The preschool years are a special time in childhood, and it’s also a notoriously hard age to purchase a present for. Your baby is no longer a baby, but they aren’t quite a big kid yet either. They’re exploring, learning, and developing individual likes and interests that will help to lay the foundation of who they are throughout their life.
We’ve scoured the web in search of the best presents to meet the needs of all the children on your list, here’s our top 10.
It’s never too early to start learning. What is better than a toy that teaches color and shape sorting, counting, as well as hand-eye coordination in the form of stacking the pieces together? This educational puzzle set from Joyin Toy is jam-packed with learning opportunities for your child.
Your child will love pretending they run their own store with Freestanding Wooden Grocery Store by Melissa and Doug. It comes complete with a cash register, scanner that ‘beeps’, and even a hand-cranked conveyor belt. Complete the setup with a play food and grocery cart bundle for hours of fun for your little ones.
Do you have a child that can’t get enough of the great outdoors? Does your child love to feel the sun on their back and the sand beneath their toes? This sand and water table provide a side by side sensory experience for young children. It also comes with shovels, molds, and its lid provides an additional play surface little cars to ride on.
Are you looking for a creative outlet for your child that won’t have you googling ways to get marker off of your walls? This Water Doodle Mat will provide a safe space for your child to let their creative genius flow…no Magic Erasers necessary.
Does your child live in their own little musical? If so they will love this piano dancing mat from Joyin Toy. With it, your child can dance and sing to the tunes of not only the piano, but the violin, trumpet, banjo, and more. The mat even has recording capabilities, so your little one can replay their creations as much as they want.
Toys are not all created equal, especially when it comes to how they impact the environment. If you’re out to get a toy with a low carbon footprint the Green Toy Company can help. From trucks to tea sets, this company makes all of their toys in the USA from 100% recycled materials. No batteries necessary.
Tired of handing over your phone, but not ready to drop the big bucks on an expensive tablet? LeapPad from LeapFrog has come to the rescue with a tablet geared specifically towards kids. This tablet comes complete with a library of apps and games, and even a kid-friendly web browser that allows access to pre-selected websites hand-picked by learning experts. It even comes with a shatter-safe screen, meaning this tablet will stay in one piece through whatever your child throws at it…literally.
Radio Flyer, originally called Liberty Coaster, toys have been a part American childhoods for over a hundred years. The classic toys carried kids through depressions, recessions, and even world wars. Today Radio Flyer is still going strong. It’s wagons, tricycles, and ride-on toys are ready and waiting to build memories with today’s children too.
Fun does not always have to come with a hefty price tag. In fact, there are plenty of toys available that your child will love on a budget. These Water Beads from DEW Drops come with sea colored beads and 15 ocean animals to explore while offering a tactile sensory experience for your child. When dried out the beads go back to their original size and can be stored away for future use.
Contrary to popular belief, birthday gifts are not constrained to toys alone. Sometimes the best gifts are memories that can last a lifetime. Whether it’s allowing your little engineer to meet Thomas, or watching their favorites Sesame Street characters live on stage sometimes getting out and doing something together is simply the best gift of all.
See, picking a gift for your preschooler isn’t nearly as hard as it seems. And don’t forget, whatever you choose to give your child on their special day make sure that you and your friends upload all of your memories to fotobooks, to make sure all your memories stay together for years to come.
Meagan Cheney is a freelance writer who loves reading, knitting, and all things Harry Potter. She lives in Colorado with her husband, three children, two cats, and one dog (Milo, who is her best friend and companion). She loves to write about parenting, personal finance, and how to go green on a budget.