I’ve been a mama for almost 6 years now – ACK! – and I’m also very particular about toys that we own. When shopping for holiday gifts for my little ones, I almost always select things that do NOT make noise and that encourage creativity. Bonus points if they’re wooden over plastic. The sign of a fantastic gift in our house? It’s been loved and used by all three of our children.
I thought I’d help other parents and gift givers by sharing some of our favorites in the hopes that they might be the perfect match for someone on your holiday gift list. For the record, we have 5.5 and 3.5 year old daughters and an 18 month old son. (Two cats, a turtle and a partridge in a pear tree…)
Educational Insights Magic Moves Talking Electronic Wand This was something we got for Leighton last year but has been a hit with all three and one that they play with every single day. You push a button and the wand tells you to do something such as, “Sway like a tree.” Or, “Stomp like a dinosaur.” It gets them moving (not that they really need any help in that department) and helps inspire imaginative play. I’ve used as a preschool activity and we’ve given it several times as a gift.
Hape – My Creative Cookery Club ( Educo ) This kitchen ROCKS. And it’s held up to the constant use of three children since Santa brought it when Camryn was 2.5. The perfect kitchen in my opinion.
Hape – Playfully Delicious – Gourmet Fridge in White – Play Set The perfect companion to the kitchen, this was an addition the next year as a joint birthday gift for the girls. Besides being roomy enough to hold all of their play food, it also has an ice cube maker in the door for the wooden ice cubes! Hello, awesome!
Magna-Tiles® Clear Colors 100 Piece Set So two years ago, Camryn received a smaller set of these for Christmas. Both of the girls loved them and fought over them on a daily basis. So last year, they received this larger set as a joint gift. This is where I mention that yes, these magnetic blocks are expensive, but they’re also extremely durable and I play on my grandchildren fighting over them in the future. This year, I asked for another 100 piece set as a joint gift for all three of them as they continue to beg each other for pieces another sibling has to complete their masterpieces. They play with these tiles each and every day and they’re almost always out. They build castles for their Little People figures, put miniature flashlights in their structures to make them glow, use them in imaginative play for a million different things – the list goes on and on. If Magna-Tiles ever needs a spokesfamily, they should give us a call.
Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug, Bee Camryn received this for her first Christmas and since then, all three of them have loved it and continue to ride it. Let’s just say that since our new house has wood floors, it brings a whole new dimension of fun to this toy. For the record, we have the Large one as my children are tall. It also comes in a variety of other animal styles.
Gymnic / Rody Inflatable Hopping Horse, Lime When your third child turns one, you get a bit stumped by what to tell people to get for him. This horse has been a hit with Carson and these days he finds it absolutely hysterical to fall off onto the floor. (I don’t understand boys.) Regardless, it doesn’t take up much space and sits in the corner of our living room when not in use.
Moluk Bilibo Green What is this? Whatever your child wants it to be! In our house it’s been a seat, a hat, a baby cradle, a boat, a cooking pot… They also have fun pushing one another in it on the rug. A great toy that plays well with other favorites.
Step2 Naturally Playful Sand Table We gave this to the girls after we moved as a way to say thank you for being so awesome during the entire moving process. They played with it every day after it arrived and by the end of the summer, Carson was able to play with it as well under supervision. I have so many photos of the girls with chairs pulled up to it cooking and building castles. I love that it has a lid to keep dirt and debris out of it.
Crocodile Creek Space Poster Jigsaw Puzzle We LOVE these Poster Puzzles from Crocodile Creek. I bought the first one last year on a whim at Target but have found the best selection at Amazon. This space themed one as well as the United States and Ocean puzzles tend to get the heaviest rotation in our house.
Crayola Light Designer Camryn’s favorite toy from last Christmas. You draw with a stylus on a dome and you’re able to choose the color you’d like with a touch of the pen. You can also save and animate your drawings. A word of warning, it will eat batteries so I definitely recommend the AC adapter.
Kiwi Crate We love Kiwi Crate! The girls receive a box containing absolutely everything needed for monthly themed projects and I love that I don’t have to do any prep work other than opening the box so that we can get started! You can read a past review of Kiwi Crate that I wrote in October, here.
If you have questions about a product, don’t hesitate to ask! I love to chat about what’s worked well for our family.
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