The ultimate non-toy gift guide for preschoolers is for the moms tired of the toys spread all over her house that her kids don’t even play with. I used to be that mom. Always anxious about toys being everywhere all the time, and angry about fighting with my kids to constantly pick them up. I knew something needed to change. It wasn’t good for me or the kids.
So we cleaned out our toy supply, besides a few special things that the kids did actually play with. Then we asked friends and family to please stop buying our kids toys for Christmas and birthdays. You’re probably thinking what kind of awful mother doesn’t let her kids have toys? The answer is one that knows there’s a better option for not only her sanity, but also her kid’s education and creativity.
We replaced the toys with educational games and activities, arts and crafts, outdoor games, and memorable experiences. The best part of all, they enjoy them more. Non-toy gifts can be just as fun, if not more fun, than any overpriced, poor quality toy you’re stuck buying every year.
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Games are a great gift for kids and also a great way to spend time with them! One of the things I remember most from my childhood was always having a ton of board games. We would do family game nights or my little sister and I would just play together when we were bored. Games are a great way to get kids thinking and begin to learn how to think strategically.
At this age kids don’t realize that all this cool learning stuff is actually teaching them so much. They just think they’re having fun and keeping busy. These also make really good quiet time activities for when you have smaller babies napping and you need your preschooler to not bang on things for an hour.
For me, any outdoor toys or activities don’t really count as toys. As long as they are out of the house, getting fresh air and exercise (enough for them to pass out at nap time) they can play with or do just about anything they want. If these are Christmas gifts I realize your kids probably won’t be able to use them until the spring depending on where you live. But we still add a few outdoor toys to the kids’ gifts then when spring does come they get to be surprised again because they forgot about them!
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Arts & Crafts
If you follow my blog at all you’ll know I am not even slightly creative. So my poor kids are usually deprived in the arts and crafts department because mommy doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing. That’s why I love buying the kids kits that come with everything we need and directions. That way, if I still can’t figure it out, Oliver usually can.
Experiences are a great gift for kids because it’s something they will always remember. Our family doesn’t always do many of these things often, so when we do it’s a very special occasion.
- Ice Skating
- Amusement Park
- Mini Golf
- Train Ride
- Overnight Trip
Our kids love subscription boxes! We’ve tried every single one of these and have really enjoyed all of them. Subscription boxes make a great gift because the surprise continues every month even after Christmas has passed.
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