Christmas Gift Guide: For Toddlers & Pre-Schoolers (Part One)

We're not plastic-free by any means, but we do try to give the girls a lot of wooden toys and classic, traditional games to play with.  It was lovely to see so many wooden toys at the Christmas shows this year, and also a resurgence of old-fashioned fun, alongside some modern classics like Peppa Pig and in the Night Garden making another resurgence in the toddler toy market.  Here are some of our favourite gift ideas for toddlers and pre-schoolers, not all of them sustainably made maybe, but all of them with longevity and plenty of play value.

Let's Go Fishing! game, Dotcomgiftshop

Cute red felt envelope purse with chocolates inside, Waitrose

Campbell Books has recently released these fun new sticker books for little hands.  The First Sticker Story Fun books are available in four different variants: Baby Animals, Dinosaurs, Fairies and Pirates, and contain lots of colourful scenes and over 200 stickers for little ones to create their own pictures.  Perfect for toddlers aged 2+, the books retail at £5.99 each and are available from Amazon and all good bookshops.

For slightly older children, Campbell's Let's Play series features a simple story about fairies or aliens in space, with tabs to pull, turn, twist and slide.  these features help bring the stories to life and help their imagination soar.  Robust enough to withstand enthusiastic toddler reading (nothing more frustrating than a 'toddler' book that loses all its flaps or pulleys on the first read!), these brightly coloured fun books are a lovely introduction to storytelling and encourage young children to really get involved in the creative process.  These board books retail at £10.99 and are avialbel from all good  bookshops, including Amazon.

Tea party biscuits, Dotcomgiftshop

Bunny cardigan,

British jigsaw puzzle makers, Wentworth Puzzles, has something for every member of the family this Christmas, including toddlers and pre-schoolers.  This set of four cute festive characters is perfect fro little hands, and great fun.  The four puzzles, each of 25 pieces, comes mixed up in one bag for your child to sort out and then put together into four separate jigsaws.  A lovely calming activity, perfect for after dinner, and containing Wentworth's famous whimsy pieces, this high quality puzzle will delight all young children, and become a family heirloom.  Available online, priced £25.95.

Chalk and Talk Chalkboard Cloth Book,

Twirlywoos Big Red Boat play set, Amazon

I can't begin to tell you how happy everyone in this house is that The Clangers are back on our screens!  Voiced by the slightly old-fashioned dulcet tones of Michael Palin, they have lost none of their charm and have brought their wonderful world of whimsy to delight a new generation.  When we received the Whistle and Dance Mother Clanger for inclusion in our gift guide, the girls were delighted.  She has unofficially become Tatiana's though, being the youngest, and goes with her everywhere.  She's brilliant fun and a delightful companion, hilarious too.  Available from all good toy shops or online at the BBC Shop and Amazon.

Gingerbread man pocket dress,

Personalised toy tool belt with tools,

The nearly two year old is completely obsessed with 'goggas' and stops to inspect each and every one we meet, so this cute Spotty Dog Children's PVC Apron is just perfect for her.  Now our little chef can join the kitchen line up without any worries about wrecking her clothes, and she is VERY proud of having her own 'gogga' apron to dress up in, RRP £11.00.

Personalised child's favourite toy cushion,

In the Night Garden Explore and Learn Musical Activity Table, Amazon

The rather brilliant Hook a Duck Bath Game is a great idea, and perfect for keeping any reluctant toddlers in the bath!  This fun game consists of four ducks and one easy to assemble rod.  The floating ducks are then lifted from the bath by their hooks, just like at the fairground, and the best bit is, you win a prize every time with this game!  Great fun.  RRP £5.99 and widely available, including from Amazon

Peppa Pig kitchen, Amazon

Peppa's Christmas Wish, Tesco

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  1. Fab gift ideas - that little bunny ear jacket is SO sweet!! X

  2. really nice stuff, great ideas. thanks


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