Okay, here’s installment #2 of this year’s Gift Guide: Preschoolers (ages 3-5). These little guys are so busy and learning so much so fast that it can be hard to keep up with them… and keep them entertained. Because of this, I am all about toys that have more than one possibility for play. My kids are all about sensory play, things they can physically hold, touch, and manipulate. So, I try to find activities and toys that fit both of those criteria. I try to make their play educational and encourage imagination as well.
(My mom got the boys a similar toy last year and it’s still a favorite)
36. Pattern Blocks and Boards via Amazon
(we had these for months and the only time they came out to play was when Little J dumped them all over the floor. As soon as I printed off some pattern pages though, Big J is all over these. He needed more direction than just playing with the shapes themselves. So, don’t forget the pattern pages!)
37. LEGOs via Amazon
(We opted to skip the mega blocks – the big legos – and go straight to the basic ones. When we gifted this two years ago to Big J they were above his skill set. Now, he plays with his Legos at least 4-5 times a week. We bought a set of basic blocks, a set of wheels and have gradually added sets over the years. We like to make cars and both boys play with the completed vehicles for days.)
38. Preschool-appropriate Puzzles via Amazon
39. Gizmo Building Sets via Amazon
(We gifted this to Big J last year and he didn’t quite understand at first – he was 3.5 – but within a few months he was building with them all on his own. He loves these enough, we may have to get other set so there are enough for both boys.)
40. Books! Books! Books! Books!
(I am a huge believer in books. I get most of mine off of Amazon or half.com. Check the used prices out and get discount shipping by shopping from the same seller. I don’t mind used books as long as they aren’t totally trashed. That way, I don’t have a panic attack when my children trash the book.)
What are you getting your preschoolers?
Other 2013 Gift Guides:
Babies & Toddlers