For the next 5 Fridays I will be posting a holiday gift guide. This week I wanted to focus on gifts for young children. This post was inspired by a recent talk at my children’s school. The guide gave some great ideas of gifts that children really love. Thanks Ms. Katherine!
I have always preferred wooden, higher quality pieces to the plastic variety and I find my children choose to work with those items more too. Ms. Katherine gave great advice…buy the highest quality toys you can afford while at the same time knowing that they may break.
- MindWare Pattern Play – My girls love creating different patterns with this set.
- Radio Flyer Kid’s Wheelbarrow – Malcolm loves using a wheelbarrow when he works in the garden. He loves to load it up with dirt and then dump it out…over and over again!
- Walkie-Talkie – Imagine how much fun your kids could have playing in the yard or around the house while using walkie-talkies.
- Tool Set – My kids love to help put together things. Child size tools are a great way to let them help mom and dad build things.
- The Kids’ Yoga Deck – My kids have so much fun practicing different yoga poses. They will have fun while improving strength, flexibility, and mental focus.
- Animals – Children love to play with animal figurines. I like the ones by Schleich.
- Puzzles – Puzzles are great for teaching problem solving. Alexandra received a few Ravensburger puzzles for her birthday and I really liked the quality.
- Plan Toy Water Blocks – These are fun addition to any block set you may have. Plus they teach about combining colors and properties of water while playing.
- Cooperative Games – We like playing this one, this one, and this one.
- Children’s Atlas – Alexandra is fascinated by maps and globes. An atlas is a great way for children to learn about the world.
- Construction Trucks – What child doesn’t love playing with dump trucks and excavators? The ones by Bruder can handle rough play.
- Balance Bike – These are great for teaching children how to balance while riding a bike. Once they master gliding on the balance bike they are ready for a two wheeler and they won’t need training wheels. Pretty amazing!
- Art Supplies – What child doesn’t enjoy creating art? Ours could do it for hours on end. A nice set of art supplies is sure to spark your child’s imagination.
- Ant Farm – A great way to encourage exploration of nature.
- Picture Dictionary – Malcolm enjoys looking at the book, First 100 Words. I am sure he would love to have his own picture dictionary. A Children’s Dictionary would be great for an older child.
- Peg Puzzles – These puzzles are great for young children and the little pegs help them develop their pincer grasp essential for handwriting later.
- Microscope – Children will have hours of fun learning about the world we cannot see with our eyes.
- Magna-Tiles – My children can entertain themselves for hours using Magna-Tiles. They love to build all sorts of things with them and they also love to pretend they are play food, etc. I prefer them over Magformers.
- Marble Run – Children love to create different runs and then watch the marbles travel through them. There are so many different marble runs on the market. I like the Hape ones the best.
- Geo Shapes – Children love to hammer. This fun little set lets them create different patterns and designs with the colored shapes and then hammer them into the cork board.
- Good People Everywhere – A wonderful book that inspires children to become grateful and caring children.
- Gardening Tools – My children love to grow vegetables and work in the garden. Having child size tools makes their work that much easier!
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