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Gifts for Young Kids: our favorites

By Isabel Kallman

Luckily young kids are not as influenced by their friends and advertising messages, and parents have more control over gift-giving at this age. So, we think as parents you can have more fun in the gift-selection process. Throughout the year, we’ve been collecting gift ideas for young ones.
Hope you like them as much as we do.

Gifts for Toddlers

The Bilibo

The bilibo for kids

When this innovative toy burst onto the scene a couple of years ago, it was the talk of the town. Let’s not forget about it. It provides hours of open-ended play fun and belly laughs. Perfect for a two year and it will be still be loved when your child is in the first grade.

Cardboard Playhouse

Cardboard playhouse

The Cardboard Playhouse has become quite ubiquitous now. Encourage your kids to turn it into a kid-size Gingerbread House, a Castle or Home Sweet Home. It encourages creativity and imaginative play. Love it and it’s an instant crowd-pleaser.

Gifts for Preschoolers

Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle made of “whimsy” pieces

Peter pan puzzle Whimsy puzzle pieces

Liberty Puzzles make beautiful wooden puzzles and each one features numerous character-shaped whimsy pieces for an extra fun experience. This Peter Pan puzzle is from Liberty Puzzles’ special line for young children.

Hand Puppets

Hand puppets Peter Pan hand puppets

These Storytelling Hand Puppets rock. We love the  the Peter Pan collection. Do you think they’ll make a Twilight collection soon? Puppets are great fun for preschoolers as they develop more advanced story lines in their imaginative play. Here’s a wooden puppet stand that makes it easy to display these gorgeous puppets.

Lite Brite

Lite Brite cube

This is Lite-Brite multiplied! Because it’s a cube, it has four times the fun and is perfect for a playdate.

Gifts for Kindergarten & up

Shrinky Dinks

Circus shrinky dinks

Gosh, who doesn’t love shrinky dinks? This toy requires baking and is perfect for the winter season when you’re trapped indoors too often.

Dino Excavator

dino excavator

If you loved the game Operation, then you’ll enjoy Dino Xcavator which makes a Roar! when you don’t excavate the bones carefully enough.

Clothespin People Craft Kit

Clothespin person craft

Raise your hand if you want this for yourself? Yeah, us too. Clothespin craft people are much easier to make when everything you need is in the kit for you. No excuses now.

Disney’s Ultimate Band

Wii Ultimate Band

Guitar Hero is challenging. And, requires lots of practice. Disney’s Ultimate Band is perfect for us and younger kids. Plus, the songs are cool (i.e., Paramore) and squeaky clean enough for our liking. The packaging says ages 10+, but honestly, by age 10 your kid will be a pro at Guitar Hero already.

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About the Author

Isabel Kallman

Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.


Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.

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