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I feel like everyone is hating on screens lately and I totally get that. Kids spend so much time on phones, tablets, and staring at the TV. The thing is though, not all electronic toys are as bad as they're made out to be sometimes. We have plenty of awesome electronic toys in our house and I know the kids will be getting more this holiday season. Today, I'm excited to share the best battery-operated toys for preschoolers!
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I'm putting our gift guide for battery-operated preschool toys into categories. There are several types of toys that will fit into each category, so these are just ideas to get your thinking started.
My kids love arts and crafts. As kids get older, I've found that the arts and crafts sets are more specifically geared towards boys or girls. At the preschool stage, they're still generic and I love that! I picked up a new mess-free painting set for Owen that is going to be perfect for him!
There are so many STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) gifts out right now for older kids. There are more and more starting to pop up for our younger preschooler kids now too! I snagged a fun toy for my preschooler that has a few experiments that will hit the Science and Math aspects.
Something to Learn about Letters
My preschooler is really struggling with his letters. We're trying to work letters into play more to help with his recognition. We have a great doodle pad type toy that shows Owen how to write his letters and then he copies with the magnetic pen. It does uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and several other fun activities.
Something that Goes
Kids love toys that go. That seems to be universal for all kids, really. There are planes, trains, cars, bikes, robots, boats, and so many other things that can race across the room thanks to batteries. The preschool age is the perfect age to pick up a first remote control car.
Something that Gets Kids Moving
Preschoolers always seem to have a ton of energy, right? Grab a battery-operated gift that helps get some of that energy out. We often think of electronics as lazy toys, but they're not! I know our kids love this game they have that requires them to get keep their marbles on something that's moving around. It's impossible for the kids to play without giggling and chasing after their marbles as they fall off. I've also seen some great sports center type toys that allow kids to shoot basketballs or kick soccer balls, all while playing music or doing other interactive things with the kids.
Something to Learn Numbers
Toys that help reinforce numbers to kids are always a good idea! We have tons of them around the house already, but I know that Owen is going to love this cash register I put away for Christmas. Technically, this one is age 1-3, but I know he's going to love it. It says the numbers and he can play store with it.
Something to Help
Little kids love helping. This year, I've seen everything from toy vacuums and “coffee” machines that actually work to tool sets that just pretend. We even have a few of these Energizer® Headlights because they're perfect for kids to wear when helping Dad (or Mom) repair something in the car or under the sink.
I know we all love for kids to be creative and let their imagination go wild. Just because toys require batteries does not mean that they do not meet those needs.
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