Have you ever heard people joke about getting an extravagant gift for a child, and all the recipient wanted to do was play with the box? That’s because for all the bells and whistles you can find attached to today’s toys, the fact remains that children love any opportunity to imagine, create, and pretend. And as a parent and educator, I love to give kids that opportunity! Here, you’ll find some of my favorite gift ideas for igniting that spark!
Gears! Gears! Gears! Super Set – 150-Piece Set: Don’t just build, set it in motion!
LEGO Ultimate Building Set – 405 Pieces (6166): Legos are just classic. If you don’t have any yet, this is a great place to start!
Marble Race Deluxe: Arrange, rearrange, and set the marbles rolling. The fun never stops!
Melissa & Doug 60-Piece Standard Unit Blocks: These blocks are awesome for open-ended construction!
Melissa & Doug Cook’s Corner Wooden Kitchen: I always love a gender-neutral play kitchen. My boys have gotten miles of play out of ours!
Deluxe Wooden Furnished Dollhouse: A perfect place for dramatic play!
Melissa & Doug Pizza Party: Ask your neighborhood pizza place for menus and a takeout box and you’re set!
Lillabo 20-piece basic train set : These tracks fit the wooden Thomas brand trains at an incredible price!
Nighttime Ninja: Incredible illustrations with a story that is both simple and sweet!
Brontorina: What if a brontosaurus dreams of being a ballerina? You’re about to find out!
One Spotted Giraffe: A beautiful counting book with pop-up numbers!
Duck! Rabbit!: A fun play on perspective that kids of all ages enjoy!
Kiwi Crate Subscription: It’s a gift that keeps on giving — and creating — all year long!
Scratch Art Magic Rainbow Black : Perfect as a stocking stuffer!
Easel from IKEA : Another stellar deal from IKEA!
What are your favorite gifts that encourage creativity?
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