We love stocking stuffers, but with younger kids it can be a challenge to find items that aren’t candy or cheap plastic toys that will break. What are good stocking stuffers for preschoolers that they will use and love? Obviously, being an early childhood educator, I prefer toys that are educational. Those that foster creativity, strengthen fine motor skills, can be used at home or on the go, and can grow with the child. This collection of stocking stuffers includes all of those and can be used long after the Christmas decorations are put away.
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Good Stocking Stuffers for Preschoolers
We love washable markers because they wash off skin easily. And yes, markers do end up on skin! (And sometimes tabletops and walls, too.)
Matching games are a fun way to build memory skills. They also teach young children about playing with others and taking turns.
These little percussion instruments fit nicely in young children’s hands. Use while singing or listening to music.
Wikki Stix adhere to most smooth surfaces and are easy to store and take on outings. We use ours for creating shapes, numbers, letters, or any doodle we care to create.
Mini Magna Doodle
The Mini Magna Doodle is a fun activity for any time of the day, and portable to take on a trip. Simply draw on it using a magnetic pen and slide to erase.
Play Doh is a classic gift, and these small containers fit nicely in stockings.
Fine Motor Tool Set
This fine motor tool set strengthens hand muscles for writing. They can be used in sensory bins, water tables, for transferring activities, and even in the bath!
Once you pick a piece of Tangle up, it’s hard to put down! It twists and turns and has different textures. Especially useful for children who need to hold a fidget to keep their fingers busy.
Little kids love bubbles, and these being no-spill makes them easier to handle.
Watercolors are another favorite. We can put these out on the table any time and we have a group of preschoolers absorbed in painting.
Stickers are a great way to strengthen fine motor skills. This particular type is reusable which means they will last a lot longer!
What are your kids’ favorite stocking stuffers?
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