Thursday, December 12, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide Part Five: Toys for 4-6 Year Olds

This year, we've created handy gift guides with toy suggestions for different age groups at various price points. Ask for one in store or browse our website for more gift ideas. 

Part 5: Toys for 4-6 Year Olds

At this age, kids are bombarded with media sales pitches at almost every turn. A high percentage of toys for 4-6 year olds that you'll find in big box stores feature licensed characters with their own video games and TV shows. Kids need to know that their imagination matters! Help them to unplug and create their own ideas.

Art kits like our wonderful selections from Faber-Castell are a great place to start. Sarah's Silk play cloths can be used for hundreds of purposes from a super hero cape to a homemade parachute toy. And our Dress-Up Mice or Bears sets make great travel toys that irresistibly promote storytelling. Likewise, our handmade Treehouse by The Original Tree Swing is a beautiful platform for open-ended play.

Big kids also need toys that'll help get the wiggles out on a cold or rainy afternoon. Our Yoga Garden Game is a perfect answer--players have to hold a Yoga pose until their turn comes again. It's also a great birthday party game.

Another longtime rainy day favorite is our Ping Pong Carapult. This will likely be our last holiday season with this toy because our toymaker in Oregon has retired. So, pick one up while they last!

Finally, games are great for this age, especially tactile games like Haba's Animal Upon Animal, Janod's Stacking Tower, our our hilarious Flying Pixies game. All three will make you and your kid laugh!

Whatever you choose, we recommend letting Batman and Barbie fend for themselves this Holiday Season. Let kids tell their own stories!

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