Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Gifts for Preschoolers



When I think of that period of childhood between toddler and kindergartener, I think of the wonder of discovery, the power of imagination and love of learning through play.  At this age girls and boys will play happily together, blissfully aware of gender stereotypes and opposite-sex cooties, so I'm just as likely to recommend a Bitty Twins boy doll or toy fridge for a boy as I am to recommend a soccer ball for a girl.  My Preschool gift suggestions below can be happily enjoyed by either gender:


Your child love playing on the iPad but you want him to ditch the electronics once in a while and play some classic board games.  Luckily Dr. Seuss Fun Machine Game tiles ($9.99) offer a happy medium.  Kids get to play fun memory games with physical game pieces -- and the iPad acts as the Game Master, calling out the shots!

** Giveaway Alert:  Enter to win a Dr. Seuss Fun Machine Game Tiles set below!  

When my twins were little one of their favorite pastimes was working alongside their dad as he fixed up his motorcycle.  They would have LOVED this play toolbox from One Step Ahead ($29.95) -- it looks just like the grownup version, and even comes with a whirring toy drill!  And if you're looking for a splurge, add  the matching workbench ($59.95), also from One Step Ahead.

** Giveaway Alert: Enter to win both the toy toolbox and workbench from One Step Ahead!
There's no better present in the world for a child than a book to read, and some quality time to read it with the child!  Unfortunately you can't always be there to read it to her -- but when the book is personalized, like this whimsical Christmas Mouse book from Paper Hat Press ($39.95), she'll know how much you love and miss her every time she opens the book. 
Kids are getting harder to fool these days.  A plate of half-eaten cookies may no longer be enough to convince them that Santa is real!  You don't have to go through the trouble of donning a Santa suit and a pillow -- just head over to the Portable North Pole to get a personalized Santa Claus letter ($14.99), phone call ($3.99) or video (free!).
Has it really been 4 years since the Leapfrog TAG ($35) was first introduced My boys learned to read with the help of their Leapfrog TAG, and it's still as great as ever.  It has kept up with the times by expanding memory and expanding the selection of books, so it's still a great holiday buy.  Age 3-5 is the perfect time to get them a TAG, because they're already starting to learn to sight read words, and they love the independence that the TAG gives them.  



Giveaway: Win a Dr. Seuss Fun Machine Game Tiles set
One lucky Bonggamom Finds reader will receive a set of Dr. Seuss Fun Machine Game Tiles.



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This giveaway ends at 11:59PM PST on Dec 1, 2012; I will draw a winner at random on Dec 2 and post their name after they confirm acceptance. Continental US  residents only. For additional giveaway rules, click here.




Disclosure: I have reviewed select items in this gift guide in the past.  Inclusion in this guide was based solely on my personal preferences; no review samples or compensation were received for this gift guide post. Giveaway prize is provided by Wonder Forge Games.  The views and opinions expressed here are my own.



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20 Comments, Leave yours here:

justicecw on November 13, 2012 at 6:50 PM said...

My favorite character is The Grinch...in a good way, love that his heart grows at the end! Thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

justicecw on November 13, 2012 at 6:50 PM said...

I follow on pinterest
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justicecw on November 13, 2012 at 6:52 PM said...

Tweeted at https://twitter.com/justicecw/status/268546688250150912
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justicecw on November 13, 2012 at 6:53 PM said...

Second tweet at https://twitter.com/justicecw/status/268546931301699584
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Angela on November 14, 2012 at 5:15 AM said...

I always loved the Grinch. He just needed a little love:)My Xmas stocking as a kid had the Grinch peeking out of it played the song when you press his arm. I still have it!
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Angela on November 14, 2012 at 5:17 AM said...

I follow you on pinterest
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AStarrA on November 18, 2012 at 5:10 AM said...

I like the Sneetches

AStarrA on November 18, 2012 at 5:10 AM said...

Follow bonggamom on Pinterest

AStarrA on November 18, 2012 at 5:11 AM said...

Pinned it http://pinterest.com/pin/27373510206820381/

Francine on November 18, 2012 at 6:52 AM said...

The grinch also

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Francine on November 18, 2012 at 6:54 AM said...

Follow on pinterest-Francine Anchondo

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justicecw on November 18, 2012 at 7:24 PM said...

11/18 tweet at https://twitter.com/justicecw/status/270366915736784897
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carla aldrich on November 21, 2012 at 7:40 PM said...

I love thing one and thing 2- they are always trouble and I am glad they are not my kiddos!

carla aldrich on November 21, 2012 at 7:42 PM said...

Like you on FB as carla aldrich
most like to give- Dr. Seuss Fun Machine Game tiles

My son would most like to receive the toolbox!

tanya904 on November 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM said...

The Lorax
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tanya904 on November 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM said...

following you on pinterest(Tanya Riley)
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janetfaye on November 29, 2012 at 12:50 AM said...

I like The Cat in The Hat.

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janetfaye on November 29, 2012 at 12:57 AM said...

I follow on Pinterest - janetfaye

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janetfaye on November 29, 2012 at 1:05 AM said...

I pinned:
http://pinterest.com/pin/212302569905607731/

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Bongga Mom on December 5, 2012 at 10:11 AM said...

Congratulations to the winner: #19, tanya904!

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