With all the toys, the remote controlled thing-a-ma-jigs, the character themed toys, it is so hard to pick preschool gifts that can be both practical and fun. In our efforts to simplify and clear out all the clutter, we’ve become very conscientious of the toys and items we have and ask for. Here is a list of some of the items that made the cut.
Playful Practical Preschool Gifts
Mr. T just loves our Litecup, that’s him above, and Mr. F is getting one of his own for Christmas. You can get a Litecup for your favorite preschooler this Cyber Monday 2015 for 20% off with the code cyber2015.
It’s a sippy cup and a nightlight. It has a 360 degree sip top and doesn’t leak. It serves multiple purposes, all of them great.
- the light helps children who need a nightlight.
- children who like to sip throughout the night or have RAD/asthma and need drinks can see to find their cup in the night. That means less waking up mom or dad to come find their cup!
- the novelty of having a cup that lights up in the dark can help get children to drink plain water without as much cajoling.
- Having the sip edge all around with no spill technology helps transition from traditional sippy cups to regular cups.
- It’s just plain fun! My boys have been using ours to “see” inside their tunnel forts, to have adventures in the basement, and to read by before bed with the early darkness of winter.
- I tested it. It takes much less effort and oral coordination that traditional sip cups making it absolutely perfect for children with oral apraxia/dyspraxia! Mr. F does much better with this than he does a traditional sippy cup.
- The battery is easy to replace and all Litecup parts are sold separately to make it easy for you to replace only the parts you need to.
Do you have a biter or a chewer? Wether it is a nervous habit or a need for oral motor planning exercise, Chewigem is great for toddlers on up. The raindrop pendants are wonderful for both chewing and rubbing. Tactile needs and sensory chewing needs are both predominant in our family. We’ve also had trouble with biting. I don’t know if it’s related to the apraxia or not, but having his chewigem has really helped reduce Mr. F’s chewing on his big brother. Get a Chewigem for your chewers Cyber Monday 2015 for 20% off with the code cyber2015.
Mr. F with his Chewigem Raindrop. the soft cord doesn’t irritate his neck and the break away cord keeps him from getting hung up on things since he loves to climb and jump. You can see the shape of the raindrop pendant better below. Chewigem also carries other pendant styles, bangle bracelets, chubes, and more!
Activity books with sounds, with wipe-clean activities, and sticker books that play into the imagination while working on sequencing, motor skills with coloring and more are all wonderfully playful gifts that have a great practical purpose as well. Finding activity books that align with your preschooler’s interests and help with developing skills allows for fun learning and that keeps everyone happy!
Our Favorite Activity Books for Preschoolers:
- Noisy Castle Book
- Very First Sticker Books (Castle and Pirate are the current favorites)
- Fundanoodle and Kumon
- Wipe-Clean Activity books
- That’s Not My touchy feely books. These are more interactive than activity but they are great!
- Melissa & Doug See & Spell
- Self-correcting Number Puzzle
- Farm Sequencing Storytelling
- Wind-up Train Book (the pages come out and link together to form a big track)
What is your favorite gift for a budding preschooler?
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