Christmas time is almost here and it's time to shop for Christmas presents. I always make an effort to choose educational toys for my preschooler and toddler. If you are shopping for little ones and don't know what to buy...you can never go wrong with dramatic play toys, sensory toys, children's books, STEM toys or art supplies. Read below for a list of our favorites!
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DRAMATIC PLAY TOYS
Dramatic play also known as pretend play is so beneficial for young children. Imagination-driven play helps build social and emotional skills and encourages language skills, critical thinking skills and fine/gross motor skills.
Sensory toys are always a hit with toddlers and preschoolers. My little ones play with their FLISAT sensory table every single day. I fill it with new sensory materials once in awhile to keep things interesting. Here are some of our favorite sensory toys to add to your child's Christmas list.
CHILDREN'S BOOKS + BOOK SETS
Jon Klassen's Hat Box
Guess How Much I Love You (25th Anniversary Edition) by Sam Bratney
Toys that encourage STEM thinking will always be a win. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) toys encourage curiosity and learning. They help kids develop useful skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, inquiry and innovation that will benefit them in careers in those fields.
You can never have too many art supplies, especially since they get used up or dried out. Some of my favorite art supplies are of the less mess variety, especially since my two can be very destructive.
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