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Preschool Gift Guide 2016

I know that we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving yet, but since the official start of the holiday shopping season is next Friday that means it’s time for my annual gift guides.  The following items would be perfect for the preschoolers in your life – these would also be great gifts for any preschool classroom! All links are Amazon affiliates.

If this Green Toys Salad Set doesn’t inspire healthy eating then I don’t know what will. I love Green Toys because they are made of recycled materials, and their food sets are so much fun, make sure to check out the Pizza Set too!

A play kitchen is an amazing holiday gift, and this Little Tykes Cook’n Learn Smart Kitchen meets all of the requirements. I usually prefer wooden play sets, but this particular set is one unit, doesn’t take up a ton of space, and uses natural colors.  I don’t think it’s necessary to have an iPad in your play kitchen, but if we’re being honest I certainly use mine for recipes when I cook, so if children are imitating adults when they play then I guess it makes sense. I also love that it includes all of the food and utensils.

It’s not a preschool gift guide if it doesn’t include something from Melissa and Doug and to be honest, I’m considering buying this Wooden Coffee Set for myself! It’s realistic, and at the same time absolutely gorgeous. Any preschooler would be happy to make you coffee with this set.

Have you heard about If You Give a Mouse a Brownie?! This book is brand new and no preschool library will be complete without it!

If there was only one toy that my students could all agree on, it was Bristle Blocks, and this set from B. Toys is extra fun because the pieces let children build colorful characters. Bristle blocks are fun for all ages, so parents and older siblings will love these too.

Crayola products were always the highlight of my holidays as a kid, and I firmly believe that this generation should experience the joy that comes with receiving the fun stuff – you know, the products that you aren’t required to have for school.  This Light Up Dry Erase Board would be hours of fun!

The Book With No Pictures is perfect for older preschoolers who love silly stories.  Nonsense words and funny songs make up this story that is just as entertaining as any picture book,

Play Doh always has something new and fun, and this Cook-Out Creations set is no exception.  Children can mold burgers, buns, hot dogs, and all the fixings, and then cook them right on the grill.

This A-Z Animal Puzzle from BeginAgain is not your average puzzle.  Each animal corresponds with a letter of the alphabet, and fits into it’s own unique place.  These chunky animals can also be used as animal figurines, making it a two-in-one toy.

Teepees are the thing this year, and this one from Discovery Kids is fun for little ones, and cool enough that moms would be happy to have it in their yard (or their living room).  They are easy to put up and take down, so they don’t have to be up all of the time, and they can give your preschooler a space that is all their own.  
I hope that this list has given you some ideas for the infants that you’re shopping for. If you’re still looking for more inspiration be sure to check out my Preschool Gift Guide from 2015!

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