Preschool Gift Guide 2011

November 16, 2011 144 Comments »
Preschool Gift Guide 2011

Imaginative preschoolers need to balance time between imaginative play and using screens to help them practice developing skills. Interactive apps and digital devices help engage and encourage reluctant learners but there’s a whole world to explore and my picks are designed to do just that!  

GIVEAWAY: LeapFrog My Own Story Time Pad ($29.99)— Designed for ages 2-4, the Story Time Pad provides stories and activities through personalized play for beginning readers. Children are greeted by name upon turning on the Story Time Pad and kept engaged with cute black and white illustrations as they listen to stories and songs. This durable device is the perfect size for young hands and features large buttons for little fingers.  While the keyboard isn’t standard QWERTY, the layout is designed to help young kids learn the alphabet and recognize letters through game play.  Comes in pink or white.
Crayola Color Studio HD App & Crayola iMarker ($29.99)— Coloring goes digital and turns your iPad into an interactive coloring book with the Crayola iMarker that features all the colors from the 64 count crayon box.  I love the vivid colors and the way the iMarker can be used to mimic the look of crayons, markers, paints, and colored pencils as young artists free draw, play games, and create their own coloring pages.  Purchase of the iMarker includes the free ColorStudio HD App download.
GIVEAWAY: A Little Book About Feelings ($12.95) and My Feelings ($12.95) books by Ruby’s Studio— I happen to love when a client’s vision mirrors my own parenting style and it’s no secret that I adored Ruby’s Studio by The Mother Company even before I became their social media coordinator.  Just last week The Mother Company launched two new books. The 32 page A Little Book About Feelings helps children explore their feelings through age appropriate text and beautifully designed pages that fit in the style of Ruby’s Studio: The Feelings Show DVD.  My Feelings allows children to be the authors as they fill in information about themselves, their family, and their feelings by writing and using included stickers.  Both books measure 8.5 x 8.5, making them the perfect size to fit in little hands.  Win a gift set featuring A Little Book About Feelings, My Feelings, and Ruby’s Studio: The Feelings Show DVD valued at $37.89.
Disney Pixar Cars 2 APPMates ($30)— Disney’s Cars Appmates work with an iPad app that allow car lovers to place Mater, or any of the other 3 available characters, on the iPad’s surface to roll along the ever-changing scenery making it the perfect gift for iPad loving kids who enjoy taking cars with them wherever they go.  Available in 2 packs featuring Lightning McQueen & Holley Shiftwell or Mater & Finn McMissile.
GIVEAWAY: Peek-A-Shoe Octopus ($29.99)— Young children (ages 9-36 months) will enjoy playing hide and seek with balls as they learn about numbers and colors and enjoy songs as they play with this darling interactive octopus.  Kids drop the balls in one of 3 chutes located in his hat and arms and then lift the feet to find the balls.  And when the balls have rolled away and hidden themselves in the far recesses underneath the couch or are residing in mystery spots in your child’s room, order a spare ball set from the LeapFrog site.
Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Starter Set ($32.99)— If the floors are littered with toys, start building on the walls! With Hot Wheels Wall Tracks, favorite cars are sent along tracks that attach to the wall with removable 3M Command Strips for vertical play with endless building potential for kids ages 4-6.
GIVEAWAY: Little Pim ($29.95 for the intro set) — Little linguists will enjoy learning a foreign language in a fun way.  Give the gift of Spanish, Italian, Chinese, German, Japanese, Arabic, Russian, and Hebrew, or French with the Intro Gift Set that features a DVD, CD, and 8” plush of the adorable panda character that guides learning, all packaged in a see through Little Pim tote bag for learning on the go. Win a Little Pim gift set in the language of your choice by entering below.
Colonel Purple Turtle by Rocknoceros— Northern Virginia based Rocknoceros has been a favorite of our family for years.  Having attended their first show when Captain Computer was just a baby, we’ve been following the progress of this band as they have grown in popularity and continued to produce music that is fun, easy for the whole family to listen to thanks to the variety of different genres featured on each CD, and educational at the same time.  Colonel Purple Turtle is the band’s 4th CD and it is as wonderful as all their previous ones.  Little Miss Techie is quite happy that its out because she has been waiting for Colonel Purple Turtle, a favorite song, to come out on CD for years! This CD is definitely a must for your listening library and don’t be surprised if you find yourself singing along even when the kids aren’t around.  Other Rocknoceros CDs include Pink, Dark Side of the Moonbounce, and the debut CD, Rocknoceros.
GIVEAWAY: Once Upon a Monster for Xbox Kinect ($49.99)— Sesame Street has partnered with Xbox and Kinect to create an interactive game that fosters literacy and movement in young children.  Through the game, kids get the opportunity to join Cookie Monster, Elmo and other Sesame Street characters as they explore a living storybook titled Once Upon a Monster.  Children and parents become part of the story adventure as they dance, jump, fly, and turn the pages together. Rated “E” and great for preschoolers through age 8.
Looking for more than the one time gift that will provide your child with pleasure throughout the year?  Here are my picks for gifts that give all year:
  • Foster a love of art as your child creates with Kiwi Crate ($19.95/month)—With a single crate or deliver of crates monthly, Kiwi Crate delivers a crate full of materials to inspire your preschooler to explore, imagine, and create.  No more running to the craft store to get the items you need for a project.  Kiwi Crate deliveries are something to look forward to each month!
  • Foster learning in an interactive way through a safe online environment on PBS Kids Play- Read my in-depth review here.
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144 Comments

  1. Stimey November 16, 2011 at 10:19 am - Reply

    As I have no preschoolers, don’t enter me in your contest, but I just want to say that I really, really want that Crayola iMarker for MYSELF. How fun does that look?

  2. ichoosethesun November 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Moving back to the East Coast is on my preschooler’s wish list (my nephew – he recently moved to San Fran) :( Since I can’t grant him that wish, the Little Pim set in Chinese would be perfect for extending his learning from his Chinese immersion program. Btw, I both subscribe via Google Reader and follow you on Twitter. Thanks!

  3. Leta November 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    So far, all that’s on my 3 yr old’s wish list is princess squinkies. haha I’d love to give her the LeapFrog My Own Story Time Pad.

    I tweeted and I follow you on twitter.
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  4. Lindsey November 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    I would like to win the Leapfrog My Own Story Time Pad. :) This is a great list! I can see my preschooler loving many of these things.

    Lindsey
    ladyufshalott at yahoo dot com

  5. De in D.C. November 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Well, my toddler isn’t talking yet, but I know he wants some play food for his kitchen ;) (Grandma has already purchased this unspoken request.) He also loves music and dancing, so CDs would be a great choice for him.

  6. Kathy Sykes November 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    My preschooler would like more Thomas the take engines on his wish list and I would like to surprise him with the Little Pim language set.

  7. Kathy Sykes November 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    I follow you on twitter! @kathysykes

  8. Anonymous November 16, 2011 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    My in-laws are from italy and we try to read to the boys in italian but it would be so fun to surprise tehm with the PIM gift set to learn italian! ecmcveigh15@hotmail.com

  9. Michelle in NV November 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    I’m so happy to be subscribed in my Google Reader! I like to think of myself as techy mama but I’m not sure about the savvy part! I’ve enjoyed reading suggestions over the past few days and look forward to more in your gift guide. Thank you for making my life easier!

  10. John November 17, 2011 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Our pre-schooler wants a doll house bigger than our house. Santa is magically but that might be beyond him.

  11. fancygrlnancy November 18, 2011 at 2:13 am - Reply

    my little guy says he wants a big dinosaur with big feet. I like the My own storytime pad, Crayola Color Studio HD App & Crayola iMarker, and the hot wheels wall tracks.

  12. fancygrlnancy November 18, 2011 at 2:16 am - Reply

    I subscribe bwneyes100 at hotmail dot com

  13. fancygrlnancy November 18, 2011 at 2:17 am - Reply

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  14. Terri Fisher November 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    I have two preschoolers in my home. We are big fans of the Leapfrog products. The Leap Frog Story Time Pad is definitely on our wish list.
    Tfisher83@myexcel.com

  15. Terri Fisher November 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    I am an E-mail subscriber!

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  16. Aimee Olivo November 18, 2011 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Fantastic ideas, as always!! I’d love to get my nephew the Peek-A-Shoe octopus and I know that Nathaniel would LOVE the Leapfrog My Own Story Time pad!

  17. Aimee Olivo November 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Of course I subscribe via RSS!!

  18. Aimee Olivo November 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    And I follow you on Twitter (@smilingmama) even though I have to admit I’m hardly ever on there!

  19. Alexandra November 18, 2011 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    My boys would love the Hot Wheels Wall Tracks!
    Thanks

  20. Alexandra November 18, 2011 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    I entered the K/1 contest!

  21. Tabathia November 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    I would love to surprise her with the storytime pad or the once upon a monster game and her wish list consists of let’s rock elmo
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  22. Tabathia November 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm - Reply
  23. Tabathia November 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    entered gifts for 2nd-3rd grade
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  24. Tabathia November 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    entered gift for kindergartners
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  25. Tabathia November 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm - Reply

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  26. Tabathia November 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm - Reply

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  27. susanlanai November 19, 2011 at 6:51 am - Reply

    My little one has some Tonka trucks on his wish list and I’d love to surprise him with the LeapFrog My Own Story Time Pad!
    @susanlanai

  28. susanlanai November 19, 2011 at 6:52 am - Reply

    I’m an email subscriber.

  29. susanlanai November 19, 2011 at 6:53 am - Reply

    I follow you on Twitter @susanlanai.

  30. Frugal in Ohio November 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    My son has lego on his christmas list, and he just loves it. Also we would love to have the Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Starter Set – hot wheels are very big in his life too!
    my email is in my profile
    @frugalohio44

  31. Frugal in Ohio November 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    I get your emails!

  32. Frugal in Ohio November 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    I follow you on twitter
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  33. Thien-Kim aka Kim November 19, 2011 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    Jean’s right! The Crayola iMarker looks cool!

  34. Tabathia November 21, 2011 at 12:28 am - Reply
  35. Danielle November 21, 2011 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Well I can actually answer both questions with one item: The LeapFrog My Own Story Time Pad is on my 2 year olds list and I’d love to surprise him with it!
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  36. Danielle November 21, 2011 at 8:41 am - Reply

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  37. Danielle November 21, 2011 at 8:41 am - Reply

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  38. Tabathia November 21, 2011 at 10:44 pm - Reply
  39. justicecw November 22, 2011 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    My preschooler neice wants a Baby Alive doll and I know she would love that Octopus. My son who is not a preschooler wants the Hot Wheels wall tracks! Funny how different things can fit into different categories! Thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

  40. justicecw November 22, 2011 at 7:54 pm - Reply

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  41. justicecw November 22, 2011 at 7:54 pm - Reply

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  42. fancygrlnancy November 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm - Reply
  43. tmc480 November 26, 2011 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    my son wants an Elmo
    I would love to win the hot wheels track
    tmc480 at yahoo dot com

  44. Your Thrifty Moms November 26, 2011 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    My preschooler has a Thomas train set on his wishlist but I would love to surprise him with the hot wheels wall track!!
    dinos_still_exist (at) yahoo (dot) com

  45. Shelly November 29, 2011 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    a Pillow Pet
    I like Little Pim

  46. Shelly November 29, 2011 at 3:49 pm - Reply

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  47. Shelly November 29, 2011 at 3:49 pm - Reply

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  48. Michelle November 30, 2011 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    My little guy would love the Peek-a-shoe Octopus. Peek-a-boo is one of his favorite games and the excitement of the balls popping out would be so fun for him! I like using object displacement and building anticipation is so fun with 1 year olds. I know he would have so much fun with this toy, and it would keep him busy for hours!

    richardsonm22@gmail.com

  49. Michelle November 30, 2011 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    I’m curious about helping my 3 year old learn to speak Japanese with the little Pim set as a way to communicate with his grandma. It’s a very hard language, but I would welcome any attempt to help them be able to communicate with each other.

    What a wonderful idea!
    richardsonm22@gmail.com

  50. amramazon280 December 4, 2011 at 2:29 am - Reply

    a bicycle
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  51. amramazon280 December 4, 2011 at 2:34 am - Reply

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  52. Tabathia December 5, 2011 at 12:14 am - Reply
  53. Mommydoll13 December 5, 2011 at 1:30 am - Reply

    a train set is on my little guys wish list ..

    i would like the peek a shoe octopus

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  54. Mommydoll13 December 5, 2011 at 1:31 am - Reply

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  55. JC December 5, 2011 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    The only thing my my son’s list is the Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Starter Set. He asked for it after we gave a set at a friends bday party. Now it’s out of stock everywhere! We BOTH would be so excited to win it here. See my tweet @patchworkbear

  56. Tabathia December 6, 2011 at 1:05 am - Reply
  57. Tabathia December 6, 2011 at 11:22 pm - Reply

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  58. Tabathia December 7, 2011 at 11:38 pm - Reply
  59. Tabathia December 8, 2011 at 11:29 pm - Reply
  60. bonnyc December 9, 2011 at 1:14 am - Reply

    As always, you inspire me with great ideas! Maddy really wants a purple teddy bear for Christmas- but I bet she’d love to snuggle the purple bear while listening to Colonel Purple Turtle or creating something purple from a kiwi crate!

    Love reading your stuff — do get your RSS feed too :)

  61. Eileen December 9, 2011 at 7:12 am - Reply

    My preschool grandson is usually all about trucks and tractors but he would LOVE the Hotwheels wall track I am SURE! He also is into the outdoors so asking for tackle for his tackle box and a duck call to learn to “quack” like Daddy. He is also asking for a DS but not sure if he is going to be OK to do that at age 4? Mom and Dad are hoping to find a Leap Pad for him. The other preschoolers in the family are only 9 months , 2 months and 5 week old in our family. I have considered Leap Frog toys for all of them, including a walker learning toy. I have also been looking at the Peek A Shoe Octopus so this would be great to surprise all THREE of the little ones born this year.
    Thanks so much!
    ejrichter60 at gmail dot com
    @2sic2mooov

  62. Eileen December 9, 2011 at 7:13 am - Reply

    Email subscriber!

    thanks!
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  63. Eileen December 9, 2011 at 7:14 am - Reply

    I do follow you on twitter

    @2sic2mooov

    thankyou!
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  64. Eileen December 9, 2011 at 7:19 am - Reply

    I tweeted this giveaway!

    https://twitter.com/#!/2sic2mooov/status/145100120579518464

    thanks!
    ejrichter60 at gmail dot com

  65. Tabathia December 9, 2011 at 8:51 am - Reply
  66. Dana December 9, 2011 at 10:23 am - Reply

    I would love the little Pim set for my daughter. She knows a few words in spanish and french..but It would be fun to learn a new language with her.

    zippieee@msn.com

  67. Dana December 9, 2011 at 10:26 am - Reply

    I am an email subscriber.
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  68. Dana December 9, 2011 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I follow you on twitter
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  69. Heather G December 9, 2011 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    my toddler wants the cars app or wall hotwheels. He also wants a plasma car.
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  70. Heather G December 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm - Reply

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  71. Heather G December 9, 2011 at 12:11 pm - Reply

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  72. Elizabeth Pyo December 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Anything Pocoyo! The Little Pim or Leapfrog would be nice

    @babypyo

  73. Elizabeth Pyo December 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    I’m an email subscriber

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  74. Elizabeth Pyo December 9, 2011 at 1:37 pm - Reply

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  75. Anonymous December 9, 2011 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    My son loves anything Elmo!
    I would like to surprise him with the Leapfrog My Own Storytime Pad

    Jennifer Marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

  76. Cammy January 8, 2012 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    My two year old loves cars but i would like for hime to have the little Pim French. His father speaks french but he does not spend much time with him.

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