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Plinkit 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

The intentional gift wonderland for kids. Expertly curated by early childhood professionals and hand-picked for key child development skills. Carefully selected to be educational + fun for children ages 2-8+.

P.S. More holiday edits from 2020 and 2019.

Critical Thinking Social + Emotional Language + Literacy Creativity + Imagination Fine Motor + Gross Motor WOW Factor Little Somethings Games + Puzzles Older Learners Give Back Books We Love to Give
Critical Thinking
Learn to Count Crescendo

Early math through play! Little hands will love learning about order and the magnitude of numbers by zooming this cute car through cleverly sorted blocks.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
Ze Mirror Images Game

An original game that uses reflection to develop your child’s visual senses. Hands-on learning about shapes and colors through reasoning and problem-solving.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Critical Thinking
Creativity + Imagination
Piks

Internationally recognized multiple-award winner. Innovative cones allow for limitless constructions, risk-taking + decision-making. Specially designed to build concentration and attention, which are critical for executive functioning. Try this Balancing Tree for a travel-friendly option.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Critical Thinking
Creativity + Imagination
Musical Ball Track Set

Musical effects amplify cause and effect learning in this adaptable ball track. Steep curves with interchangeable parts teaches experimentation and iteration. Making mistakes was never so fun!

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
Plus-Plus BIG Set

Great for little hands with big ideas. Multi-faceted mosaics bring S.T.E.A.M into 3D, developing focus and patience. This hard-to-find set comes in a unique mix of colors with helpful base plates. For older learners, try more intricate builds and structured building kits. Made in Denmark.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Critical Thinking
Creativity + Imagination
Q-Bitz Jr.

Perfect for building visual agility, spatial reasoning and dexterity. Equally excellent for quiet-time, rainy days and travel. Pro-tip: pattern-recognition is great for math thinking. For older kids, try this more complex version.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
Builder Motor Set

Build + go! This S.T.E.A.M construction set uniquely includes a battery-powered motor that brings movement to your child’s creations. Screws, cranks and 120 bits + bobs are fantastic for using logic + creativity, and for honing fine motor skills.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Critical Thinking
Creativity + Imagination
Explorer Wooden Construction Set

Pliers, hammers, wheels – oh my! An intelligent tinkering set with pre-drilled wooden blocks and connector rods to build functional models. The joy of experimentation + the rewards of logical thinking. Made in Austria.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Critical Thinking
Creativity + Imagination
Social + Emotional
Wooden Camera

Powered by their imagination, your child will see their natural world in new ways with this camera’s interchangeable lenses. Great for encouraging your child to actively take notice of their environment.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Playdate Ellis Doll

Oh-so huggable! Dolls are wonderful for nurturing role-play and letting your child reflect back how they see their world. Comes with a friend and changeable outfits – great for practicing fine motor control. And every doll loves a Convertible Strolley!

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Making Faces Magnetic Set

A fun way to develop your child’s emotional literacy and to help them name their feelings and emotions. Great for building self-awareness, self-expression or for just getting the sillies out!

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Stables Playset

Filled with sophisticated details that will bring pretend play to life. A sweet playset that lets your child’s natural caretaking shine bright and practice what they’re learning. Great for role-playing how to teach empathy.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Waffle Breakfast Set

Waffles all day, any day! Beautifully designed with plenty of engaging details. Plus, playing with the tongs is excellent for developing hand strength. Indulge in Afternoon Tea Time and make breakfast an all-day event!

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Gus the Giraffe Hand Puppet

Adorable! Puppets are fabulous for role-play, language acquisition and problem-solving tricky social situations. This hand-knitted cutey is great for interactive storytelling. Or, try Fluttering Finger Puppets for your little one’s fingers.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Cannonball Gourd Thumb Piano

A portable thumb piano born out of 3,000 years of Zimbabwean musical tradition. The soothing, feel-good sound helps little internal engines calm down and enhances emotional intelligence and self-expression. Just listen! A perfect addition to your Helper Green Basket.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Make Your Own Worry Dolls

A calming tool to ease your child’s worries. Great for teaching independent calming strategies, especially when it’s made by them. Based on a local Mayan legend and a childhood bedtime Guatemalan tradition. A one-of-a-kind friend for your child’s one-of-a-kind feelings.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language + Literacy
Busy Bag Set

Open-ended for curiosity + purposeful play. A myriad of trinkets to awaken the senses, encourage back-and-forth language development and enhance literacy. Great for on-the-go.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Creativity + Imagination
Alphabet Block Set

Inventive + beautiful. A unique set that will inspire storytelling, letter recognition and imaginative play. Or, try the Number Block Set to playfully talk numbers. Created by Korean designers.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
Build-a-Story Cards

Multiple award winner. Sophisticated illustrations specially designed to foster social-emotional learning. Storytelling is foundational for developing writing skills. Story structure, friendship, conflict resolution and more!

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Language + Literacy
Creativity + Imagination
Vintage Wooden Telephone

Irresistible! Retro and novel at the same time. Insert a coin and turn the dial to chit-chat. When you’re done, the change is magically returned. A fun way to promote numerical literacy. Designed in Japan.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Language + Literacy
Creativity + Imagination
Fox in the Box Game

An interactive game to teach positional words and multi-step directions, all key for Kindergarten Readiness. And little hands always love spinners! Bonus: the rhyming activity cards are excellent for strengthening comprehension.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
Construct-a-Letter Activity

Hammers, nails + letters! A fun, multi-faceted way of learning letter formation and strengthening handwriting strokes. Great for kids who enjoy physical activity to self-regulate.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language + Literacy
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Handheld Voice Recorder

Endless fun between you and your child. Record a message, raise the flag and wait for them to discover your message (and vice versa). Cute, kind + unexpected!  Also, a fun way to encourage sibling love.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Family Bingo

A classic hit that’s also brilliant for developing numerical literacy. Great fun for bringing the family together. Everyone loves cranking that wheel!

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity + Imagination
Tsumiki House Blocks

Build imagination. The prettiest set of blocks in novel shapes to ignite creative thinking – all in a useful storage case. Timeless + ageless.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Critical Thinking
Creativity + Imagination
Stir Fry Toy Set

Dynamic food and shapes to inspire creative play, crockery to foster social skills and chopsticks and tongs to practice the pincer grasp. More unique food sets: Keiki Kaukau and Baking Staples.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Ferris Wheel

A beautifully interactive toy for putting positional words into action. Promotes creativity + kinetic awareness. The sweet carousel seats can also be used as a lovely introduction to 1:1 correspondence.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Creativity + Imagination
Stuffie Playset

Play, cuddle + go! A cuddly friend in a crafty setting with pop-out furniture. (Bonus: building the cut-outs is a super application of critical thinking and fine motor skills.)

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Magna-Tiles Builder

New release (!!) The moveable magnetic crane pieces makes this set especially awesome. A brand long known for its educational and creativity excellence through hands-on S.T.E.A.M.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Critical Thinking
Creativity + Imagination
Doctor’s Office

The ultimate doctor’s kit! Filled with real-life details (70+ pieces!) that make dramatic and pretend play extraordinary.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Kapla Blocks

A perennial classroom favorite. The simplicity of the blocks maximizes open-ended creativity. Excellent for improving concentration and staying focused – life skills that are important for executive functions.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Critical Thinking
Creativity + Imagination
Arts and Crafts Supply Library

The *Most Wished* for arts craft kit. Brimming with 1,000+ pieces of adventure – all neatly stored in a storage box. A must-have for rainy days, long weekends and afternoon quiet time. Goodbye boredom!

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Creativity + Imagination
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Mosaic Peg Board

A superstar toy for independent play. Fantastic for building dexterity and hand strength, and the matching cultivates pattern recognition (an early math skill) and hand-eye coordination.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
Dress Me Threading Game

Finally, a threading toy with play longevity. Kids love finagling with the clothes; caregivers love how it hones fine motor precision. For high action fans, try threading this fire engine; for smaller hands, try this sweet farm set; and for older kids, try sewing stuffed animals.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
Ocean and Sand Sensory Bin

All you need for sensory discovery in one easy bin. Just add imagination! Complete with moldable sand, squishy aquabeads, calming rocks and tools and critters to bring this bin to life. Challenge the brain and engage the senses with sensory play.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Creativity + Imagination
Croquet Set

Lovely graphics makes this set so delightful. Everyone who sees it, wants to try it! Excellent for working core muscles (which are necessary fine motor skills), gross motor development and visual-spatial processing.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
Indoor Bowling Set

We searched high and low for the ideal indoor bowling set – sturdy pins, weighted (but soft) ball…and this one was right up our alley! Super for developing visual-spatial skills and hand-eye coordination. Fun for all ages and a great gift idea for siblings.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Jumbo Bubble Kit

Beyond giant play. The one and only jumbo bubbles kit that comes with two unique wands and Dr. Zigs award-winning bubble mix. Giggly fun for the whole family.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Bounce Board

It wobbles. It wiggles. It bounces. Not your average trampoline! Also great for developing balance and coordination. Kids love that it’s fun and sensory; caregivers love that it’s easy to store and smaller than a trampoline.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Longest Coloring Book in the World

Hands-down, the coolest coloring book..and the longest in the world (!!) Hours of downtime fun that cleverly folds into accordion-style portability. A dream for coloring enthusiasts.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Creativity + Imagination
WOW Factor
Theater Tent

We love how this unique tent has (three!) changeable backdrops for endless imaginations. Bonus: it also makes for a calming Cozy Corner when things get out of sorts.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Ride-on Balance Scooter

Gorgeously designed and crafted. Balance biking never looked so good. Winner of multiple awards. Get it quick…almost sold out everywhere!

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Farm Toy Set

Thoughtfully designed with nooks and crannies to be accessible by little hands. Filled with clever details to foster storytelling and creative play. A sweet way for your child to show their empathy and caretaking.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Kitchen Range

We love the sophisticated layout for big make-believe. Plenty of nifty storage ideas because kids love finding order amidst their busy-ness.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Mud Kitchen

A fan favorite among schools – now you can bring it to your yard! Did you know that mud is fabulous for sensory play? Good reason to muck about in the dirt!

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Huggable Manatee

Those eyes!! Not-your-average stuffie with a squishy, soft texture that’s got quite the brand following. A soothing companion to reach for when your child is looking to calm themselves down. Made in France.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Ultimate Marble Run

An ideal platform for S.T.E.A.M education and spatial + kinetic awareness. Praised by the Wall Street Journal for how it teaches kids to code. The largest – ultimate – in the famed Quadrilla series. A Spiel-Gut award-winning toy.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Critical Thinking
Creativity + Imagination
Pogo Stick

Expertly designed for sport-level performance. Combines classic tradition with new-age bouncing (read: higher jumps, less squeaking). Irresistibly loved by kids. Excellent for naturally developing balance and coordination.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Little Somethings
All of Us Crayons

Yes, yes, yes!! Finally richly pigmented crayons that celebrate the beauty of all skin tones. A reminder that they’re not too young to talk about race.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Tawny Owl Bird Call

A different way of tapping into sensory learning and sparking imagination. Conscientiously created to evoke wonder. How does the bird create that sound? When does it make that call? Why? A great launching pad to discover wild birds. Handmade in France by a master wood maker.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Road Trip Auto Bingo

Hours of retro fun! A must-have for long car rides. Nifty shutter slides (no little bits mess!) makes this game beloved by all ages. An entertaining + engaging way of teaching kids how to actively take notice of their environment and to pay attention to details.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
32 Ways to Dress Wild Animals Activity Book

Fill-in-the-blank coloring books that are just the right size for little hands. Perfectly packable.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Creativity + Imagination
Spinning Top

Mesmerizing + soothing. The unusual rod top makes it lovely to watch and easy to spin. Made in Austria by one of the best spinning top manufacturers.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Air Dry Clay Kit

An easy, no mess, no fuss way of creating beautiful handmade sculptures. Super soft clay + bright colors + no baking = happy kids + parents.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Creativity + Imagination
Pea Wind-Up Toy

This tiny dynamo’s quirky shape and spontaneous motion (marches, tumbles, hops) brings on giggles for all ages. Being able to see its inner workings make this particular wind-up interesting.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Toy Slingshot

Definitely a Mischief Maker! But, old-fashioned fun (and hand-eye coordination). This time though, with soft foam balls. Phew.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Games + Puzzles
Stacking Logs

Can you stack a log…using a stick?! Strategy + fun in a small footprint. A unique approach to improving spatial thinking, fine motor skills + dexterity. Ideal for independent play time.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
Pop Space Floor Puzzle

Hello, concentration + imagination! A space scene jigsaw puzzle that doubles as a play scape when finished. Comes with nifty pop-out figurines to make this so much more than a standard puzzle.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Critical Thinking
Creativity + Imagination
Ludo Safari

A sweet take on a classic game. The novel figurines (felt ears! felt manes!) amp things up. A great family game that encourages taking turns, learning to count and 1:1 correspondence. Ideal gift for siblings.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Giant Connect 4

Next-level version of the classic table-top game. The sought-after activity at family gatherings – everyone wants a try. (But we especially love how it playfully embeds strategic and critical thinking skills.)

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Little Scientist Puzzle

A vibrant and engaging way to spark conversations about scientists. Bonus: puzzles improve hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills. Nothing beats the perseverance, focus + satisfaction of completing a puzzle – go super power of *yet*!

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
Multi-Way Tug-of-War

New twist on the classic tug-of-war that will have the whole family laughing and active. Add a dose of healthy competition! Skill-building play for strength, agility and coordination. Fabulous gift for siblings.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
2-in-1 Chess and Checkers Set

We love the simplicity + and easy storage of this design. Beginner chess and checker strategies are excellent for kids who want more complex math learning. Designed by famed toy and game designer Panisa Khunprasert.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Corknet Ping Pong

Ping pong anywhere and everywhere! This inventive corknet is sturdy, yet portable. A fun game for gross motor and spatial skills development. Made in the U.K.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Older Learners
Anorak Magazine

A fresh + cheeky take on a kid’s magazine. Filled with laugh-out-loud stories to read, creative activities to do, brainteasers to play, it’s a joyful source of inspiration. By a studio based in London.

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Ages
6+
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
3D DIY Deluxe Beetle

Almost as fun to put together as it is beautiful to look at. Flamboyant and captivating (enormously 3D!). Sure to inspire daydreaming and designed for display. Created in the Netherlands.

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Ages
6+
Critical Thinking
Creativity + Imagination
Shape-Shifting Puzzle

Mind-boggling cool. An award-winning puzzle box that stimulates cognitive and abstract thinking. The internal magnet system creates a tension and sound that taps into sensory development.

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Ages
6+
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
Boom Trix

An extreme marble track filled with trampolines + stunts. Excellent for developing visual-spatial intelligence and understanding the physics of cause and effect. Promotes creativity + long-range planning skills.

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Ages
6+
Critical Thinking
Creativity + Imagination
Elephant Paper Model Kit

Extraordinarily designed. Even the paper texture resembles real-life. Discover the intricacy of paper engineering and how it promotes spatial problem-solving. Made in Japan.

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Ages
6+
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
DIY Castor Set

Ideal for the curious tinkerer. Discover what it takes to build a car, customize it, then play! A true learn-by-doing kit jam-packed with critical thinking concepts and fine motor control.

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Ages
6+
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
Art Out of the Box

Jumpstart creativity with 80 lively drawing prompts that will get your child drawing different things in different ways. Loved by even reluctant artists. Wonderfully inventive. Travels well.

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Ages
6+
Language + Literacy
Creativity + Imagination
3D Origami Kit

Ingenious + original. Soft, plastic origami sheets for making fanciful 3D creations. The perfect gift for the curious artist, engineer or architect – or anything in between. Made in Japan.

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Ages
6+
Critical Thinking
Creativity + Imagination
Give Back
Thank You Hero Cookies

Teach your child an important lesson about real-life superheroes – give these beautifully-decorated cookies to local healthcare workers. True superhumans.

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Ages
5-6,
6+
Be Kind + Cuddle

These sweet handmade and fair trade dolls provide 10 meals to hungry children with each purchase. Spark thoughtful conversation about food insecurity. Winner of the Oppenheimer Best Toy Award for four years in a row.

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Ages
5-6,
6+
Rainbow Backpack

Fun + sustainable. Made from recycled water bottles. For every bag purchased, the company supports families in need through their signature bag rallies where fully-packed backpacks are donated to children in need.

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Ages
5-6,
6+
Out of Print Tote Bag

Adorable + functional. Each purchase helps to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need, while supporting the authors, illustrators and publishers behind these iconic books.

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Ages
5-6,
6+
A Year of School

With this gift, your child can supply school fees, books and other supplies a child needs to continue their education for one year. An empowering gift for a young person to provide to another.

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Ages
5-6,
6+
1,000 Pencils

Gift an entire school 1,000 pencils and provide a basic + essential learning tool for children in need. Give the gift of perspective.

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Ages
5-6,
6+
Honeybees

Help your child understand how they can directly help a farmer to harvest honey during the non-growing season to earn extra income. Bees are responsible for pollinating over a third of our food supply and 90% of wild plants. Pairs well with Thank You, Bees.

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Ages
5-6,
6+
Adopt a Capuchin Monkey

Adopt a species and support World Wildlife Fund’s critical global conservation work. Children especially love the plushies, photos and adoption certificate that come in the Adoption Kits. Plenty of other species to adopt.

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Ages
5-6,
6+
Books We Love to Give
Made with Love: Pancakes!

Uniquely designed – shaped like a pile of pancakes! The descriptive words (fluffy, dollop, drizzle, crunchy – oh my!) are great for developing oral language and the fun guessing games are super for language development.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
Counting Creatures

Gorgeous illustrations that pair parent animals with their babies. A must-have counting book that uses rhyming text, lift-the-flaps, peekaboo holes and search-and-find surprises.

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Ages
2-3,
3-4
You Matter

Winner of Best Book of the Year by several publications. Whimsical text and charming illustrations will help your child see the world from different points of view.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Wow Factor
Language + Literacy
Hello, Rain!

Calling all kids who adore jumping in muddy puddles! A cheerful book that celebrates rain, natural beauty and the glory of playing outside. Lyrical with beautiful artwork.

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Ages
3-4,
4-5
Your Name is a Song

We love the story, the concept, the illustrations…all of it! Especially the feeling it leaves in you – pride in your own name and identity, and the respect and care in learning the meaning behind other people’s names.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Carmela Full of Wishes

Written and illustrated by an award-winning team. This ode to family, to dreamers, and to finding hope in the most unexpected places will inspire young writers. Lyrical and poignant artwork.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
In the Garden

Immersive. Enchanting. An extraordinary lift-the-flap book that richly journeys into flora and fauna. With each flap, there is a sense of discovery and an appreciation and respect for the earth.

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Ages
4-5,
5-6
Myth Match Flipbook

Super cool! An irresistible activity book with outstanding artwork. Wordless – ready for wild imaginations and vivid storytelling. Mysteries untold.

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Ages
5-6,
6+
Guinness World Records 2022

Curated with an eye for where record-breaking made a positive impact to the world and our natural ecosystem. Part of the collectible series by award-winning illustrator Rod Hunt.

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Ages
6+
When on Earth?

Learn about the most fascinating places in the world and why they’re there. Visually captivating with 75 3D maps. Guaranteed to ignite your child’s curiosity about the world.

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Ages
6+
Because of Winn-Dixie

A heartwarming read aloud. Filled with a diverse set of characters and relationships, this is a page-turner that tugs on hope, friendship and humor. And no ordinary dog.

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Ages
6+
Hello Happy!

Doodle fun + inspiration. Quirky graphics and entertaining activities keeps this interactive book engaging. Even when there are big, anxious feelings.

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Ages
6+
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