Figuring out what will light up the eyes of little ones at the holidays doesn’t have to be a daunting task. We’ve done the research on what’s new and popular, and have added some all-time favorites, too. We found gifts for children ages 3 to 6 that are great for traveling, visiting relatives, or everyday fun!
1. Melissa & Doug Tote & Tour Pet Travel Play Set
Mini animal lovers will adore taking these little cat and dog stuffed animals on the go. The Melissa & Doug pet carrier set, recommended for ages 3 and up, includes collapsible bowl, bed, write-on name tags and other travel essentials. On vacation and at home, kids can play vet or practice caring for furry friends with this animal-loving gift set.
Approximate Price: $32
2. Magna-Qubix Magnetic 3D Building Shapes
New from the makers of Magna-Tiles, these small, colorful, magnetic shapes, for ages 3 and up, are sure to keep little hands and minds creating for hours. Pair with Magna-Tiles or other creative toys and watch imaginations take off, while math, science and spatial skills are secretly being built, too! This set is small enough to use on a plane tray table or even in the car.
Approximate Price: $30
3. Stomp Rockets Stunt Planes
Kids and parents will love active, engaging toys like Stomp Rockets, especially after a long day of traveling. New are the Stunt Planes, designed by aeronautical engineers for pure fun experimenting with STEM principles; they’re recommended for ages 5 and up. Kids jump on the launch pad to send one of three planes soaring into the skies. Test angles or stomping power to see how they affect the rockets’ speed or flight path. Stomp Rockets are great for trips as they are relatively small, but provide lively entertainment for destinations that may not have toys on hand.
Approximate Price: $30
4. ALEX Toys Little Hands Paper Bag Monsters
These award-winning monster bag crafts are a hit with kids and adults alike because the five funny face monsters are packaged separately, easy to assemble, and ignite imaginations. They are recommended for ages 3 and up and can easily be tucked into a carry-on bag for fun on the airplane or used for school or play group parties.
Approximate Price: $10
5. Green Toys Ferry Boat with Mini Cars Bathtub Toy
Whether in a bathtub or at the pool or beach, this ferry boat with slide-out ramp and two cars will delight preschoolers, ages 3 and up. Plus, this Green Toys Ferry Boat and other Green Toys are made from plastic milk jugs, so it’s a win for the planet, too!
Approximate Price: $20
6. “Wolf in the Snow” Book
This 2018 Caldecott Medal winning, mostly wordless picture book is an enchanting adventure. Children will pour over the pictures in the “Wolf in the Snow” and use their imaginations throughout, all the way to the happy ending. Slip this book in your bag and enjoy in transit or while waiting at restaurants. Recommended for children 3 and up, this book makes a great stocking stuffer.
Approximate Price: $15
7. Activ Life Kid’s Frisbee Rings
This two-pack of lightweight, easy to toss and catch Frisbees is the perfect toy to get kids outside and active. The unique design, recommended for kids 3 and up, helps the Frisbee sail straighter and float in water. Take these on your next beach vacation and activate the kid in everyone!
Approximate Price: $13
8. Hape Dynamo Wooden Domino Set
Children will have as much fun building a colorful domino creation as they will watching it fall down. Designed with little fingers in mind, this Hape Dynamo set includes 100 wooden dominoes and seven trick pieces, including a bell and a bridge. Kids 3 and up will use logic and hand-eye coordination to balance and test cause and effect. Adults will also appreciate collaborating on fun designs and watching them come crashing down. This gift is great for Grandma’s house!
Approximate Price: $31
9. Educational Insights My First Game: Petting Zoo
This cute barn with six textured animals and a spinner is a great way to get preschoolers playing and sharing with younger siblings. Spin to see if your quest is to find a fluffy sheep or bumpy frog inside the barn. Kids, between ages 2 and 4, will enjoy touching and feeling in this simple, yet fun game that is also easy to pack.
Approximate Price: $19
10. Compact, Shockproof Binoculars
These binoculars, recommended for ages 3 and up, offer tough construction designed to fit the hands of little kids, but clear views to take in nature, too. These are great for little explorers, birdwatchers or a game of I Spy on a road trip.
Approximate Price: $18
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