I cannot even believe that Christmas is just around the corner! This year goes down in the record books as being the absolute fastest (and possibly craziest) year yet. Now that Thanksgiving is gone and past, I’m all about Christmas. One of my absolute favorite things to do this time of year is to pick out the absolute perfect presents for my loved ones. It’s so fun picking out toys for my 3 year old this year since his interests have changed so much and he’s so in tune to everything around him. I’m especially focusing on gifts that let him be active and burn off some energy, promote free and imaginary play, and that will fine tune those gross and fine motor skills.
If you’re wondering what to get the special little preschooler in your life, I’ve got you covered. Here is my Preschooler (3 and 4 year old) Holiday Gift Guide 2016, including links to purchase to save time and energy!
Plasmacar is a ride on toy car that is perfect for an energy filled preschooler! It’s kid powered through inertia, free of pedals and doesn’t require the use of any batteries (always a bonus when it comes to kids toys). The seat is especially designed for a safer ride, comfort and minimizes tipping. I’m not going to lie, I can’t wait to give this a little spin myself (don’t worry, I’ll share it with you soon in a post or on Instagram). Check out the video here to how they work!
Magformers are geometric shaped magnetic blocks that let kids create to their hearts desire. These are perfect or quiet, free play and to strengthen their imagination. I have friends who have these that say that they are their preschoolers favorite toy and that they can easily spend 45 minutes playing quietly with them (which doesn’t happen much). There are so many great sets to choose from too, including specialized ones (robots, cars, in motion, etc.). There is truly something for every child!
Manhattan Toy MiO Sleeping Set
I love these little play houses! Aside from the sleeping set, there are so many different MiO varieties to chose from: sleeping set, eating set, camping, car, bus, working, etc. The MiO Sleeping wooden toy features a selection of natural and brightly colored wood pieces to withstand rough play and 2 hand painted beanbag people. My son has been really loving pretend play so I know that this will be a hit with him and I can’t wait to see the stories that he makes up to accompany this toy. It’s also a great way to learn about shapes and colors too in an organic way.
I don’t know any kid that doesn’t love riding bikes, whether it be tricycle, traditional or balance bikes. Balance bikes are a great transitional bike for those that aren’t quite ready to learn to pedal and ride on two wheels. Balance Bikes are pedal free. The absence of pedals allows children to master their balance before adding in another skill (pedaling) to muddle things. Since they are able to focus on balance opposed to pedaling, balance bikes tend to be safer and allow children to be prepared for an unexpected loss of balance and to catch themselves before falling.
I love being able to mix a little learning into our everyday routine. These preschool workbooks are perfect stocking stuffers or great as a bundle for our little sponges. Aiden loves learning and I love watching his eyes light up as he understands new concepts. The child friendly and fun illustrations make learning fun. They cover concepts such as alphabet, numbers, shapes, following directions and more.
Count Your Chickens Game
This is a great option for a child’s first board game. Count Your Chickens focuses on cooperative play (taking turns, working together for a common goal, etc.) to teach kids that playing together can be fun. Players take turns working their way through the board and helping Mother Hen collect all her baby chicks and bring them back to the coop. Players take turns working together, collect chicks and everyone wins! Aside from learning cooperative play, it’s also a great counting game for the youngest game player in your home.
Stomp Rocket Junior
These rockets are 100% kid powered. Children stomp on the launchpad to shoot rockets up to 100 feet in the air! Stomp Rockets are super durable and strong to withstand lots of play and help to get your kids outside and active. This will be perfect to burn off some of excess energy and watch the joy that will come from watching these shoot in the sky. You can also purchase extra rockets, including parachutes and spin copters.
These easy to use colored pencils require no sharpeners. Simply twist the barrel for a new tip and you’re kiddo is ready to go.
Melissa and Doug Dress Up
Role playing is so important at this age and most kids have such a great time doing so. Melissa and Doug has a large selection of costumes to choose from (cowboy, hair stylist, doctor, firefighter, cook, construction worker, police, veterinarian and more). Dressing up is a great way to encourage creative and imaginary play.
For easy shopping, check out below from the products (or similar) listed above!
What is on your preschoolers wish list this year?
Be sure to check out my Baby’s First Christmas gift guide as well!
Disclosure: I was given several of these products in exchange for a review. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.
These are all such great picks!!! We are getting our little boy magformers 🙂
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Great list. I have a 10 and 14-year-old. So, I no longer know the hot preschool toys. 😉
These are great ideas! My girls especially love dressing up! I want to check out that little car, too. I think my oldest would love it!
Such a cool list! The magformers look really neat!
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