As a hippie and a mother of 5 boys spanning 21 years in age, I often found it necessary to be creative when it came to gifts for the kids. Little did I realize how much joy I would get from hand crafting their toys and such. It was and is important to me to try to put as much learning into the toys as I could. My quiet books teach tactile sensation and small object manipulation for younger kids, to counting and alphabet for preschoolers. I also do make pretend play masks and finger puppets to encourage children's imagination.