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Plinkit 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Hooray! We made it simpler to buy toys + books that are educational + fun for children ages 2-6+. We spent countless hours researching and testing (with children, teachers and parents). We’ve done the hard work for you.

Critical Thinking Social + Emotional Language + Literacy Creativity + Imagination Fine Motor + Gross Motor WOW Factor Little Somethings Games Books We Love to Give
Critical Thinking
Water World Playset

Indoor water play – yes! Learn about the physics of water with this award-winning water canal system. An excellent S.T.E.A.M toy with real-world applications.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Creativity + Imagination
Critical Thinking
Water World Playset
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Creativity + Imagination
Critical Thinking
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Mini Marble Run

Found! Finally, a marble run for small hands with no marbles. Build finger dexterity and motor planning skills. Compatible with Duplo.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
Mini Marble Run
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
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Geometry Cake Puzzle

One of the cleverest stacking toys we tested. Develop cognitive skills (stacking, sorting and pairing) while learning shapes and 2D geometry. Have your cake and build it, too!

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
Geometry Cake Puzzle
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
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Hide-and-Find Game

It’s not a box! 5 games in 1 toy. Finding Bear develops object permanence, spatial awareness and problem-solving skills (like sorting, classifying and matching) – all important for early math literacy.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
Hide-and-Find Game
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
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DIY Pinball Machine

Design it, build it and launch it! Play with angles and momentum on your custom-decorated pinball machine while honing fine motor and logic skills.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity + Imagination
Critical Thinking
DIY Pinball Machine
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity + Imagination
Critical Thinking
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Rock Tumbler Kit

Just plain cool. Learn how to transform rocks into beautiful gemstones. Sure to encourage continuous discovery. A must-have on Team Plinkit’s personal list.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity + Imagination
Critical Thinking
Rock Tumbler Kit
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity + Imagination
Critical Thinking
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The Amazing Clock Kit

Build a clock and see how gears, springs, arms and pendulum work together. Learn about cause and effect, energy transfer and how to tell time. Whew, that’s *amazing* in 1 toy!

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
The Amazing Clock Kit
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
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Build-It-Yourself Vehicle Kit

1 kit = 3 creative build options. Made from upcycled bits and pieces. The best of S.T.E.A.M for your DIY enthusiast – hones critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, dexterity, spatial reasoning and planning skills.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
Build-It-Yourself Vehicle Kit
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
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Social + Emotional
Critter Clinic Playset

A portable toy that teaches empathy, problem solving, fine motor and spatial skills. A winning combo on so many levels.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Critter Clinic Playset
Ages
2-3,
3-4
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Hearts for Hearts Doll

Multicultural dolls with a mission to be change agents. Which one resonates with your little one?

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Ages
3-4,
2-3
Hearts for Hearts Doll
Ages
3-4,
2-3
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Ice Cream Cart

How does the scooper magically pick up the ice cream? Find out!

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Ice Cream Cart
Ages
3-4,
4-5
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DIY Puppet Theater

Design your puppets, build a theater, then tell your stories. Promotes fine motor, communication and planning skills. We love a toy that does so much!

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
DIY Puppet Theater
Ages
3-4,
4-5
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Worry Eaters

A novel approach to handling your child’s worries. Leave it to the Worry Eater! Write, reflect, hug.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Worry Eaters
Ages
4-5,
5-6
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Jumbo Sloth Stuffie

Who doesn’t want a giant sloth?! Huggable would be an understatement.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Jumbo Sloth Stuffie
Ages
4-5,
5-6
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Indoor Snowballs

Make an epic snowball fight possible any time, anywhere. No snow required! Bonus: throwing + catching builds gross motor skills + hand-eye coordination.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Indoor Snowballs
Ages
4-5,
5-6
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Tabletop Foosball

Family-sized fun now in a smaller footprint. Portable too!

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Tabletop Foosball
Ages
4-5,
5-6
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Language + Literacy
Learn to Count Hedghog

Practice colors, counting and 1:1 correspondence with this striking puzzle. Educational + engaging = win-win!

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Critical Thinking
Language + Literacy
Learn to Count Hedghog
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Critical Thinking
Language + Literacy
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Scribble and Play Tablet

Paper-free, marker-free, mess-free. Yes, please!

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Language + Literacy
Scribble and Play Tablet
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Language + Literacy
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Letter Construction Activity Kit

Re-think the alphabet. Break down letters into basic lines and curves. Then build them back up into ‘letters’. A profound activity set to make learning letter names and shapes more intuitive.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Critical Thinking
Language + Literacy
Letter Construction Activity Kit
Ages
3-4,
4-5
Critical Thinking
Language + Literacy
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Letter and Number Sorter Puzzle

A playful way to practice letter and number identification skills, while strengthening visual spatial and fine motor skills.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Critical Thinking
Language + Literacy
Letter and Number Sorter Puzzle
Ages
3-4,
4-5
Critical Thinking
Language + Literacy
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Create Your Own Fairy Tale

Choose your own adventure in this fairy tale puzzle. Each piece can be flipped and interchanged. Highly original. Beautifully illustrated.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity + Imagination
Language + Literacy
Create Your Own Fairy Tale
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity + Imagination
Language + Literacy
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Bravery Magazine

A gift that gives all year long. Features strong female role models and educational + fun activities. Specifically designed for girls *and* boys. Bravery is for everyone. A personal Team Plinkit favorite.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity + Imagination
Language + Literacy
Bravery Magazine
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity + Imagination
Language + Literacy
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Personal Message Board

I.LOVE.PLINKIT! Craft your message, find the letters and spell it out. A quality board that will have everyone excited about letters and words.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity + Imagination
Language + Literacy
Personal Message Board
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity + Imagination
Language + Literacy
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Bingo!

Good old-fashioned fun. A surprising way of practicing listening, letter and number recognition, and visual spatial skills. Turn the wheel, watch the balls roll, hear the Plinkit-y plinks.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Bingo!
Ages
4-5,
5-6
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Creativity + Imagination
Grippies Magnetic Set

Share in the (safe and fun) magic of magnets and geometry with even your youngest learner. Tactile learning at its best.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Critical Thinking
Creativity + Imagination
Grippies Magnetic Set
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Critical Thinking
Creativity + Imagination
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Construction Site Play Track

Don’t settle for traditional train tracks. Explore concepts of gravity and momentum with a wheel loader, dump truck and push ball. Lots more from the Kullerbü system as your child grows.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Construction Site Play Track
Ages
2-3,
3-4
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City Parking Garage

A fun way for your budding storyteller to play with engineering basics like ramps and elevator lifts. Multiple award winner.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
City Parking Garage
Ages
2-3,
3-4
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Castle Building Blocks

Design, build, imagine. Seemingly simple and yet brilliant at fostering logic and creativity. One of our toy box essentials.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Castle Building Blocks
Ages
3-4,
4-5
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Playstix

Simple + engaging – exactly how we like it! Endless and ageless creativity. Plus, the ‘snap and lock’ feature strengthens little fingers.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Critical Thinking
Creativity + Imagination
Playstix
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Critical Thinking
Creativity + Imagination
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Woodworking Kit

Back to basics. Truly open-ended. A joy for dreamers and young tinkerers. Fun fact: 3D spatial skills are foundational for engineering and design.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Critical Thinking
Creativity + Imagination
Woodworking Kit
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Critical Thinking
Creativity + Imagination
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Paint Your Own Vase

Fun + functional. Design and paint with a practical purpose. Paintbrush work builds pencil grip and hand strength. Vivid paint colors make decorating extra fun.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Creativity + Imagination
Paint Your Own Vase
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Creativity + Imagination
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Tie-Dye Party Kit

*That* cool gift. Non-toxic and machine-washable dye.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Tie-Dye Party Kit
Ages
4-5,
5-6
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Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Drip Drip Bath Toy

Play smarter at bath time. Strengthen visual spatial skills, and make it fun to learn cause and effect and water physics in your bathtub lab.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Critical Thinking
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Drip Drip Bath Toy
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Critical Thinking
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
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Rocker Board

What on earth do you do with this? See-saw? Bridge? Slide? Boat? YOU decide. Promotes balance and stimulation for the vestibular and proprioceptive systems, *and* encourages imaginative play. A rare find!

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Creativity + Imagination
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Rocker Board
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Creativity + Imagination
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
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PlasmaCar

No pedals, gears or batteries – just twist, turn and wiggle. The more you wiggle, the faster you go. Strengthens hand-eye and gross motor coordination. Multiple award winner.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
PlasmaCar
Ages
3-4,
4-5
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Butter Churn

A sweet throwback that teaches hard work really pays off – and tastes delicious!

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Butter Churn
Ages
3-4,
4-5
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Walking Stilts

One of the few outdoor toys that doesn’t take up a lot of storage space but doles out lots of (contagious) fun. Builds strength, balance and coordination. You’ll want to try them, too!

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Walking Stilts
Ages
4-5,
5-6
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Archery Set

Fun-yet-safe. A positive way of exploring power play themes.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Critical Thinking
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Archery Set
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Critical Thinking
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
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Los Taburetes Game

Part puzzle, part art. A unique find. Stack the pieces in a tree-like shape and practice visual perceptual and motor planning skills. Mind bending.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Critical Thinking
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Los Taburetes Game
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Critical Thinking
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
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DIY Miniature Library

This one’s at the top of Team Plinkit’s list. For every budding artist, storyteller, literary genius and DIY enthusiast. Promotes concentration and fine motor skills, including pincer grasp and finger dexterity.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity + Imagination
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
DIY Miniature Library
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity + Imagination
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
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WOW Factor
Around the World Train Set

*The* train set for your globe trotter. Let their imagination run wild through iconic sites like the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House and Leaning Tower of Pisa. Spark conversation about the world.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Creativity + Imagination
Around the World Train Set
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Creativity + Imagination
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Market Grocery Stand

Vibrant + realistic. See why this toy is on Team Plinkit’s personal list. A fun way for any aspiring learner to develop role play, communication, early math and fine motor skills.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Market Grocery Stand
Ages
2-3,
3-4
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Snacks + Sweets Food Cart

Hot dogs + ice cream? Yes – it’s reversible! “I love how I can push this everywhere.” “I could use this to build a *real* shop!” Many thumbs up from our little experts.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Snacks + Sweets Food Cart
Ages
2-3,
3-4
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Instant Camera

See the thought bubbles in your child’s brain from a different perspective. Fun + simple to use.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Instant Camera
Ages
3-4,
4-5
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Le Cafe and BBQ Playhouse

A café playhouse that converts into a BBQ joint. Mind blown. Created by graphic designer; no wonder it’s filled with clever details.

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Ages
4-5,
3-4
Le Cafe and BBQ Playhouse
Ages
4-5,
3-4
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Tree Climbers

More than just a way to climb up a tree. We see motor planning, core strength-building, reasonable risk-taking, open-ended play, time outdoors. What do you see? Such a cool invention!

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Tree Climbers
Ages
4-5,
5-6
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Pedal Bike

Hands-down our favorite bike for new learners. Thoughtfully designed for little bodies. Lightweight with a low center of gravity to improve riding skills.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Pedal Bike
Ages
4-5,
5-6
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Real Guitar

Hello, rockstar! 3-string award-winning design approved by educators. Learn on a Loog. Play any guitar.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Critical Thinking
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Real Guitar
Ages
3-4,
4-5
Critical Thinking
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
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Little Somethings
Bubble Bath Whisk

Little hands, big (bath) fun. Maximize bath time with DIY bubbles. Bonus points for developing motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Critical Thinking
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Bubble Bath Whisk
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Critical Thinking
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
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Super Soft Modeling Dough

Strengthen little hand muscles and build fine motor skills. Plus, this batch never dries out. Touch it to believe it. Undeniably cool.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Creativity + Imagination
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Super Soft Modeling Dough
Ages
3-4,
4-5
Creativity + Imagination
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
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Action Spinner Game

Spin + roar! Build creativity and confidence with improv.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Action Spinner Game
Ages
3-4,
4-5
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Gel Crayons

Next-level crayons. Bright colors and no waxy chunks. Works on many types of surfaces. Fun tip: leave a message on a mirror or window for bonus points.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Creativity + Imagination
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Gel Crayons
Ages
3-4,
4-5
Creativity + Imagination
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
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Mandala Chalk Kit

Trace it and fill it – so easy and so pretty! Use the pavement as the canvas and harness those visual spatialization skills.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity + Imagination
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Mandala Chalk Kit
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity + Imagination
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
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Headlamp

For your budding explorer. One of those unexpected gifts that your little one will find a million uses for all year round.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Creativity + Imagination
Headlamp
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Creativity + Imagination
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Alphabet Finger Puppets

One of our favorite pre-reading toys. Develop finger dexterity while building letter and sound identification skills. Then build actual words. A true powerhouse toy.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Language + Literacy
Alphabet Finger Puppets
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Language + Literacy
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Cardboard Toolkit

Love the simplicity of this concept. Don’t throw out old boxes; take #tinkering and #makerspace to a new level – at home. So clever!

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity + Imagination
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Cardboard Toolkit
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity + Imagination
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
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Games
Acorn Soup

The ultimate #learnbydoing game for little ones. Add ingredients to squirrel’s soup and build pre-literacy skills.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
Acorn Soup
Ages
2-3,
3-4
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
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Zoo on the Loose

A cute brain game that teaches core executive functions – logic, problem solving and planning. The sweet stuffies are great for small hands and for developing spatial visualization.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Zoo on the Loose
Ages
2-3,
3-4
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Funny Faces

For those times when you just can’t find the words to say how you feel.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Funny Faces
Ages
3-4,
4-5
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I Spy Alphabet Aquarium

A fun way to learn letters (uppercase *and* lowercase) and letter sounds. How many games do all of that?!

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Critical Thinking
Language + Literacy
I Spy Alphabet Aquarium
Ages
3-4,
4-5
Critical Thinking
Language + Literacy
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Binary Number Game

A mental workout in logic and hand-eye coordination. How do you get the colored marble into the right track? “Brain child” award winner.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
Binary Number Game
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
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Wonder Women Go Fish Game

Modern twist on a classic game.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Critical Thinking
Language + Literacy
Wonder Women Go Fish Game
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Critical Thinking
Language + Literacy
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Tile-Snatching Challenge

Fast-paced, old-fashioned fun. Whoever spots the tile that matches the dice wins. Great for building visual recognition skills. P.S. – It’s harder than it looks.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
Tile-Snatching Challenge
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
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Twangled

Fun for both kids and adults. Warning: will cause giggles. Even better in large groups. An interactive way of teaching the value of communicating and working together.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Twangled
Ages
4-5,
5-6
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Books We Love to Give
The Rabbit Listened

Deeply affecting. Profound. Teaches empathy and how to deal with big emotions.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy

F-U-N-N-Y. For all those high-maintenance bedtime shenanigans.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
A Book of Bears

Witty! Turns out, all bears from all around the world are charming. Fun fact: kids of just about any age love bears.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
A Book of Bears
Ages
3-4,
4-5
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The Brilliant Deep

A rare find – a beautiful picture book that’s a tribute to scientific storytelling. Award-winning author and illustrator.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
A Year in Art

The kind of clever activity book you find in an art museum. Educational + fun…at home.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
A Year in Art
Ages
4-5,
5-6
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Atlas of Adventures

If you’re looking to inspire a curiosity of the world. One of those page-turners that a child gets lost in for hours.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
How Cities Work

Flaps with purpose! Unlock a child’s imagination – everyday things are extraordinary. A fascinating introduction to engineering, architecture and planning concepts.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
How Cities Work
Ages
4-5,
5-6
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The Bacteria Book

Definitely attention-grabbing. Will most certainly induce hand washing.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6

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