QCMB HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE | 3-5 YEAR OLDS

Today is day two of our week-long kid’s gift guide. We hope you enjoyed our guide for kids 2 and under yesterday. (Don’t forget to chime in with your favorite ideas in the comments.)

We have been having fun compiling gift ideas – some that may be new and others that are classic. We want to make sure you have plenty of tried-and-true ideas from our writing team of local moms. 

Next up – gifts for kids 3 to 5 year olds. (This post includes affiliate links.)

Kids gift guide for preschoolers 3-5 years old

GAMES

 

sneaky-snacky
 

This is a great “first game” to add to your child’s arsenal. Kim and her family have enjoyed playing it for years – easy enough for 2 year olds and still fun for 5 and 6 year olds. 

uno 
There is a reason they call them classics – games like Uno never go out of style. Amy and her family enjoy playing this game together! (Stocking stuffer alert!)

zingo

For pre-readers, Zingo is a fun introduction into the world of Bingo. It is a great game to play together as a family.
 
 
BUILDING
design-and-drill
 
This is another gift that stands the test of time. Kim’s son has been playing with this drill set for over two years, and it’s still a favorite. At younger ages, kids can develop hand-eye coordination. As they get older, they’ll enjoy creating pictures from the screws. (The set also comes with some patterns.)
 wooden-blocks
If your child doesn’t have a set of quality wooden blocks, Christmas is a wonderful time to add them to your toy arsenal. Jessica suggests these as a great gift that stand the test of time – and we love this Melissa & Doug set because it comes with a large stash of blocks in different shapes and sizes. (Plus, it comes in a wooden box of easy storage.)
 
fort-building
All the boys in Rebecca’s family go “coo-coo” over this fort building set. It is like a giant version of K-nex. Add a blanket and the fort building goes into hyper-drive. (Amy also suggests a budget-busting gift idea for forts. Stuff sheets into a pillow case along with plastic clamps for a DIY fort-building kit.)  
magnatiles
Kim’s never met a kid who doesn’t love these MagnaTiles. They are even fun for adults!
 
  pegs
 
Jessica says her family has had this pegboard for years, but it still gets brought back out. It can be great for sorting, matching, counting and building. Plus, it helps develop hand-eye coordination in younger kids, too.
 lego-classic
 
It’s a rite of passage – Legos are a great gift for preschoolers. In addition to the classic sets, Maggie recommends picking up a Star Wars version. Even her three-year-old likes to play with the characters.
 
 lego
 
Once those Legos begin filling your home, you’ll need some good storage solutions, too. These Lego heads were a huge hit in Rebecca’s house last year!
  

CREATIVE PLAY

superhero-dress-up
This set is sure to become a favorite in your household – as it has for Rebecca and Kim. It’s a great starter set for kids who love superhero and dressing up, and even comes with a bag to store the capes and masks when they aren’t in use.
fairy-dress-up
Another favorite for kids who love to dress up. Rebecca got this set for her daughter last year and she cannot get enough of it. The best part – there are three outfits so it’s great for siblings or friends.
waldorff
Looking for a great doll for your preschoolers? Jessica recommends a Waldorf dolls – they are usually made with natural materials and have minimal facial expressions for more imaginative play.
 
 

OTHER TOP PICKS  

mashers
This line of toys is a great choice for superhero lovers – and we love that they can be taken apart and rebuilt. It’s like a mashup of action figures and Legos. 
 
 
fun-with-magnets

Magnets are fun for all ages of kids (and adults, too). This is a fun activity set with 14 different magnet experiments for kids. 

 
 
the-night-before
Looking for a unique book series for your kids this Christmas? Look no further than “The Night Before” books by Natasha Wing. Rebecca gave her children the whole collection for Christmas last year and has loved reading them before every holiday -from the first day of school to Valentine’s Day and beyond.

lauri-toys

This set of puzzles and activities will keep kids busy and learning all winter long. Jessica recommends any toys by Lauri, and this is a good starter pack for preschoolers.  
This line of toys is perfect for preschool age kids – the toys have more features than “baby toys” but are still accessible for 3-5 year olds.  We love that there are lots of themes and characters featured. Looking for somewhere to begin? Kim’s son (and all his friends) love the Batbot with remote control and Camye’s family recommends the Pirate Ship.
 
 
 
 

WHAT WOULD YOU ADD TO THIS GIFT LIST FOR 3-5 YEAR OLDS? (LEAVE YOUR PICKS IN THE COMMENTS.)

 

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One Response to QCMB HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE | 3-5 YEAR OLDS

  1. Amy JOnes December 6, 2016 at 10:15 am #

    A wonderful list! Thank you for compiling this. Already purchased a few things!

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