20 Toy Gift Ideas for Young Kids

2013-10-01 10:44:13

The best toys help children use their imagination and socialize with others.

  1. Handknit Dog Hat & Mittens

    From $12.95

    Parents and playmates alike will be hounding you to find out where you found such a playful set. Hand-knit by artisans in Nepal and lined in cozy fleece, these hat and mittens are doggedly determined to be a key ingredient to a happy childhood.

    • 100% wool with fleece lining
    • Not for children under the age of 13
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from Nepal
  2. Nepali Handmade Knit Animal

    From $12.95

    The only thing more fun than a barrel of monkeys is a monkey joined by his frog, rabbit, dinosaur, penguin, elephant, and zebra friends! Handmade with 100% sheep wool, each is lovingly created by skilled artisans in Nepal.

    • Dinosaur, Elephant, Frog, Monkey, Penguin, Rabbit, or Zebra
    • Wool & polyester fiber filling
    • Non-toxic and non-allergenic
    • Elephant, Frog, Monkey, Penguin, & Rabbit are approximately 14" H (35 cm); Dinosaur is approximately 10.5" L (26.7 cm); Zebra is approximately 12" L (30.5 cm)
    • Not recommended for children under 3
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from Nepal
  3. Pillow Pals

    From $14.95

    Pillow pals are the hottest gift of the season -- and we've got a whole zoo of 'em for you to choose from! Half cuddly stuffed animal, half pillow, and all adorable. A can't-miss hit for your favorite kid of any age.

    • Butterfly, Monkey, Panda, Puppy, or Shark
    • 100% polyester
    • Velcro strap on bottom
    • Ages 3 and up
    • To wash, place in white pillow case and tie ends; machine wash cold on gentle cycle; air dry
    • Approximately 12" H x 16" W (20.5 x 40.6 cm)
    • Imported
  4. Handknit Wool Floppy-Eared Dog Hat

    From $19.95

    Your little one is the leader of the pack in our delightful wool dog hat. Hand-knit by artisans in Nepal and lined in cozy fleece, it's a sure-fire ingredient for a howlingly happy childhood.

    • 100% wool with fleece lining
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from Nepal
  5. My Own Mailbox Play Set

    From $24.95

    Everyone likes getting letters! Sending and receiving "mail" is fun with our toy mailbox, complete with a bright red flag. The sturdy wooden box comes with letter and number stickers so kids can decorate it with their name, address, or a special message. The hinged door opens to make room for two postcards and a ruled letter and envelope, all reusable with the wipe-clean crayons that come with the set. Need even more inspiration? Drawing activities and play ideas are included to keep this letter box filled with creative correspondence and lots of fun!

    • Wood & acrylic
    • Two reusable write-and-draw postcards
    • Reusable ruled letter with envelope
    • Letter & number stickers
    • Three wipe-clean crayons & pencil
    • Includes suggestions for activities
    • For ages 4+
    • 7.5" H x 4" W x 7" D (19 x 10.2 x 17.8 cm)
    • Imported
  6. Slice & Bake Cookie Play Set

    From $24.95
    Half the fun of cookies is decorating them! Watch those little eyes light up as they learn the joys of being creative in the kitchen with a tasty wooden play set loaded with zero sugar and immeasurable fun!

    • Wood
    • 12 cookies & 12 toppings
    • Play knife, spatula, cookie sheet, & kitchen mitt
    • For ages 3+
    • 3.25" H x 10.5" W x 13.5" L (8.2 x 26.7 x 34.3 cm)
    • Imported

    Due to size or weight, this item is not available for international nor express shipping.

  7. Bake & Decorate Cupcake Play Set

    From $24.95
    Be sure your little baker uses the oven mitt to remove these four delectable-looking wooden cupcakes from their cupcake baking tray! This special set has three dry-erase markers shaped like icing tubes to decorate the smooth, removable, wipe-off cupcake tops. With colorful baking cupcake sleeves and decorative wooden candles, it's the hit of birthday and tea parties!

    • Wood & acrylic
    • 4 cupcakes
    • Wipe-clean cupcake "icing" tops
    • 3 dry-erase markers shaped like icing tubes
    • Decorative candles, baking cups, & kitchen mitt
    • For ages 3+
    • 3" H x 10.5" W x 13.25" L (7.6 x 26.7 x 33.6 cm)
    • Imported
    Due to size or weight, this item is not available for international nor express shipping.
  8. Felt Food Sandwich Set

    From $19.95

    Wee Tot Sandwich Shop, open for business! A thirty-three piece smorgasbord of felt foods combines in hundreds of ways to make play sandwiches for everyone on your little one's play date. Using white, wheat, or pita bread, kids can layer meats, cheeses, vegetables, and condiments just like they were making real sandwiches. Submarine, club, or ham & Swiss, your little chef will be making sandwiches for everyone in no time. Order up!

    • Felt
    • 33 mix & match pieces
    • For ages 3+
    • 3.25" H x 10" W x 13.5" L (8.2 x 25.4 x 34.3 cm)
    • Imported

    Due to size or weight, this item is not available for international nor express shipping.

  9. Shape, Model, & Mold Dough

    From $24.95

    Our modeling dough comes in four colorful tubs with molding lids and a patterned wheel press. The kit includes five easy-grip, wooden stamping cubes and three rolling pins with unique patterns. Helps with children's fine motor skills development.

    • Wood & acrylic
    • Four colors of modeling dough
    • Five stamping cubes
    • Three rolling pins
    • Patterned wheel press
    • For ages 3+
    • 9.5" square storage box (24 cm)
    • Imported
  10. Kids' Wooden Mice Design Set

    From $24.95

    Give your child the opportunity to be creative in their play with our unfinished mice and box of colorful paints. They can design everything from the color of the mice's fur to what kinds of clothing they will be wearing. The end result is not only a beautiful art project, but a fun, interactive toy your child can keep as a creative memento forever!

    • Ages 4+
    • Set includes two toy mice, six colors of paint, and one small paintbrush
    • Mice are made of pine
    • Paint is non-toxic and specially made for wood
    • Glue used on toy is non-toxic
    • No small pieces or accessories that could be easily swallowed
    • Mice measure 6" T x 4" W x 3" D (15.2 x 10.2 x 7.6 cm)
    • Paint bottles measure 2" T x 0.75" dia. (5.1 x 1.9 cm)
    • Mice are handmade by artisans in Bolivia
  11. Audubon Birds - In Your Backyard

    From $9.95

    Fill your home with birdsong! These plush birds are cute, colorful and cheerful - each lifelike design and detailing is the result of input from the National Audubon Society. But the really wonderful part about these birds is the sound they make! The sounds in each toy are authentic bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and represent hours, months, even years of in-the-field recording work conducted by experts.

    Bird species:

    • American Goldfinch
    • American Robin
    • Black-Capped Chickadee
    • Eastern Bluebird
    • Northern Cardinal
    • Red-winged Blackbird

    Each plush bird measures approximately 6" L x 5" T (15 cm x 13 cm). Made in the U.S.A.

  12. My First Bead Maze

    From $16.95

    The daily grind of sitting in a high chair turns into loads of fun with a bead maze to save the day! Featuring brightly colored, multi-shaped beads that spin and slide along winding pathways, our maze educates and inspires, encouraging color recognition, eye-hand coordination, and fine motor development through play.

    • Wood
    • Suction cup feet
    • For ages 1+
    • 7" H x 8.5" L x 4.25" W (17.8 x 21.6 x 10.8 cm)
    • Imported
  13. Lacing Beads in a Box

    From $19.95

    A jumble of stars, circles, squares, and cylinders grab your toddler's imagination for hours of creative play. In a rainbow of bold colors, twenty-seven hand-painted wooden beads can be strung and unstrung again and again on two long laces. Beads feature numerals 1–10 and dots for counting -- education so fun your little one won't notice how much she's learning. Great for self-esteem and promoting a sense of accomplishment.

    • Wood & nylon laces
    • Storage tray, 27 wooden beads, & 2 laces
    • For ages 3+
    • 1.5" H x 7.5" W x 9.75" L (3.8 x s 19 x 22.2 cm)
      Beads are approx. 1.25" sq. (3.2 cm)
    • Imported
  14. Paint Your Own Ocarinas

    From $14.95

    This ancient wind instrument is formed from clay and includes six holes. You add the design, making it your very own unique instrument. An included how to play guide has three songs. When you're done playing, the necklace shortens to hang for display.

    • Clay
    • Includes how to play guide
    • Paints & brushes included
    • 4" x 5.5" x 2" (10.2 x 14 x 5.1 cm)
    • Handmade and fairly traded from Peru
  15. Market Vegetables Play Set

    From $33.95

    Kids love playing grown-up, so take the opportunity to educate them about healthy food choices in a fun way! This innovative play set combines a supply of market vegetables and breads, all made of wood held together with Velcro for hours of creative play.

    • Includes toy cutting board, serving tray, and slicer
    • Made with sustainably-harvested wood and certified child-safe paints
    • 11.5" x 7.5" (29.2 x 19 cm)
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from Bolivia
  16. Go to Bed Puppy Night Light

    From $12.95

    So cute it lights up the room before you turn it on, our puppy night light comforts your kids while they sleep or lights the way to the fridge for a midnight treat.

    • Acrylic base with glass front plate
    • Bulb included
    • On/off switch on base
    • Plugs into a standard 120-volt outlet
    • 5" H x 4.25" W (12.7 x 10.8 cm)
    • Imported
  17. Spinning Wheels Gear Toy

    From $12.95

    Each interlocking segment moves the next for hands-on fun and terrific motor-skills practice. With their bulky, notched shape, the colorful gear toys are easy for children to fit onto the color-coordinated pegs, then rotate, remove and rearrange on this wooden toddler toy.

    • Wood & acrylic
    • Six interchangeable pieces
    • Ages 18+ months
    • 14.5" L x 5.5" W (36.8 x 14 cm)
    • Imported
  18. Monster Bowling!

    From $24.95

    For a monstrously good time, let your little ones sharpen their eye-hand coordination and have a ball with this soft, safe, and scaaaary set.

    • Ages 2 years and up
    • 6 funky, furry-textured pins and 1 beastly ball
    • Package measures 9" x 7.5" x 8" (22.9 x 19 x 20.3 cm)
    • Imported
  19. Abacus Toy

    From $18.99
    For your wee budding mathematician, the abacus is the ideal learning tool passed down for centuries. Although seemingly a toy, this colorfully painted activity teaches arithmetic in a hands-on manner, simultaneously encouraging eye-hand coordination, pattern recognition, and problem solving.

    • Wood & metal
    • For ages 3+
    • Includes tips for further learning activities
    • 12" H x 12" W x 3" D (30.5 x 30.5 x 7.6 cm)
    • Imported

  20. Point To Happy (Hardcover)

    From $22.95
    Prompted by her own experience being unable to find a developmental book for her child with autism, author Afton Fraser created this interactive, large-format book. The colorful, photo-filled book has an attached hand wand designed specifically to engage your child on the autism spectrum and teaches communication of emotions, daily activities, favorite foods, and much more.

    • Hardcover bound
    • 36 thick, glossy pages
    • Customizable pages for pasting in personal photos
    • Pointer attached to book with ribbon
    • Written by Miriam Smith and Afton Fraser
    • Introduction by Toni Giannone, includes guidance
    • 10.25" H x 13" W (26 x 33 cm)
    • Imported