Here are our favorite Christmas gifts for pre-school kids (ages 3-5ish). These are the ones we think will survive past garage sale season :).
Spot It Junior Animals — This is one of the best games for kids. Great way for them to start recognizing everyday objects in their world.
Playskool Mr. Potato Head — This classic toy is great for kids.
Melissa & Doug Fold and Go Mini Barn — We love the wooden toys from Melissa & Doug and this barn is a big hit with the boys and the girls.
National Geographic Little Kids magazine subscription — I like National Geographic because there are quizzes and projects to do to enhance children’s knowledge of the animals. Or as a reader suggested, Ranger Rick Jr.
Bill and Betty Bricks — A real life Tetris, of sorts. Receive an award from the National Parenting Center. Construction game for both boys (Bill) and girls (Betty), and manufactured in high quality wood. Sixty challenges from easy to super-difficult.
Workbooks — Kids are learning to draw, write, use scissors and more. Why not add some fun with these great workbooks?
Balance bike — Perfect way to learn to ride a bike (WAY better than training wheels). Seriously, balance bikes actually teach your kids to ride a bike. Training wheels just teach them that bikes injure you.
My Little Sandbox — Winner of the Creative Child magazine creative Toy Award. These are so fun for kids over four. My kids have loved, loved, loved their sandboxes. They are portable, stay dry, and don’t attract stray cats.
The KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen is awesome and you don’t need to assemble it! My recommendation is to NOT buy that one. Not only is the wood option more sturdy, it has a higher resale value on Craigslist.
Kickboard USA’s Mini Micro Scooter (Mini-Kick) — Hands down best scooter made. DO NOT buy your kids those worthless one wheel in the front, two wheels in the back pieces of junk. You can read my review here.
Fisher-Price Imaginext toys — Great for those who like to set up and start imaginary play. Imaginext guys are big enough for little hands, but not big enough to take up a bunch of space.
Kindle Fire — Here’s my firm recommendation after many years of promoting kids’ tablets: Just buy them a Kindle Fire.
It’s sturdy enough (buy a cheap case if you’re worried), there are plenty of apps to keep little kids busy, you have access to Prime Video to stream movies, and it will grow with them. Plus it’s significantly cheaper than the other tablets created for kids. AND you don’t have to spend a ton of money on game cartridges.
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