Preschoolers enjoy collaborative play that involves imagination and making sense of the world around them by acting out what they see in their play. They practice their language and social skills with friends as they cook in a play kitchen, play dress up, give favorite stuffed animals a checkup at a pretend doctor’s office, and often depict our addition to technology through their own play.
Battat Take Apart Airplane ($27.99)— When Captain Computer was in preschool, his grandparents gave him the Take Apart Airplane that continues to be a favorite. The Take Apart Airplane comes with a battery operated screwdriver and 3 different bits (flat head, Phillips head, and hex) and is built to be taken apart and put back together. It allows preschoolers to practice spatial skills while having the pleasure of using kid-friendly tools. Battat also makes a Roadster and 4×4.
EzyRoller ($99)— The EzyRoller satisfies a preschooler’s desire to practice gross motor skills through a unique riding toy that is pure fun. It’s easy to learn and most kids learn how to use it through left-right leg movements it in mere seconds. Once they get going, children love that it moves like a snake, making it completely different from a luge, bike, and scooter and provides movement unlike any other riding toys. EzyRoller comes in red, blue, black, pink, and chrome.
Slamwich ($11.99)— Slamwich was introduced to us by one of our beloved babysitters and quickly became a must-have. This card game requires kids to flip over cards, stack them to form sandwiches, and be the first to recognize same sandwich ingredients stacked upon each other by slamming your hand on the deck. You also have to be on the lookout for the thieves and sandwich munchers who can steal cards. This is a great family game that teaches visual discrimination and hand-eye coordination.
iFrogz Animatone Headphones ($24.99)— Finding durable headphones that fit well without squeezing a child’s head or sliding off can be a challenge especially if you want to control the volume to protect their young ears. The new Animatone line features fun child-friendly designs. The comfortable headphones come in blue snail, green turtle, or red ladybug patterns and are incredibly comfortable. Volume is plenty loud without being damaging to a child’s hearing.
Quadrilla Building Blocks and Marble Run Basic Set ($64.98)— Explore the laws of physics while using trial and error to get marbles to roll, drop, and wind their way around a spiral with Quadrilla marble run sets. Preschoolers will love stacking the blocks and reconfiguring the tracks which can provide endless entertainment. Additional sets can be purchased to expand your Quadrilla set, allowing for relatives to purchase extra pieces as future holiday or birthday gifts. The Quadrilla set is made of high quality wood that not only will last throughout the preschool years and beyond but also doesn’t need to be snapped together like other marble run sets. Snap together marble run sets are difficult for little hands to put together and take apart independently which is why this set is my pick.
Plan Toys Chalet Dollhouse ($179.99)— This two unit all-wood doll house allows for a multitude of play scenarios since the structures can be arranged to fit play thanks to moveable staircases and an open floor plan with a large skylight. This beautiful dollhouse comes with modern furniture to furnish all five rooms. It’s also made of sustainable rubber wood, making it a green choice that will last for generations.
Kickin Putt ($29.99)— This hybrid game gets kids up and moving in a fun way as they throw the discs and then kick the balls kick the balls back on to the discs to score points. It’s a great way to burn endless energy while practicing teamwork and gross motor skills involved in running, kicking, and throwing.
Tegu Mobility Magnetic Wooden Cars ($22-38)— Tegu blocks are huge favorite in our house that live on my file cabinets and provide endless play but the Tegu Magnetic Wooden Car sets that were introduced early this year add a new element to one of our favorite building toys. The Tegu Mobility line is made of the same eco-friendly sustainable wood and features blocks that connect with magnets but also come with wooden wheels rimmed with rubber that attach to any Tegu block. blocks connect with magnets. Create vehicular masterpieces on wheels by purchasing a set of 4 wheels ($15) or start with the Mobility Compacts like Dart and Hatch ($38 each) sets that contain the colorful Tegu blocks and 4 magnetic wheels. Maddy Micro and Riley Roadster are also a great way to start a Tegu Mobility collection, especially for younger car fanatics. Both Maddy and Riley are nicely priced at $22 and feature a wooden car silhouette and 4 wheels. For those who already have Tegu Blocks, you can add a set of 4 Tegu Magnetic Wooden Wheels to your collection for $14.99.
My Feelings Activity Book ($12.95)— Feelings can be a hard things for preschoolers to express but The Mother Company’s My Feelings Activity Book allows children to be the authors as they fill in information about themselves, their family, and their feelings. Preschoolers can dictate their feelings to an adult who can fill in the blanks, write independently, or use the included stickers to feel more in charge of how they feel.
Play-Doh Sweet Shoppe Candy Cyclone ($21.99)— Play-Doh helps preschoolers practice fine motor skills and the new Candy Cyclone is pure fun. The gumball shaped machine allows kids to feed in Play-Doh through the top and crank out single hued or multicolored gumballs. Cranking the handle to see the balls roll down the spiral chutes provide endless fun! Even for parents. Just sayin’.
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