I thought it was about time to share some toddler gift ideas with you. My kids are now almost 6 years and 4 years old. I have both a boy and a girl and we have had plenty of boy/ girl play dates too. I picked the toys that were played with the most in our house – or that were coveted the most when visiting friends! So, without further a do, I give you ten of our favourite Toddler Toys, Toddler Gift Guide sorted.
I do have a preference for good quality toys that last a long time. Quality over quantity anytime!
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We were lucky enough to inherit a box of wooden bricks (UK readers here), just like these and I can only say they have been loved much (in fact my kids still play with them). They can stack them and push them over. They can build a town. They often use them to build houses for their other toys. I find these blocks just come in handy all the time and often get mixed with other toys too.
Now this is an item that we have NOT had… but that has been much covetted at friends houses and at nursery. Yes, they are colour building blocks (UK Readers here), but more. The you can see the sun shining through. You can explore colour theory (what happens to the yellow and blue blocks if you hold them infront of a light?), you can look at shapes and movement (what moves, what stacks? etc). Lots of fun possibilities. Wish m kids had had some of these (or similar!)
A simple but great gift for you children – large lacing beads (UK Readers). Both my children enjoy all things “beads”, they love to lace them all up. A great basic toy that also helps develop fine motor skills and give you a chance to explore colours and shapes. Particlarly like how tactile these beads are and that they are made from wood.
We don’t have this exact set, but our is pretty much the same – these cute little wooden blocks (UK readers here) are actually lacing beads too. We had great fun with ours – they were tactile, you could lace them, you could create a little play scape.. and when ready to go home, you lace them all up onto a necklace in a handy take a long way. Such a great toy to take along when out and about. LOVED THEM.
Yes, this may seem like a “girl toy”, but I encourage the giving of this lovely little wooden doll family to any toddler, regardless of gender. Great for roll play and disovery, these little dolls are so cute (UK readers). We made a whole dolls house for them and they are also part of our busy bag for out and about.
Another toy that has been in constant play use is this lovely little tin tea set (UK Readers here). The key to this tea set is the “tin”. We also had a beautiful melanine one… but it has broken – yep toddlers have a tendency to drop things on the floor by accident. In contrast this tin set avoids some of the plastic tat out there and is durable. It comes in varying designs and we like this one as it has a neat suitcase too. Always handy for tidying up! Oh and yes, both boys and girls have enjoyed playing with it. It is not uncommon for me to stumble across a dinosaur tea party!
A toy I fondly remember from my own childhood – the wooden railway track (UK readers here). What isn’t there to love about it and again a toy that has been much played with. There are many sets like this out there, so choose one to suit you and your family. I like this one, as it has a good set of additional items and comes with a storage box!
Duplo (UK readers here), I am sorry, no Toddler Gift Guide would not be complete without some duplo. Yes, this is when the plastic begins to sneak in. But when it is quality plastic that is great for the development of your little ones how can you resist? The benefits of duplo are many. Assembling it develops their hand muscles, you get to use your imagination when constructing and there are a 1000 blogposts out there dedicated to learning activities with duplo – ranging from using it as a measuring device, to creating your own puzzles. This is a great basic starter set to get you going.
This stacking bucket set (UK readers here) is almost a bit of a “random one”… it feels like the odd one out, but I had to include it in my toddler gift guide, as we have a similar one, that we use as a bath toy. We have had it since my 6 year old was a baby and it is played with ALL the time. Playing with what and cups is just irristible. And this set has the additional sorting functio too. If like us you do use this in the bath, I recommend “storing it” upside down, so all the water runs out and doesn’t get yukky.. it will probably last you years as well!