An Open Ended Toy Gift Guide for Babies to Kindergarteners
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
There is no shortage of toy options out there, making finding intentional and well meaning gifts for children a bit overwhelming during the holidays. If you have little ones on your gifting list why not explore the wonderful world of open ended toys this year? Open ended toys create infinite opportunities for play and learning, sparking imaginations while truly celebrating childhood.
Open ended toys are made from simple materials, don’t require batteries or chargers, and don’t come with directions. One less thing to overstimulate your little one in a world that is already go-go-go. Watching your child engaged and finding joy in their own world of play is the holiday magic we’re all looking for.
This nostalgic set of wooden blocks is perfect for little hands. Stack them, match them, sequence them and more. These blocks will truly grow with your child. Bonus perk: 100% hand-made in the USA.
2. Dinkum dolls - Sprout $68
Meet Sprout, this Dinkum Doll is full of love and wonder. Snuggle them, dress them, and style their hair! Each doll comes with its own removable unisex outfit, socks, diaper, and shoes. This soft doll is made from 100% cotton and has adorable embroidered details.
3. Stacking Cups $14.99
This colorful round tower is fun and engaging for your baby to look at, while stacking the pieces helps them develop their organization and motor skills. Take these stacking cups into the bathtub or sensory table for new opportunities of play!
4. My Friends Magnetic Blocks $29.95
Easy to grasp and piece together, these diverse magnets offer over 120 possible combinations. Create endless stories and encourage conversations about diversity and love.
5. Child's Mini Market Basket $36
This fair trade woven basket is perfectly sized for little hands to carry their most prized possessions. Deep enough that small toys, nature’s treasures or art supplies will stay neatly tucked inside.
An enchanting toy children will adore for years! Little ones will love ithe textures and older children will have hours of fun arranging it in every possible way!
2. Minikane Doll $44
Minikane creates lovely anatomically correct and diverse baby dolls, with posable limbs and hand painted details that give them life-like features. Perfect for little ones to make believe and model caregiving skills. Role playing with dolls encourages key developmental skills like: communication, problem solving skills and more!
3. Wooden Story Natural Blocks in Tray $64
With wooden toys such as blocks, kids can conjure the most amazing structures, which stimulates inventiveness and awakens imagination. The perfect open ended toy, creating endless possibilities at your child’s fingertips.
4. Limited Edition Glo Pals $20
Create magic moments this holiday season with our new Christmas Pal! Our favorite sensory toy is back with a fun new theme. They glow under water!
5. Gluckskafer Rainbow Timber Tower $79.50
How high can you build? What structures can you make? The 60 colorful pieces can be stacked, laid out in a domino rally, sorted by color, used with the other building sets and so much more! And then when play is done, they can be safely stored and displayed in the tower box.
This 110 piece building set will spark hours of open ended free play. The colorful shapes allow you and your children to build anything from the tallest towers to beautiful stained glass windows. This set makes learning fun, encouraging the understanding of geometric concepts, color theory, STEM skills, teamwork, problem-solving, and more.
2. Wobbel Board $159
it can be anything you want it to be!!! Children instinctively know what to do with them! Wobbel encourages active imaginative play. It builds strength and balance as well as creativity. And not just for kids- adults can have have fun too!
3. Hundred board $36
This Montessori inspired board is ethically made from solid linden wood with walnut marbles. Hundred boards are frequently used for number recognition, number sequencing, counting, patterning, skip counting and most of all its perfect for just reinforcing the understanding of numbers from 1 to 100. Add colored felt balls for more pattern options!
4. Ocamora Teniques in Clay $78
These Ocamora Teniques were created with rock piling in mind, inspired by an ancient Japanese game. These blocks are great for helping with hand-eye co-ordination, balance and concentration. They can be used in a variety of ways and are a magical addition to your playroom. The teniques of the Earth represent the different types of rocks that we can find in Nature.
5. Gluckskafer - All-In-One Stacking House $60
This all-in-one dollhouse contains all the basics you need to set up house for your small dolls, creating all the benefits of dollhouse play in a small space. Bonus: These wooden pieces can be paired with any other building set to create unique building opportunities!
1. Holdie Folk Farmer - Poppy $20
Handmade, fully posable and measuring 11 cm tall, Holdie dolls are the perfect size to fit in the palm of a small hand or keep close-by in a pocket. The perfect friend to take on adventures or play out stories in a dollhouse.
2. Wood Magnifier $20
Perfect for the curious and curious at heart, this magnifier features 3x magnification and a beechwood frame. Add to your sensory play or nature play to keep the learning fun!
3. Candylab Rio Grande Mule $10
Candylab designs nostalgic colorful wood cars for your little transportation enthusiasts. Perfectly paired with any toy road or ramp, or get creative and use some of those post holiday boxes to build your own!
4. Land of Dough LUXE Over the Rainbow Dough Cup $16
The perfect activity to bring a little zen to your home after the hustle of the holidays. Is there anything more calming than the sensory experience of molding dough with your hands? Made with plant based materials and biodegradable glitter. Adults and children will both enjoy this one.