The holidays shouldn’t be a time of stress researching the best gift for your preschoolers. We did the hard part. We researched with a goal to find the best toys to encourage imaginative and inspiring play for your family all year round. Here is our gift guide for the best gifts for preschoolers.
Beauty Salon And Spa Play Home by Asweets
Regardless of the gadgets today’s kids have, there is something special about play tents.
Allow your little one to escape for a makeover or spa-treatment in this walk-in salon. With illustrated beauty products to stimulate imaginative play, an awning with a screen door and even a mail slot, this tent is more than just eye-candy; its interactive fun! We love how the playhouse inspires open-ended, creative play allowing kids to learn, explore and grow. As an added bonus these tents are spacious enough for adults to play inside, and fit children’s size furniture too!
Assembly was straightforward and easy. We followed the Asweets’ illustrated instructions and it opened up into a perfectly stable playhouse. Each metal bar and connector was assigned a letter, and the instructions give you a photo of where each lettered piece goes — and with barely any words. It’s so simple, it makes you wonder why all companies don’t do it this way.
The craftsmanship is superb with even stitching and no loose threads. We love when we come across well-made, quality products. The playhouse is made of a polyester canvas that fits snuggly over all of the edges of the sturdy metal frame – a detail that we truly appreciate. Most playhouses have the poles or legs exposed so the fabric can easily ride up. The Velcro enclosed legs help to keep the sides of the tent more taut and secure. The beauty salon and spa play home is a beautiful gift. It satisfies all the things we look for in kids stuff: fun factor & style.
Around The World Play Tent by Asweets
There is nothing better to your little one than having their own sacred space in the home. What better way to give your preschooler his or her own coveted space than with a tent. Made with the great craftsmanship that Asweets is known for, this Around The World Play Tent offers another way to encourage imaginative play in the home. The map design is a great conversation starter to have with your little one as you point out places and stories of camping in your little one’s future.
The tent is sturdier than average tents, which is great to ensure it doesn’t collapse on your little one during rough toddler play (we know from experience as we’ve been through a few tents already but none as sturdy as this one).
Classic Kitchen Helper Stool by Guidecraft
It’s never too early to get little ones involved in the kitchen. Thanks to the Guidecraft Kitchen Helper Stool your preschooler reaches new heights to help you in the kitchen, safely. My toddler delights in helping to prepare and cook his own breakfast. He loves the creativity and hands on interaction in preparing his own food. It’s not the cleanest way to prepare food, but it is great for creating cherished memories every morning. And, it makes sure there never is a dull moment in the kitchen.
The Classic Kitchen Helper Stool is pictured in white, but is also available in other elegant wood tones such as ivory, natural, and gray. It also comes with the added safety of a washable non-slip mat. It’s adjustable height feature ensures your little one will be able to use the stool for a while.
Our son loves the independence gained through the Kitchen Helper Stool. Better yet, unlike most baby gear, the Classic Kitchen Helper Stool’s modern and sophisticated design easily blends into our household.
Pull & Pull Utility Beach Wagon by WonderFold Wagon
Life with preschoolers is life on the go. For that life on the go, you need a lightweight utility wagon that can accommodate your family on any adventure. The WonderFold Outdoor Beach Wagon is great for any adventure, whether its the beach, farmer’s market, or a neighborhood stroll, your little ones will love riding in style.
For ultimate convenience, the wagon is able to be pushed or pulled, and features adjustable handle bars. Inside the wagon, there are two mesh cup holders and a storage pouch to keep things organized and mess-free. The wagon is collapsible and will fit easily in the trunk.
My Fairy Garden Magical Garden by PlayMonster
My girls love kits that allow them to grow plants at home; it gives them a connection to nature and a sense of satisfaction at having nurtured a living thing. My Fairy Garden Magical Cottage by PlayMonster takes it to a new, exciting level by allowing children to interact with it as part of an enchanting play set!
Children plant quick-germinating seeds and care for their garden, all while playing with adorable fairies, woodland friends and accessories. The set comes with a flower pot that doubles as an adorable fairy home with opening doors and a terrace, a tray, toadstool, soil, seed packet, a four-ounce watering can, four gardening tools, Freya the fairy figure, a flying cord that attaches to Freya, Hazel the chipmunk figure, and fairy-sized cottage furniture.
The girls began by assembling the flower pot, which took just a few minutes. To grow a garden, start by putting the soil in a bowl with three cups of water to soften it. Once the soil is damp, use the rake to break it up then scoop the soil into the planting areas on the flowerpot. Evenly scatter the seeds on all the soil areas, using the gardening tools to gently press them into the soil. Water the seeds, checking the soil daily to ensure it’s damp, and keep near sunlight.
The first sprouts are expected to show in three to seven days, and full flowers should appear after six weeks. Using the cottage furniture, decorate the garden, and engage in imaginative play with Freya, and Hazel while waiting for the flowers to grow, and after they’ve grown. It also comes with information to learn the science behind how plants grow.
My Fairy Garden Magical Cottage makes a great beginner gardening gift for kids, especially those who enjoy whimsical fantasy play with fairies. Younger kids may need help from an adult to get started but it’s a fun way for parents and kids to work and play together.
My Singing Monsters Musical Furcorn by PlayMonster
For a child that loves monsters, the singing monster is perfect. The Furcorn is just creepy enough, without being scary, to let your preschool kid incorporate him for imaginative play with dinosaurs, giant lizards, and other creepy creatures. What sets this monster apart is its singing “a warmly falsetto.” Without a doubt, sure to delight.
PlayMonster offers a variety of other collectible monsters, available here.
Friendship Bracelets By BitsyBoho
The go-to accessory of our tween years has resurfaced as the accessory dujour for all ages. Yes, I’m talking about friendship bracelets! The very same jewelry you may have crafted at summer camp or back on the school bus is making an overwhelming comeback, to the point that I was wishing I had held onto these pieces from my youth. Luckily, I found BitsyBoho to satisfy my throwback jewelry craving.
BitsyBoho friendship bracelets are cool and quirky with a bit of a bohemian edge. The girls and I had a blast selecting the design and colors of our bands, in addition to the letters, symbols and the embellishments. Each hand-braided friendship bracelet is totally unique, and so cute that you’ll want to stack them all the way up to your elbows.
These baubles pair well with a tie-dye shirt and a great pair of sneakers for adults. When it comes to kids, they basically should never take them off, because they are just glorious.
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