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Welcome to The Ultimate Birthday Gift Guide for Preschoolers! Our little preschooler is turning 4 and he’s ready to celebrate! He keeps running around saying, “Na-na-na, na-na BATMAN Birthday!” He has an exciting birthday wish list to share with you of his favorite toy picks. With Christmas right around the corner, he added a few extra ones just in case, and a few he already owns and loves! We love toys that encourage imaginative play and learning, especially math and building.
All children develop at different speeds and have different interests. The age range for these toys starts at 3+. They are not recommended for children under 3. Please use your own discretion. All toys are marked with age recommendations from the manufacturer. We only endorse toys we own, have played with, or are planning to buy him for his birthday and Christmas! These are his (mine too) favorite toys and books for this year! Happy Birthday!
Favorite birthday toy pick #1 – Metro Mags! We love symmetry, shapes, and learning math concepts. Metro Mags help develop spatial awareness, problem-solving skills, logical thinking, and math reasoning.
- 32-piece set of clear, geometric magnetic building tiles with project guide
- Square and triangular tiles adhere on all sides for infinite 2D and 3D building possibilities
- Open-ended manipulative building set engages children of all ages in creative play
Melissa & Doug make high-quality, toxic-free products. Aside from the solid heavy construction, they’re an excellent tool to teach basic math concepts, organizational skills, sequential skills, and spatial relations. Building blocks are an important part of development that encourages imaginative play. Plus, it’s C’s favorite activity and toy, aside from reading!
- 60-piece standard unit block set allows children to build towers and towns
- Stimulates creativity and hones basic motor skills
- Includes 60 solid-wood pieces and wooden storage box
Favorite birthday toy pick #2 – Wooden Tunnels and Arches! Actually, this is Grandma’s Birthday gift! C loves tunnels, bridges, trains, and anything that can be molded, shaped, or cut into a tunnel! I can hardly wait to give these to him! The opportunities for children to build tunnels and archways for imaginative play are endless.
- 10-piece set of curved blocks
- 3 different widths
- Made of 100-Percent rubber wood
We love space and Hape toys. Doll houses, space houses, and fire houses all present wonderful learning opportunities for kids. Aside from the endless hours of fun, they encourage language development, character and story building, and teach basic concepts – through the door, down the stairs, opening the door. Plus, space is so cool! This toy gives you a great opportunity to introduce space exploration, planets, and geography.
- Explore space with this 37 piece spaceship set
- 4 level spaceship is designed like real space shuttles
- Some easy assembly is required
- Hape finishes are all non-toxic, child safe, and of the highest quality; 3+
Favorite toy pick #3 – Mosaic Puzzle by Hape! This toy will make a Christmas appearance! This activity helps develop a basic understanding of geometry and visual thinking, enhances creativity, and provides an introduction to color palettes. I want to play with it too!
- A creative activity with 192 colorful trapezoid and triangle-shaped mosaics
- Create designs and perspectives using the different shapes and colors
- Toy finishes are all non-toxic, child safe, and of the highest quality
As you can see, there’s a building theme going on! I grew up with Lego’s, so they hold a special place in my heart. Have you ever stepped on them? Ooch!With them being so small, we wanted to wait until he’s at least 4 to introduce them. This is a great gift for those older preschoolers that love to build! They encourage problem solving, spatial awareness, and storytelling. We’ve been exploring and building with Duplo’s for a while! Don’t forget your Lego plate for extra building capabilities!
- Includes 2 mini-figures
- Special pieces include wheels, windows, and doors
- Comes with special brick separator tool, building instructions and a building inspiration leaflet
Wooo-wooo! This is every little boys dream (not to say girls wouldn’t love it too)! I wanted a doll house for little C, so this was perfect! There are so many opportunity for speech and language, behavior, and role-playing with a doll house! This tops as his all-time favorite BIRTHDAY gift to date from this past year when he turned 3 – thank you Grammy! He loves it so much, he thought it would complete The Ultimate Birthday Gift Guide for Preschoolers! Age recommendation 3+.
C’s favorite activity is reading! This is one area we’ve focused on since he was a baby. We Both Read books are amazing. One side of the page is for the parent (setting up the story) and the other side is for the child to read. They come in K, K-1, 1, 1-2, 2, & 3 levels. For the children’s side level K- K-1 books are 1-3 word sentences; level 1 books are 3-7 word sentences, multiple sentences; level 1-2 books are 7-15 word sentences, more complex stories. On Amazon you can look inside the books too! There are 21 titles in total.
C’s Favorite We Both Read Level 1 Books
C’s Wish List We Both Read Level 1-2 Books
I hope you enjoyed our list! There are so many wonderful learning and bonding opportunities with these toys and books! Have fun, happy birthday, and happy holidays! Our full Amazon affiliate disclosure is here.