Christmas festive season is coming up and many are starting to look for beautiful and meaningful gifts to give to their children, nieces, nephews and friends. There are wonderful non-toy gift ideas that kids would love, but it is also great to give something that will make their day even more special that IS a toy.
Often we, as adults, have misconception that in order for the toy to be attractive and fun for child to play with it has to be bright, nosy, seen many times on TV, and made from cheap material so when it breaks – it is not a big deal. However, children can learn great lessons from educational toys made from quality material, such as wood. Educational toys are so crazy fun for kids to play with. They usually last a lot longer too. Montessori and Montessori friendly toys are great for all children and all ages.
Here is the Ultimate Gift Guide for Toddlers and Preschoolers with 30+ fun, creative, and educational gift ideas for 1-5 yrs old!
Wonderful stocking stuffers
They might be the least expensive items on your gift-giving list, and often they’re last-minute picks, but that doesn’t mean that stocking stuffers can’t be just as thoughtful as the other gifts you plan on giving. These are some fun items to surprise your kids!
These are our hot picks and favorites!
Building blocks are great for motor skills, hand eye coordination and creative thinking. These are the beautiful ones not only inspires imagination but also develops sense of aesthetic.
Puzzles are such a fantastic learning tool for hand eye coordination and logical thinking (You can also see 7 reasons why children need puzzles). Some may think that their children are too young for that, but you will be surprised how quickly they will master the skills. The ability to work on puzzles is a skill that needs to be taught, so the earlier they start the better.
Sorting and matching toys develop logical thinking to objects and beginning mathematical concepts and organization in every day life in general.
Stacking, seemingly simple toys, pack a big punch when it comes to early learning development includes fine motor skills, visual and spatial perception and language skills etc. Kids can naturally think outside of the box, so encourage them to look for alternative uses for whatever’s at hand.
Young Children learn by imagining and doing. Pretend play is not as simple as it may seem. The process of pretending builds skills in many essential developmental areas like social skills, self expression, encourages critical thinking and nurture imagination.
STEM friendly toys and learning games that are open ended, encourages kids’ exploration as well as logical thinking and inspires curiosity through different approaches!
Meaningful toys that are educational and long lasting that teaches our kids things in the world and mankind’s culture that are so meaningful that cultivate the motives of exploration and love of learning.
Special Art and Craft set are always great for sensory play and family fun; good for nurturing creativity and imagination from early age!