3- 4 Years
1)Orchard Games - these are so fun and easy to play. They encourage turn taking, sharing and are great for the whole family to get involved.
2)Board Games - for this age group some of my favourites are hungry hippo and tumbling monkeys.
3)Junior lego - Lego is always a classic, I particularly like this set that comes in its own carry case, easy to store and take along with you when playing outside the home.
4)Dressing Up Outfits
5)Magnetic Tiles - these are cheaper than the branded ones but work exactly the same.
7) Mellisa and Doug - my love continues for these toys as they develop with the child as they grow.
4- 5 Years
1)Guess Who - more complicated board games such as this, operation and Orchard Games also do older versions
2) Memory Games - lots of versions of this card game exist but its always a fun one, and one I normally lose at too. Other simple card games include snap too.
3)Spirograph - Building on their drawing skills, and who doesnt remember creating endless mandelas using this.
4) Digital Camera - they do great kids version, but we just gave my oldest an old Digital Camera which he loved using to capture moments.
5) PJ Masks - this also the time they will have a strong preference for any toys that are their favourite character, I think these are great for encourage story telling and imaginative play.
6)Maths Cubes - I shared these recently in a post as I just love them, small enough to travel with, larger than lego and so many uses.
1)Hatchimals - our house has been taken over by these tiny little cute plastic figures
2)Aquabeads - great for fine motor skills and creativity, the tiny beads are a bit annoying but easily hoovered up, I have ordered this on repeat for so many birthdays now.
3)Lego - finally the age when they can build, play and design their own lego toys, and for parents the pain on stepping on these tiny pieces of plastic.
4)Ipad - Kindle fire etc, I think electronic devices can be useful, we put off getting one until he turned 5 just out of personal perference, it does have some great learning resources and also obviously kids youtube.
7)Guitar - musical instruments
8) Any toys they have seen unboxed on you tube, as this is not the generation who watches tv adverts or flicks through the argos catalogue.
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