I love shopping for my baby. I thought I loved shopping for myself, and then I become mother and it was a whole different game. I could buy all of these cute things and not feel guilty about spending the money on myself!
Now that reality has set in I realize that I can’t always go overboard. So I like to put my money into the best gifts for Mia. Toys that are educational and fun. Toys that help her learn and grow. Plus, I love and prefer those Montessori inspired.
So I wanted to share with you some of the hottest, top rated educational gifts for toddlers this year. And these are on my list. Take a peek!
Small Foot Company Tea Set – £20.78 – Really lovely little set, good quality and good attention to detail. Great for role play.
Wonderworld Wooden Rainbow Sound Blocks £26.59 – This is a beautifully made and (so far) durable toy. It was given to our daughter when she was about 6 months old and she loved to shake them and hear the different noises. Now at 15 months, she still likes to investigate the shapes and sounds but now also tries to fit them all back into the holder. Overall lovely sensory toy and would recommend.
Lime wooden rainbow, Grimm’s 17 cm, £26.99 – Brilliant, simple toy that develops and encourages imaginative play.
Melissa & Doug Lace and Trace Activity Set: 5 Wooden Panels and 5 Matching Laces – Farm, £7.99 – Excellent toy for practising activities of every day learning and fun in same time.
Treasure Basket Wooden Top-up Set – 21 items – EYFS Montessori Learning Resource Pretend Play, £29.99 – I love this set of wooden toys. Inspired by Montessori educational approach, the 15 piece Treasure Basket Wooden Top-up Set is the perfect choice for those looking for an alternative to plastic toys. This versatile collection will provide endless sensory play possibilities.
Melissa & Doug Hide and Seek Farm Wooden Activity Board With Barnyard Animal Magnets, £11.79 – Great for opening and closing the flaps, (not easy for little fingers – but good skill to learn). There are many different farm animals and it is a good tool to help learn animal names and sounds together. Also good to play memory games.
Melissa & Doug Stacking Train – Classic Wooden Toddler Toy (18 pcs), £12.00 – Great educational toy for young children to learn about colours, shapes, structures as well as to develop their fine motor skills, dexterity, help story telling and game play.
Melissa & Doug Rainbow Stacker Wooden Ring Educational Toy, £4.99 – It is a nice size for little ones, excellent to grasp the stacking concept.
Tidlo Country Play Kitchen, £117.99 – Great product which looks good and also feels well designed and sturdy enough to absorb many years of rough treatment from the kids.
Orchard Toys Farmyard Heads and Tails Game, £7.44 – This game is the perfect first game for any toddler and, as with all of the Orchard Toys games we have, we would highly recommend it.
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Happy Handle Stamp Set With 10 Stamps, 5 Colored Pencils, and 6-Color Washable Ink Pad, £7.99 – This is a delightful set of pretty, neat and colourful stamps and ink, perfect for little girls, or teachers (like me) who like to stamp things! As with all Melissa and Doug items, the quality is excellent, and the stamps will be reused for quite some times.
OneCreation 10pcs Wooden Cutting Fruits Toy Playset Pretend Play for Kids, £9.99 – I’ve recently bought this set for my daughter and she loves cutting. Great for practing fine motor skills.
Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube – Classic Wooden Toy With 12 Shapes, £6.99 – This shape sorter is great – high contrast shapes against the simple natural cube.
Andoer® Percussion Set Kids Children Toddlers Music Instruments Toys Band Rhythm Kit with Case, £24.40 – There is a fabulous selection of instruments to keep your little one(s) amused.
Melissa & Doug Billy Magnetic Wooden Dress-Up Pretend Play Set (25+ pcs), £9.99 – Lovely traditional toys from this brand. Great quality. Nice to have dress up game for boy.
Zapf Creation Baby Annabell Doll, £34.99 – Lovely doll, very soft and cuddly. The babbling, crying and burping noises will delight every little girls, the real tears and wet nappies. The doll is a good size and is not too heavy. You can rock her to sleep which is a really nice touch.
Can You Say It Too? Brrr! Brrr! by Nosy Crow £4.00 – Five lavishly illustrated spreads, big, recessed flaps and a host of adorable animals to spot, name and mimic combine in this delightful little board book series for thevery young.
What are you favourite children’s gift ideas?