You want to give a great educational gifts for the holidays – not plastic toys that will break in a week. That’s why I’ve written Imagination Soup’s Gift Guides! Today’s ideas for you – from infant to preschooler to tween – are my favorites in art, games and play. These all reflect my personal opinion. WATCH for giveaways coming up in the next few weeks for many of these gift ideas! Click on the photos for the links. (Subscribe so you don’t miss any giveaways.)
ART, PLAY, GAMES & MORE
|Baby’s Born to Read | $38.00 | Infant|
|Inspire new parents to encourage reading at a young age by giving them the new Born to Read kit.The kit includes|
1 Born to Read bib (English)
1 Born to Read bookplate set (12/pack)
1 Born to Read infant t-shirt
1 Born to Read infant cap
1 Feed A Reader snack container.
|Aurora Plush Baby 6″ My Barnyard Friends Carrier with Sound | $17.00 | Infant – 3|
|This playset has a chicken, duck, cow, and a pig that all make individual sounds.|
|Play Foam 6 pack | $9.99 | Ages 3+|
Squish our sculpting foam into any design, then smoosh and start again! Stays fresh and never dries out, allowing children to reuse it again and again.
|Bake & Decorate Cupcake Set Play Food | $15.99 | Ages 3 +|
Be sure your little chef uses the oven mitt to move these glorious wooden cupcakes in their wooden baking sheet! This amazing set has special wipe-off cupcake tops and 3 dry erase markers in the shape of icing tubes. With durable cardboard baking cups, decorative wooden candles and “flames”, here are the low-calorie cupcakes for the best birthday or tea party ever!
Melissa and Doug
|Fashion Design Sketch Portfolio | $8.99 | Ages 6 +|
|Design your own fashion line with this easy and fun portfolio! It comes with removable, plastic stencils with 100+ fashion and accessory shapes to help create your designs on the pre-printed drawing sheets. Includes 40 fashion & accessory design drawing pages, 7 plastic stencil sheets and over 100 fashion shapes.|
|MorphoScopes | $7.99 | Ages 5 – 14|
Sweet Coloring Surprises for Pet Lovers! Here’s the very engaging little independent plaything you’ve been looking for! Gentle fun. Child-safe. Easy assembly. Made in USA. Ages 5-14+.
1 Crystal-clear Morph-O-Scope Mirror Decoder + 5 Adorable Pets cartoon reflections: Puppy Tug-O-War, Uh Oh Kitties, Papa Parakeet Perch, First Fish Tank and Pony Daydreams.
|50 piece Designer Wooden Blocks Set | $49.95 | Ages 2 +|
Includes 50 wooden blocks in all kinds of shapes and colors, each imprinted with multiple images, stripes, dots, animals, and more.
Made of highest quality materials it will last a very long time and become a cherished part of any child’s play time. Comes with a great storage bag, too.
|Grasshopper Kits | $29.95 | Ages 3 – 5|
Getting Our Hands Ready is Kit 3 of the Grasshopper Preschool Prep Kit series. The kit is packed with playful games and an illustrated guidebook to get children ready for early writing and grasp. Children can enjoy feeding bugs to Mr. Crunch, Playing with dozens of re-usable stickers, dough stamps, stretchy dough and much more! The Grasshopper instructional easel back guide book (included) give parents the tools they need at their fingertips for preschool success!
|Laundry Jumble | $24.99 | Ages 4 +|
Find the missing clothes—no peeking allowed! Help the animals get dressed! Reach inside the dryer and explore using only your sense of touch.
|ZipBin | price varies | All Ages|
Innovative storage, travel and play environments in a variety of sizes,
|Play All Day | $13.59 | Ages 6 – 12|
Taro Gomi invites children to punch out more than 60 fantastic playthings, including ring-toss games, finger puppets, boxes, picture frames, a zoo’s worth of animals, and more! Packed with Gomi’s fun, accessible artwork and a delightful variety of games and toys, this book will appeal to children of all ages, engaging their imaginations and entertaining them all day long.
|Childhood Wonders | $13.57 | Ages 4 +|
A collection of art, literature, and activities custom-made for the family bookshelf. It is broken into five sections —Magic and Make-Believe, Outdoor Exploring, Crafts and Construction, Yummy for the Tummy, and Bedtime, Bathtime, and Dreamtime. Children and parents will share together as they read poetry selections and nursery rhymes at bedtime, pull out the book on a rainy day for instantly accessible activities, or simply browse and savor the lovely art at any time.
|Sing Along With Abuelita Rosa (Abuelito Pancho also available) | $12.50 | All Ages|
|Baby Abuelita’s musical books will teach a new generation the joys of Hispanic musical heritage. Each book contains the lyrics of the song in Spanish, as well as an English translation. Baby Abuelita preserves traditional Hispanic songs for every generation.These hardcover musical books features 5 songs on hard board pages, which is durable for children as young as 18 months. Simply press a picture key and sing along with the songs.|
|Creationary from LEGO® Games | $33.80 | Ages 7 – 12|
Roll the LEGO® Dice to select one of four exciting building categories: vehicles, buildings, nature or things. With three levels of difficulty to test your imagination, creativity, building and guessing skills to the max. An interactive game for 3 – 8 players. Game play approximately 30-60 minutes.
|Interior Design Sketch Portfolio | $8.95 | Ages 8 +|
Young interior designers will love this sketch portfolio! Design your own bedroom, music room, studio, lounge and much more! Choose from over 100 stencils to create the perfect room. Sketch portfolio comes with 40 sheets of paper and 7 stencil cards with over 100 stencil designs. Learn how to draw door handles, mirrors, window coverings and more.
|Teach Me T’s| $10.95 | Ages 3+|
Alphabet, Colors and Numbers UPSIDE DOWN on colorful t-shirts.
|Kids Learning Botique|