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10 Gift Ideas for a 9-Year-Old
10 Gift Ideas for a 9-Year-Old

I hope you have enjoyed my blogs with gift ideas for every age. If you’ve missed them, you can catch up here.  Today, I’m focusing on nine-year-olds. As children get older, their tastes get more refined and I only have time to focus on ten toys in this blog. However, I do stock a lot more, so if none of these suit the nine-year-old you have in mind (or the budget is too small or big here), check out my full range of toys for this age group here.

  1. Make your own Bouncy Balls €8.60Galt - Make your own Bouncy Balls Kit

This fun kit from Galt Toys has everything the child needs to make either a few large bouncy balls or several smaller ones. Choose whether to make them in a single colour or rainbow.

  1. Make a Sock Owl €9.50Gift in a tin mini sock owl

This fun sewing kit comes in a lovely little gift tin. After the owl has been made, he/she then has a place to live in the tin!

  1. Mini Breakdown Truck €9.50gift in a tin mini breakdown truck

This construction kit is also by Gift in a Tin and it includes all the tools and components to make a metal tow-truck.

  1. Create a Geode €12.99Gifts for a 9-Year-Old

For any geography or crystal lovers, this kit would make a great present! It’s fun watching the crystals form on the geode.

  1. Make your own Insect Home €13.95Gift ideas for 9 year olds

This gift would be perfect for a child that loves nature and crafts. You make the insect home and then you place it outside for little creatures to live in.

  1. Build an Electric Racing Truck €13.95Gifts for a 9-Year-Old

This is a great price for this educational toy that has great play value after it has been constructed.

  1. Glow Lab €16Gifts for a 9-Year-Old

If the child in mind is into science, then this science kit will teach them all about glowing through experiments.

  1. Candle Factory €16.99Gifts for a 9-Year-Old

This kit has everything needed to make several candles which your child can keep or give as gifts to friends or family.

  1. Jungle Wind-Ups €17.99Gifts for a 9-Year-Old

Make a whole set of wind-up toys to race each other with this fab craft set for older children

  1. Kersplat €19.99Gifts for a 9-Year-Old

This is a fun game for the whole family to enjoy or to play with when their friends are over.

 

I hope you’ve found something that suits the 9-year-old you are buying for. As I said, this is just a small selection of toys that I stock. If you haven’t found anything here, then please take a look at my full range.

Enjoy the rest of the Easter break,

Xx Suzie

10 Great Gifts for 8 Year Olds
10 Great Gifts for 8 Year Olds

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been writing blogs with suggested gifts for certain ages and in today’s blog, I’ll be focusing on gifts for 8-year-olds. All the toys I’ve selected fit into the price range I usually give but if you are looking for cheaper or more expensive gifts, then check out my full range of toys for eight-year-olds here.

  1. Wild Origami €8.65

galt toys Wild Origami

This pad contains double-sided patterned paper and instructions so that you can learn how to fold the paper so that it looks like wild animals.

2. Bottle Sand Art €9.50

Gifts for eight year olds birthday presents

Fill the bottles with different coloured sand and either keep them for yourself or give them as decorative gifts to friends and family.

3. Solar Bi-Plane €9.99

Gifts for eight year olds birthday presents

Assemble the wooden pieces and wire in the solar panel. Once this plane is charged by the sun, it will move along the ground.

4. Sew a Puppy €10

Galt - Sew a Puppy

This sewing kit is for children who are just learning to sew. It has everything you need to make a really cute little puppy.

5. Bonkers Bubbles €10

Bonkers Bubbles Kit

If you have a child that wants to know how everything works, then this is a kit for him or her. It comes with an information book all about bubbles and contraptions so that you can make large bubbles.

6. Paint your own Bird House €10.99

This lovely kit has a wooden birdhouse, a paintbrush and a selection of paints.

7. Science of Forces and Energy €10.99

Gifts for eight year olds birthday presents

Learn all about energy and how things move with this really cool science kit.

8. Guess Who? Game €10.99

Gifts for eight year olds birthday presents

This is a travel version of this very popular game that will keep kids busy for ages.

9. What’s Up? Game €14.99

Gifts for eight year olds birthday presents

Place the card on the headband on your head and try and guess what is on the card by asking yes/no questions.

10. Make your own Lie Detector €14.99

Gifts for eight year olds birthday presents

Learn all about how lie detectors work and make one to test on your friends and family.

I hope this blog has given you some ideas and inspiration. If you still haven’t found what you are looking for, take a look at my blog for seven-year-olds or nine-year-olds (coming soon!) or check out my full range of toys for 6-8-year-olds. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this.

Support small, Irish businesses!

xx Suzie

10 Great Gifts for Someone Turning 7
10 Great Gifts for Someone Turning 7

Do you need to buy a gift for a seven-year-old? Here are ten great gifts that make brilliant birthday presents and which won’t bust the bank!

  1. Chalk Bombs – €8

This set comes with 6 different coloured chalk bombs. Throw them on the ground or against walls to make chalk patterns.

6 Chalk Bombs

2. Beady Keyrings – €8.45

Make 6 cute animal keyrings with this kit that comes with polystyrene balls and air drying clay with foam beads in it. You also get the keyrings, googly eyes and step by step illustrated instructions that seven-year-olds would have no problem following.

gift ideas for 7 year olds

3. Make your own Dinosaurs – €10.75

If cute animals aren’t your thing, then this set is very similar, only you make dinosaurs instead of animal keyrings.

gift ideas for 7 year olds

4. Transfers – €9.50

This is an activity that you probably remember doing as a child. Transfer the image from the plastic sheet onto the poster below by scratching it. Choose between Medieval Tales, Countryside or Vaux le Vicomte.

5. Build and Paint your own Birdhouse – €15.99

This kit makes it easy for a child as young as seven to be able to build their own birdhouse and paint it afterwards.

gifts for 7 year olds

6. Grabbit – €12.50

This card game is all about speed and concentration. It’s a fun game that the whole family can play.

gifts for 7 year olds

7. Stinky Pig – €12.99

Squeeze the pigs tummy and he plays a tune. While he sings, you pass him around but don’t be the one holding him when he stops singing and farts! It’s so funny to play.

gifts for 7 year olds

8. Glow Lab Science Kit – €16

For any budding scientists, this is a perfect starter science kits with lots of experiments to do around glowing objects.

Galt - Glow Lab - Science Kit

9. Secret Decoder Deluxe Activity Set – €15.99

This set is perfect for children that love puzzles and figuring things out. It has secret decoder wheels, an invisible ink pen, a find and seek lens and 3 workbooks.

Melissa and Doug - Secret Decoder Deluxe Activity Set

10. Discovery Magic Set – €23.99

This kit comes with 4 professional tricks for your seven-year-old to learn and perform.  If this is stretching your budget, I’ve cheaper magic tricks that are sold individually here. 

gifts for 7 year olds

I hope this blog has helped you with your shopping. If none of these ideas work for the 7-year-old you are buying for, check out my full range of toys for 6-8-year-olds. I’m sure you’ll find something that will be perfect.

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog. If you are looking for gifts for other age groups too, you’ll find gift ideas for other ages on my blog page.

xx Suzie

10 Birthday Gift Ideas for a 6-Year-Old
10 Birthday Gift Ideas for a 6-Year-Old

Following on from my series of gift ideas for specific ages – it’s now time to inspire you with some gift ideas for 6-year-olds. I’ve selected 10 that I’m happy to recommend but if you don’t find anything suitable from these ten, take a minute and look at my full range of toys for six to eight-year-olds here.

  1. Ludo – €9.50This retro board game is for two to four players. The aim is to get your counters home before anyone else.ludo
  2. Magnetic Putty Peeps – €9.99This is part of the Putty Peeps range so it has all the typical characteristics – it doesn’t dry out, it bounces, stretches and moulds easily and it comes with a set of plastic eyes. But, on top of this, it’s magnetic and it comes with a strong magnet.birthday gift present ideas for six year olds
  3. Glow in the Dark 3D Planets – €9.99Make your own 3D hanging mobile with these 3D glow in the dark planets.Glow in the Dark 3D Planets
  4. Connect4 – €10.75Connect4 - Grab and GoThis travel version is perfect for two people to play with.
  5. Wooden Jigsaw of Ireland – €11.99birthday gift present ideas for six year oldsThis 32 piece jigsaw will have any six-year-old familiar with where each county is, in no time.
  6. Decoupage Made Easy – €14.50

Choose between an owl or a puppy, this is a fun craft of sticking.birthday gift present ideas for six year olds

Melissa and Doug - Decoupage Made Easy Puppy

7. The Science of Colours and Light – €11.99

This science kit is suitable for children aged 6+

The Science of Colours and Light

8. Charades for Kids – €14.99

Provided your six-year-old can read, they will be able to enjoy this fun acting game.gift present toy ideas for six year olds

9. Craft Caddy – €14.99

This craft caddy is a perfect gift for a creative child as it has so many different craft materials in it.

Galt Craft Caddy

10. A Lottie Doll from €16.99

All Lottie Dolls and Accessories on my website are now reduced, so there’s no better time to pick one (or two!) up!gift present toy ideas for six year olds

I hope this has helped give you some inspiration on what to buy for a six year old’s birthday party gift. If not, check out my full range, which includes more affordable toys and more expensive toys, here

And, if you’re looking for some inspiration on gifts for other aged children, check out my blog as I’m working towards having a full set soon!

Thanks for reading,

xx Suzie

10 Birthday Presents for a 5-Year-Old
10 Birthday Presents for a 5-Year-Old

Do you know someone turning 5, that you need to buy a present for? Here are ten ideas to get you started!

 

  1. The Beetle Game (€7.99)

The aim of this game is to be the first person to assemble a complete beetle but you only ‘win’ a beetle part depending on the number on the dice. Great fun for the whole family or to play with friends. This set comes with 4 beetles to assemble, so four people can play at once.Birthday Presents for a 5 year old gift ideas

  1. Stained Glass Made Easy (€8.10)

With this kit, the child will be able to make their own unicorn stained glass window using stickers.

Melissa and Doug - Stained Glass Made Easy - Unicorn

  1. Transfers (€9.50)

This retro craft includes a picture and sheets of rub-on transfers. Simply choose where you want each transfer to go, then place it on top of the picture and rub it with your nail or a pencil to transfer it from the sheet to the picture. I stock them in Countryside, Medieval and Vaux le Vicomte.  Birthday Presents for a 5 year old gift ideas

  1. Decorate your own wooden box (€9.99)

Choose between a pirate design or a heart shape. These kits from Melissa and Doug toys come with a paintbrush, paints, and stickers to decorate.

  1. Night Sky Projector (€9.99)

This cool torch has projection domes that attach to the end of the torch and project stars to the area it’s been pointed at.Birthday Presents for a 5 year old gift ideas

  1. Step by Step Drawing Kits (€13.99)

Learn how to draw lots of different things with these step-by-step drawing kits. They come with lots of illustrations to follow, a whiteboard and a whiteboard pen. I stock a pink box, a blue box, and an animals box.  Birthday Presents for a 5 year old gift ideas

  1. What’s Up Game (14.99)

This game is easy enough for a five-year-old to play as each card has a picture as well as the written word. The aim of the game is to guess what is on the card that’s attached to your forehead by just asking ‘yes/no’ answered questions.Birthday Presents for a 5 year old gift ideas

  1. Hot Potato Game (€16)

Turn the soft potato on and it starts to play music. Then pass it around but don’t be the one holding it when the music stops!Birthday Presents for a 5 year old gift ideas

  1. Deluxe Scratch Art (€17.99)

If the child you are buying for is creative, they will love this deluxe box of scratch art materials from Melissa and Doug Toys.Birthday Presents for a 5 year old gift ideas

  1. Magnetic Dart Board (€18.99)

Instead of having pointy tips, these darts have magnets so they are safe for younger kids to play with.Birthday Presents for a 5 year old gift ideas

I hope this list has helped you. If you haven’t found something you think is suitable, check out my full range of toys for 3-5-year-olds and I hope that whatever you choose, that the five-year-old in your life will love it.

Thanks again for shopping from my small Irish shop. Delivery is usually next day and costs only €2 on orders over €35.

Xx Suzie

Toy Review – Stained Glass Made Easy
Toy Review – Stained Glass Made Easy

As a child, I remember making ‘stained glass’ out of black card and tissue paper. I was delighted with the outcome but boy, have things improved in 30 years! Last week, I introduced the Melissa and Doug craft ‘Stained Glass Made Easy’ to my website and I felt I needed to give one a go and see if it ready was as easy and mess-free as advertised. Unlike other stained glass crafts that my kids have done, this one didn’t need glass paint (that won’t wash out of clothes). Melissa and Doug Stained Glass Made Easy

The activity comes in flat cardboard packaging. Inside is one sheet of opaque coloured stickers arranged in the pattern they are to form on the ‘glass’ panel. The reason I put glass in inverted commas is that I don’t actually think it’s glass. It’s more like tough, clear plastic with think, black, raised borders to show where each sticker is to be placed. I hope you can see from the photo above how you just transfer the stickers from the first sheet into the exact same spot on the ‘glass’ sheet. There are 70+ stickers to transfer in the unicorn one that we did. My 9-year-old is unicorn mad so she did this craft. It took her about 30 minutes to complete.

Melissa and Doug Stained Glass Made Easy

Once all the stickers are in place, you tie the satin cord on the hangers. You place the suction cup on a window and then you just hang it from the suction hook. With the tying of the satin cord, she needed a little bit of help. The stained glass unicorn has hung in place (with pride) for the past week and appears very secure – typical of Melissa and Doug’s quality.

My daughter was delighted with the outcome, although the activity itself was a bit simple for her. This craft is recommended for children aged 4+ and I would say that children over 7 years of age would start to find it simple, so it’s perfect for four, five and six-year-olds. It really is mess-free and is great for fine motor skills.

Melissa and Doug - Stained Glass Made Easy - Unicorn

It’s great value, at only €8.10, which makes it a great present or rainy day activity for other unicorn lovers!

If you’d like to purchase it from me, you can find it on my website here.

xx Suzie

 

 

Toy Review – Secret Decoder Deluxe Activity Set
Toy Review – Secret Decoder Deluxe Activity Set

Last Christmas, my seven year old was given a Secret Decoder Game Book and she LOVED it. She hardly put it down over the holidays and had it completed in no time. So, when I spotted that Melissa and Doug have a deluxe edition, I knew I had to stock it!

 

Melissa and Doug - Secret Decoder Deluxe Activity Set

Thankfully, they gave me a set to review, which has gone down so well this mid-term with both her and her nine year old sister!

The Secret Decoder Deluxe Activity Set comes in a really sturdy box with velcro closing. My daughter calls it her ‘Secret Agent Brief Case’!! It’s easy to open and close, which keeps me happy and everything has a molded spot, which means they don’t move around when it’s being transported.

Once open, in the top half of the case, there are three chunky pens. The white one has invisible ink. Initially, when you write with it, it appears pale but within seconds it disappears. The yellow and blue pens are used to reveal the secret message written with the white pen. The item that looks like a magnifying glass is a ‘seek and find lens’ If you hold it over pages that have secret messages, it reveals what the naked eye cannot see. Finally, in this section, there are two secret decoder wheels. These are needed to decode messages in the books. The reason you get two (they are the same, only different colours) is so your child and their friends can write their own secret messages to each other and provided they have a decoder each, they will be able to read them. How the decoder wheels work is that you look up the symbol, turn the wheel so the red arrow points to the symbol and it will reveal, in a little window, a corresponding letter.

Melissa and Doug On the Go Secret Decoder Deluxe Activity Set

The other half of the case holds three different activity books and two sheets of stickers. Each book is slightly different. The Seek and Find Game Book (pictured below) has lots of puzzles like follow the clues to reveal what the burglar has stolen (you need to use the  seek and find lens to go from building to building, revealing his footsteps and eventually his loot bag), puzzles to spot the difference in hidden images, mazes, hidden messages and much more. There are approximately 18 pages in each book.

Here’s another example from this book

The next book is a Secret Message Activity Pad. In this book, you get to practice writing secret invisible messages. However, it’s not just a regular notebook, each page is filled with ideas of what to write and fill in the gaps. It really is very clever and a great way to encourage writing and spelling.

Melissa and Doug On the Go Secret Decoder Deluxe Activity Set

The third book is the Decoder Wheel Game Book. In this book, you need the decoder wheels. Each page has a secret message to work out by looking up the symbol on the wheel and writing down the corresponding letter.

Melissa and Doug On the Go Secret Decoder Deluxe Activity Set

This is a brilliant kit which both I and my girls are happy to recommend. There are hours of fun to be had and it encourages imagination and learning at the same time. It is suitable for all kids – both boys and girls and is an easy toy to share as there are lots of parts to it (although it may be hard convincing children to share as they will want it all for themselves!!)

Melissa and Doug recommend this Secret Decoder Set for children aged 7+ which I think is fair. Once your child is a fluent reader, they will be able to figure out what they are supposed to do on each page, without looking for extra help.

Thanks for taking the time to read this toy review. I really can’t imagine anyone being disappointed with this set, especially if your child loves figuring things out and sitting down to do puzzles. If you’d like to purchase one of these, you can buy it here.

xx Suzie

10 Great Gifts for Someone Turning 4
10 Great Gifts for Someone Turning 4

I always think that 4 is a big birthday. In my generation, most children started school when they were four (I know now that many children are 5 starting Primary School) and it started their journey to independence. Now that your child is turning four, they will probably be invited to a lot more birthday parties and so you will need more ideas of what to buy. In this blog, I’ve featured toys that I would be happy to give any four-year-olds in my life. All the presents featured here cost €10 or more but I also stock a large range of gifts that cost less than this here.

Night Sky Projector

This Night Sky Projector is a torch with inter-changing lenses that project stars into your child’s dark room. It costs €9.99

Great gifts for four year olds

We are Going on a Bearhunt Games

This box contains four classic games that a four-year-old should manage to play and which will be fun for mum and dad too. The illustrations on the games come from the popular children’s book ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. It costs €11.50Great gifts for four year olds

Numbers and Letters

As your child is preparing to enter Primary School, you can be encouraging them to recognise numbers and letters. These wooden magnetic letters and numbers are great for casual learning and are currently reduced to €13.99. They are the kind of toys that will be played with as your child gets older and learns to form words or do sums with them. I also stock this really lovely ‘See and Spell’ educational toy which will actually get your child spelling some words. It costs €30.99

Great gifts for four year olds

Eduludo Sticks

This is a really fun activity for children that love order and figuring things out. They can play it on their own or with friends. The aim of the activity is to place the correct length stick on the board to make a picture. It costs €18.49

Great gifts for four year olds

Lottie Dolls

Lottie Dolls are pretty dolls that come from Donegal company, Arklu. They are shaped like a little girl and have accessories and clothes that will be similar to what your children have. For this month, all Lottie dolls and accessories are reduced, so stock up for birthday presents!!Great gifts for four year olds

Pattern Blocks and Boards

Again, this is a great activity for helping your child learn to sit still and practice their fine motor skills in a fun way. Your child needs to put the right shape and colour pieces on the board to match the picture or they can design their own patterns with the pieces. It costs €22.99.Great gifts for four year olds

Train Set or Accessories

Often I think we give train sets to children who are too young to manage them and by the time they are old enough, they have lost interest in it or been discouraged because they cannot play with it on their own (ie, they need help assembling or keeping the train on the track). By the time your child is four, you could re-ignite their interest by buying them a new engine for their track or even a new train set. I stock trains from €9.99 and trainsets from €23.99. Great gifts for four year olds

Collages for 3-5 Year Olds

This lovely set from Djeco costs €19.99 and is perfect for a creative child. It introduces textures and shapes to make fun pictures with.Great gifts for four year olds

Doctor Sets

Pretend play is still huge with this age group and pretending to be a doctor can be great fun. I stock two really lovely (and very popular) doctor’s sets. The Djeco one costs €34.50 and the Le Toy Van one costs €49.95. Great gifts for four year olds

Fold and Go Play Sets

If you are a parent, grandparent or Godparent, maybe you want to give a bigger, more expensive present. Personally, I love the Fold and Go Play Sets from Melissa and Doug. I stock the Dolls House and the Barn. Great gifts for four year olds

I hope this blog has helped inspire you. If you’re still struggling, take a look at all the toys I sell for this age group here. I’m sure you will find something within your budget that will suit your four-year-old.

Thanks for taking the time to read this,

xx Suzie

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Great Gifts for 3-year-olds

Great Gifts for 2-year-olds

Great Gifts for 1-year-olds.

 

 

What to give someone turning 3!
What to give someone turning 3!

My previous two blog posts ( 10 Gift Ideas for someone turning 1 and 10 Birthday Present Ideas for a 2-Year-Old) have been very well received, so I thought I’d follow the course and give you some ideas of what to give a child who is turning 3.

Children who are turning three are probably starting pre-school soon or have already started. Here, they will learn to play with other children and they will also be introduced to lots of new toys.  You will start to notice the types of toys they gravitate towards and so you should be able to make more informed choices when it comes to choosing toys and games for this age group.

One great thing about choosing toys for this age group is that the variety and number of toys increase hugely. This is because there are very strict quality standards for toys for children under the age of 3, so most toys (even though you’d probably think are designed for a one or two-year-old) come with a warning that they are not suitable for children under 3. Now that your child is turning 3, you will have more choice. However, with this in mind, choose carefully. If you choose a toy that is too advanced for your child, they will give up on it early and possibly never return to it, even when they are able for it.

Anyway, let’s get on with the show! Here are my favourite gifts for three-year-olds.

Simple Games

It’s fun to play games with your kids, especially games that challenge you too. This Matching Pairs Game from Djeco is great for all ages and costs only €9.99. Children this age can also manage games like Dominoes and Bingo/Lotto

Present ideas for three year olds Present ideas for three year olds

Wooden Play Food

Imaginary play is part of everyday life for children this age and giving a gift of play food will go down well.  Whether it’s a tea set, a pizza or cutting food, when you invest in wooden play food, you can be sure it will last.

Present ideas for three year olds

Present ideas for three year olds

Stamps

Stamps are a great way of expressing your creativity and with a little bit of guidance, your child can create lovely scenes using wooden stamps and colourful ink. The ones that I stock that are most suitable for three-year-olds are the Melissa and Doug Wooden Stamps. Choose between Zoo Animals, Baby Farm Animals, or Butterflies and Hearts. Each set comes with 4 wooden stamps and an ink block with four coloured ink. They cost €8.99 each.

Present ideas for three year olds

Kiddies Food Peelers and Kutters

Have you noticed how independent your child is becoming? They want to copy everything you are doing including food preparation! This could be dangerous, only for Kiddies Food Kutters and Peelers which are designed for use by children as young as 3 and have no shape blades but are effective in cutting fruit and vegetables and peeling them.  They cost €10 each. I stock them in blue and red.

Present ideas for three year olds

Paper Masks to Colour

Your child will be learning pen control and these fun sets of  6 paper masks come with 6 pens. They are ideal for doing with their little friends or for keeping your child busy while you have a peaceful cup of tea. I stock them in Princesses and Dinosaurs. They cost €2.99 for the pack.

Present ideas for three year olds

Mosaics

Children love picking stickers off and sticking them on things and these foam mosaic crafts from Djeco are perfect for three-year-olds. Choose between Elephant and Snail images to cover with stickers or Dinosaur ones. The stickers colours are numbers and each sheet has numbers on it, guiding your child to what sticker to place where. They cost €10.50

Present ideas for three year olds

Bruder Building Site and Farm Toys

It’s great to be able to encourage independent play and imaginative play and having a few larger toys that can be used outdoors or indoors and can be played with alone or with friends make great investments. I personally love the quality of Bruder Toys and stock the John Deere Tractor, the Schaeff Mini Excavator and the Ausa Mini-Dumper. Prices start from €15.99

Present ideas for three year olds

Melissa and Doug Water Wow Books

These books have black and white pages, but use the magic water pen on them and colours and patterns appear on the pages. The best thing about these books is that they dry within minutes and when they dry they return to the original black and white form, ready to be used over and over. On each page, there are also items to spot and count, adding an educational element to this activity. They cost €7.75 each and I stock them in Animals, Pet Mazes, Under the Sea, Fairytale, and Makeup and Manicures.

Present ideas for three year olds

Lottie Dolls and Accessories

You will find that your child has more control over their fine motor skills and they will be able to manage more intricate jobs like dressing dolls. The Lottie Doll range is an Irish company and their dolls and accessories are gorgeous and top quality yet affordable. Unlike similar dolls on the market, Lottie is shaped like a girl and not a woman and the accessories are clothes or activities that children wear and do, so your child can relate to the doll and activities. Accessories start at €9.95 and dolls at €19.95.

Present ideas for three year olds

Jigsaw Puzzles

Every child is different when it comes to ability and puzzles. But if your child likes jigsaw puzzles, aim for puzzles that have between 24 and 50 pieces. This World wooden jigsaw puzzle has 24 pieces and it costs €10. While this Ballerina, Pirate and Fairy puzzles from Djeco have 36 pieces each and cost €14.99

Present ideas for three year olds

Magnetic Fun

At this age, you can introduce magnets to your child. I love this Magnetic Pattern Box and also this tin that you can make different faces and expressions with. Finally, your child could have great fun with this wooden magnetic dress up people – Abby and Emma, and Billy.

Present ideas for three year olds

I hope this blog post has given you some inspiration on what to buy for that special three-year-old in your life. If you need more ideas, check out my full range of toys for 3-5-year-olds here. I hope your child has a wonderful third birthday.

xx Suzie

 

 

 

 

10 Birthday Present Ideas for 2-Year-Olds
10 Birthday Present Ideas for 2-Year-Olds

 

Recently I wrote a blog with Gift Ideas for Babies Turning 1. Lots of parents wrote me messages thanking me for the blog, so I thought I’d follow the course and write one with present ideas for two-year-olds. A lot of development happens in the year between one and two. Your child will probably have taken their first steps and they will be practicing sounds and words. They will also be able to express what they want to do (and don’t want to do) which often leads to frustration and tantrums. If you have a child in your life who is turning two and you’d like to buy them a gift, here’s 10 that I’m happy to recommend.

  1. Chunky Chalks. When your child is in one of those moods, sometimes the only solution is to get out of the house! These chunky chalks are perfect for a little street artist in the making. They are perfect for working on fine motor skills, learning colours and just having fun outdoors. They cost €4.99.10 Birthday Present Ideas for 2-Year-Olds
  2. Small children have amazing brains. They learn things so quickly, so it’s no harm to have some educational puzzles to encourage things like sounds, numbers, and letters. These Melissa and Doug Alphabet and Numbers puzzles are wooden and durable. They have pegs for little hands to lift them in and out and underneath each puzzle piece is something beginning with the letter or the number. They cost €7.99 each  10 Birthday Present Ideas for 2-Year-Olds
  3. Duo Puzzles. These are 2 piece puzzles that are easy for little hands and minds to manage. I stock four different types of them – Vehicles, Mum and Baby, Habitat and Numbers. They cost €9.99 each.  
  4. Imaginary Play goes up a whole level when your child turns two and although they are still not great with playing with other children (they will happily play beside them), you can model role play scenarios with them. If you invest in some play food now, you’ll find that years later it will still be played with. That’s why I recommend durable play food. I stock a large selection here but if I was starting out as a parent again,  I’d invest in some eggs (€9.99) a pizza (€24), a Tea Set (€32.99) and either felt food (€22) or cutting food (€24.99)   10 Birthday Present Ideas for 2-Year-Olds 10 Birthday Present Ideas for 2-Year-Olds
  5. I also stock some lovely wooden vehicles that make lovely presents. Two of my best selling ones are the Melissa and Doug Wooden Car Transporter  (€22) and the Magnetic Car Loader (€22). Both come with trucks and smaller wooden cars that can be driven separately and then put back onto the truck. There’s hours of fun to be had with these.  10 Birthday Present Ideas for 2-Year-Olds
  6. Now that your baby is getting older, getting them to sit in one place gets harder. It’s worth investing in a few small toys that you can bring in your handbag for when you meet a friend for a coffee or if you are traveling. I’ll probably do another blog on this at some point. A lot of smaller toys are certified for children aged 3+ as companies are worried about smaller children choking on parts. Buying these toys is at the discretion of parents, who know their child best. Personally, I like these Flexi Robots (€4.99) and The Zoo in a Tin (€13.95)10 Birthday Present Ideas for 2-Year-Olds
  7. If your child has gone past the ‘sucking books stage’, it is worth investing in some nice books with lots of colourful pictures. Don’t expect to be able to read every word on every page before they flick it to the end but encourage it none the less. This Little Library of Gruffalo Books costs €8.50 and is small enough to fit into your changing bag. It contains 4 board books with familiar characters from the Gruffalo.10 Birthday Present Ideas for 2-Year-Olds
  8. Your child’s fine motor skills will be developing so investing in some Duplo or Building Blocks will encourage creativity and imagination. I stock a drum of colourful wooden blocks for €33.99 and a bag of natural wooden blocks for €30.99.10 Birthday Present Ideas for 2-Year-Olds10 Birthday Present Ideas for 2-Year-Olds
  9. If your child is fascinated with doors, locks, and keys, I have two great toys that make lovely presents. The Melissa and Doug Doorbell House costs €34.95. It has four doors, four doorbells, 4 keys, 4 locks, and 4 peg people. The Melissa and Doug Latches Board costs €29.99 and has six different locks for your child to master! 10 Birthday Present Ideas for 2-Year-Olds
  10. Finally, I’m a big fan of the Melissa and Doug Nesting and Sorting Barns and Animals set which costs €27.50 and helps children explore size, numbers, and animals. It comes with 6 barns and 6 wooden animals.10 Birthday Present Ideas for 2-Year-Olds

Now that your child is turning two, there’s so much they could play with but be careful to not over stimulate them. By giving them too much choice, they may not know where to even start. If you have a large family, who all give birthday gifts, then I’d recommend that you put away some of them and bring them out throughout the year. By introducing one toy at a time and teaching your child how to play with it, you’ll encourage proper play. Often it’s not the number of toys but the quality of toys that are well selected for your child. Don’t despair if your child just plays with the wrapping paper – put the toys away and introduce them a few months later. If you haven’t found what you are looking for, here is my full range of toys for this age group.

I hope your little one has a wonderful 2nd Birthday and that the year ahead is full of fun and games for you all!

xx Suzie