Imaginative gift ideas for toddlers and preschoolers

Some of the best holiday gifts for toddlers and preschoolers are those that inspire imaginative play.

“Gift-giving for this age group should reflect the tremendous opportunity that play time offers for supporting early childhood development,” says Dr. Lise Eliot, early brain development expert and member of the Expert Panel at VTech, a world leader in age-appropriate and developmental stage-based electronic learning products for children.

With that in mind, here are some fun gift ideas that will add value to children’s play time.


Arts and crafts

Inspire creativity and foster fine motor skills with gifts for budding young artists. Watercolor sets, finger paint, stencils and markers are great age-appropriate selections. Just be sure any art supplies are non-toxic and washable. A great gift set idea? A blank smock and fabric paint -- kids can design their own artist’s smock, which will inspire them to do even more art projects in the future. Offer to hang or frame your children’s favorite creations so they can proudly see them on display. 


Learning experiences

The big wide world offers plenty of opportunities for fun and learning, so consider gifting an experience. Whether it’s a puppet show, a day of exploration at the zoo or aquarium, or hands-on learning workshop at a children’s museum, the experience will not soon be forgotten!


For young children, make the holidays count. Great gifts can be both educational and fun. (StatePoint)

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