Christmas Gift Ideas for Preschoolers

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This is an updated re-post of the post I shared last year!  I have added a few things to this year’s idea list!


I get asked a lot about gift ideas, so I thought it might be helpful to throw a few out there with some mini reviews on each item. We personally own everything I recommend, and I will never recommend something we don’t love! You will notice some cross-over from my Christmas Ideas for Tots post. If I felt it was good for both, I listed it in both places.

I am also a believer in LESS is MORE, so although I recommend things, please know that things don’t make us happy…they are just a small addition to an already full life in Christ. I don’t in any way believe that Christmas is about stuff. I realize gifts are a natural part {especially from grandparents!}, and I love getting recommendations also, which is why I share with you! I may add to the list as I think of other ideas, so be sure to check back!

This is my list of ideas for preschoolers, gearing towards ages 3-5. I will link to everything where I find the best online price {most of the time it is Amazon}. Most links are affiliate links, some are not {if I am not affiliated with the particular company}. If you purchase anything through an affiliate link, you give back a percentage to our family…thanks!

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Bibles

 

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Books

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Music

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DVDs

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Learning Toys

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Games

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Craft/Art/School Supplies

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The BIG Gift

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If you are looking for ideas for younger children, you can check out my Christmas Gift Ideas for Tots post!Gift-Ideas

I also have more gift ideas here on my "What We Love" page on my website. You can also visit our School Tools blog to see links to many items we own.  Click the favorites tab to see only the tops items we love!

Coming Soon {new: older boys and Jesus, updated version for Moms}…

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If you are an Apple user, check out the app I use to organize all of our Christmas shopping.  A fellow missionary and good friend developed it and I love it!

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Tot School Blog Roll 2011-2012

We are hosting the Tot School Blog Roll here instead of on my website to make it easier for you to add and not have to wait on me! 

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In order for this to work, I need you all to be sure to do the following things BEFORE adding your link below…

  1. Make sure you have linked up to the Tot School Linky at least 3 times within the past 3 months.  Within each of those posts and any other posts you link up you should have a link back to Tot School, either in the form of a button or a text link click back .
  2. You need to have your Tot School posts sorted under a label.  You will link up your Tot School posts only, by obtaining your label from your site and putting that link in this list. Not sure how to label posts?  Here’s directions for Blogger, which is what I use.  If you use another platform you’ll have to figure this out on your own!  To get the link for the label, just click on it from your own blog and then copy and paste that link into the linky below.  Example, here’s my link: Tot School, which looks like this: http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.net/tag/Tot%20School.  I put this into my link below as the example.
  3. Choose the image you want in the image portion {you can use your blog button if you have one, or just a fun Tot School image}!
  4. For the link itself, please name your link the name of your blog and your tot’s age in month/year format.  Mine would say: 1+1+1=1 {4/09}  If you have more than 1 tot, just list their ages like that all in parenthesis.

If you make a mistake, please just email me with corrected info and the # you are on the linky and I will go in and edit it.  I will be removing any links below that don’t follow the above guidelines simply to make this more search friendly for other moms browsing around looking for other Tot School moms!

Last year we had much confusion about this so I wrote a detailed post explaining things, please read that here if you are still confused. This linky will be open until next fall, so you can add at any time.  Periodically I will be checking entries to be sure we have no spam, but if you notice any links not following the guidelines above PLEASE email me!!!  I want to keep this as easy to surf as possible to save you time!



Christmas Gift Ideas ~ Tots {2011 update}

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This is an updated re-post of the post I shared last year!  I have added a few things to this year’s idea list!


I get asked a lot about gift ideas, so I thought it might be helpful to throw a few out there with some of my thoughts on a few of them. We personally own everything I recommend, and I will never recommend something we don’t love! I will also link to any reviews we have done or Play with Me posts where we have featured the item on Totally Tots.

I am also a believer in LESS is MORE, so although I recommend things, please know that I don’t believe things make us happy…they are just a small addition to an already full life in Christ. I don’t in any way believe that Christmas is about stuff. I realize gifts are a natural part {especially from grandparents!}, and I love getting recommendations also, which is why I share with you! I may add to the list as I think of other ideas, so be sure to check back!

This is my list of ideas for tots, which is actually a wide range, gearing towards ages 1-3. I will link to everything where I find the best online price {most of the time it is Amazon}. Most links are affiliate links, some are not {if I am not affiliated with the particular company}. If you purchase anything through an affiliate link, you give back a percentage to our family…thanks!

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Bibles

  • Baby Bible ~ This is the best Bible we have for the really young tots with a short attention span!

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Books {just a few of our favorites}

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Music

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DVDs

  • Signing Time ~ We have #1 {pictured below}, #2, and #3 and still love them all!
  • Praise Baby ~ even my boys still enjoy these, the praise music is simply beautiful and timeless.
  • Laurie Berkner ~ We LOVE this DVD, all of us!!!!

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Learning Toys

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In case you are visual like I am {all images are linked to Amazon}…

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Craft/Art/School/Tot Tray Supplies

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The BIG Gift

  • Strider Bike ~ this would be awesome for age 2 and up {review here}
  • Plasma Car ~ I would suggest 3 and up for this, or a very physically able 2 year old, Ladybug is 2 1/2 and loves it but can’t ride it properly yet;-) {review here}
  • Bean Bag Chair ~ expensive but totally worth it, we use our 3 daily! {read our full review here}
  • Doll Furniture ~ I never would have guessed how much Ladybug would love her cradle, we are hoping to add the high chair to her collection! {review here}
  • Hideaway Kitchen ~ Last year L-bug got a plastic kitchen and yes she loves it, but we got this kitchen to review and we love it!  It is so much “prettier” and has better storage. {review here}
  • Riding Toy ~ every tot needs a good ol obnoxious, noise making, plastic riding/push toy! We personally have a Mickey Mouse one that Krash loved and now Ladybug loves! Ladybug is 2.5 and still lays with the silly toy ALL the time!

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I hope these lists help you as you purchase gifts for your own children or other children you love!

 

Looking for gift ideas for kids a bit older, check out Gift Ideas for Preschoolers !

{updated version coming soon}

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I also have more gift ideas on my "What We Love" page on my website.

You can also visit our School Tools blog to see links to many items we own.  Click the favorites tab to see only the tops items we love!



Tot School ~ Pumpkins Again

~Ladybug is currently 30.5 months old~

I lied, I said we would be back to Tot School Printables this week, but after Relevant, I was totally wiped out and decided to slack it this week. As I am typing this, Letter Vv is printing for next week!

 

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She continued to play with our fall sensory bin.  I ordered these tweezers when I posted the great deal Amazon was having {which is still active as I am writing this!} and she loves them.  They are really hard to squeeze but she still likes them a lot.IMG_6375

I tried to get her to work on ABCs again with the pom poms/cookie sheet, but she just wanted to make a B-I-G smiley face…IMG_6382

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We continued with pumpkin week, partly because I was slack, and partly because we didn’t finish our pumpkin stuff before I left for Relevant.  I got all of our printables from: my Pumpkin Preschool Pack, 2 Teaching Mommies, Confessions of a Homeschooler, and Education.com.

Here she is coloring the pumpkins orange after we drew the faces in the “How is the Pumpkin Feeling” mini book…IMG_6360

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Sorting and gluing pumpkins {mostly just gluing-didn’t really care much for sorting correctly}…IMG_6366

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My dad “Baba” came to visit and Ladybug was glued to him for the most part.  Here he was coloring pumpkins with her {purple lap tray is from Michaels}…

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I proceeded to snap a few shots of her in action while talking…

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She spends a lot of timing being a little sass-pot.  Evidence…

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This girl cracks me up {and makes me a bit crazy}.  I am praying she is getting all of the sass out of her system while she is young.  If she keeps this up, I am going to need a special place to hide when she is a preteen/teenager.

 

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More Tot School Links…

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Please put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (41 mos)



Relevant 2011

imageAs many of you know, I was blessed again this year and attended The Relevant Conference.  I was able to go last year also and this year was even BETTER!  Why better you ask?  I was able to meet more of my “friends” in real life.  Women I have known online for years and finally got to hug!

Of course I went again with my long time friend {who I originally met years ago online…Jolanthe {Yo-Lawn-tha}.  6303984725_c4e2cfc2eb_b

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, we are a mess, and an even bigger mess together.

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This year I had a pretty big crew that I hung around with mostly.  I knew all of these ladies were coming, what I didn’t realize is how amazing they all are.  Seriously, amazing.  I cannot begin to put into words my gratefulness for these new and very REAL friendships.

The ladies you may not recognize {by face} are:

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Ever wondered what the 2 Teaching Mommies are like in real life?  They ROCK!  I am so honored to call them friends.  Behind the scenes online and now in real life!6296816021_1e1ced921d_b

 

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I stole this photo from the Frugal Flamingo’s blog, 2 other ladies I was honored to meet and hang with a lot!  Stacie {Motherhood on a Dime, The Amazing Mess}, and  The Frugal Flamingo {here’s her Relevant 11 post}   image

I don’t have photos with everyone I was able to get to know and I am super bummed about that.  But I was able to spend some real fun quality time {even if just for one simple conversation that I wish would have been more ~ Joy} with these wonderful ladies too:

The conference itself was amazing, just like last year.  I describe it to my husband more like a Christian women’s retreat.  It is uplifting, encouraging, uniting, and full of Jesus!  The theme this year seemed to really scream unity, which is one of the most important things in my online life.  Developing unity, not division-especially amongst the mom bloggers online.  Being a light online is just so very important and I pray I can always live out what I believe in my heart.

Here is the Relevant 2011 Flickr photo stream in case you want to peek! Yes, I am planning to go again next year.  Last year the tickets went on sale on Black Friday and I had one of the first 10 tickets!  That’s my plan again this year, I hope many more of you make it so I can meet you in real life too!