Let’s talk giving gifts that will encourage imagination and pretend play. I’ve been searching for the best recommendations for you — products that are new, exciting, and open-ended. See what you think!
Give Artsy Gifts
1. Spirograph Deluxe Design Set
Mix designs and patterns to create unique images using the gears and Spirograph.
2. Rainbow Loom
In case you don’t already have this — get it. My kids are addicted. It’s great for hand-eye practice and creative designing.
3. Yummy Scented Gel Glitter Pens
Yummy Scented Gel Glitter Pens smell good and glitter! What child wouldn’t love to use these pens for creative writing or drawing?
4. B. Take It Easel
This carrying case becomes a portable easel with a white board one one side and chalkboard on the other. Comes with 10 colorful, non-toxic markers.
5. Big Pencils for Small Hands
Chubby pencils with a round triangular profile that are perfect for tiny hands.
6. White Hardcover Blank Book
Create and illustrate your own stories, collections of poetry, or memory book with this blank book, waiting for your imagination.
7. Pom-Pom Puppies
If your kids are like mine, they love the Klutz books, art, — and cute little animals so this is the perfect gift for crafty kids like ours.
8. Pirates Crayons
Your little pirate can color new worlds to explore with these pirate characters.
9. Magnetibook Crazy Faces
In a book-shaped box for easy storage and travel, find 67 magnetic pieces with 12 crazy faces. Imagine the possibilities!
10. Rainbow Kitty Saves the Day
We’re in love with this Story Lines series. Each book contains text for a story. Kids bring the story to life with their own illustrations! See all the titles here.
Give Pretend Play Gifts
1. Postman & Wagon
Assemble this postman wooden figure with wagon. Then deliver the mail!
2. Shop and Cook Playset
If only this were taller, my kids would want to play with it all the time! It’s a play kitchen AND a shopping cart. Sing-along songs and fun sound-effects and lights will stimulate fun, imaginative play.
3. Zing Air Hunterz Z-Curve Bow
Z- Curve Bow is the ultimate foam bow and arrow combo. My kids love shooting their bows!
4. IKEA Huset Doll Furniture
Want to match your modern IKEA furniture to your doll’s furniture? Now you can!
5. Barbie Vending Machine
Kids load the compartments with accessories like purses, shoes and jewelry, then crank the wheel to rotate. “Shoppers” make their selection and it pops out.
6. Hot Wheels Wall Tracks
Attach these tracks to the wall and try to get your cars safely to the bottom. Watch out for dangers like the saw blade and car-chomping monster.
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