Christmas is coming! So exciting! But it can also get quite stressful quickly. And it can be really hard to know what to buy kids especially if you don’t have kids that age. I know when buying for my older nephew I never have a clue. So I thought I’d put together a little gift guide for anyone buying for a preschooler. These are all fairly gender neutral gifts! They are all Amazon Affiliate links so any purchases you made through my links would provide me with a tiny percentage of the purchase price, it doesn’t increase your costs and it all just goes to upkeep costs of the site.
Percussion Bag click here
All kids have a natural sense of rhythm and have fun playing around with it. Music is so wonderful for kids for so so so many reasons. I could dedicate an entire blog to the benefits. Percussion is fun and music (and presents) should be fun!
Dinosaur Figurines from Schleich for T Rex click here
Everyone loves Dinosaurs. Or are at least fascinated by them to some extent right? Preschool age is also the time when kids are starting to play independently or with each other quite well. They are able to set up little imaginary worlds and love figurines. Schliech figurines are more expensive then your average but are beautifully made and outstanding quality. They will last. Figurines are also something that your child will likely continue to play with as they get bigger and they are usually fairly small, so easy to store.
Bugopedia answer some of those ‘whys’ click here
If you haven’t heard ‘why’ at least 300 times today then you haven’t been hanging out with a preschooler. National Geographic does some awesome kids books. We have quite a few, the current favourite is all about sharks. Bugs though are one of those things that lots of people don’t know a lot about, but definitely spark the curiousity of kids. They are not so cute or cuddly, but they all play important and unique roles.
Real Princesses click here
Okay so I have not specifically read this book, although I am planning on buying it for my kids this Christmas. Amazon recommends it for slightly older kids, however, there is no reason your preschooler would not enjoy a book for older children if you are there to guide them through it. My in laws are pretty into Disney Princesses and have passed this interest easily along to my girls. I am okay with it in moderation, however, generally I wish that there were stronger female role models in the stories. I figured though since they are so interested in Princesses maybe I could use it as an opportunity to delve into History and educate them a little about Real Princesses. How far this book goes, I am not entirely sure yet, but it looks like it could be a good launch pad.
Paint your own bird house, combining nature and creativity, click here
My kids love love love craft. It is so good for encouraging their creativity and improving their fine motor skills. And they love the outdoors. I once read that people by nature are biophilic, they naturally enjoy and feel calmer outdoors. I like that thought. Painting your own bird house combines the two nicely. You could even pair it with a birders guide book and a little pair of binoculars.
Dress ups click here
Imaginative play is so important and fun at the Preschool age. They love it! And they are definitely not too cool to get right into it and role play. I love to watch where their imagination runs too!
What is on your wish list this year?