April 23, 2014

10 Great Gift Ideas for Preschoolers {and a Giveaway!}

10 gift ideas preschool

It’s that time of year again when I am contemplating just what thoughtful (and delightful) gifts to get for each of our boys.

Some of these items stock the shelves in our schoolroom, while others have been lost over the years.  And still others just went into my shopping cart at Amazon a few moments ago.

Since our boys don’t really need a bunch of new toys piled under the tree year after year, I like to buy them a few educational items that they can enjoy in our homeschooling house.

Here’s a list of 10 of my favorite activities for preschoolers.  Many of these items could be acceptable for some toddlers and definitely Kindergarten-age participants, depending on the child.

Shape Sorters

Count and Stack Shape Sorter


Shape Sorting Cube

Shape Stackers


Pretend Play

Wooden Food



Play Cash Register


Strings and Beads

Lacing Cards


Art & Stamps



Alphabet Stamp Set

Animal Stamp Set


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What are your favorite activities for toddlers and preschoolers?


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  1. Dress-up/ costume / make believe

  2. I love duplo blocks, they can do so many things and make my boys play creatively.

  3. Sarah Bass says:

    I absolutely LOVE Melissa and Doug. We have the shape sorter, animal magnets, a truck…
    We do lots of stacking and building at our house right now. I saw the stamp sets and would love to be able to get those for my little artists. :)
    Thanks for the awesome card giveaway…and the great ideas!

  4. Reading books is #1!

  5. I love the ideas!

  6. great ideas! we have a collection of Melissa & doug toys…..can u put one together for older boys as well? I have an 11, 10, and 8 year old…Thanks

  7. I love educational toys. Melissa and Doug have so many fun options.

  8. ra thompson says:

    I really like educational toys and things made in the USA…Doug and Melissa offer both…sometimes hard to find good toys for the preschoolers

  9. Definitely dress-up and any type of costumes for imaginative play

  10. Since my last three toddlers have been boys… duplos are our favorite!! Board books are next.

  11. a box of dried lentils with various cups, scoops, spoons, jars, funnels, etc. It is a bit messy, but keeps little ones occupied for a long time!

  12. Legos and our play kitchen are favorites at our house!

  13. We love Melissa and Doug toys and Do A Dot markers are definitely a favorite.

  14. Beach day!

  15. My preschooler is really into Legos and tracing letters.

  16. WE are train fanatics at our house. Our living room floor is usually transformed into a Thomas the Train oasis a couple of times a week!

  17. Books!

  18. THere are so many fun things for preschoolers! I find anything pretend play is great, shopping cart and kitchen come to mind! Dress up clothes and baby dolls to dress and play with have been big. My one daughter will do anything crafty so I’ll have to try and find some of those dots! THanks for the ideas…

  19. These are great! I’m also looking forward to when my little boy is old enough for legos and k’nex, which will be when stuff stops going into his mouth!

  20. Love imagination toys and Non messy art stuff :-)

  21. I think soapy water works well for them and then for cleaning. Use a bowl, bucket or sink.

  22. We love playing games… board games, imagination games, movement games, etc. Such a great way to learn!

  23. I like taking them to the park to play on the playground equipment

  24. Playdough, puzzles, and coloring!

  25. My preschoolers love Legos, pretend cooking, and dress up.

  26. Legos!

  27. Peg puzzles, big floor puzzles, blocks, and coloring stuff.

  28. books, bath toys, art supplies, puzzles, blocks, dolls, lacing toys, stacker/sorter, dress up clothes, etc.

  29. We love pretend cooking or real cooking :-)

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