Preschool kids are learning in every way: Their imaginations are richer than ever, vocabulary and descriptive language are booming, and early math and writing skills are beginning to emerge. It’s a thrilling time to play! Great gifts for children in this age range include toys that nurture creativity, challenge new skills, and stay relevant and exciting as kids’ abilities rapidly evolve. Here are a few of our favorite toys for 3-4 year olds (as modeled by our adorable fans):
Dress-Up – Help them explore imaginary lands or reenact the everyday world with dress-up sets in their favorite themes! Choose high-quality costumes designed for year-round play, like Melissa & Doug’s Role Play Sets—they’re machine washable and built to last through adventures galore. Each one is designed to fit ages three through six, so they’re also great for siblings . . . and growth spurts!
Play Sets – A pirate ship, a princess castle, or a busy parking garage . . . just pick one of these sturdy wooden play sets (complete with play figures!) and your child becomes master of a world of imagination. (Shopping on a smaller scale? Try a take-along set like our farm or stable for all of the play value in a portable size.)
Arts & Crafts – Be the patron behind the next Picasso! Paints, chalk, and an easel make an excellent at-home art studio; or stock up on crayons, colored pencils, markers, and activity pads (like Paint with Water) for an art kit that can go anywhere. Either option will have preschoolers happily exploring their creative sides while they build fine motor skills and pre-writing skills. (So you’ll be giving the gift of school-readiness too!)
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Trunki – This ride-on, pull-along suitcase entertains kids on travel days—and is great for storage any day! With stickers to create a face on the front and accessories to pack inside (and even saddle on!), Trunki lets kids really show their personalities, too. Fill one with travel activities, a cuddly plush toy, or even a collection of cars and trucks to create a custom travel gift that’s just the ticket.
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How adorable is this cute little marshmallow guy!! You'll never believe what he's made of, can't wait to do this with the kids this summer