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14 Dec '13

Brimful Gift Guide - The Active Toddler

Posted by Kari Spikkeland in Gift Guides

What's sweeter than spending time thinking over a toy, then watching your child enjoy it just the way you hoped he/she would?

As I prepared this little gift list for the 12-24 month crowd I felt giddy! I love the toddler stage. As the world unfolds around them, each day holds new discoveries and experiences . And they have sooo much energy and curiosity!

Toddlers treat every day like a fresh new adventure and they want to enjoy every hour (except nap time, of course). This list is filled with gift items for fun play while encouraging thinking, motor skills, and exploration.

Best of all, your little one will go back to these toys over and over again. (My 7 year old still races around on our indoor trike, see #8)

xoxo, Kari


1. Wooden Fishing Set - combine with a laundry basket for the perfect sailing experience!
2. Bedtime for Tad - a wonderful story about a little rabbit who wonders what he will do when he falls asleep.
3. Wooden Maracas - introduce rhythm and music with these percussion pieces. 
4. Felt Campfire Play Set* - Annie's children have spent hours play camping with this set! 
5. Simeon Bear - he's part teddy bear, part pillow and oh-so-soft to cuddle at bedtime. 
6. Dust Pan and Brush - nurture a love to be tidy with this child-sized dust pan set.
7. Push Lawnmower - a beautiful pretend toy for littles ones who like to "mow" or "vacuum". 
8. Wooden Blue Trike - Use indoors to keep active toddlers from getting bored...and it's easy on the eyes too. 
9. Stacking Cubes Blocks - 27 colorful square blocks to build, pretend and imagine with. 
10. Tractor Trailer Set - finally a tractor that can be left out in the sandbox without worry (plastic = no rust). 


*A lesser quality campfire set was recently released by a well-known chain toy store. It's an unfortunate copy and sad that the artist didn't get credit for her original work.