Are you doing some holiday shopping this week? In this post, discover our top holiday toys for children ages 3–6.
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Our Top Holiday Toys (Ages 3–6)
I recently wrote a post titled The Best Holiday Gifts for Kids. That post is important to me because everyday in my work as an Elementary School Counselor, I feel frustrated by the lack of family connection that many children experience. Nowadays, it seems too many children are hurt by playing second fiddle to technology, career advancement, and their parents’ social lives. It’s simple: the best holiday gifts you can give a child are your time, attention, energy, and love.
With that said, I should mention that my family does indeed enjoy the Christmas tradition of exchanging gifts. Santa visits our home, whether or not my children are “naughty or nice,” and brings them one really great Christmas gift. I am not a toy expert, but I do pay attention to my children’s interests. Shared below are the top holiday toys on my shopping list this Christmas season.
My youngest son fell in love with Fisher-Price Imaginext toys when he was given the Imaginext Batcave (and many DC Super Friends toys) for his third birthday. Several months later, we were given the Imaginext Castle as a going away present when we moved. Fisher-Price Imaginext toys encourage imaginative play, exercise fine motor skills, and keep my boys engaged in play for hours. When my son told me he was going to ask Santa for a pirate ship, I knew Imaginext would be the brand he would find under the Christmas tree.
As a Kindergartner, my oldest son has become more interested in the intricacy of building with small LEGO bricks. LEGOS are at the top of his holiday wish list this year, so he is hoping Santa will bring him a box of basic bricks and a few beginner’s building sets.
Melissa & Doug Jigsaw Puzzles
My youngest has moved beyond peg puzzles, but puzzles geared towards older kids are still too difficult for him. The 24-piece wooden jigsaw puzzles from Melissa & Doug are perfect for him, so that is exactly what he will be unwrapping from Mommy and Daddy this Christmas morning.
My oldest has caught the reading bug! He wants to read everything and anything he can get his hands on. I’ve heard fantastic feedback about the effectiveness of using BOB Books and know my son would appreciate them. On Christmas morning, my boys will find 1 or 2 sets of BOB Books under the tree from Mommy and Daddy.
My kids are passionate about building and creating. Building toys are timeless, open-ended toys that grow with kids.
More Gift Guides for Kids
If you are still looking for holiday gift ideas for the kiddo in your life, you might enjoy searching all of my Gift Guides. They are packed with high quality toys, games, and books (tested and approved by my children) that encourage hands-on play and learning! Click the images below for more great gift ideas!