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When it comes to birthdays and holidays, finding the right toy for little kids may be difficult when there are so many gifts to choose from. If you are unsure what a child may be interested in, it can make choosing the right gift quite the task. Fortunately, there are many exciting gifts for kids of each age group. View our gift guide to learn more about the best gifts for every child.
Toys for Toddlers (1-2 Years Old)
Age-appropriate toys for toddlers are important to further physical development and help foster imagination and sensory stimulation. It is also important to choose toys that help to stimulate a child’s creativity and imagination. Some of the most popular gift choices for toddlers include:
An activity table is an ideal gift for a baby as it provides them with an immersive, engaging activity that teaches and helps refine motor skills. Toddlers can develop fundamental cognitive skills by playing with activity tables. These tables also help strengthen:
- Visual perception
- Sensory stimulation
- Gross motor skills
- Movement and muscle development
- Fine and gross motor skills
Rocker toys are fun, exciting and engaging for young children. Rockers, such as Joyrides character rockers and Joyride Darling Duos, can stimulate the brain and enhance gross motor skills while also being a great way to get energy out. Rockers can improve balance and mobility, encourage independent play and even help children develop or hone their sense of rhythm.
Stuffed Animals or Dolls
Stuffed animals and dolls make some of the best baby gifts for boys and girls, allowing young children to learn important skills like empathy and how to care for a baby or animal. Dolls and stuffed animals are also important ways to learn various social skills.
A doll or stuffed animal can be a great choice for a baby becoming an older sibling. Dolls are also excellent companion toys for kids who may be only children.
While pull toys may seem somewhat old-fashioned, they are excellent for young children developing important gross motor skills. Pull toys are also important for fine motor strength, problem-solving and overall coordination.
Note that most toddlers learn how to push before they learn how to pull. If you know a child has a push toy or has learned to push, a pull toy can be an excellent next choice for a birthday or holiday present.
Sensory books are textured, interactive books that encourage young children to be excited about reading and keep them engaged. Apart from telling a story, sensory books also have interesting textures and sounds that stimulate a child’s mind.
While playing with sensory books, children can develop motor skills and explore their creativity and imagination. Sensory books can encourage discovery, independent thinking and cognitive growth.
Toys for Preschoolers (3-5 Years Old)
Children ages 3 to 5 love to create things and stories when playing. Tools that allow them to embrace their creativity and individuality are the best gifts for a birthday or holiday celebration. Pretend play allows for hours of open-ended play individually or with friends or family. Toys that help keep children entertained, immersed and moving are generally some of the most effective toys.
After an exciting day of play, kids need a comfortable place to unwind and enjoy a book or calm activities. Luxe Loungers are the coziest place for children to lay down and relax with some of the most popular gifts for preschoolers:
Building blocks can help young children express their creativity and discover shape-building. Blocks can help children develop and refine gross and fine motor skills and problem-solving skills.
Preschool children can also develop a base for science, math and spatial reasoning skills when they play with blocks. Hand-eye coordination and dexterity are also greatly enhanced when playing with building blocks.
A play toolbox is a timeless gift for young children that can be a great outlet for their curiosity. Pretend toys can stimulate the imagination and promote children to be more creative. Play toolboxes can also improve motor skills and coordination. Children can enhance various skills when engaging in imaginative play with other kids, including language, communication, social and emotional skills.
Aluminum-Frame Balance Bikes
Aluminum-frame balance bikes are bikes without pedals or a drivetrain, meaning a child must push off the ground with their feet to move the bike forward. Balance bikes, also known as pedal-free bikes, can provide a safe and fun way for children to learn how to ride a bike and improve their balance.
Dollhouses and Dolls
Dolls and dollhouses foster open-ended, creative play for young children, reducing the time spent on screens. While dollhouses are fun and exciting to play independently, they also promote collaborative play with other children, strengthening sharing and social skills.
Toys for Kids (6-9 Years Old)
As children get a little older, the toys they enjoy playing with involve critical thinking. While the goal is to have fun, these toys can help children improve social and comprehension skills.
Toys for older children can also help them feel a sense of pride when they complete a task on their own. Children can enjoy these fun activities and toys in a Nesting Nook or Bestie Beanbag to enhance the fun:
Board games are a great option for the whole family and encourage children to spend time with family and friends. Board games can also teach kids how to follow the rules and instructions while helping them build patience and understanding of structure and what is or is not allowed during a game. Board games have also been shown to stimulate a child’s cognitive ability and teach them the value of communication and collaboration.
Walkie-talkies are ideal for social play and encourage children to play with friends or other children, expanding their social skills. Playing with walkie-talkies can teach children the value of responsibility and communicating clearly and effectively, especially with other children. As with many different toys, walkie-talkies are perfect for children who love to be creative or use their imagination more during playtime.
Over-the-Door Basketball Hoop
An over-the-door basketball hoop is a great gift for children, especially if they love to play basketball outdoors. An over-the-door basketball hoop is also portable, allowing children to easily move the toy and play in different rooms of the house. This gift may be ideal for children who love to play outdoors but aren’t able to because of cold weather or winter climates.
Activity books, such as Where’s Waldo?, are a calm activity for children to enjoy after a day outside. Activity books help children remain engaged in an activity, minimizing the overall screen time. Activity books can stimulate a child’s ability to think critically and help them improve their concentration skills. Comprehension and reading skills are also enhanced with activity books.
Give the Gift of Joy-Filled Furnishings and Decor
Soft Landing is dedicated to turning everyday living into everyday play. Our designers strive to create products to bring joy to children and allow them to explore their individuality and creativity. We develop characters and products to engage children and provide them with a joyful environment to play in. Some of our most popular products include Sweet Seats, Backflips and Everyday Escapes.
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