2017 Holiday Gift Guide: 3- to 6-year-olds

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Do you have a child in the three- to six-year-old range? This gift guide is for you! Here are some of my favorite gifts for your preschooler and kindergartener.


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Amazon | $9

Crayola Color Bath Dropz: I got suckered into buying a small pack of these one day (damn you, Bullseye’s Playground!) and my daughter loved them. You can drop single color tabs in the bath water, or you can mix the tabs to create new colors. Best of all, they didn’t stain my kid or my tub.


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Amazon | $30

Learning Resources Let’s Go Code! Activity Set: The Let’s Go Code! set is a fun take on teaching your child coding skills: it’s not digital. Hear me out, though! It uses a variety of tools to help your child develop problem-solving skills using the basics of coding and acting them out in real life.


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Amazon | $199.99

Melissa and Doug Fresh Mart Grocery Store: This brand-new release from Melissa and Doug might be even cooler than a play kitchen. If your kid needs to stock their new shelves check out Melissa and Doug’s play food selection. Oh—and don’t forget the shopping cart!


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Target | $9.99

Yeti in My Spaghetti: I saw this game last Christmas season, but never checked it out. However, my daughter just got a miniature version of it in a fast food (don’t judge me!) kid’s meal and loves it, so the real game is on my Christmas list now.


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Amazon | $79.99 – $89.99

Micro Kickboard Scooter: Whether you go for the Mini or the Mini Deluxe, you can’t go wrong with a Micro Kickboard under the tree. Unless you live in a really snowy area in which case…


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L.L. Bean | $34.95

Snowman Family Kit: …get a snowman-making kit! These wooden pieces help give life to your child’s snowy creations. It’s a gift the whole family can enjoy together.


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Amazon | $49.95

Hape Amazing Animal Alphabet Puzzle: A fun option for kids who may be a little too old for peg puzzles, but aren’t quite ready for jigsaw puzzles. Plus, it helps kids learn their alphabet. (And yeah, it’s pricey, but think of it as an heirloom toy; Hape toys are great quality items!)


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Walmart | $13

Crayola Color Wonder Mess-Free Activity Set: I’ve always been weirded out by Color Wonder stuff. (Seriously. How does it work? Crazy chemicals?!) However, my daughter got this set for her birthday and loves it. I’m a convert because Color Wonder is amazing for travel. The kid can color in the car and I don’t have to worry about mess—it’s great. In case you’re going over the river and through the woods for the holidays this season, this set is a great choice (love the stamps!), as is the Stow & Go Studio.


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Shutterfly | $19.99 – $24.99

Photo Gallery Memory Game: Sure, this personalized matching game is more expensive than buying a character-themed memory game at your local big box store, but it’s so unique! And you can use photos of far-away family members to help keep your kids connected. It doesn’t get much more awkward than Nana wanting a hug from a kid who doesn’t remember who she is.


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Highlights | $40

High Five Subscription: My daughter’s grandparents have gotten her this subscription for three years now, and she loves it. She looks forward to getting mail so much! When she was younger, we read the magazines together, and now that she’s reading on her own (with a little help), she reads them to me and her dad. If your child is on the six-year end of the three-to-six age range, and/or is a stronger reader, check out Highlights.


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Toy Passport | $19

Toy Passport: Does your family have an international adventure planned? Get your little one a toy passport for the special friend they will never leave home without.

Have fun shopping for your child this season! (And if you have a winner of a gift idea, share it in the comments!)

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Christina lives in Northwest Illinois with her husband, daughter, and two English Springer Spaniels. Before becoming a reluctant stay-at-home mom, she worked in a variety of customer-service-oriented jobs while dreaming of living in the lap of luxury as a housewife. Unfortunately, having a child threw a wrench in Christina's plan to do nothing but eat bonbons while lounging in the Jacuzzi reading all day. Now, she spends her time looking for fun activities and crafts for her daughter and easy-to-prepare meals for her family, while trying not to land the kid in therapy when she grows up. Christina volunteers at her local library, and does both volunteer and paid work as a sexuality educator. She loves to read, and to learn about--and share--new products and resources.


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