With a second boy, I have to get a bit creative for gifts. His brother received many of the standards when he was this age, so I like to find Little Guy some toys of his own that match his interests. While my 4.5 year old is much more into cars and building items, Little Guy is my imaginative one. Here are a few ideas for what he might be getting from Santa this year!
Chuggington Stack Track – While my older son was more interested in Thomas tracks as a toddler, Little Guy is much more interested in the Chuggington characters. He is fascinated with the new Chuggington Stack Tracks, which allow for the combination of tracks in a vertical fashion. The vertical build reminds me of a more complex version of the Wheelies Stand n’ Play Rampway the boys loved when they were a bit younger (and they still use this toy regularly!)
Batman Flying Hero Action Figure – Little Guy loves superheroes. He knows them by name, even though neither he or his brother have ever seen a superhero movie/show. The Batman flyer sends a batman figure flying through the air with just the push of a button. What an exciting way to bring Batman to life during outdoor play!
Cabbage Patch boy – Little Guy loves playing pretend, and dresses up in his costumes, pushing his grocery cart around. With a little baby brother on the way, we thought he might enjoy a Cabbage Patch brother to take care of in his play!
Superhero Doll set – One of Little Guys favorite things to do is pretend play with little action figures (like from Imaginext). Although he has never really seen a superhero TV show or movie, he is super into the characters. We thought this amazing Barbie-sized superhero set would be a great treat for him (Note, I linked to the set on Amazon, but it was only $49 at Target!).
Imaginext Rescue City Center – In my opinion, the Imaginext toys are some of the best pretend play options for toddler and preschool-aged boys. The figures are the perfect size for little hands and the buildings have lots of moveable features. The Imaginext Bat Cave is the favorite toy in our house currently, so we thought we would expand the set with this interactive Imaginext Rescue City Center.
LEGO Duplo – For little builders, nothing beats LEGO Duplo. I built Little Guy a LEGO Duplo table last year, and he loves to build on it while his brother uses the table meant for “big boy” LEGOs. Little Guy has had his eye on the Jake and the Neverland Pirates Duplo sets this season, so we might give him one!
Zelf – Recently, Moose Toys sent me a medium Zelf doll to review. I thought because it was a figure, the boys might enjoy integrating the Zelf into their pretend play. What I didn’t predict was how much the boys enjoyed using the included brush to style the Zelf’s hair and tail. Hours of hair styling happened around here. I did take away the charm that arrived with the figure, just because it was too small for Little Guy, but you can see from their faces in the picture below that they enjoyed playing with this toy. The Zelf might make a good stocking stuffer!
Leapfrog Text and Learn – Little Guy loves pressing anything with buttons and singing the ABCs. I have a feeling the Leapfrog Text and Learn will be a huge hit. We have the Leapfrog cell phone and it is played with on a regular basis!
Dusty the Plane – Finally, we are huge Disney Cars (and now Planes) fans in our house. How cool is the Wing Control Dusty Crophopper Radio Control Plane? Using hand remotes that look like wings, Dusty mimics kids’ moves. I imagine this will get lots of play time in our house!