When creating a gift guide for my creative three year old, there are a few essentials I know she would love and play with all year!
Aaliyah surprised us and was born 2 weeks early on New Year’s Eve! While she definitely lives up to her birth date and is always the life of the party, having a birthday so close to Christmas makes gift giving a little difficult. Toddler brains develop and change so much in a year! When I start to make a gift list, I have to think about something she will want now and 10 months from now. This year I really wanted to focus on open ended, quality toys she would be excited to use. I wanted to skip the plastic themed toys because all of them from last year have been sitting on her shelf since January, and instead focus on open ended toys that offer endless play opportunities.
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When choosing toys I want to pick things that are very open ended and give her opportunity to tinker and play.
PicassoTiles 60 Piece Set 60pcs Magnet Building Tiles Clear Magnetic 3D Building Blocks Construction Playboards – Creativity beyond Imagination, Inspirational, Recreational, Educational, Conventional
Are we the last family ever to have these? They’ve been SO popular across social media, I think I will play with them just as much as her!
She is obsessed with using tools, how fun would this little drill be?
Take Apart Toys Set – Airplane Toy – Train Toy – Racing Car Toy, For Kids – Stem Learning Educational Construction Tool Engineering set Toys For Boys & Girls Ages 3,4,5,6 Years Old And Up, Great GIFT
She is always tinkering and is very sensory driven. I know she would love taking these apart and learning how to put them together again, and gives her a constructive way to disassemble things.
Melissa & Doug Fairy Fantasy Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle With Storage Tray (48 pcs)
Her 24 piece puzzles get done in seconds, so this 48 piece puzzle will be a fun new challenge!
Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards – Classic Toy With 120 Solid Wood Shapes and 5 Double-Sided Panels
Tanagrams, or pattern blocks, were on of my favorite toys growing up. I love that these come with pattern cards!
Melissa & Doug Self-Correcting Letter and Number Wooden Puzzles Set With Storage Box
We will be starting a more structured learning schedule after the new year, these will be a fun way to work on letters and numbers!
Our followers know we LOVE sensory bins. These tools will be used every day!
Light Pad and Counting chips
AGPTEK A4 Ultra-Thin Portable LED Artcraft Tracing Light Box Power Cable Dimmable Brightness Tatoo Pad Aniamtion, Sketching, Designing, X-ray Viewing W/USB Adapter (PSE Approval)
Learning Resources LER0131 Transparent Color Counting Chips, Set of 250
We don’t have a lot of space so we don’t have room for a separate light table. This is portable and can be put away but still be tons of fun.
Toddler Musical Instruments- Ehome 15 Types 22pcs Wooden Percussion Instruments Toy for Kids Preschool Educational, Musical Toys Set for Boys and Girls with Storage Backpack
My aunt has an amazing collection of instruments that she loves to play with, she will love to have some of her own!
With a small backyard we need amazing toys that take up little space!
A sand and water table in one! Perfect way to save space!
This slide and basketball hoop combo is twice the fun and half the size!
As constant beach goers she’s finally starting to want to create sand castles and play in the sand. I love that these have a carrying case AND can be used with her sand and water table!
Can we ever have too many art supplies? We use them every day, and I know she will love all of these!
We picked some books up at the thrift store for her already, but want to add in a few I know she will want on her shelf!
Every year I also love to make some of her gifts. There are some items I really like, but have a big price tag.
I will be dying her some new rice and making more kinetic sand! These are simple sensory bins that last a long time!
Polymer clay and felt play food
My little chef needs her kitchen stocked! The polymer clay and felt will provide interesting textures
I made my first ever doll for her first birthday, and can’t wait to update it with a new doll for her third special day!
She loves using these in her sensory bins! These are the family set I made last year
I can’t wait to see her open her gifts! I haven’t decided on a final list, but I know she will be happy with any of these ideas. These toys will give her plenty of opportunities to learn and use her imagination, and appeal to her natural curiosity.