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I love getting educational gifts for my preschooler because it means it’s something that I can use in our homeschool and she can learn with them. I know I can’t buy her everything but when she gets an educational toy that I’ve always wanted to get her, I’m busting with cheer for her.
I know kids always go for the bright flashy toys, but eventually the new toy syndrome wears off and they always return to the classic toys. My kids play with their Mega Blocks set on a daily basis, other toys may come through the house, but these blocks have gotten the most play from all of my kids.Of course I prefer the great quality toys in comparison to the cheap plastic stuff that easily breaks. What’s the point of buying something only to have to through it out after only a few uses. After I compiled my list, I realized that I have a lot of Melissa & Doug toys, but I love their stuff and they last for so long. This Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Clock is a wonderful way to start teaching your preschooler to tell the time and do so in a fun way.
I’m a huge fan of pretend play and I’ve made some felt food as well for them but if you don’t’ way to DIY, this Melissa & Doug Cutting Food is really cool and sturdy. It’s also a life lesson to teach your child how to cut food in a proper manner but in a completely safe environment.
If you don’t want to make your own than this Melissa & Doug Felt Food – Sandwich Set is adorable. It’s such a great quiet activity and would go well with a cute tea set. My daughter and I often have picnics with our pretend food as she pretends to be the mother while I’m the baby.My kids love building with Legos but when they’re younger, they can’t handle the fine motor coordination just yet so I like these Foam Building Blocks to build up those skills. They’ll learn to stack and balance the blocks together, you could sort them by shape, color or size. They easily lend them selves to pretend play as well, blocks are very versatile.
The Early Explorers for 3-5 year olds kit from Little Passports is a great way to expose your child to geography and learn about different cultures. Each month your child learns about a new country and it’s a great starting off point that can lead to further studies with library books, crafts and activities. My son loves his globe trotting subscription because he loves getting his own mail each month.
If you love the science kits from Kiwi Crates then these Koala Crates will be just as fun for your preschooler. Order the subscription to get a monthly delivery of a new project for your little one right to your door. Projects bring on creativity and fun and the best part is you don’t have to shop for it, it comes right to you.
The Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards provide tons of fun for my daughter, she loves matching up the blocks to the boards but she likes to try to build her own things as well. It’s a great way to build their own pictures and we also use it for math for my older kids.
These Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden 27-Piece Lacing Beads in a Box are a great way to practice fine motor coordination and they are bright and colorful which makes them seem more fun. My daughter loves doing beading activities on her own and she’s so proud when she’s finished.
Another fine motor activity that you can practice with are these Melissa & Doug Alphabet Lacing Cards. They’re sturdy and large enough for little hands to hold but not too large that it becomes overwhelming. If you want to go the DIY route, I also have printable lacing cards as well.Inquiring mind will love to pour liquids into this Learning Resources Bucket Balance, or they may want to weigh their favorite toys or compare their favorite food. I love our balance and it’s going to be time to replace it soon because it’s been used so often.My son loves giant floor puzzles, he always seeks them out when we go to the library, this Melissa & Doug Underwater 48-Piece Floor Puzzle would be a dream for him because he loves ocean animals.
Christmas and birthday gifts don’t have to be filled with junk, I love finding a balance between toys that they love for a day because of its bright lights and/or motors and toys that they actually play and learn with as well. Because batteries will run out, and I can’t afford to replace them.