Looking for gifts for two- to five-year-olds? Check out these best preschool toys for birthdays and holidays. Unique, memorable, and fun!
After three kids, I’ve had my moments of finding creative toys for them to play with during their preschool years.
No longer toddlers, they can now follow simple instructions like older kids, but not so complicated that they get lost and frustrated. Open-ended play is also important, allowing them to lead and determine how they want to play.
I also wanted toys and gifts that few people would think to get them. The type to delight and nurture creativity, even in their simplicity. Other times, it was the opposite—a timeless and classic toy you know will last a long time.
I compiled this list of preschool toys for anyone who’d like new ideas for unique gifts. Or maybe you’re looking for gift ideas perfect for the two- to five-year-old kids in your life, from nieces and nephews to grandkids.
These are all toys my kids have used and played with and actually enjoyed—not the kind that gets stashed in the closet forgotten. I hope you enjoy this compilation of toys for the little ones around you.
Top preschool toys
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Zingo: My preschoolers loved this game, perfect for building vocabulary and sight words. Once they outgrew the toy, they passed it onto their little cousin, who also loves it.
Paint & Plant Flower Growing Kit: Decorate and plant beautiful flowers in a fun way! Even until now, my kids love planting a garden.
Critter Slippers: Super cute slippers to keep your child’s feet toasty and warm.
Magna Tiles: A hit around our house! It’s amazing how versatile these magnetic tiles are.
Dominoes: Perfect for building and creative play! Use it to knock dominoes down, or even to use as building blocks.
Chutes and Ladders: A classic game, probably the first board game my kids played.
Legos: A perfect toy that allows for open-ended play and fine motor skills.
Melissa & Doug Reveal Pad: Entertaining and simple toy!
Micro scooter: We got these scooters for the kids, and they’d have a blast riding them at the park.
Play dough: One of the best toys for crafts and endless possibilities. Use them for different activities, from making shapes, using tools, or pinching them off into tiny bits.
Toy Flashlight: Sometimes it’s the simplest things—like a flashlight—that makes for the perfect toy.
Kidz Bop Karaoke Microphone: My kids love singing and talking into a toy microphone for pretend play.
Tents give young children the privacy and place they need for pretend or quiet play. A wonderful toy for your child’s imagination!
Butterfly growing kit: Your preschooler will love watching caterpillars morph into butterflies. My kids’ teachers did this activity with their classes.
Marble Maze: The kids love these marbles. Arrange them in many ways, too (just be mindful of the marbles as they can be a choking hazard).
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- How to Raise Kids Who Love to Learn
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