Ultimate List of Gift Ideas for Toddlers
Thinking of gift ideas for toddlers can be difficult, especially if you don’t have any toddlers at home. I have been caring for toddlers for 22 years and I have some great ideas to share with you to help you get something the child will love.
I don’t like things that promote junk food or screen time. Kids need to play with open ended toys, and explore and create. When thinking of gift ideas for toddlers, please try to stay away from electronics such as tablets, electronic games or media such as movies. Kids have plenty enough of that.
What are not good gift ideas for toddlers
When coming up with gift ideas for toddlers, remember a few things. Toddlers are curious. They are learning to be creative (A person’s creativity is formed by age 8, so now’s a good time to nurture that). They are absorbing knowledge like a sponge, so what you influence them with now makes a big difference. Toddlers are ACTIVE.
I don’t like interactive toys for young kids. Things that have only one use or can only be played with in a certain way. I love to see kids create ways to play with what they have. I love to see gift ideas for toddlers that spark imagination.
Great gift ideas for toddlers
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Toddlers are learning to nurture like they are nurtured. Good gifts for toddlers to stimulate nurturing play (which is important for girls AND boys) include:
Dolls (baby dolls and figures with houses, etc. are great for this)
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Toddlers are learning about life. Good gifts for toddlers to explore living include:
Dress me dolls (dolls or animals that have something to button, snap, zip etc.)
Dress up clothes
Toy dishes and tools
Little people toys (buses, airplanes and other toys with little people to play with them)
Toddlers like to snuggle and cuddle. Good gifts for toddlers to nurture that include:
Soft furniture like a bean bag chair or tiny couch
Toddlers are building fine motor skills. Good gifts for toddlers to build them include:
Blocks such as benders, Lincoln logs, Duplo blocks, etc.
Sand and water table
Toddlers are building cognitive skills. Good gifts for toddlers to help with that include:
Busy Bugs or other games or toys with manipulatives (small pieces that can be sorted, counted or used to make patterns)
Oh Rats, puzzle game or other simple games
Puzzles with 2-6 pieces
Music toys, pianos, drums, xylophone
Toddlers are building large motor control. Good gifts for toddlers to this include:
Ride on toys such as push cars and coupe cars
There are so many great options for toddler gifts. Just keep in mind how fast they are learning and growing when choosing something for them. Try to find something that will nurture that. It’s easy to do once you think about the benefits and uses of the gift. We are lucky to have curious toddlers to love and spend time with. They are special and fun!
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