As we approach the holidays this year, our gift to you is a series of Top 10 gift guides which promote active play and healthy development! Click here for other guides in this series.
Between the ages of two and three, your child is coming to the end of her "babyhood" and taking on bigger challenges than ever before. Children this age are keenly interested in helping and mimicking what they see people do around the home and in their world (capitalize on this while you can!). Movement and active play is still really important, as 2s and 3s are building the skills of balance, running, throwing, climbing, etc. Keep reading to see ten of my favourite gifts for this age!
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Building Block Set
There are many excellent building block sets. Look for high quality wood that will stand up to years of play. I'm a fan of these wood blocks from Kubiya Games because they fit well into this tray, adding a layer of challenge! These magnetic wooden blocks are pretty awesome too, especially for travel.
Classic Record Player
I'm a huge fan of this throwback toy. It's simple and durable enough to take some rough use by a young child. The mechanics are fairly visible and playing music requires some effort (not just pressing a button).
Plain doll with simple clothes
A doll encourages gentle care play and a chance to play grown-up. I have also used dolls to illustrate self-care activities, gentle touch, teach body parts, and as a third party in grace and courtesy lessons. Bamboletta makes beautiful handmade dolls of heirloom quality. You can also find a wonderful handmade doll on Etsy, like this one from Pingvini.
This rainbow wood climber is also a bridge, rocker, store front, and whatever else your child can dream up. This one is handmade in Mexico by Ana & Marek of Wiwiurka, and ships to you ready to assemble.
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Leanne Gray, M.Ed is the owner of The Prepared Environment, which supports families in creating an ideal environment for their children at home. She has over fifteen years experience working with children in both public, private, and Montessori schools, and is AMI primary trained. She particularly loves to hear from you! You can always contact her for personalized support and answers to your questions.