If you are looking for a holiday gift for a preschool aged child, here are some of the popular gifts you can buy for children ages 3 to 5 this year.
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There are many electronic devices created with the preschooler in mind. Electronic devices for this age range are primarily learning oriented, virtually all of them are great tools for teaching preschoolers important beginning reading and counting skills.
Leapster has a number of great learning products for preschoolers. The LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet is featured as a 2012 Holiday Hot Toy at Toys R Us this year.
The LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet features a camera, video recorder, 4 GB of memory, and access to more than 300 game cartridges that can be purchased along with this game system.
It comes with 5 apps, including Pet Pad, Cartoon Director, Learning Songs, and an interactive Art Studio. The child can also download a free app of his or her choice.
If you are looking for a less expensive device (the LeapPad Explorer retails for about $100), you can still purchase the LeapFrog Leapster2 learning system for about $50. You can also find a lot of great games for the Leapster 2.
Preschool aged children love to use their imaginations and “play pretend”. You can find a lot of great toys to stimulate a child’s imagination, I usually use the soft body baby dolls for my kids.
For girls there a number of great kitchen play sets available on the market, in all different price ranges. Boys love kitchen sets too, but they also have some great barbecue grill play sets for boys who want to grill like dad.
The Easy-Bake Oven has never gone out of style. Girls love them today as much as they did 30 years ago. You can also find pretend salons, tea sets, medical play sets, and more.
Preschool aged boys love to play dress up as much as girls do. There are many superhero and action hero costumes made just for boys in this age range that you can purchase any time of year, not just at Halloween.
Arts and Crafts
Preschool aged children love to do arts and crafts. You can find play dough and paints of all types and colors. There are many art tables and easels available for this age range.
Etch-a-Sketch is still a popular toy for preschoolers. There is also Magna Doodle (including a travel sized edition), AquaDoodle, the AquaDoodle Mat, and Fisher Price Doodle Pro.
Books and Games
For books, Where the Wild Things Are Book: Anniversary Edition, by Maurice Sandek, is a popular choice. The Treasury of Curious George Book by Margret and H.A. Rey is also a great gift idea for a preschooler.
There are many fun games created with the preschool aged child in mind. Children this age are just starting to be able to sit down and play a good board game with the family.
Candyland is still a family favorite, and loved by preschool aged children. Richard Scarry’s Busytown is also a fun board game, as well as Memory, the Cootie board game, and Hi Ho Cherry-O.
For children who have a Nintendo DS, there is a Bubble Guppies game that is really popular among preschoolers right now. You can also find Go, Diego, Go! Great Dinosaur Rescue for Nintendo DS, as well as Nickelodeon Team Umizoomi & Dora’s Fantastic Flight for Nintendo DS.
If you are looking for a holiday gift for a preschooler, you are only limited by your imagination. Children of this age love games, books, and activities of all kinds, especially activities that stimulate their imagination. Whatever your budget, you will be sure to find something your favorite preschooler will love.