The market is flooded with so many toy options each year which is why I like to narrow down the options and provide our readers with the Best Toys for Pre-Schoolers in 2022 Guide. The 2022 Preschool Toy Guide will help you navigate the crazy toy market and find the best quality options for your preschooler. The Preschool Guide focuses on children aged 3-5 years old, however a great toy is one that last for multiple years and can be played with in multiple ways.
If you have a preschooler, you may also be interested in our Guide to Show and Tell for Preschoolers, An Idea for Every Letter of the Alphabet.
About Gift Guides:
These guides are meant to inspire you and help your narrow down your choices. Although some of these toys were provided to me through corporate sponsors, the opinions and recommendations remain my own and these are all toys that will be under my Christmas tree or will be given to others as gifts. Toys unlock play skills, encourage imagination, creativity and allow young learners to discover and explore. While this list was originally created with Christmas in mind, it offers great suggestions for birthdays or any other gift buying occasion. Today I am sharing my top Preschool Toy Recommendations! Related Posts: Babies First Christmas Gifts and Toys, Stem Toys for Kids, The Best Gifts for Toddlers, Best Outdoor Toys for Toddlers, Board Games for 2 Players, Easter Gifts for Toddlers: Easter Basket Ideas any Toddler will Love, Awesome Gifts for 8 Year Old Boys, Gifts for Coffee and Tea Lovers, Gifts for Gilmore Girl Fans, Gifts for Lego Fans, and Gifts for 4 Year Old Girls.
Choosing Toys for Preschoolers (3-5 Years Old):
Open ended toys: I like to choose toys that allow multiple different ways to play and inspire imagination. Grow with me Toys: I like to choose toys that have a longer life in terms of play meaning that kids don’t get tired of it too easily. Toys that are Educational: I like to choose toys that teach some sort of skill whether it be academic or social emotional.
My Top Holiday Toy & Game Picks for Preschoolers:
Playmate Crate – It’s basically a play date in a box, It includes all the materials you would need to do for different activities to keep the kids busy at home for a play date. My 3.5 year old loved the colour chemistry kit and kept asking to come back to play and experiment! It taught turn taking, colour mixing and so much more! This gets a 5🌟 Rating from me especially as it has an educational component and social skill development all embedded in the fun which is important to me when selecting Tots. BONUS: 20% OFF ALL CRATES UNTIL NOV 21 2021 Learning Resources All About Me Neighbourhood Set: This set will help your children get ready for preschool or kindergarten. Children can use the different coloured houses to explore colour, matching, counting and sorting skills. This set of 36 plastic counters and 6 two-piece houses helps kids strengthen their early math and imaginative skills every time they play. Shaped like toy people, counters come in six different colors and shapes (man, woman, boy, girl, baby, and family dog) and are ready for work as sorting manipulatives. Best of all—people figures store inside the houses for easy cleanup! Learning Resources Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog: Kids can work on their fine motor skills by placing the chunky peg shapes spikes into the back of the friendly hedgehog. Children will develop fine motor skills, counting skills, colour recognition all through this simple game.Comes with easy to grasp pieces that are just the right size for little toddler and preschool hands to hold. Fine motor set includes 2-piece hedgehog about 6” in diameter, 12 quills, and activity guide Learning Resources Learn a Lot Avacados: These avacados are great for little hands to practice fine motor skills, colour matching, and sorting with these colourful avacados.
Magnatab Free Draw: Instead of going through sheets and sheets of paper your preschooler can use thismagnetic stylus as a pen and the bead board acts as paper. Let your childs imagination run free as they draw shapes, letters, and pictures, popping individual beads to the surface for a sensory-based play experience.
Melissa & Doug Water Wow! Bundle – Animals, Alphabet and Numbers: My daughter loves these reusable water activities as she can colour and traceover and over again. The chunky sized pen makes it easy for little hands to hold, and easy to fill. The compact spiral bound booklet is great for travel or in the car. Melissa and Doug has multiple options of tracing alphabets, numbers and colouring.
Puzzles, Games and Activities
Noodle Knockout Fine Motor Game: BUILD fine motor skills as you snag oodles of noodles for knock-out bowls of ramen! This game improves fine motor, counting, and color skills and can be played solo or in a group.
Picture Pairing Game: The Crocodile Hunter: This is the perfect beginner board game for preschoolers as they can practice their matching skills in the Australian wild as they match local creatures and critters in this memory game. Contents: 19 cards, 22 Circle Tiles, Games Board & Instructions.
Frosty the Snowman: This simple card game is a perfect game for parents to enjoy with their littles over the holiday season as this cooperative game is played with cards face up so parents can help the child move cards back and forth to swap places and put the parade back in order.
Pressman Toys Goliath: Rattlesnake Jake Game Multi: This engaging board game features Jake the Rattlesnake who has stolen all the gold, your job is to steal back the gold before he strikes! The ominous rattle builds suspense as you never know when he may strike!
Pressman Toys Goliath: Dino Crunch Game Multi: The dino is very hungry! Roll a dice to rescue the stolen eggs but watch out if the T-rex roars he may try to Crunch you and its game over!
Spot It JR:A fun challenging game for preschoolers with a little bit of assistance from parents. Children look at 2 cards to determine what is the matching symbol, first to call it out wins! Develops focus, visual perception skills, speech-language skills, and fine motor skills.
Magformers My First Set – Each geometric shape contains magnets that never reject, so you’ll always hear the MAGFORMERS click. When playtime is over, use the magnetic power to simply stack and store. Young minds will love using their imagination to create different structures using these colourful and easy to use shapes.
Fisher-Price® Thomas & Friends™ Talking Thomas & Percy Train Set: Young conductors can control trains as they visit the favorite places from the island of Sodor, including the Vicarstown Bridge, the Railyard, the Brendam docks, and Blue Mountain. It also includes motorized Thomas and Percy train engines who recognize and talk to each other when they meet on the track! Perfect toy to inspire preschoolers imagination. Thumper loves watching Thomas the train and making noises when she hears the nearby train to our house, so I cant wait to watch her discover and explore this awesome play set.
Cinnamon, My Stylin Pony Pet: My daughter loves animals and anything that makes noises and can move so I know she will be excited by this Pony this Christmas. Every year she has recieved a FurReal animal including Simba and a unicorn and they are both still her favourite toys after many years.
With more than 80 sounds and reactions, this 14-inch-tall beauty is so responsive and expressive! She blinks, and moves her ears, head, and neck; she responds when she’s fed; and when petted on her back, cheeks, and nose. She makes loving noises, kissing sounds, and her cheeks even glow! Also for those children that love to style dolls, they can use the 26 styling accessories to glamour up their pony.
Kids ages 4 and up are sure to love the pony’s nighttime mode, too – for snuggle time, she can be posed into a sitting position and will play a song! A wonderful way to end any day!
Cry Baby: Like all Cry Babies, Alice makes realistic baby sounds and cries REAL tears that stop when you give her pacifier, but that’s not all! Alice also features:
- A wonderland themed changeable outfit, complete with pink hoodie with a blue bow, white frock with card details, blue and white striped legging and matching black shoes!
- Blond rooted hair!
- Sparkly blue eyes!Available at Indigo
Disney Frozen Musical Adventure Dolls: Musical fun starts as soon as you open the box as with the turn of a switch, the dolls will start singing catchy tunes from Frozen 2. The fashion doll includes earrings, shoes, a tiara and dress. Collect all the dolls to keep the singing adventure going! Frozen 2 Twirlabouts: This toy is the perfect compact solution for a small space as it allows classic doll play with the easy changing facial expression dolls using a dial plus the sled turns into a castle to offer more fun imaginative play. Includes picnic accessories, and picnic play areas
Ravel Tales by Sunny Days: Unravel this ball of fun to reveal one of 12 fun surprises including: DIY activities. stickers, accessories and a plush Ravel Tales character.
BFF Bright Fairy Friends Doll Assortment: Unbox your new Best Friend along with 4 fairy accessories and a magic fairy doll. Each fairy doll comes housed in its very own fairy home with bright, motion activated twinkle fairy lights battery operated. You can use your fairy home as a night light for kids! Press your fairy’s necklace to make her fairy wings glow with radiating multi-colored fairy lights for bedroom! These are great toys for 3 year old girls.
Melissa & Doug Mickey Mouse & Friends Hand Puppets: Enjoy hands on fun with Mickey and the gang with these soft puppets. These are the perfect gift for a three year old as they can act out stories, tell stories, practice new words and talk about emotions – they are great for improving language development.
Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Drizzy Ice Cream Playset: Create your own imaginative ice cream sundaes with Play-Doh ice cream creations. For the first time ever, this toy ice cream set comes with Play-Doh Drizzle compound – a pretend syrup that turns into a pretend candy shell when you drizzle it on top of regular Play-Doh compound. It looks almost like make-believe chocolate and silly strawberry, but it’s a treat for the eyes only! Barbie Experience Classic Colorforms: play with the Barbie Dream House play set! The 2 –story Dream House opens up to feature inside/outside play scenes and comes with over 50 re-stickable pieces, including Barbie, Ken and Skipper. Mr. Potato Head Colorforms: Have fun creating your own scenes and stories with this classic dress – up Mr. Potato Head set! Colorforms® Classics Retro Replay Editions capture the spirit of your favorite Colorforms play sets from yesterday, updated for today. Deluxe “Build-Your-Box” Gift Set Dough Parlour: The Deluxe Gift Set features 6 Parlour doughs of your choice, 1 set of cutters of your choice (3 cutters in a set), and 1 wooden rolling pin. Ready to ship and gift that special child in your life! Handcrafted in Canada. Made from 100% non-toxic ingredients.
Play-Doh Stamp ‘n Top Pizza Oven Playset – A create toy for your little chef as they can turn play-doh into pizza using the pizza oven. Kids can get creative with their ingreidents and even create dessert pizzas. This Play-Doh toy is great for kids who love modeling clay and cooking. It comes with 5 standard-size 2-ounce Play-Doh cans, plus a pizza paddle, cutter, and more
Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Ultimate Swirl Ice Cream Maker – Kids will be excited to start their own ice cream shop with this Play-Doh Ice cream maker where you can create your own swirl icecream by mixing 2 colours together. You can even create whipped cream and sprinkles to add as toppings to your delicious cool treats. Includes dishes, cones, and other accessories for imaginary ice cream parties.
Disney Frozen Pop Adventures Arendelle Castle Playset – The Pop Up Play house offers two floors of imagative play. Includes two frozen dolls: Elsa and Anna which allow the child to play with the castle for hours, and the dolls and accessories fit inside the castle making tidy up time simple! The playset comes with 9 accessories including a key, throne, piano, piano stool, table, 2 chairs, and 2 beds for telling fun-filled Frozen stories.
TekyGo! Junior Bouncer Bundle – Playtime should be more than just simply pressing play, as the TekyGo is a unique form of active learning through edutainment. his exergaming console was designed to help teach children under 6 years old in a fun active way! With a team of professionals including childhood development specialists, expert story-tellers, brand inventors and game designers they have created a Developmental Learning tool called TekyGo!
The TekyGo portal connects the trampoline, compatible accessories and gaming platform. Children can learn and grow alongside this gaming console as game play is designed to to improve their motor skills, daily exercise, colour and word association, the list goes on!
Bilibo: The perfect toy to inspire their imagination as they are colourful and durable and can be used in a variety of ways. The Minis can be stacked and nested, they act as floating ducks, sand shovels, candy bowls, spinning tops, racing cars or scoops for snowballs.
Can be bought on Amazon.
The Elf On The Shelf Book – The Elf is sure to get up to no good as he goes on his own adventure in your home and becomes party of the family. The idea is that children are told that the elf reports back to Santa every night on behavior, this is a great incentive to have to try and increase good behavior especially during the chaos of the holiday season. This package contains everything you need to make lasting christmas memories! Includes: artfully illustrated Children’s book; scout elf; keepsake box.
Can be bought on Amazon.
Max the Rabbit Builds a Snowman: Includes a Clever Puzzle – This hands on board book is perfect for little hands and offers more than just a story as each page includes a large puzzle piece to create a simple jigsaw puzzle. Collect all the pieces throughout the story and put them together on the last page to reveal a surprise ending! These little reader board books expose children to literacy at a early age and support fine motor development through the puzzle which is an important skill for preschoolers. Our daughter loves to read so books are always on our shopping list, and Max the Rabbit Builds a Snowman is the perfect pick for her stocking.
This post was sponsored by Hasbro, Learning Resources, Play Monster, Playmobil, Cat, Funko Pops, Pressman Goliath. These companies provided toys in exchange for inclusion in this post, however I only recommend toys that I will personally give to my daughter and family members. My opinions remain honest and true, as I do not recommend products I do not believe in.