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2011 Boy-Friendly Gift Guide–Preschool (2-4)

November 20, 2011


Welcome to the first day of the 2nd Annual Mobmom Boy-Friendly Gift Guide. These toys and gifts are ones that I either have (***) or would buy for my sons personally. This list does not include the core “boy toys” of cars, trains, action figures and Legos because your house, like mine,  is probably full of those already. It also does not include any video games because we do not own any gaming systems so I don’t have much of an opinion on different ones.

You should probably know my basic toy-buying philosophy.

1) It has to be reasonably priced. I don’t have a lot of money to spend on things they aren’t going to play with. If it costs more, it has to be really awesome.

2) I prefer creativity-building toys that have multiple ways to play with them. You won’t see any “novelty” item toys like Tickle Me Elmo on my list. I, too, own a few, but they just don’t have the kind of “toy life” that puts them on my list.

3) I usually choose toys that do not require batteries.

These are in no particular order, and they are not all safe for young infants/children who eat toys, etc. Use your mama-sense.

Note: The prices are from Amazon unless otherwise noted (as of October 30, 2011). I am an Amazon Affiliate and if you click the picture of the toy to make your purchase, I receive a very small percentage of the sale, which helps fund our homeschool. Just FYI!



Stacking toys are favorites for the preschool set. This interesting and beautiful take on a traditional toy looks like a nice addition.  They stack, topple, spin, balance, wobble, tilt, wiggle, roll. What fun!



Little ones need lots of opportunities to use their bodies. Occupational therapists seem to love these little sit on/lay on scooters. We were at a local children’ museum and they had several of these for kids to roll around on–big fun! My only wish is that I had hardwoods.

Trucky 3


This one is on my list! It’s trucks to drive,  but there is also lots of spatial learning going on.  I think my little one would love this.  As they get older they can work through 48 different challenges involving the trucks and colored pieces.

***Wooden Single Car Race Roller


My in-laws picked up one of these traditional toys while traveling in Amish country. This simple car track with ingenious cars that flip themselves to keep rolling is always a HUGE hit with kids of all ages.  It is simply mesmerizing to all of them. It’s a little pricey, but it is handmade and sure to bring generations of enjoyment.  Here is another version that is a little less expensive ($30) — Rainbow Rollers.

P’kolino multi-solution shape puzzles


There are various solutions to these creative puzzles that come in a variety of shapes such as a robot head, spaceship, owl and more.  If your child is into puzzles and want to move beyond the basic shapes this might be something to put under the tree.  It’s good to learn early that there might be more than one way to solve a problem.

Robot Matryoshka Dolls


I love Matroyshka dolls–these Russian nesting dolls from Matroyshka Madness come in an adorable variety of styles include robots, ninjas and dinosaurs. We have a set of Santas that the boys love to play with each holiday but who wouldn’t want these all year-round!?

Want more ideas for preschool boys? Check out last year’s edition of the Boy-Friendly Gift Guide

Thanks for looking at the first day of the  Boy-Friendly Gift Guide 2011.

Elementary (5-8) and Older Elementary (9-12) will follow later this week so check back.

If you have any ideas of favorite boy-friendly gifts for preschoolers, please comment below!

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