Holiday Gift Giving Guide for Your Preschooler


The holidays are quickly approaching and we thought you might need a few ideas for gifts!

The most important thing to know is that your kids really just want quality time with you. Less is more! Think about the 4 gifts to give kids: something they need, something to read, something to wear, and something they want.

Here’s a very important reminder about giving gifts to kids!

To get through the holidays successfully with little kids, try to stick to your schedule as much as possible. Involve your kids in holiday preparations. They can help cook, make wrapping paper with their artwork, and help decorate.

Some of our favorite toys are the simplest, and the more open-ended the better. Here are some of our favorites picks to add to your child’s collection.


We love books and any and all and audio books too!

Here is the link to our Book Club Account with great prices from Scholastic. Click “Connect To Your Teacher” and enter Class Code = DYBZ2.


  • -Blocks, Legos, Tinker Toys, Bristle Blocks, any building materials
  • -Small figures/animals
  • -Bath toys: cups, funnels, foam blocks (they float & stick to the walls), brushes to paint walls with water
  • -Child size kitchen gear: dishes, utensils, etc
  • -Art supplies: Oil pastel crayons (so much smoother, brighter, and easier to use than crayons – more fun than markers!), paint, watercolors, paper, child-safe scissors, glue stick, clay, easel
  • Pretend school- pointer, calendar etc
  • -Cards
  • -Memory
  • -Dress up
  • -Beads
  • -Dice
  • -Dolls
  • -Trucks
  • -Puzzles (Esp. Alphabet Puzzle)
  • -Playdough
  • -Deck of Cards
  • -Hula Hoop
  • -Magazine subscriptions- Highlights, Ranger Rick, etc.

Grady’s mother, Lindsay, is an Occupational Therapist and she sent us a list of gift ideas that she recommends for promoting fine and visual motor skills (many of which are linked for sale from Amazon, below).

  • Games: Pick Up Sticks, Don’t Break the Ice, Jacks, Marbles, Bed Bugs, Jenga, Ants in the Pants, Don’t Spill the Beans, Tricky Fingers, Kerplunk, Tiddly Winks, Operation, Magnadoodle, Thin Ice, Connect Four, Lite Brite, Hi Ho Cheerio, Perfection, Card Games, Etch A Sketch, Fleas on Fred, Dominoes, Jumpin’ Monkeys, Spirograph, Monkeys in the Barrel
  • Manipulatives: Legos, Tinkertoys, Bristle Blocks, Magnet Tiles, K’nex, Zaks, Waffle Bricks, Lincoln Logs, Wind Up toys, Pegs and Pegboards, Finger puppets, Spinning Tops, Zoo Sticks, Straws
  • -Any Crayola product for coloring/drawing, Dot Paints, Window Markers, Stamps, paints, watercolors- use any of these on an easel or piece of paper taped to a wall/door/refrigerator for added benefit
  • -Craft boxes with stickers, various kinds of paper, scissors, buttons, glue, etc.
  • -Any kinds of puzzles, Tangrams, Pattern Play, maze/puzzle (such as crosswords) books, connect the dots


Below is a selection of our favorite toys and games that you can buy from Amazon, and if you make a purchase using this link, Cape Ann Preschool will receive a small contribution towards Amazon gift cards that can be used to purchase items for the school.

Lastly, here are three places where we always find great art supplies, learning toys and more:

Discount School Supply

Lakeshore Learning (on Route 1 near Trader Joes and Border Cafe)

Toodeloos! (on Main Street in downtown Gloucester)

If you have other suggestions for things I should add, please let me know! Happy Shopping!