Are you shopping for a baby, toddler, preschooler, or “big kid”? This list of awesome gifts for kids aged 0-7 has you covered!
One super fun thing about being a mom is that I get to shop for (and play with) toys! Christmas is a fairly simple affair in our house – one big family gift and then the kids draw names and each give one sibling a small gift – so I have to choose carefully! Here are a few toys that we either own or are on the “to own eventually either through Christmas or birthdays” list.
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Awesome Gifts for Kids Aged 0-7
The Perfect Doll House
Mike will confirm that I have spent YEARS searching for the perfect doll house. I’m pretty in love with this one from Manzanita Kids. I’ve looked at modular doll houses before, and this one is by far the most versatile – with a nice open plan for multiple kids to share. We ordered this as our big family gift for this year.
Building Toys Kids Love
Most years we purchase one large family gift, and then the kids give each other small gifts. Magna-Tiles were our big family purchase last year, and the kids have enjoyed them all year long! They are especially popular with four-year-old Lily. If you have a light table, the translucent ones are very cool!
I have had friends ooh and ahh over Wedgits for years, but I didn’t really see why they were so neat. It wasn’t until Lily came home from school all excited about them that I realized that this toy is a 3D puzzle of sorts (when used with idea cards) as well as a basic building toy. So cool!
This set of LEGO Bricks has a great collection of basic and fancy bricks to get your collection started.
The LEGO Education DUPLO Brick Set is a great set for little kids.
My sister gave us this Melissa & Doug Wooden blocks set a few years ago, and it has provided hours of play! You can’t go wrong with a set of nice wooden blocks!
I said you can’t go wrong with wooden blocks, but sometimes it’s nice to have an alternative that doesn’t hurt when it gets thrown, or make a racket when a tall tower falls over. If you, say, have a sleeping baby plus a busy preschooler in the house, these Soft & Safe Building Blocks might be the way to go! My sister has a set at her house, and the kids love playing with them – so do I, actually. Because they are lightweight, you can get them to do things ordinary blocks won’t do.
Toys to Teach Problem Solving
I love Kumon maze books, and this Around the World book is my favorite! The mazes are challenging, but solvable, and kids get to know a few world landmarks at the same time – they can even check the landmarks off a world map as they complete the mazes. I only wish they would have taken the time to include a little information about each landmark.
Pretend Play Toys
I love the LEGO Education community minifigure sets for imaginative play with LEGO.
For younger kids, I recommend the LEGO Education DUPLO Community People Set.
Our Favorite Baby Toy
Babies love cause and effect toys, and this one has a wonderful Rube Goldberg element.
Our top STEM Themed Toy
Snap Circuits is the only battery-operated toy to make my list! There are several different sets; this light themed set is our favorite.