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The Best Presents for Children

Posted 21st September, 2019

Whether you have one child or more, the chances are you sometimes feel like their social life is better than yours. Children’s birthday parties are regular events here at nursery, with so many little ones wanting to share the fun of a celebration, invitations are regularly sent home in book bags.

We get asked for ideas about the best toys or gifts for younger children and thought we would share some ideas. 

2-3 year olds

Children are learning so quickly at this age that anything and everything can be used to engage and educate them. Role play toys like wooden fruit, or a dustpan and brush can give hours of fun. Games such as matching pairs, snap, simple fishing games, or dominos are all good early introductions to ways of playing with others. Jigsaws make fabulous gifts for this age group because they help develop fine motor skills and can be enjoyed alone or with a friend or adult. Picture books, colouring pads and crayons, or even just a tube of glue and glitter, would all make wonderful presents to encourage a toddler’s development and creativity.

At this age children still tend to play with anything and everything, showing more particular attention to a certain type of toy as they grow older. Surrounding them with books is an excellent way of sharing a love of reading which will help enormously when they start school.

4-5 year olds

By this age children tend to know what they like to play with. Whether it’s dolls, cars, a football, glue, musical toys, or roller skates, a four-year old already has set ways of playing. They will bore easily with toys aimed at toddlers and need activities and games that provide lots of physical and mental stimulation.

Outdoor equipment is great for this age – a first bike, or scooter can give them a taste of independence. Ranges that grow with the child make an excellent choice. 

By this age a child already knows if they like sitting down and playing games or not. For those who don’t they may like arts and crafts, or tool kits and kitchen sets, they may prefer games that are more physical and similar to the tasks they see their parents doing.

At this age – when children are starting school – they may like something a bit quieter for when they are relaxing after a long day’s learning. A pop-up play tent makes a great retreat for a youngster to enjoy some peace and quiet. 

If your child receives a gift that you think is worthy of a mention please feel free to share it with others on our Facebook page, if something has proved a hit with your child chances are it will be appreciated by someone else too.

  • A pet 

A good idea when children ask for a pet is to see if you know anyone with the same animal that you could borrow or visit. The reality of owning and caring for a pet is often very different to initial expectations. Always ask for expert advice on how best to look after animals.

  • Puzzles and jigsaws

These make a wonderful gift for any age and it is easy to source age appropriate items. They can keep even the most active children occupied for a while as they try to figure out the puzzle and meet the challenge. They are also a good way of the family enjoying time together. 

  • Meccano

A well-loved model construction toy made from reusable metal strips, plastic wheels, gears and cogs. It enables children to create a model according to the packet instructions, or to use their imagination and design and build something of their own.

  • Lego

An eternal favourite with young and old alike. Lego can be enjoyed by any age, a new style of larger blocks is available for very young children, and it gives people the opportunity to build, create, use their imaginations, and play.

  • Kinnex

Another family favourite, it uses smaller parts to create working, moving models such as rollercoasters, cars, and rockets. 

  • Chemistry set

The perfect way to keep curious youngsters entertained. They are generally aimed at 8years plus, but early years ‘experiment’ kits are also available. 

  • Kendama

This is a Japanese version of the traditional cup and ball game. The idea of the wooden toy is to catch one part of it with the other using the attached string to help. It was influenced by juggling, and yo-yoing… also great, simple games and toys to keep little ones amused.