The Best Gifts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

It’s such a delight to see the anticipation that little kids have for Christmas, Easter or birthdays.

And when they open their gifts and get one of the amazing toys listed below, you’ll see pure joy on their faces.

Shopping for toddlers and  preschoolers is easy – and fun!

Every little child loves to express him or herself, which is why there are always doodles on the walls. But you can give your child a doodle desk and let him unleash his inner creativity.

This Step2 art desk is more than simply a place for your child to sit and draw or colour.

It’s more like a mini art studio and has molded storage on the top for supplies like paints, crayons, and more. But it also includes plenty of large storage bins beneath this sturdy desk.

Plus, the back has storage for books, too You’ll get a dry erase board, an easel where kids can show off their creations and a comfortable stool.

Young children love to play house and with this sturdy cottage, they can have a blast.

This Melissa & Doug Country Cottage has shutters that open and close.  It's perfect for indoor play.

You can't beat a play kitchen for pretend play, and this cute Step2 chef's kitchen has all the accessories they need to rustle up some delicious meals.  It even has authentic lights and sounds.

If you have more room or prefer a wooden kitchen, this super KidKraft corner kitchen will grow with your child and provide them with hours of entertainment for years to come.  Make sure you get some of the kitchen playset dishes, food and assorted house items like mops and brooms, too.  They’ll have tons of fun with these gifts!

Toddlers love to emulate adults and do what they do. For this reason, playsets that recreate real life scenes are often big hits with toddlers. This could be things like a kitchen, workbench, doctor’s kit, and more.  Toddlers can spend hours on end with these pretending to be a doctor or a cook.

The most popular sets we have had are the Melissa & Doug vet set and the Le Toy Van doctor's bag

Kids love music and picking up one of the first instruments for them is a great Christmas gift idea. You can get a first piano or a set of drums or a tiny guitar that they’ll love.  This piano mat is a great choice if you have the room for it, or this cute beginner's instrument set in a nice basket would be very well received.

The VTech KidiBeats Drum Set is a fun and educational toy for a toddler. The toy features three drum pads along with a cymbal that a toddler can use to make music.  She can enjoy drumming in tune with the included melodies that are done in different genres. There are nine different melodies and each of the melodies is pop, rock or dance.

To encourage toddlers' creativity, building blocks are a great gift. Whether it be the simple wooden blocks like this colourful set, or something more advanced like magnetic tiles, a creative toddler can create an entire world that can entertain them for quite a while.

The Melissa & Doug 100-Piece Wood Blocks Set has one hundred brightly colored real wooden blocks.  You’ll get an assortment of shapes in squares, rectangles, triangles, cubes, arches and more.

Children can use the blocks to build towers, learn their colours and shapes, learn their numbers and create a variety of pretend items. The blocks are smooth and round on the ends and the coating on the blocks is non-toxic.

Most toddlers love Play-doh and the cute Tootie The Ice Cream Maker is a great set.  They can use Play-doh to create silly Play-Doh sundaes, while Tootie makes silly sounds, changes her facial expression, and makes some crazy ice cream creations.

The Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag is a big 150-piece set of colourful blocks that easily fit together. These blocks are perfect for small hands and fit together more easily than Duplo, plus they can build bigger creations. The blocks also come in a bag that’s free of PVC and BPA. The best thing about Mega Bloks is that you can easily add to their collection with extra bits and pieces to make even bigger and better buildings.

Playing sports can be a lot of fun for toddlers and even the little ones love to play basketball. You can get the Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set and help them learn how to play the game.  Playing physical games like basketball help toddlers improve their coordination as well as grow their motor skills. This hoop is safe for kids as young as 18 months to use.

The hoop can change height as your child grows, just fill the base of the hoop with sand to help keep it steady. A small, toddler sized basketball is included with the hoop.

The Melissa & Doug Shopping Trolley is a wonderful toy for toddlers. Now, just like mum and dad, they can go shopping and take a teddy bear or doll with her in the cart’s front seat.  The shopping cart is deep enough to hold plenty of pretend groceries.

The Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Corn Popper toy has been around for many years. This classic toy entertains toddlers with colourful balls inside a plastic dome. As the child pushes the popper, the balls pop up and make a fun sound that always elicits laughter from a child. The colourful balls help your child learn to watch movement and the popper also aids in helping toddlers to walk.

The LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket is another toy that has retained its popularity thanks to the fun that it offers. The basket teaches kids about shapes and colours using items that you’d find at a picnic.  Kids can hear songs that help them learn their colors and more. The set has a total of 14 pieces.

The LeapFrog My Own Leaptop introduces children age 3 and older to the alphabet and spelling. Kids can learn how they can spell their own name. They can play pretend on the laptop and hear their letters as well as learning the names of the animals.  There are 16 songs with this laptop toy.

The LeapFrog Chat and Count Smart Phone gives children 18 months and older a pretend Smart Phone just like the real one mom and dad have.  This toy will let kids sing along while they’re learning counting numbers. They can even get pretend calls and voicemails. There are over 15 different ways your child can learn and explore with this toy.

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