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Friday, November 8, 2019

The 14 Best Holiday Gift Ideas For Toddlers And Preschoolers

The best Christmas gifts for toddlers and preschool children

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  Do you have a toddler or preschool-age child on your holiday shopping gift list? I think it is easy to buy Christmas gifts for the younger kids as there is so much selection of toys to choose from. It is so much fun to browse the toy sections of stores. Other people may be thinking I don't have kids or my kids are older so I have no clue what gift to buy for a little kid. The toddler age can be a hard one to shop for as you want to buy a gift or toy that is safe for the child. Also, remember that the gift that you may select has to sometimes meet the parent's expectations as new parents want the best for their little ones. So since I have raised five kids and now have a 1-year-old grandbaby, I have plenty of experience with buying and receiving gifts for kids 1 to 4 years of age. The holiday gifts on this list were selected with my granddaughter in mind. The gifts that I selected are age-appropriate for kids 1 year to about 4 years of age. I included at the end of each gift selection the age that the Christmas gift is intended for. Please keep this in mind when selecting the gift that Santa may leave under the tree as the age guidelines is not about how smart the child is but rather the safety factor as gifts for 3+ may have small parts in it that would not be safe for younger kids.

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1. Moving Monkey Gears from Learning Resources 

 In this jungle-themed set, monkeys fly through the palm trees by their tails, then spin, twist and turn! It’s a fun way to teach engineering and spatial concepts and let the creativity flow with early STEM-supporting skills necessary to prepare children for future success.

This colorful 136-piece set features colorful plastic gears all uniform in size, connectors, crank, base plates, and monkeys. I like that it has countless ways for the child to build the set and allows the child to use their imagination. This is a learning toy that will help kids learn problem-solving and basic building skills.
Ages: 3+  MSRP: $37.49 Available: Amazon

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2. Musical Monkey Glove Puppet from HABA

 Both a glove puppet and a cuddly friend. The Monkey's cymbals rattle merrily. The musical monkey puppet features a red bow tie to match his instruments and playfully fosters sound perceptions. My grandbaby had an opportunity to play with this puppet and she gave it plenty of smiles when the monkey played the cymbals. My boys also enjoyed showing the baby the dancing puppet.
Made of polyester and is machine washable on the delicate cycle.
Ages: 18 months+  MSRP: $17.99  Available: HERE

3. Playmobil Advent Calendar - Christmas Ball

 Advent calendars are a fun way to help kids count down the days until Christmas. The Christmas Ball advent calendar is a fun item to add to your holiday decorations. This product is meant for kids 5 and up as it has small parts but I included it in my gift guide for more of a Christmas decoration that should be placed out of the child's reach until they are older. Every day parents can help their child open up a new door to reveal lots of accessories hidden behind the 24 doors. The Playmobil set celebrates Christmas with a family a sparkling and festively-decorated crystal hall.

 The Christmas Ball is one of three new PLAYMOBIL Advent Calendars!  Whether it’s the Christmas Ball, Construction Site Fire Rescue or the 1.23 Christmas in the Forest- any would be an amazing and fun way to count down the days until the Holidays!
Ages: 5 +  MSRP: $24.99  Available: HERE

4. Playmobil's Christmas Bakery with Cookie Cutters

 Help Santa and his elves prepare delicious holiday treats with Playmobil's Christmas Bakery with Cookie Cutters!  With removable cookie cutters and Playmobil's face stamp, you can make your own Playmobil cookies when playtime is over!

This adorable Playmobil set can be another holiday decoration for younger kids. The parents can use the included cookie cutters to make cookies with their child.
Ages: 4 +  MSRP: $49.99  Available: HERE

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5. Moosh-Moosh Plushy

 Who can resist hugging a soft Moosh-Moosh plushy pillow? These adorable soft cuddle buddies arrived under the Christmas tree last year and were a favorite for both my tween boys and my grandbaby. This year Moosh-Moosh has added some new unique fun items to their product line of soft pillow creatures. My favorite is the Moosh-Moosh Flashlights as these are a soft way for kids to have a flashlight at night so they can easily find their way to the bathroom or use when they get scared in the middle of the night. A press of a button on the Moosh-Moosh's ear activates the flashlight.

The Moosh-Moosh Plushy Skwishys are so soft and squishy. These small ball-shaped toys are super slow rise squishy plush that you won’t be able to put down! They even have a nice scent of chocolate!

Of course, Moosh Moosh plushies still come in the original designs available in 3 different sizes and the new items also come in the original designs so kids can mix or match the plushies. Look for these new Moosh-Moosh at Staples, Walgreens and CVS stores, to name-drop a few outlets for these irresistibly soft accessories.
Moosh-Moosh • Ages 3+ • MSRP: $5.99 and up  Check them out Here

6. Antsy Pants Unicorn Building Set

Who said unicorns don't exist? Build your very own magical unicorn friend. Featuring a fabric cover, roll-up door, top opening, color-coded poles and Snap & Click connectors, the Unicorn is perfect for imaginative playtime. The durable fabric works both indoors and outdoors. Kids build a magical tent and then pretend to be a magical creature. For every item purchased, Antsy Pants helps national nonprofit KaBOOM! build playgrounds for kids living in poverty across America.
Ages: 4 +  MSRP: $49.99  Available: Antsy Pants or Target

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7. Parking Garage from Green Toys

 Drive up, fill up, fix up, and take off!  The Green Toys™ Parking Garage is a multi-level play space that encourages motor skill development, cause and effect reasoning, and imaginative, narrative play. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic, the set includes a Mini Helicopter and two Mini Vehicles and is scaled to work with the best-selling Green Toys Ferry Boat and Car Carrier. Featuring a drive-through station on one end and a ramp on the other, an elevator in back and helipad on top, this full-service, 360° set is ready for play from any angle. Super safe with no BPA, phthalates, PVC, or external coatings. Packaged with recycled and recyclable materials printed with soy inks.
Ages: 3+  MSRP: $39.99  Available: Amazon

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8. Loog Mini Guitar

 The Loog Mini Guitar is an ideal first guitar for little ones. Small, fun and cute, but it's not a toy: it's a real instrument, made out of real wood, that projects a sweet, beautiful sound that's just unbelievable for a guitar of this size and price. When you get a Loog, you get more than just a guitar; you get an instrument bundled with an app that has everything you need to start playing songs: video lessons, a tuner and even a digital songbook so you can learn guitar by playing songs (Beatles, Stones, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and more).

 This 3-string Loog Mini guitar comes in many colors like Red, Green, Black, Pink, White, and Yellow. This was my boy's first time playing the guitar and I enjoyed listening to them learning how to play it. The digital songbook made it easy for the boys to start playing music. Who knows maybe they might just be able to play some of dad's favorite songs that he loves to listen to on the radio.
Loog Mini Guitar • Ages 3+ • MSRP: $79, Buy on Amazon 

9. Baby Banana Safety Toothbrush 

 This flexible infant baby toothbrush is the ideal infant training toothbrush that was invented by a mom-hygienist. The Baby Banana Brush was invented following a tragic accident, where the company owner’s grandson slipped and fell with a toothbrush in his mouth. The toothbrush punctured the roof of his mouth, nearly missing his carotid artery. The cute toothbrushes come in many designs like Unicorn and Dragon. They are the perfect toothbrush for toddlers as they can hold them and you can relax knowing they are safe to use. These are the perfect stocking stuffer for babies, preschoolers, and toddlers.

  So, develop good oral hygiene habits early with these flexible 100% food-grade silicone toothbrushes that gently massage teeth and gums. The baby toothbrushes are dishwasher and freezer safe. They are also free of BPA, latex, and phthalate
 Baby Banana Safety Toothbrush • Ages 3-24 months • Buy on Amazon

10.  Piggy Paint - Non-Toxic Nail Polish

 For the past 10 years, Piggy Paint’s mission has been to create non-toxic, premium products. Products that are worry-free and completely safe for kids. With an ethical, eco-minded vision, their company strives to offer the safest polish on the planet. Piggy Paint is non-toxic, virtually odorless, and free of ALL harsh chemicals. Their water-based nail polish dries to a hard finish that doesn’t wash or peel off and comes in a rainbow of fun colors! So now toddlers and preschoolers can have their nails painted just like mom.

 I love that these nail polishes don't have toxic chemicals in them and have no odor. So I can now paint my nails and my granddaughters without having to worry about having an asthma attack. They even have a safe nail polish remover that is made with no acetone. This is a gift that needs a parent to apply and should be kept out of the child's reach. Cruelty-free, Vegan, and Made in the USA
Piggy Paint - Non-Toxic Nail Polish • Buy on Amazon

11. Scrub 'n Play Smart Sink™

 Soak up fun and learning with the Scrub 'n Play Smart Sink™. Pretend to wash the dishes in the sink and count from one to ten by adding the pretend soap. Learn about colors and sizes when matching the plates to their slots in the drying rack. Load up the dishwasher and choose the cycle.  One, two, three! Hear fun responses when opening and closing the door. Practice following directions by pressing the star activity button to get some clean-up suggestions. Wash the green plate! Water sounds make clean-up time feel real. Everything stores neatly when playtime is done. This toy contains electronics and is not a water toy.
Scrub 'n Play Smart Sink™ • Buy on Amazon

12. Baby Shark Bath Art Creations

 Make bath time fun and artistic with Baby Shark Bath Art Creations! Allow little ones to express themselves with custom bath art using 8 special washable crayons in an array of bright colors and Baby Shark details. Encourage creativity as little one's design artwork with bath paints and stickers that dissolve in a flash. Little ones will get excited to decorate each bath session with personalized designs all their own. This relaxing yet stimulating activity will encourage seeing opportunities for art in the unexpected. This set is safe, ecofriendly, and easily washes away.

Kit Includes: 3 Bath Paints – 10 Bath Stickers – 8 Bath Crayons – 1 Plastic Crayon Holder – Easy-to-Follow Instructions
Baby Shark Bath Art Creations • Buy on Amazon

13. Tub Buddies 

 With bubble-shaped heads and friendly faces, Tub Buddies are the floating trio that keeps busy babies entertained for a relaxing tub time activity. These cute bath toys are perfect for my grandbaby's bath time and I just love the bright colors. I also love that they are easy to grasp and hold. 

Since these colorful bath toys are strainers, the water drains out when bath time is over. So mom won't have to worry about any mold building up in these water toys. These Tub Buddies are also perfect for the pool.

Tub Buddies • Buy on Amazon

14. Sensory Balls
 Sensory play for little superstars! Children will love these unique textured Sensory Balls. They’re soft and stimulating, enhance gross motor and tactile skills, and encourage crawling, grasping and coordination. Softly rolling the textured balls on a child's back or feet heightens sensory awareness too!

 My grandbaby loves playing with balls and these are the perfect size for her small hands. I love that they are soft so nothing will break when she throws them. The different colors will also help kids learn their colors.

Sensory Balls • Buy on Amazon

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Stacie said...

Those plushies are super cute! I know this list is for kids, but I want a bunch of these for myself.

Barb Webb said...

I love the Playmobil advent calendars. Like to buy one for my granddaughter each year!

Why Girls Are Weird said...

This is super helpful, sometimes I have no idea what to get my nephew! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

The Super Mom Life said...

These are all great gift options! I'm making a note since some of these would be perfect for people on our list!

Marie at Complete Literature said...

I love the Advent Calendar. That would be great for my grandchildren!

Gust si Aroma said...

Thanks a lot for these wonderful gift ideas! I was looking for some gifts for my nieces and nephews!

Katrina Kroeplin said...

we love moosh moosh and that guitar looks so cute!! such great gift ideas. love these.

Jocelyn said...

Forget kids. I want that cookie cutter bakery for myself. It would be great for making cookies and when I want to indulge my inner child.

Ruth I said...

My niece is in preschool. I'm pretty sure she would love everything on this list.

Celebrate Woman said...

Every single toy and activity is novelty and entertaining. Love them and would wish every child could receive them.

Cindy Ingalls said...

A friend of mine just had a baby so this list will definitely come in handy. I was just starting to think about what to get the little one.

Enriqueta E. Lemoine said...

Tara I must confess this: for me you are the quintessential American bloggrs. Great suggestions, great post, all I want is Christmas to be here!

Lyanna Soria said...

Those are all great gift ideas especially since Christmas is nearing. I'd love to get that Parking Garage or Moosh moosh plushy for my little boy, I', sure he'd love it.

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