This top 5 holiday–or any day!–gift picks post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott.
It’s no secret that often our “big kids” turn to the “little guys’” toys when offered the opportunity. Of course, many little ones tend to gravitate towards older children’s toys, too. And there’s no hard and fast rule that says certain toys are for children under or over a given age.
But what are my favorite Melissa & Doug toys for older kids? As a parent and educator, I definitely have my top choices, and so do my own kids, who are 10, 8, and 6 years old.
Here are our top 5 Gift Picks for Older Kids, in no particular order:
- Peel and Press Sticker by Number: Children of all ages love these, but for older kids in particular, they completely love these sets.
- Scratch Art: Scratch Art is fascinating for kids. It’s a reverse art–creating by scratching away–so they love it!
- Sticker Sets: These sticker sets have been known to keep crowds of kids busy and focused for long stretches of time, and every single child is proud to share his or her finished sticker scene!
Whether it’s the Puffy Sticker Sets, the Reusable Sticker Sets, or the Make-A-Face Sticker pads, kids of all ages love to sit down for some open-ended free time to create! Pair the stickers with the Picture Frame Pad, and kids will really fall hard!
- Magical Masterpieces: The Magical Masterpiece Paint Sets are huge favorites of older kids. These sets allow young artists to mix their own watercolors and apply them onto a “magic” canvas with water-resist outlines.
- Puzzles: Oldies but goodies, puzzles are a hit for all kids.
Stop by and follow these great educational Pinterest boards:
- Holiday Gift Guide | Melissa & Doug
- Best Toys for 5-7 Year Olds | Melissa & Doug
- Traveling With Kids | Melissa & Doug
- Best Gifts for Kids and Family | teachmama
Hang with Amy over at teachmama.com for more cool, super-sneaky ways to throw in some learning in the name of fun or join her at we teach–a forum for parents and teachers to connect, share ideas and grow–no matter the classroom. Or tweet with her (@teachmama), pin with her or chat with her on Facebook!
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