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Looking for gifts your kids will love for a long time?
Whether you’re looking for the best gifts for boys or the best gifts for girls, you’ll find everything you need to know right here.
Years ago, we decided to start minimizing the number of toys we would give as gifts to our children for Christmas or Birthdays! I have to admit, that first Christmas was a hard one.
The teacher in me, struggled with the idea of minimizing our toys because I know how important play can be for development. I spent hours trying to come up with the perfect toys that year. I wanted them to be excited when they opened them but also be entertained by the toy for a long time to come.
I thought about the preschool classrooms I had worked in. What toys really kept our kids entertained for LONG periods of time. As I thought through class I had taught, patterns began to emerge. I realized that there are 4 types of toys that can entertain children for hours!
1. LITTLE WORLD TOYS
Little world toys are toys that allow your children to use their imagination on a big scale. For example, your preschool/school-age boys may have a Batman castle with figurines that they spend hours creating scenarios with. These types of toys allow for tons of open-ended play. Keep in mind that not all toys in this category will be enjoyable to all kids. For Example, I find that most little girls would prefer to play with princess figurines (like these ones) as opposed to barbies dolls. However, barbie and her dream house would technically fit into this category.
OTHER LITTLE WORLD TOYS THAT KIDS LOVE
2. BIG WORLD TOYS
Similar to little world toys, big world toys are used for open-ended dramatic play. However, big world toys are life-sized! This type of toy seems to especially hit home with the female crowd. Little girls love to play house, with their baby-dolls and dress-up clothes. But little boys enjoy dress-up too! Especially if you offer them superheroes and firefighter costumes!
OTHER BIG WORLD TOYS THAT KIDS LOVE
3. BUILDING TOYS
Talk about a gift that keeps on giving! Little ones just can’t get enough of buildable toys like DuploBlocks and MagnaTiles ! If you have a particularly creative child who likes to stack and build, there are a ton of other building toys out there that range from classic to current!
OTHER BUILDING TOYS THAT KIDS LOVE
3. ARTS AND CRAFT TOYS
Most children are creative by nature! They love to turn nothing into something! This is why you may find your bedsheets turned into a fort or your couch cushions turned into an obstacle course. So harness that creativity into arts and crafts that will keep your kids busy and productive!
ARTS AND CRAFTS TOYS THAT KIDS LOVE
So here is the bottom line folks. When it comes to buying toys… electronics and the latest fads are typically tossed aside within a few weeks. With very few exceptions, toys that are worth buying will fit into one of the categories above!