As a teacher, it’s important to me that the things my kids play with have an educational purpose. But, faster isn’t necessarily better, and I want them to learn and discover on their own. Plus, I want my kids to be able to entertain themselves. Mom is NOT the entertainment director 24/7 in this house! So, when choosing gifts or things to get my kids, I consider a few things:
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This is geared more towards a 2.5-3 year old or older, but with adult help, it’d be fun for a 2 year old. Plus, they have other sets, like airplanes, boats, and robots.
Did you know they make JUMBO magnetic letters? How cool is that? Make sure you grab both the capitals/uppercase letters AND the lower case. This would make for great matching down the road. Letters can also be sorted by color, used as “stamps,” and paired up with other alphabet activities.
Different style magnets, but shape magnets are lots of fun. Think of all the possibilities with creating patterns, making pictures, sorting by color or shape… Lots of fun!
Puzzles are lots of fun. Get away from the basics and traditional kind with these fun puzzles.
We LOVE our marble run. If you don’t get this set, make sure the set you do choose allows for expansion sets to be added, is open-ended (so there’s not one set way to make it), and plastic. Wood is great, but it’s harder to connect the pieces.
Please share in the comments! We need ideas for this upcoming holiday season. 🙂 A personal favorite of mine is experience gifts for local places, but I didn’t list those, as those are limited by where we live. Children’s museums, trains, classes through the city or recreation department, and so on are all great gift ideas for kids!