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September 2, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide – Top Gifts for Preschoolers

Holiday Gift Guide

The preschool years are such a fun age. They seriously get all the best toys! That makes Christmas gift giving a blast if you have a preschooler in the house

We’ve chosen our top holiday gift picks for your preschooler below. We look for preschool toys that allow a child to use their imagination, fully engage in play, and practice important developmental skills.

Every toy on this gift guide comes highly recommended by the Busy Mommy Media team. If we have missed any of your favorite preschool toys, please share it with us in the comments.

3D Magnet Builders3-D Magnet Builders

These 3-D Magnet Builders from Lakshore Learning are a sure-fire hit with any preschooler. Each piece has safe, fully contained magnets that make connecting pieces so simple. My kids have loved creating all kinds of structures with these and my preschooler and 9 year old are equally attracted to these so they have a super long play life.

Age: Preschool +

Price: $49.95 Currently on Sale for $39.99

Buy 3-D Magnet Builders Here

The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel GameThe Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game

It’s a bit tricky to find a board game for the youngest preschoolers but The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel game is a hit with preschoolers of all ages. The adorable game pieces help preschoolers practice their small motor skills as they use the pinching squirrel to pick up the acorns and the color matching aspect of the game is perfect for  practicing basic preschool skills.

Age: 3 +

Price: $21.99 Currently on sale for $14.48

Buy The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game Here

Step 2 Creative Cooks KitchenStep 2 Creative Cooks Kitchen

I’m a huge fan on pretend play and I absolutely love toy kitchens that are filled with great little details. The Step 2 Creative Cooks Kitchen has some fantastic details and is a great way to encourage pretend play in preschoolers.

Age: 2-7 years

Price: $199.99

Read our Review Here

Buy the Step 2 Creative Cooks Kitchen Here

 Magic Moves® Electronic WandMagic Moves® Electronic Wand

The Magic Moves Electronic Wand has Ninety fun, physical commands to get your preschooler moving. This is a great toy for helping preschoolers stay active and practice their listening skills!

Age: Preschool +

Price: $19.99 Currently on sale for $15.62

Buy the Magic Moves Electronic Wand Here

 

VTech Innotab 2VTech InnoTab 2

If your preschooler keeps snatching your iPad, the VTech InnoTab 2 is the gift that you’ll want to hunt down this holiday season. With a built in camera, touch screen, and tilt sensor, your preschooler will have a blast playing on their very own tablet (and you can reclaim yours).

Age: 4-9 years

Price: $79.99

Buy the VTech InnoTab 2 Here

Duplo My First SupermarketLEGO DUPLO My First Supermarket

Duplos are a huge favorite around our house. My kids play with them nearly from the first moment they discover blocks until . . . well my 9 year old still plays with them from time to time. They are just all around great toys and the new sets incorporate a great pretend-play aspect that really expands your play options.

Age: 24 months +

Price: $19.99

Buy the Lego Duplo My First Supermarket Here

Plan Toys BlocksPlan Toys 50 Construction Set

Plan Toys is one of my favorites because they are so great about using natural materials and creating toys that encourage open-ended play. This construction set from Plan Toys is a great price and includes natural and colored blocks.

Age: 24 months +

Price: $20.99 Currently on sale for $15.77

Buy Plan Toys 50 Construction Set Here

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Some products mentioned above were received as samples, however I was not required to add them to this list and all opinions are my own.

About Rachel

Rachel knows what it is like to be busy and worry about balancing everything without losing your sanity. As a homeschooling mom of 6 incredibly different kids, including newborn twins (and one tiny angel who passed away at birth), she's just about seen it all . . . when she isn't too sleep deprived to notice.

Rachel holds a B.A. in English and is a former teacher. She is the creator of Busy Mommy Media and works as a freelance writer from home.

Comments

  1. This is a great list. I think I would add Jake and the Neverland Pirate toys. Every preschool and 5 year old boy I know, including my own, has that ship on his list this year. We bought the innotab last year and he loved it but it broke. The new ones are suppose to be built tougher.

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