bells, a seven-note ladybug xylophone, a
bee clacker, centipede drumsticks and drum, which doubles as the container
for the other items. Now there is a toy guaranteed to drive parents crazy.
Some people like to give more practical gifts. A pop-up storage bin might
fit the bill. You can get them in bee, caterpillar or even spider designs.
Such a storage bin is the perfect place for kids to store their toys.
All little kids like rocking chairs. One in a ladybug design is appropriately
called the Lily Ladybug Rocker. Kids always need a little help reaching
things, especially those that they aren't supposed to reach. Lily Ladybug
can help out in the form of a step stool. If you don't like the ladybug
motif, choose a Huck Grasshopper or Miss Spider step stool instead
For babies, a Sassy Teething Ring Butterfly is just the thing. A Come
Fly With Me bib with a dragonfly design is a functional item for slobbering,
School-age kids are bound to create a stir when they pack their lunch
in a cockroach lunchbox. The kids might even carry it to school wearing
some of their new Buzz Off clothing that includes a variety of insect
You can't go wrong with an insect design on gifts for kids. With the
younger set, bugs are big!