I am nearly done my holiday shopping. I know [ducking the rotten food that is bound to be thrown at my head], I am one of those people. I love being able to shop for best prices before the holiday demand and I hate long lines, crowded stores, and the stress of trying to find the “must have” item on my child’s list when it is in stock NOWHERE.
As the boys get older, the toys get more fun. I’m going to share some of the items I picked up this year for the boys, starting with items that are most appropriate for 4 and 5 year olds. I hope this list gives you a few ideas for the boys on your shopping list this season!
Hexbugs – I’ve heard rave reviews about the Hexbug Nanos, small, robotic bug-like creatures that react to their environment and the habitats that you make for it. I went for the Hexbug Nano Elevation 3D Habitat which includes lots of “tracks” and 2 hexbugs.
Cars Micro Drifters – My son has been an avid collector of the 1:55 scale die cast cars from the movies, but recently, he found the micro versions of the cars and has been enjoying those as well. For the holidays, he is getting another car set, the micro drifters playset, Mack storage, and a car launcher. His grandparents have the car launcher for the micro cars and the boys love launching them.
Plasma Car – My sister bought a Plasma Car for my younger son and it is the most played with toy in our house. The boys love riding it on the driveway, and it is a toy that will grow with them as they get older. They fight over it so often, we now need two…hence it making the list.
Hot Wheels Car Maker – My 4.5 year old is a Hot Wheels connoisseur. He collects, sorts, races, and organizes his cars with the level of care that you might expect from a grown man who has finally saved enough to buy his dream car. So, when I saw that Mattel released a tool that kids could use to mold, decorate, and create their OWN Hot Wheels cars, I was all over that. My son is going to geek out when he opens this gift. Although this gift is intended for kids a bit older, I think it makes an appropriate gift for parents and children to use together at a younger age (of course I would not recommend leaving your preschooler alone with melting plastic).
Scooter Board – Do you have fond memories of elementary school gym class where you played sports and raced while sitting on a scooter board. I do. And since my boys LOVE playing outdoors – especially with their “vehicles”, I couldn’t resist grabbing two of these inexpensive scooter boards to race all over the driveway!
LEGO Passenger Train – In addition to vehicles, my 4.5 year old loves anything LEGO. He has saved every catalog from LEGO that has arrived over the past two years along with the LEGO Jr. magazines that come bi-monthly in the mail. He has been drooling over the LEGO Passenger Train, which is a bit expensive, but…it is motorized. Yes, IT MOVES. ON A TRACK. WITH A CONTROLLER. We did not buy this for him, but it is on his wish list. Maybe he can put some of his holiday money towards purchasing it!
I’ll add a few more ideas for this age range a little later in the season, and look for my upcoming post on ideas for a 2-3 year old boy!