The great toy list : preschool

Are you stuck for decent Christmas (or even birthday) present ideas?  I’ve found by the time you buy all the ‘classics’, there really isn’t too much room for the branded toys (think Dora, Peppa Pig, Cars etc etc).  See Language Means Play to see why branded toys do not promote imaginary play.  So take a look at these ideas and see if there is any good inspiration for your kids’ presents!

I mostly haven’t listed brands so you can shop around for yourself according to your budget.  You can do the rounds via the usual stores – Big W, Kmart, Target etc, but also don’t forget toy stores, specialty independent toy stores, online toy stores (google ‘children’s toys online Australia’ or ‘educational toys Australia’), markets, op shops, and eBay.  Sometimes the more ‘fancy’ the toy (with lights, buttons etc) is not necessarily the better toy.

Look out for my other lists, from birth to toddlers, as I have listed toys from when the age they may first be used, so some might be included in these lists..

Here we go..

–          sport sets – eg. golf, t-ball



–          child’s globe

–          animal sets – bugs, underwater animals, safari animals, dinosaurs

–          activity books

–          model cars

–          Hyperdash



–          Thick paintbrush + bucket – painting house with water

–          Art supplies – think paint, crayons, pens, pencils, water colours, chalk etc

–          Magnetic fishing set

–          Floor puzzles

–          Jigsaw puzzles

–          Felt board

–          Threading set

–          Magnetic letters/numbers to add to whiteboard/easel

–          Flower press

–          French knitting doll

–          Mr Potato Head

–          Wooden train set

–          Lego sets

–          Dominoes

–          Cards games – UNO, Go fish, snap

–          Lotto game

–          Polly Pocket

–          Egg and spoon set

–          Thick paintbrushes and bucket (for painting water on house/fence etc)

–          Kid knife set/apron for cooking in kitchen

Kiddie Food Kutters

Kiddie Food Kutters

–          Balance bike

–          Frog hoppers (google these)

–          Early board games – eg. Ravensburger brand (like Snail’s Pace Race), Giggle       Wiggle, Pop up Pirate, My First Guess Who, Uno Moo!

–          ‘Tap Tap Hammer and Nails’ (hammer, nails, corkboard and shapes to hammer on – google it!)

Tap Tap

Tap Tap

–          Pool toys

–          Boogie board

–          Remote control toys

I’m sure you can think of other classics I’ve forgotten – please list any more great ones! Or alternatively, post them on I Raise My Kids’ facebook page 🙂

(And my disclaimer : I have two boys and work with more boys than girls, so I’m sure some classic girls’ toys could be missing! ;))

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About heidelightful

Hello friend! I am a paediatric speech pathologist and health coach. My vision is to create a world where parents can understand the real link between diet and their child's health and behaviour, and know how to create true health for their family. My two young, wonderful and sensitive sons both have food intolerances and have also taught me about my own, that I have never known about until now! Topics I have looked into for my own family's health and also from my role as a speech pathologist with children with picky eating are food intolerances, fussy eaters, creating healthy eaters and eating to prevent and ‘cure’ childhood issues such as ADHD, autism, eczema/skin issues, trouble sleeping, low immunity, frequent snot/ear infections and bedwetting, to name a few. I write many posts coming from being an exhausted mum trying to keep up with fussy boys who can only eat certain foods and also as a professional who has worked with other children with similar issues. I live on the Sunshine Coast in Australia with my husband and two boys and was previously an exchange student in Brazil! I hope to inspire you to help your child achieve their potential through health and well-being. Thanks for stopping by :) Heidi

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