Having a 3 year old son doesn’t make me an expert in gifts for preschooler boys. It certainly helps in knowing what their interests may be at this age but every kid is different. Some are obsessed with trains and know all the names of Thomas’ friends, others are into Lego building. If you need a clue, look at the birthday invitation for the theme but then so will everybody else and the birthday boy may end up with several gifts of the same kind. When my friend Marv told me last week that her daughter had been invited to 4 birthday parties and she had no idea what to get the birthday kids( all boys), I thought of running a search to find those perfect gifts that any preschooler boy would love to receive. Here is a list of 13 gift ideas from sport equipment to science kit that boys (and their parents – hint: the Foam Pogo Jumper can be used by all ages and many parents happily gave it a try over and over again!) will enjoy.
GIFTS FOR PRESCHOOLER BOYS WHO LOVE SPORTS
Foam Pogo Jumper by Kidoozie. Price: $14.95
Jumping fun for preschooler boys to burn out their energy! It’s great for outdoor play but when the weather is bad , you can still use it inside. It is made from soft, durable foam and will accommodate children of all heights and can support up to 250 pounds.
Easy Catch Ball and Glove by Toysmith. Price: $9.46
This Easy Catch Ball and Glove set makes learning to play catch a cinch. This special baseball has velcro patches that stick to a fabric lined glove to help kids quickly gain confidence in their abilities. What’s more, both ball and glove are made of a soft and lightweight kid-friendly material.
Pro-Ball Set – 5″ Soccerball, 5″ Basketball, 6.5″ Football by Toysmith. Price: $11.99
This Pro-Ball Set from Toysmith is perfect for indoor or outdoor fun. Your child’s favorite sports balls in a smaller size, perfect for his hands.These foam balls are soft yet durable.
T-Ball Set by Little Tikes. Price: $26.00
This T-Ball Set helps improve batting skills, motor skills and coordination. It includes an easy-to-use oversize bat, 2 oversize baseballs and tee. Durable and height adjustable.
LEARNING GIFTS FOR PRESCHOOLER BOYS
Ready, Set, School by Alex Toys. Price: $19.99
The Ready, Set, School! kit is a great way to prepare pre-schoolers for their very first day of school. Children get a kick start on learning the basics: ABC’s, 123’s, colors, shapes, writing, cutting and learning to tie their shoelaces. It’s a hefty kit that includes everything you need to get ready for school.
Telly The Teaching Time Clock by The Learning Journey. Price: $21.99
In the learning mode, Telly teaches time in five minute increments when his hands are moved, updating his LCD screen. In the quiz mode, Telly asks your child to move the hands on his face to match the time displayed on his screen. Telly is also a real working clock. Learning to tell time has never been so much fun.
Magnetic Make A Shape Board by The Learning Journey. Price: $14.50
Preschoolers will find Magnetic Make a Shape fascinating as they discover the world of tangrams. The set includes 44 shape pieces, a magnetic board with a built in storage compartment and 17 puzzle cards that will teach children about transformation, conceptualizing, problem solving and creativity. Your child will have hours of interactive learning fun creating new objects out of fun shapes.
The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game by Educational Insights. Price: $13.10
This award wining preschool game develops matching and sorting skills, strategic thinking, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and pre-handwriting skills. Spin the spinner, squeeze the matching colored acorn with your Squirrel Squeezers, and place it into your log. Be the first to fill your log with delicious acorns and you win! You could also spin pick an acorn, steal an acorn, or lose an acorn, so be strategic, little squirrel.
GIFTS FOR CURIOUS PRESCHOOLER BOYS
My First Dino Kit by Scientific Explorer. Price: $15.35 + National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs. Price: $5.10
My First Dino Kit transforms children into paleontologists as they lead their own dig and learn important skills such as observation and hand eye coordination. This educational, make-it-yourself kit uses excavation tools to explore and dig out a dinosaur block. Children will learn anatomy as they put together a glow-in-the-dark skeleton and impress their friends as they grow and shrink a giant dino.
Bursting with fun facts and age appropriate information, each spread of the National Geographic magazine features a different dinosaur, along with simple text in big type that is perfect for little kids. Young dino fans will love the interactivity included in every chapter, and parents will appreciate tips to help carry readers’ experience beyond the page.
Kids can get rid of some excess energy with this air-powered outdoor rocket toy. No battery or fuel is needed to get the rockets airborne–just some old-fashioned stomping power.
Informational books don’t have to be boring, and Roaring Rockets is a good example of one that is well done…Children will delight in the word play as they join a trio of wacky animals as they blast off into space.
My First Mind Blowing Science Kit by Scientific Explorer. Price: $15.99 and The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments Book: Boil Ice, Float Water, Measure Gravity-Challenge the World Around You! by Tom Robinson. Price: $6.10
My First Science Kit tests several scientific principles with mind blowing experiments such as creating a sunset in a test tube and making a color-changing volcano. Children love learning fascinating facts about their natural world and this kit will keep them engrossed with interactive experiments.
With The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments Book, all you need to do is gather a few household items and you can recreate dozens of mind-blowing, kid-tested science experiments.
Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 by Elenco. Price: $20.99
The award winning Snap Circuits Jr (SC-100) comes with over 30 components to create 101 different electronic projects, just like the ones found inside televisions, radios, and other electronic devices. It gives your child a hands-on education in how electrical circuits work to run the everyday devices that they’re familiar with.
3D Solar System by University Games. Price: $15.51
Experience the wonders of the universe in your own room, with the 3-D Solar System from Great Explorations. Nine colorful glow-in-the-dark planets, over 200 adhesive stars and a Solar System Guide are included to help you recreate the solar system. Simply hang the glowing 3-D Solar System from the ceiling, turn out the lights and watch the universe come alive.