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Here are some gifts for a little older group. Keep in mind that I’m trying to keep it fairly neutral as far as interests go! The next several groups will be for bigger kids and will be much more varied I think since the interests change a lot as they get older.
This age is a lot of imitation play – wanting to do things that they see Mom and Dad doing.
- Bubble blower! Bubbles are one of those magical universal smile makers. Save yourself a light head and get a bubble machine! from Amazon
- Play Food – both of my boys LOVED play food for quite a while. They loved playing store (they must get that love from their Dad because they did NOT get it from me) I like the wooden food because it can’t get stepped on or squished easily. This set from Melissa and Doug can be “cut” with a wooden knife – from Amazon
- I’m sure you’ve all heard of duplo, LEGO for younger kids, but have you seen the new Read & Build? They can build with the easy instructions while you read the story to them. The building holds their little attention much longer than the story alone – from Amazon, from LEGO
- Mailbox – another one of those imitation toys that was a hit in our home at this age. I’ve said it before but who doesn’t love getting mail?! from Amazon
- Dog Popper – this guy is belly laugh inducing. You put foam balls in his mouth and POP them out by squeezing his tummy. This is a toy that is great for all ages (you know the kind the older kids or adults keep picking up to play with) it also comes in a pig, dinosaur and other animals from Amazon (P.S. The balls are foam but not super soft foam – that’s how they can shoot so far. Just wanted you to know so you weren’t surprised at the density of the balls if you got these)
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