It can get pretty expensive trying to collect all the great books, puzzles and other educational items for your children so -- don't forget your local Goodwill! I consistently find wonderful quality books, puzzles and supplies for making my own toys. This lot below cost me $6. The puzzle alone retails for $20! My weekly visits also keep my closets clean, we are always looking to give away items we no longer use. Your kids will love taking a few dollars and being able to actually buy something. It also puts the price of retail items in perspective. My eight year old has actually held off buying a new toy from Target to see if he could find a similar toy at Goodwill for much less -- yay!