The Essential and Practical Holiday Gift Guide for Toddlers 1-4 Years Old
Buying for toddlers can be difficult at times. Not knowing what they will like and enjoy playing with can be frustrating. Which toddler toys will bring a smile to their faces?
Here we have compiled a list of practical, educational and fun toys that will delight them and that they will enjoy.
There is a little bit of everything, from a kids yoga book and mat to train set and the latest LeapFrog Pad.
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Non-Toxic Play Mat (100% non-toxic)
This first item isn't an actual toy but it is important for when your baby and toddler begins to play on the floor especially if you have a carpetless home. This particular one is great because it is non-toxic and has meet European Union Standards. I mention European Union Standards because there are toxans that are banned in the EU that are still available here in the U.S.
2. Kids Yoga Mat and Kids Yoga Book
If you are looking for something different and something that will improve their well being but still can be fun, their very own yoga mat and yoga book would be a great and fun gift for any toddler (2+). You can practice these simple and fun yoga poses with your toddler and at the same time relax and learn something new.
3. Wood Cube Activity Block
You can't go wrong with wood games especially this one. These activity blocks have multiple games all in one and they are made mostly wood. They promote dexterity and problem solving while being fun.
4. Balls for Toddlers
You would be surprised how much toddlers love balls. Balls help babies and toddlers move! Parents can engaged with their child and these can help with coordination and faciliate movement if they are still in the crawling stage. For younger babies that are still crawling [these smaller] one could be better.
These LEGO toys are on my Christmas list for my 18-month-old. Of course, we have all heard about LEGO. I always thought they were for boys but it turns out now they have pink ones for girls and green neutral sets. While reading The Danish Way of Parenting, I learned a fun fact about LEGO. Turns out that they were created by a Danish carpenter in 1932 and the word LEGO thrives from the words leg “Godt” which means play well.
6. Stacking Toys: Cups with Numbers and Letters
It's never to early to start practicing the ABCs and numbers. These are fun stacking cups that serve a dual purpose. These simple cups help promote motor skills, coordination and faciliates the learning of colors, letters, numbers and stimulates curiosity. You can't go wrong with these.
7. Boy or Girl Tents
8. Train Set (2-3 years old)
Train sets are one of those gender-neutral toys, girls and boys can play with and will love. Playing with train sets and putting them together will teach your toddler problem-solving skills. The act of having to select the correct tracks to put together will develop their problem-solving skills, Train sets also foster pretend play which is one of the developmental milestones for 2-3-year-old
Play-doh is a long-time favorite. Chances are that you as a child played a lot of play-doh too. Besides its teaching creativity and fine motor skills, play-doh also teaches toddlers to play independently and with other kids. Nowadays there are so many additional accessories that can be used with Play-doh. The above are some examples.
10. Twistable Crayons (2+ years)
I never knew these existed until a couple of days ago when I saw a commercial a toddler was coloring with these Twistable Crayons. You really can’t go wrong with these. I had already bought 2 boxes of Crayons for our little one and she broke most of them or the dog had eaten them but these are in-cased in a plastic cover and you twist them for more of the tip to come out. Love these….no more wasting and losing crayons. There are also non-toxic Twistables Colored Pencils. Besides them being fun to use they also facilitate writing skills, creativity and teach them how to properly hold crayons and pencils for future writing skills.
11. LeapPad (3+ years)
My 3-year-old toddler absolutely loves this educational and learning tablet. At she didn’t know what to make of it but eventually she learned how to use it and can now maneuver in the different apps and is learning a lot. It comes in a 7” shatter-safe screen that is touch screen, comes with apps and games already built-in but you can buy cartridges if you want more games.
There are a lot more toys and items that can help develop your child’s skills. Click here to see more!