Plastic animals: Safari Ltd. has a huge selection of realistic looking plastic animals ranging from pocket-sized to large. We got Elden this large hippo and this large cheetah for his birthday and he still regularly plays with them, along with some of the animals from Jon's childhood. These have been a hit for about a year now. Edith has also taken an interest in them.
Wooden cutting food: We bought this when Elden was about 1.5 or 2 because the toddler room at our church had a cutting food set and he loved it. Edith is now the most obsessed with it but Elden also still gets use out it. There are also other cute versions of this set now - a wooden cookie slice set, fruit set, and pizza set, to name a few. Another big time favorite is these wooden eggs that can be cut.
Play kitchen: What good is a bunch of kitchen food if there's no kitchen to cook it in? This was another toy we purchased pre-Edith that both kids still regularly play with. We opted for a higher quality wooden play kitchen over a cheaper plastic one with the hope of holding onto it for all our kids and maybe eventually grandkids. So far our Kidkraft kitchen has not disappointed. The kids play with this generally at least once per day and haven't seemed to grow tired of it.
Grocery cart: Edith is super into baby dolls and all the accessories, and she often places her babies in a grocery cart I had purchased at a yard sale for $5 way back in the day. Elden has also been known to take this for a spin around the house and we have definitely gotten our $5 worth.
|seriously though, edith is a junkie|
Transformers: This is a fairly recent interest of Elden's, but boy has it captivated him. There are Transformers blind bags ranging all the way up to very large and complicated Transformers and he loves them all. At his age, though, I recommend the 1-step Transformers because they are far less frustrating for preschool aged kiddos to transform on their own.
So what are your go-to gifts for toddlers and preschoolers? I'm always looking for new ideas!