Gift Ideas for Preschoolers

Gift ideas for your favorite 3.5 year olds, 4 year olds and 5 year olds

As a preschooler, my son loves many of the same types of toys as he did as a toddler, including building toys, puzzles, and play pretend toys. But these toys are a bit more advanced and have more pieces – and are honestly a bit more fun to play with.

The toys on this list are best for ages 3.5 years old to 5. Everything on this list are toys that we own or have asked for this holiday season for our 4 year old.

Christmas Gift Guide 2021 for Preschoolers - One Little Small Blog

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Preschooler Gifts

PicassoTiles Bristle Blocks - One Little Small Blog Gift Guide for Preschoolers
PicassoTiles Bristle Blocks

PicassoTiles Bristle Blocks

Bristle Blocks are a fun building toy that is perfect for this age group. The blocks come in a variety of fun colors and shapes, and are different enough from other building toys to keep your preschooler’s interest.

Educational Insights Design & Drill Activity Center - One Little Small Blog Preschooler Gift Guide
Educational Insights Design & Drill Activity Center

Educational Insights Design & Drill Activity Center

This design and drill toy is perfect for any tool-loving kiddo. My son can spend an afternoon creating different pictures with the colored screws and drill. It’s a lot of fun!

Etch A Sketch - One Little Small Blog Gift Guide for Preschoolers
Etch A Sketch

Etch A Sketch

Classic childhood toys have been a hit in our household, and the Etch A Sketch is no exception. My 4 year old has a blast making pictures, and only needs help erasing his drawings.

Obuby Kids Fort Building Kit - One Little Small Blog Gift Guide for Preschoolers
Obuby Kids Fort Building Kit

Obuby Kids Fort Building Kit

We asked for this fort building kit after spending a rainy spring building blanket forts with our son our of blankets and pool noodles. This is definitely a toy to play with together – it’s a bit too complex for a 4 year old to build all on their own – but it is fun for everyone!

Heads Talk Tails Walk Game - One Little Small Blog Preschooler Gift Guide
Heads Talk Tails Walk Game

Heads Talk Tails Walk Game

This game is perfect for preschoolers because it gets them up and moving and making animal noises. And there is only 10 cards, which is about as long as their attention span lasts. This has been a great tool to help my son practice waiting and taking turns.

Coogam Wooden Blocks Puzzle Brain Teasers - Gift Ideas for Preschoolers
Coogam Wooden Blocks Puzzle Brain Teasers

Coogam Wooden Blocks Puzzle Brain Teasers

I love that there is more than one way to put together this puzzle. It is a bit advanced, and would be best for kids who love puzzles and brain teasers.

Seckton Kids Digital Camera - One Little Small Blog Gift Ideas for 4 year old
Seckton Kids Digital Camera

Seckton Kids Digital Camera

At age 4, my son is much more interested in taking photos than in previous years. We purchased this camera for him for Christmas, and are looking forward to seeing what he captures.

Animal Friends Deluxe Kids Hand Puppets - One Little Small Blog Gift Guide for Preschoolers
Animal Friends Deluxe Kids Hand Puppets

Animal Friends Deluxe Kids Hand Puppets (6 Pack)

One thing we love to do in our house is to build a stage with the fort builder toy above and put on a puppet show. I added this set of hand puppets to my son’s wish list because he loves animals and they were well-rated.

Wild Kratts Adventure Set - One Little Small Blog Preschooler Gift Guide
Wild Kratts Adventure Set


Wild Kratts Adventure Set

This is a very specific toy, but if your kiddo loves this show as much as mine does, definitely consider picking up this set. My son loves pretending to be one of the Kratt brothers, and I am very excited for him to open this present.

Big Gifts for Preschoolers

Banana GT Balance Bike - One Little Small Blog Gift Ideas for 4 year olds
Banana GT Balance Bike 

Banana GT Balance Bike

Balance bikes are a great gift for older toddlers / young preschoolers. We bought this balance when my son was 3, but he wasn’t very interested in riding it until closer to 3.5 years old. If your child isn’t quite ready for a full-sized bike, you may want to check out a balance bike instead.

Hape Quadrilla Wooden Marble Run - One Little Small Blog Gift Ideas for 4 year olds
Hape Quadrilla Wooden Marble Run

Hape Quadrilla Wooden Marble Run

Marble run toys are great for this age. If you’re looking for a bigger gift, consider this one from Hape. It is more complex to setup than the plastic version – this gift is best for ages 4 and up. It’s unique, has cool add-on pieces, and is fun for the whole family.

Foamnasium Blocksy Mini - One Little Small Blog Gift Guide for Preschoolers
Foamnasium Blocksy Mini

Foamnasium Blocksy Mini

If you don’t have the space or budget for one of those in-demand, large buildable couches, check out this one from Foamnasium. We purchased the Blocksy Mini for my son’s 4th birthday, and he still has a lot of fun with it – without taking up half his room.

Little Tikes 3' Trampoline - One Little Small Blog Preschooler Gift Guide
Little Tikes 3′ Trampoline

Little Tikes 3′ Trampoline

I was hesitant to dedicate space in our house to a mini trampoline that would be out all the time, but I’m glad I did. It’s an easy way to help my son burn off some extra energy before school or in the afternoon on a rainy day.

Fat Brain Toys Timber Tots Schoolhouse - One Little Small Blog Gift Ideas for Preschoolers
Fat Brain Toys Timber Tots Schoolhouse

Fat Brain Toys Timber Tots Schoolhouse

My son has been eyeing the Timber Tots toys for a bit now, but at age 4, I think he finally has the attention span to really enjoy it. Plus, I thought the schoolhouse was the perfect fit for a child who just started preschool.


Thank you for checking out my gift guide for preschoolers. I hope you are able to find the perfect gift for your three and a half, four or five year old in this list of toys my son has loves so much.


If you enjoyed this gift guide, make sure to check out my full collection of holiday gift ideas for kids, including Gift Ideas for One Year Olds, Toddler Gift Guide, Hanukkah Gift Guide and Stocking Stuffers Guide.

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