mom pre-school boyJust hear those sleigh bells jingling ring-ting-tingling, too…Mommies and Daddies, the holidays are coming!

Do you already know what gifts you’re getting your preschoolers this season? If you haven’t, don’t fret. To get an idea of what gifts to put under the tree, here’s a list of toys that will tap into your little darlings’ newfound skills!

Musical Toys

For the early preschooler, music inspires dancing, spinning, hopping and clapping. Why not encourage this newfound hobby and his budding love for music by buying him melody-making toys? Hand over childproof musical instruments such as a toy tambourine or a toy drum and you’ll see how much fun he’ll have. You can experiment

1. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Beginner Band Set

kids musical instruments


2. Disney’s Jake and The Neverland Pirates – Jake’s Musical Pirate Ship Bucky


Play Sets and Costumes

Preschoolers love to imagine and pretend. She could be a pretty princess, or a smart traveler, while he could be a superhero, a rowdy cowboy, or a valiant knight in shining armor. Cultivate this type of play by buying them play sets. Whether it’s a tea set, a kitchen set, a train set, a tool kit, pirate props and masks, it can be the perfect outlet for their imagination.

1. Servin’ Surprises Cook “n Serve Kitchen & Table

2.Disney Princess Songs Palace by Little People



3. Playskool Adventure Squad – Police



Sharpen your little ones’ abstract thinking and problem solving skills with puzzles! You can choose those with pictures of your child’s favorite character to keep him entertained. Get ones with colorful and big pieces that are easy to manipulate. This toy will support development and encourage a sense of accomplishment when he figures out how to fit all the pieces together.


1. Thomas & Friends: Thomas the Tank Engine – 24-pc Shaped Floor Puzzle

thomas puzzle


Dress-up Dolls

At this age, your child is beginning to appreciate putting on and taking off his own clothes. Try buying your daughter a doll with several outfits. Aside from the excitement it provides, it also helps her hone her fine motor skills. But this is not only for girls. You can also get your son a toy soldier that has several clothes as well. Who knows, it may develop his sense of style in the process.

Fisher-Price Dora the Explorer Dress Up Collection Doll

dress up doll


Building Sets

At this age, your child may become interested in construction options. Natural wood blocks have been the constant favorite but you can also consider colored giant blocks that can be linked or snapped together. With this toys, your child can make cars, houses, on his own. Just make sure that the pieces are not small enough to fit the child’s mouth and that they are kept in a safe place when not played with.

1. Lego Friends Adventure Camper

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If there’s one thing that your child can never have that much of, it’s books. Take them off to far off places and embark them on breathtaking adventures with every flip of the page. Your preschooler would enjoy the new characters he might meet or the new places he might visit. For better visualization, choose giant books with beautifully illustrated pictures.

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Jeanette LaPorte

Jeanette LaPorte

Christmas Section Editor at Families Online Magazine
I love everything about Christmas and I hope you do too!
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