The holidays are here and it’s time to start putting together your list for the preschooler(s) in your life…but where to start? Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered!
Below you’ll find ten fun holiday gift ideas for preschoolers from ages three to five years.
These gifts will be sure to help that little learner have fun and develop new skills all at once. Of course there are tons of fun toys out there for preschoolers, so I hope this post will help you get started as you dive into the world of gift giving! Find out even more toy ideas for preschoolers by clicking here. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience (see full disclosure here).
1. Beginner multi-piece puzzles-Challenge those hands and eyes as they work together to flip, turn, and slide pieces around in order to make them fit together.
2. Easel and supplies- Engages kids’ creative and sensory side while developing strong muscles in the arms and hands to help prepare their bodies for writing. The best easels have chalkboard and whiteboard surfaces, with the ability to attach paper over them. Some of my favorite easel supplies include dry erase crayons(they are AMAZING!), colored chalk (break into small pieces to encourage age-appropriate pinch grasp, learn more here), finger paint, washable paint, paint cups with brushes, easel paper, and of course an art smock. Learn more about the developmental progression of pencil grasp and handwriting skills to see if your kiddo is where he or she needs to be.
3. Pretend play sets- Ideal for this age group and great for developing symbolic play, fine motor, social, and language skills. Some examples include kitchen sets (the Melissa & Doug Corner Kitchen, Step2 LifeStyle Custom Kitchen, pretend food to cut, etc.), doll houses, doctor/vet set, and costumes for pretend play. Find out where pretend play falls in the developmental progression of play skills.
4. Tricycle– Coordinate those legs and strengthen that core to support the development of fine and gross motor skills!
5. Bouncing toys- Beat cabin fever during the cold months by giving kids a chance to move and jump while staying inside the house. Great for sensory seekers. Go-to bouncers include mini trampoline with handle, hippity hop ball, and Rody the hoping horse. And here are some more gift ideas to help get kids moving!
6. Lacing beads– A classic in fine motor development.
7. Gymboree bubbles– Best bubbles on the planet. Five times more bubbles with each blow of the wand, and they float for minutes on end. Lots of developmental benefits to playing with bubbles (find out the benefits of playing with bubbles). Fun for preschoolers, but also perfect for toddlers and baby play groups as well!
8. Fine motor games- Strengthen those little hands as they prepare to become writers! Some of my favorite fine motor games for preschoolers include Ants in the Pants, Hi Ho Cherry-O, Hungry Dog/Monkey/Bunny, Lite Brite, and Pop Beads. Learn more about toys and games to support fine motor skills and pencil grasp (without having to use a pencil!).
10. Play dough kit with accessories- Sensory, fine motor, language, and imaginary play all in one. So many options to choose from: Creations Caddy, Fun Factory, basic rollers and cutters, big barrel, Prettiest Princess Castle, Dr. Drill and Fill, Star Wars kit, Cake Making Station, or simply a big pack of colors. You can also find lots of free play dough mats to make playtime even more engaging!