Now that they’re getting more into imaginative play, go for gifts that offer lots of open-ended options that will (hopefully) keep them occupied longer!
If you’ve been to a park recently, you’ve seen that every kid has one of these, and for some reason, they all look super cool while riding them. The Mini’s wheels offer a smooth-riding experience and it’s “lean-to-steer” design helps children develop coordination as they use their body weight to turn. Only downside is they will soon leave you in the dust.
These colorful, magnetic tiles are a must-have for imaginative toddlers. The possibilities are endless, as is the amount of entertainment they offer. These sturdy, safe tiles teach 3-D shapes, encourage creativity and just may let parents eat a meal in peace at a restaurant. Pure magic.
Preschoolers will get to work right away on this activity board, complete with six latches that they can open and close. Great for keeping little hands busy on airplanes, in the car, or at home. But beware, now they’ll be able to open your safe too!
Calling all handymen and handywomen! This workbench comes with wooden tools like a saw, screwdriver and wrench and lots of construction pieces. Kids can build vehicles, robots and use their imaginations to create something brand new. Bonus, after this, they’ll be able to assemble all of your IKEA furniture.
With no electronics or motor, don’t ask us how it goes, we have no idea. All we know is, the kids love it. They can steer, twist and turn to propel the car forward, and its versatile design means it can work indoors or outside, on any flat surface. And, just putting this out there, adults can ride it too.
With a magnetic dry erase board on one side, chalkboard on the other, this easel doubles the fun for little artistes! It comes with magnetic foam letters as well as a giant paper clip for holding craft paper, offering endless possibilities for crafting masterpieces. Clear some room on the fridge, and bring on the works of art!
Good things never go out of style. If this wooden set looks like the kind of toy your dad would have played with as a kid, it’s because it’s a classic. This set includes easy-to-follow instructions for four different track configurations. With lots of moving parts like a cargo truck, working cranes and of course, the passenger train, kids will find endless fun coming ‘round the bend!
Who is the fairest in all the land? Anyone who enters into this sturdy and durable play castle! Made of solid cardboard and featuring doors that open and shut, little ones can decorate the outside anyway they’d like- with markers, paint, or however the reigning monarchs see fit!
Animal lovers everywhere will want to start horsing around with this set. The stable-turned-carrying-case houses eight realistic breeds of horses and provides for heaps of creative play for horse breeders and veterinarians alike.
Paging Doogie Howser! This doctor set is perfect for little ones who want to heal the world through imaginative play. It comes with a white lab coat, a stethoscope (that plays a heartbeat) and even a play syringe. (Lollipops for brave adults who don’t cry after getting shots not included.)