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A Four Year Olds' Christmas Wish List
Gift Ideas for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners!
Through some prodding and poking, I retrieved the vital information to see me through my Christmas shopping. I never thought I would have to pry gift ideas out of my four year old, but once he got going, he was on a roll! I clarified that he wasn't getting it all but that we were just playing pretend, which made his whole face light up as he got to dream up anything he ever wanted!
You could always search for the top Christmas Gifts gift guide for 2012 or 2013, or, you could just ask a real child what they want! I love shopping on Amazon! I can read real parents reviews on how their child plays with the toy and how long the toy lasted, not to mention avoiding Christmas rush or searching from store to store, town to town for the perfect gift you want to give.
Here is what is on my four year olds Christmas wish list!
"Is it okay if I want girl toys?"
A Race Car Helmet
"I want a helmet that you can do this" my son says as he motions with his hand, pretending to put the visor down. I knew exactly what he was talking about, and couldn't believe he still remembered this helmet he saw in the summer!
Two years later... My boys pulled this out the other day and ran around the yard as fast as they could with it on! It still fits them and was still working well!
Littlest Pet Shop house - "Is it okay if I want a girl toy?"
"Is it okay if I like girl toys?" My son asks. "OF COURSE!" I reply, determined to encourage his independent choices. "I want the one with the cat and the stairs that go up and down!" "Uh....." I think. I can only deduct that it must be from a commercial he's seen, and when I ask, "Littlest Pet Shop?" He confirms this as the correct answer.
"A SCOOTER!" He yells, as though the memories of the two times he saw it in the summer just came flooding back. "The one where you put one foot on and push with the other one. I have a helmet and things that go on your knees already!" This item was a huge hit when he discovered it in the summer - what a great way to encourage physical activity as well as gross motor skills and hand/eye coordination! This will definitely go on the list, if not this year, the next year!
Two years later... We finally bought this scooter when our sons were 6 and 4, and they love it, though we had to make sure we had enough helmets and knee pads for the both of them.
Helmet - Last years gift, still a big hit!
This is the equipment my son was talking about in relation to the scooter. He uses this helmet for alot of things - not just biking and skating! Apparently it is also used as a racecar driver, a fighter/boxer, a pilot, a hockey player, and the list goes on...
Two years later...this helmet is still a favourite...and the knee pads!
Scissors - At this age, arts and crafts are a big interest!
Arts and crafts are pretty huge at this age - glitter, construction paper, gluesticks, items to glue (googly eyes, Popsicle sticks, feathers, bits & pieces of paper...), markers, stickers, playdoh... So if you're looking for gift ideas, you can always put a whole arts and crafts package together. Just don't forget real scissors!
Apparently, "real scissors" are HUGE in this 4-year-olds' eyes! He wants them so much that he's insisting this is also what Daddy wants for Christmas, and I have had to warn my husband that he just might be getting scissors from his son for Christmas.
My son has scissors - the plastic ones that only cut paper, fun shark ones that make noises when you cut, my old childhood scissors, but what he wants are his own, Real scissors - nothing fancy.
What does your child want for Christmas? - What's on their wish list?
Let us know what gifts have been a hit with your preschool age or kindergarten age kids!
"Hey Mom, you haven't taken me fighting yet!"
"Huh?" I reply
"You haven't taken me fighting yet!"
"What kind of fighting?" I ask, fearing the worse. "You mean wrestling?"
"The kind where you have gloves and you punch!"
I had no idea that I was supposed to be taking my 4 year old somewhere to fight! "You mean boxing?"
"When I get bigger I can go?" He asks
"You bet" I reply enthusiasticly, glad to put it off for a few more years.
"I need gloves to fight Dad."
Much better. I muse.
"And how can I pick up snow?" he worries.
"Ahhhhh!" I say, finally clueing in to the kind of mittens he's thinking about. "Don't worry Bud - I've got it covered!" I think I can handle snow and wrestle time with Dad - anything to make him forget about wanting to go somewhere to fight. Maybe karate lessons will be a gift one year.
Handy Manny Tools - The top gift on the list!
Always interested in "fixing" items, and also using his chainsaw to "fix" your leg, we've already been looking at tool sets for our son. The first item he asked for were "Handy Manny tools so I can fix stuff!" Handy Manny, a guy who fixes stuff, is a show our son just started watching on the Disney channel. Looks like we're on the right track!
Don't Want, Wish!
We encourage our children to say "I wish for..." or "on my wishlist..." or "my pick is...", instead of "I want, I want, I want..." when viewing commercials or catalogues.
Chainsaw - This years Birthday gift, still going strong!
A chainsaw similar to this has been my sons substitute for a lack of pretend play tools. The chainsaw is used as a tool and in the doctors kit! The goggles are everything - from cutting down trees, to a race car driver, to being G.I. Joe!
Two years later...this toy is still going strong and still gets pulled out of the toybox! I'm not sure what there favourite part is though, the chainsaw or the glasses.
2 Wish Lists in One
My second son has now turned 4, so I have added his list below. It was only one thing.
Who is their favourite Superhero? - Imaginext - it's all my kids play with!
I call it the introduction to action figures. It is a step up from Fisher Price Little People, but not quite up to the Action figures with movable parts (that break) and little pieces (that get lost or vacuumed).
My sons love Imaginext and started playing with it since the one was two and the other four years old. It's been over two years and that is still all they play with. It is very durable and usually doesn't require batteries. We've hardly had anything break, and continually buy Imaginext from Fisher Price.