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Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Toddlers and preschoolers need simple, open-ended toys that can span multiple ages. Here is a simple holiday gift guide that focused on more open ended toys that are suitable for toddlers and preschoolers, as well as promote more active play.

 

1. Clicques (Clicks) Rainbow Dolls– These adorable little wooden people allow for endless creativity and pretend play. They can be used for dollhouse play, block play, color matching and sorting games. These consist of three elements that are held together with tiny magnets designed for you to mix them up. They have minimal facial features in order to promote creative thinking.



2. Wobbel Balance Board– This is an extremely versatile “toy” that kids of all ages can play with. Whether its baby using it to practice pulling up or low height climber, toddlers using it as a bridge, a tunnel, a surf board or a seesaw. The possibilities are endless. This one of my must haves for gross motor development.



3. Piklar Triangle– This is another must have for gross motor play. This climber can be used by a variety of ages and is the perfect way to give the gift of appropriate risk taking to your little one.



4. Silks– The ultimate in open ended play. My kids use these to build forts, as superhero capes, props for dancing, as blankets for their dolls, they ball them up and pretend they are garbage to be cleaned up. These are played with daily.

5. Wooden Story Natural Blocks— Everyone needs blocks and this beautiful heirloom quality block set is a classic that should be a staple in every playroom.

6. WAYTOPLAY roadway— This flexible road is a must have for any vehicle loving kid. They even have expansion sets so your little one can build an epic track to race cars and trucks.



7. Tegu blocks— The perfect mix between classic blocks and our beloved Magnatiles. These are a must have for any child who loves to build. Another early STEM toy that will be loved for years to come.

8. Lily & River Little Steps–These colorful wooden stepping stones are a prefect addition to any play space. Children love to use these to balance and play games like “hot lava.” They are great for gross motor play!

9. PetitCollage Doodle + Draw: A redesigned classic. This also makes a great travel toy and something to encourage quiet playtime when your toddler begins to drop a nap or is going through a sleep regression.

10. Candylab Cars–Ditch all the plastic and matchbox cars in favor of these adorable vintage cars and trucks that makes a perfect gift for vehicle loving kids.

 

11. Plan Toys Shopping Cart— Kids this age absolutely love to mimic the tasks they see us doing. This is where pretend play really starts to develop. Gift this shopping cart and give your little one hours of fun filling and pushing this cart around.


12. Plan Musical Toy Set— This all in one music toy is a perfect way to incorporate music toddlers and preschoolers. I love this one because it combines multiple instruments into one toy which helps reduce clutter.



13. Cuddle + Kind Doll— Buy a beautiful handmade doll for your little one while also donating 10 meals to children in need. What could be better than that. These whimsical dolls are loved here and with so many adorable choices it will be difficult to choose just one!

14. Mama May I Sensory Starter Kit— If you haven’t already begun experimenting with sensory bin play this is the perfect kit to get your started. Beautiful wooden tools and the perfect sized box to hold your favorite sensory bin fillers.

15. Forest Melody Play Set— Wooden forest and animal play set that is perfect for small world play. This age group is very much into creating imaginary set ups and these animals and trees are a versatile addition to the play room.

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