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Toddler Gift Guide 2017

It’s my favorite week of the year – the week that I get to share my annual gift guides with all of you! I love putting these together because I am always being asked what makes a great gift for a little one, being a teacher brings a unique perspective.  I love to share my favorite items, and the ones that I’ve seen young children love – and use – over and over again.  Here’s what I recommend for Toddlers, I’m giving a lot of these items as gifts this year! **All links are affiliates**

Oakiwear Rainboots – Practical is not always fun, but Oakiwear rainboots are definitely fun. They have the best designs, and they are perfect for toddlers – who can’t seem to resist a muddy mess!

Jumbo Alphabet Stringing Beads – Encourage toddlers to work on two difficult concepts; stringing and letter recognition with this fun stringing set. I love that the string comes with an attached wooden “needle” to help all children be successful.

Melissa and Doug Fill and Spill Toolbox – There are a million toy tool sets out there, but I love this one because it was truly designed for the youngest hands. The tools may be soft, but that doesn’t mean they are boring. The drill actually vibrates and the screwdriver, screws, and blocks actually fit together. 

B. Fish and Splish Bath Boat – This set is a ton of fun, it is designed to be a bath toy, but can absolutely be used without water.  The fisherman is adorable, and the fishing pole and little fish promote hand eye coordination

What Can You Spot in the Wild – This board book is beautifully illustrated and truly engaging.  Children do more than just listen, they have to find different animals and count them as they go, ensuring that reading is both active and meaningful.  There is also a Things That Go version available.

Green Toys Farm Play Set – I love Green Toys, and this farm play set is amazing because not only do you get everything pictured, but they also have a video showing how it all fits back inside the barn – which is any parent’s dream.

Melissa and Doug Christmas Cookie Set – If you know a child who loves Melissa and Doug (or a parent who does) then this gift is a home run.  Melissa and Doug have a slice and bake cookie set for the rest of the year, but this set gives children the chance to enjoy a seasonal tradition. 

There Was an Old Lady 6 Book Set – These books are sure to make any toddler giggle, and they will love that there is one for each season.  The illustrations and story are a bit too whimsical to be plausible, which makes them absolutely perfect for toddlers. This particular set includes; There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell, and There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves.

Kwik Stix Tempera Stix – Painting without the mess is always a great idea.  Kids and parents will love this alternative to traditional tempera paints.

Hello World Solar System – Jill McDonald’s Hello World books are a beautiful way to introduce little ones to non-fiction texts.  The illustrations are incredible and the content is developmentally appropriate, making these both educational and fun to read.

Hopefully this post gave you some great gift ideas, if you’re still searching for the perfect toddler gift make sure to check out my gift guides from previous years – these are all still wonderful gifts!
Holiday Gift Guide: Infants and Toddlers 2014
Toddler Gift Guide 2015
Toddler Gift Guide 2016

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