Looking for holiday gifts for the little one in your life? You’re in luck! Our dedicated curriculum team is always researching and discovering the best kind of toys and books to engage our students at The Learning Experience for both entertainment and educational usages. Check out the list of recommendations they have rounded up for Preschoolers of every age.
Puppets – Just inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame, puppets are great for introducing children to all forms of learning. You can read books, introduce mathematical concepts, and allow children to express their moods using a wide variety of puppets. Recommended Age –birth through Preschool
Blocks – Blocks come in a variety of textures and sizes. Whether working with young children on building a stacked tower or working with Preschoolers to build a complex structure, blocks are great hands-on method for allowing children time to use critical thinking and problem solving skills. Recommended Age-Older Infants/Young Toddlers-School age.
Birth to One: Infants need simple books that introduce them to the world. Board books, books with textures, and any book that has flaps or pops up are exciting and age appropriate for infants.
Eric Carle Board Book Set by Eric Carle
Black on White Board Books and White on Black Board Books
One – Two: Simple board books with colors, numbers, and shapes and concepts that can be memorized and easily repeated for toddlers with growing vocabularies make for the perfect gift.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Little Blue Truck by Alice Shertle
Two’s: At this age board books are still appropriate, however looking for books with more words to encourage the ever expanding vocabulary of a young child is what you should be on the lookout for.
My Truck is Stuck! by Kevin Lewis
Pete the Cat Series by Eric Litwin
Three’s: Fun books that also can introduce real-life concepts through pictures as well as descriptions are great for children in the three-year old range.
Work an Occupational ABC by Kellen Hatanaka
Pigeon Series of Books by Mo Willems
Four’s: Classics are a favorite of this age group, they never seem to go out of style. Think of what you enjoyed as a child and your favorite stories and they are sure to be a hit!
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywait
What Pet Should I Get? By Dr. Seuss
Olivia Series by Ian Falconer
Five’s: Books that inspire creativity and imagination are perfect for the typical five year old. Books with more pages, more complex vocabulary, and fewer pictures will be most appropriate for this age group.
The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak
Madeline Series by Ludwig Bemelmans
The Henry Series by D. B. Johnson