I can’t believe that Christmas is right around the corner! When did that happen?! You all know that I am borderline obsessed with shopping so I figured I would put that obsession to good use and put together a list of Christmas gift ideas for boys. The list is a compilation of cool toys I have found over the years plus some of Little MK’s favorite toys. A lot of the toys have an emphasis on imagination, hands-on and STEM skills. This has been an emphasis for us in our household.
So here it goes…
Legos (Varying Ages)
Of course Legos have to make the list because who doesn’t love Legos! It’s one of the best toys created in my opinion. One of best parts about Legos is the ability to buy age appropriate Lego sets all the way from Duplo to the more complex Lego sets. Here are some of the current favorites in our house. Little MK is 5 and has all of these sets. The older ones he just needs more help putting together. In fact, he’s putting together the Coast Guard set by himself as I type up this post.
*Click the photo of the Lego set to be directed to the Amazon link
Modarri Cars (ages 5-10)
This is one of the latest favorite toys in our house! These cars are so cool and great for fine motor skills. You can take the cars apart and mix and match the pieces to make your own designs. I also love that they are super durable. There are also a lot of buying options for these cars. You can buy just one car at a time like this one or you can buy a full kit (like this). There is also a great carrying case that you can find here. There are tons of color options and styles which makes these cars all the more fun! The picture below gives you an idea of how these cars go together.
Shhhh don’t tell him but we are getting Little MK the race track for Christmas. You can find it here. There is also a very cool semi transporter that Little MK has on his Christmas list. You can check it out here. UPDATE: the transporter seems to be sold out everywhere. BUT, Modarri is having some great Black Friday sales on bundles starting 11/22/18. Check out the Modarri website to purchase.
Magnetic Mix and Match Vehicles (Ages 3+)
A couple years ago when we were in Texas, we stumbled upon the cutest toy store. The toy store had tons of toys that I had never seen before. We walked out with these awesome Magnetic Mix and Match Vehicles. This wonderful toy kept Little MK busy on our drive back to Wisconsin for hours and he still plays with them!
Osmo (Ages 4+)
I know screen time and tablets can be pretty controversial. Little MK has his own tablet but we are pretty strict with how and when it gets used. One of the ways he can use his i-Pad is with Osmo. Little MK has the Osmo Creative Kit. He was four when we got him the Osmo game and this one was the most age-appropriate. It comes with three games you can play.
There are so many other games you can get once you have the Osmo base. Everything from numbers to letters to pretend play with a pizza shop. If you have older kids, you can start with a different kit. You can even get a coding kit where kids can start to learn to code.
Book Readers (Ages 1+)
We love book readers to keep Little MK busy. We use them on road trips the most (click here to read a previous post about traveling with a preschooler). We have two different types of readers and I like them both for different reasons,
This book reader is great for its simplicity. You can use it right out of the box with no extra cost. The books are already preloaded. Little MK has fun pushing the buttons for each page.
This book reader is awesome because you can change up books and also listen with headphones. The downfall is that you do have to download the books to the reader. But the ability for your child to read and interact with the text is worth it.
You can also get a version of the Leapreader designed for older kids here. Although, I cannot speak for the usability of it as Little MK does not have it. But I may just add it to his Christmas list…
That’s it! What do you think? I would love to hear your favorite boy toys!