Last Updated on April 19, 2022 by Danielle
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Preschoolers are full of energy. They love to tell stories and run outside and play. A preschooler really needs help with their growing muscles especially their gross motor skills. Any toy that gets them outside will be a big hit.
What are the best gifts for preschoolers? Of course the most popular preschool toys will be ones that have their favorite characters from the movies and TV shows. Our job as parents is to find the right balance of fun and educational.
As their social skills are growing, look for toys that support their cognitive skills, teamwork, and language development. At this age, children want as much to play with their toys as you. Read on for the best toys for preschoolers arranged by category.
For the preschooler that loves anything that goes zoom, these top preschool toys are sure to get them living in the fast lane.
Who doesn’t love Paw Patrol? Kids love collecting ever single Paw Patrol vehicle that comes out. Paw Patrol fans Everest is finally here. That’s probably all you need to know. This toy comes with Everest, her snowmobile, and a funky looking blue claw.
Preschoolers love electronic toys. When choosing electronic toys, look for toys that support educational needs. Here are the coolest electronic toys for preschoolers from the latest gadgets to interactive toys that are full of life.
The best educational toys for preschoolers will allow them to get ready for kindergarten. You want to find learning toys that help develop their cognitive skills.
Remember the Magnadoodle? This is sort of like that but far more advanced. With this learning toy from VTech kids can learn to write letters and draw objects step by step. With over 40 objects to draw and animated instructions, kids will be artists in no time. The best part? It teaches kids how to write both upper and lower case letters.
Arts & Crafts Toys
Arts & Crafts toys are great for helping preschoolers calm down, develop their fine motor skills, and express their creativity. Children this age can build fine motor skills molding things out of clay or even using crayons.
Wouldn’t you love a crafts activity for preschoolers that isn’t messy? The Crayola Color Wonder Light Up Stamper takes the mess out of creating fun stamps. How? It uses wonder paper. The colors only appear on the wonder paper so parents don’t have to worry about stains.
Preschoolers love dolls. Right now just about every preschooler is obsessed with anything Frozen.
Who didn’t watch Disney Descents when it aired earlier this year on the Disney channel? We are now getting poseable dolls based on the show, which might be the next biggest thing in the doll isle. This is Mal, the daughter of Maleficent. This 11 inch doll beautifully captures Mal from the TV show with a leather jacket, cute purple tunic, and multi colored leggings. The only problem? She might be difficult to find for Christmas.
If you don’t already have Frozen Fever by now, you will after seeing this new Frozen doll for 2015. It’s is actually based on the animated short “Frozen Fever” that aired earlier this year. Just like in the movie, Elsa’s got on a beautiful spring gown to celebrate her sister’s Birthday.
It’s another Frozen doll! You can’t have Elsa without Anna. The two of them are inseparable. It’s Anna’s birthday! What will she wear? Anna has got on her Birthday outfit from the animated film “Frozen Fever.”
Was your little one a big fan of the Cinderella movie of 2015? With a ravishingly beautiful blue royal gown, flowing blonde hair, and even a glass slipper, this doll looks like it came straight out of the Cinderella movie. She’s enchanting.
These soft and cuddly toys make the perfect bedtime pal.
Okay, isn’t this the cutest teddy bear ever? The Minions are super cute but this little guy is on another level of cuteness. I mean look at him. He’s got a little teddy bear of his own. Not only does he talk when you squeeze his hand, he is soft and cuddly. The best part is when you hug him, his cheeks glow red along with his teddy bear’s cheeks. Aw, they are blushing.
Who wouldn’t want to give Olaf the Snowman a big warm hug? While he is completely soft and cuddly, this is no ordinary plush toy. He actually comes with a remote controlled snowflake controller that can bring him to life. When you bring him to life, he talks, blinks, moves his eyebrows, and even sings his “In Summer” song. The coolest part is he has wheels underneath him and tracking technology that allows him to locate the remote control. This means he can follow your child wherever they go. How cool is that?
With their growing imaginations, preschoolers are ready for a new type of play. Dollhouses encourage them to pretend and role play.
Fans of Palace pets would love to see this palace from their favorite show under the Christmas tree. It’s not a palace. It’s a Pawlace! Laughs. Based on the new animated short Whisker Haven Tales, this castle is fun for all the little Palace pets with 3 levels of play. It includes one little palace pet figure-Dreamy. Kids will love to use the 17 different play pieces to decorate inside the castle. The coolest part? It has an escalator that lights up.
Preschoolers want to imitate mommy and daddy. These pretend toys will give preschoolers a real sense of accomplishment.
Simple construction sets with easy to follow directions are perfect for preschoolers. Construction toys are not only great for expressing creativity, but they also help preschoolers with their developing fine motor skills.
With 790 regular Lego pieces, this classic Lego set lets preschoolers build whatever they want in any color they choose. There are windows, doors, base plates, wheels, and more. The best part? Lego got around to adding pink , purple, and just about every color you could think of.
There are 2 things that boys love more than anything else in the world. Legos and Spiderman. The Spider-Man Hideout is the must have Lego Junior set of 2015. It’s got Spiderman! It’s got the Green Goblin! It’s got 3 amazing vehicles! These Lego Junior sets are great for preschoolers because they feature actual Lego pieces, but the builds and instructions are so much simpler.
Your little firefighter will love the Lego Junior Fire Suitcase. This set includes 113 regular sized Lego pieces. With the picture instructions, it is easy to build the helicopter, bike, and base station. The coolest part? It comes in a little red suitcase with the pieces inside. Every little firefighter needs this.
As preschoolers are developing social skills, board games are great for preschoolers since board games encourage turn taking and following rules.
Mix Frozen with Spot It! and you get this fun award winning game. Frozen fans will adore this game. Basically there are 55 different cards with 8 Frozen themed images on them. It is hard to believe but between any two cards there is always just one matching image. The first person to spot the match keeps the cards. The player with the most cards at the end wins. Your kids will have fun yelling out, “Olaf,” “Anna,” “Elsa,” and more.
There is nothing more that preschoolers love than role playing with their favorite action figures.
Dino fans will love this cute TRex action figure. When you push down on TRex’s back, his eyes light up as he chomps with his jaws. The best part? You can make TRex eat the included human figure for dinner.