With Christmas fast-approaching, I wanted to share a “Gift Guide” of sorts with you! There are so many options, and I find it rather overwhelming sometimes. I wanted to focus in on several categories of gifts, so I will spread this guide out over a few days.
All children need a home full of good books (see my post on reading with your preschoolers)!
If you don’t have a lot of space for books, The 20th-Century Children’s Book Treasury: Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloud includes lots of books in one convenient volume!
Some more of our favorites include:
- Harold and the Purple Crayon
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
- Blueberries for Sal
- My Great-Aunt Arizona
- James Herriot’s Treasury for Children: Warm and Joyful Tales by the Author of All Creatures Great and Small
If you need a guide to aid you in choosing books, my personal favorite is Read for the Heart: Whole Books for WholeHearted Families.
Building Materials & Construction:
I love these kind of toys — they allow for open-ended play and are great for sparking creativity!
Unfortunately, the price has risen on these Melissa & Doug 60-Piece Standard Unit Blocks, but for natural, wooden blocks they are still a pretty good value. We have two sets to allow for larger creations and expanded play.
Some of our other favorites:
- Magformers 40 Pc Magnetic Building Set
- Lincoln Logs Classic Edition Tin Lincoln Logs
- LEGO® DUPLO® Bricks & More Deluxe Brick Box
- LEGO Ultimate Building Set – 405 Pieces
- Jumbo Magneatos 24 Piece Set
Obviously, you don’t even need to spend money on items for imaginative play (boxes, utensils, recycled materials, etc. work quite well), but sometimes a nice toy can provide hours of fun. The girls have especially enjoyed the kitchen they have!
We have a plastic kitchen, but the Kid Kraft Suite Elite Kitchen has great ratings (and it’s currently marked down by $65).
Here are a few more ideas:
- KidKraft Majestic Dollhouse (Shh…this is our family’s “extravagant gift” this year — and I think I’m as excited about it as the girls will be! I found it for $132 one day — and I had some Amazon credit! Yippee!!)
- 1 Dozen Velour Animal Hand Puppets for Kids
- Melissa & Doug Slice and Bake Cookie Set
- Green Toys Cookware and Dining Set
- Learning Resources Teaching Cash Register
- Melissa & Doug Veterinarian Role Play Costume Set
What are some of your favorites? Any I need to add to my list?!!
To be continued…