Holiday gift finding tips

Tips on choosing toys, games and books for kindergartners this holiday.

Learning Stages

The learning toys you choose for your child will differ slightly according to his or her needs, but one goal remains the same: aim to get your child reading, writing and counting.

  • Consult your child’s teacher. He or she may have recommendations that will reinforce concepts being learned in the classroom.
  • Get back to the basics. Board games offer an excellent way to reinforce reading and counting, and in addition, they teach strategy and social skills.
  • Kids love technology. In my classroom, tech-based learning tools like Tag and the LeapPad.
  • Music is win-win. Give the gift of joy and lifelong learning with fun music on CD or download. Kids at this age really enjoy having their own music playlists. I recommend KIDZ BOP; it’s always a crowd pleaser.
  • Kids like writing…when it’s fun. Look for activities that make writing fun: from sidewalk chalk to non-toxic markers to oversized paper and their first diaries. Kids will enjoy creating comics, telling stories and writing their daily adventures.
  • As a kinder teacher myself, I believe that books are the best gifts of all.  You can never have too many or go wrong with a good book. From physical books to eBooks to books that read to you, there’s something for everyone. Also choose a subject that interests the children. Are they into dinosaurs? Trains? Fairy tales? Science fiction? Non-fiction?

Overall, look for fun ways to engage your young learner. We want kids to LOVE learning, so keep the activities at their “just right” level.