Thursday, October 15, 2009

Christmas gift suggestions for toddlers and preschoolers

~ ~It's christmas! I love the music, the ornaments, and the presents! ~ ~

That was my little boy screaming. Yup, he loves christmas! But technically, he got the phrase from the show Toopy and Binoo.

I know some of you are looking for christmas gift suggestions for toddlers to preschoolers. As a mom, I would prefer that my son would receive anything educational or anything that has something to do with his growth and development. When I say educational, it doesn't have to be the good ol' puzzles, which is not bad! I'm a fan of puzzles, it's just that most kids right now would prefer something else over a puzzle. Let's be a little bit creative and explore when it comes to gift giving. I came up with a list of gift suggestions for toddlers to preschoolers.

I spy Books - I spy books come in little board books that are recommended for ages 2 to 5. They are available in Scholastics Canada. Two thumbs up for being interactive and fun for the kids.

Personalized books - When my son was younger, he's not much of a story book kid. He would look at the pictures but when I start reading, he wouldn't even let me finish. He'll just leave. But when I bought his first personalized book, he got excited. Maybe the feeling of being part of the story itself excites him. I got the book from Chez Homai. They usually put their seasonal stall inside The Bay in Fairview Shopping Center here in Montreal from november to late december. The book basically contains your child's name, the hometown, and it's up to you if you want to put your child's friends name or your name on it.By the way, a lot of online stores out there sell personalized story books, if you're a bit crafty why not make your own?

Vtech Rhyme and Discover book - recommended for 6 months to 3 yrs old. Kids at this age are crazy about sounds.. and songs.. and stories!

Leapfrog Magnetic Fridge Alphabet - This is one of the fun ways to learn and familiarize the kids with the alphabet and its sounds. Recommended for ages 18 months to 24 months.

Leapfrog Fridge Phonics Word Whammer - Recommended for ages 3 to 4 yrs old. Encourage your kids to spell and read 3 letter words with this learning toy. Just like the magnetic fridge alphabet, this one will show your child the letters and its sounds thus would lead him to form a 3 letter word. It's really amazing.

Vtech Real Time Cuckoo Clock - My son learned how to read the time in digits at an early age. He just learned it by reading the displayed time in the computer, on the tv, or in the microwave. But this one will help your kid read the time from the cuckoo clock. Recommended for ages 3 to 8 yrs old.

Leapfrog Leapster Learning Game System - for the techie kid. Recommended for ages 4 to 8 yrs old. Children can play learning games, read electronic storybooks, watch interactive videos. It comes with cartridges that teach kids about phonics, numbers, counting, letters, addition, subtraction etc.

Always remember that kids are like sponges. It's very easy for them to learn, but creativity is the key. Try to make learning fun for them.