December is a crazy month.
Not only is Christmas Eve/Christmas and New Year’s Eve in December. But, December is also home to my daughter’s birthday (December 16th) and my wedding anniversary (December 14th).
Needless to say, a lot of spending is done for the month of December in our family! This is why I often stress the importance of staying ahead of the present game and buying throughout the year. My husband and I also do the envelope system for our extra spending which you can find more about HERE.
Below I created a list for you of toys that can cultivate a strong, imaginative and creative little mind! Many of the toys listed below are on my “birthday/Christmas gift list” for my daughter which I have bought or plan to buy.
This list was created for mommas who just don’t know what to buy their toddler this Christmas season. Buying for toddlers can be exhausting — they grow so fast and interests are continuously revolving. This is why I decided to do the dirty work for you by spending a couple of hours searching for top-rated and high-quality toys!
The list is not extensive or anything. My husband and I are trying to practice the “four gifts” philosophy of giving. We are not sure if we will stick to it but we will do our best.
Anyways, I am a picky momma when it comes to toys. I have this… thing… for extremely disliking electronic toys. As a mom who attended college as a double-major with Piano Pedagogy and Child Development (psychology) — I am aware of how important “play” is for a child. I suppose, maybe I am overly mommabear-ish when it comes to stuff like this, but, I do not see the merit in buying toys for my children which thinks for them instead of allowing my children to use their imagination.
This does not mean you are not a superb momma if you love electronic toys! We cater our parenting from factors such as lifestyle/parenting philosophies/ and past experiences. As for me, I am a stay-at-home mom who LOVES creativity. So, I love to purchase toys for my daughter (and future children) which expands her creative mind and puts her in situations which helps her with problem-solving in a fun environment.
Let’s jump right into the list.
Felt Food: fun, bendable play food!
Wooden cutting food: A great option for teaching your children about food cutting.
Melissa & Doug Cutting Food
Fold and Go Dollhouse: not only is this portable but it’s also a great way to introduce to your children to imaginative family play.
Mega Blocks: For the builders and architects! Just kidding, legos are just all around great for motor skills and problem solving.
Mega Bloks Big Building Bag, 80-Piece (Classic)
2-in-1 Play Table: Even though I was a little girl, I LOVED playing trains and railroads. This table is duel trains and legos.
KidKraft Lego Compatible 2 in 1 Activity Table
ADORABLE! This wooden cradle had the best reviews on Amazon while still staying in a reasonable price range. It even comes with bedding!
Wooden Toy Kitchen: Amazon has many elaborate and gorgeous toy kitchens. But, I love the simplicity this one has to offer and also leaves room for more imaginative play.
Wooden Cars: I bought these for my daughter while on vacation and she loves them!
Baby Stella: I am super excited about purchasing baby Stella for my daughter. She’s soft, cuddly and perfect for teaching my daughter how to be “motherly”.
Baby Stella Peach Soft Nurturing First Baby Doll
Glow in the Dark Princess Tent: I am so loving the prices on these tents (compared to The Land of Nod or Pottery Barn Kids). They are in my price range and seem to be very popular! Play Tent Princess Castle by Pockos – Features Glow in the Dark Stars
Calico Critter Cottage Set: I’ve been obsessed with these little Calico Critters for my daughter. They are animals instead of people which I think is a great tool for imaginative play! Plus, the animals are soft and very high quality.
Calico Critter Cozy Cottage
Wooden Cleaning Set: This may seem strange but my daughter loves to clean when I clean. She has a little vacuum which is used all the time and a broom set! Plus, it makes chore time more fun for the children.
Melissa & Doug Let’s Play House! Dust, Sweep and Mop
4 in 1 Trike: Been on my list for a while but haven’t been able to justify the higher price tag. My hope is to buy this Trike this Christmas.
4-in-1 Stroll ‘N Trike
Children’s Rocking Chair: I love the Montessori thinking for toddlers. The idea is to bring everything to their level to help our children be more “self efficient”. This rocker lounge chair does just that! Plus, my daughter loves chairs.
KEET Roundy Rocking Kid’s Chair Gingham, Lavender
Little Tikes Trampoline: Fun and provides exercise!
Little Tikes 3′ Trampoline
Play Doh Fun Kit: Play Doh is so absolutely fantastic for imagination! There is so many things your child can create and make. The best thing is that it’s much cleaner than mud pies!
Play-Doh Fun Tub
Toy Baking Supplies: I am thinking about purchasing this cookie baking set BEFORE Christmas so that we can bake cookies together. Anyways, still a great Christmas present to think about.
Melissa & Doug Slice and Bake Cookie Set
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