Christmas gift guide for 3-5 year olds

Can you believe how close to Christmas we are getting? Have you finished your Christmas shopping? If not and you have a preschool or primary school age child to buy for, you might find this gift guide useful. This post includes some of the things my 4 year old currently loves and some things she will be receiving for Christmas this year. A few of the items were sent to us to include in this guide, however, I do think they are fantastic items or they would not be included in this guide.

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Playmags magnetic tiles *

We bought a set of Playmags magnetic tiles for F last Christmas. She loved them from day one. They are definitely the best gift we got her last Christmas. Almost 12 months on she still plays with them regularly. The same can’t be said for everything she received last Christmas! We love these colourful magnetic tiles for building and so much more. If you want to find out more about them, I shared why we love Playmags magnetic tiles last month.

Cheeky Monkeys game *

We love Orchard toys. We have so many of their games and jigsaws but were thrilled when they asked to send us one of their latest releases to feature in our gift guide. Cheeky Monkeys is another great game, recommended from age 4. This game includes a 3D tree, 32 monkey tokens, a spinner and a pool board. Players take it turns to spin the dial and try to get as many monkey tokens as they can each turn on their section of the tree. There are really fun elements to the game like the chance to take monkeys from your opponents. Each monkey token has between 0 and 6 bananas. The winner is the player with the most bananas at the end of the game. Like all games from Orchard toys, Children will have lots of fun playing without realising that they are learning. RRR £9.50. Suitable for age 4-8 years,

Dressing up costume

I couldn’t resist this gorgeous superhero dress and mask when I was shopping in m&s a few weeks back. I know F is going to adore it as she loves superheroes. We’ve also got her a pirate costume as she loves pirates too. Children love dressing up and there are so many options out there, you are bound to find one to match your child’s interests.


Lego is a great gift. F doesn’t play with lego that much because we have a toddler around who would try and eat it. When she does play with lego though she loves it. I’m not sure if this set will be a bit too difficult but we can help her at first. I bought it because she loves the Lego Batman film. Her grandparents are buying her the Lego juniors Disney Frozen set which she will also love but it will be easier for her to build.

Craft subscription box *

You might have spotted this craft box on my Instagram account recently. We were sent a box to review by Squidgydoodle. My 4 year old loved all the activities and I loved that the box contained everything we needed for a spontaneous craft session. No trawling Pinterest for new ideas to keep your craft mad child happy, no finding out you’ve run out of paint. Just 4 great crafts all in one box with clear instructions.

Hopster *

We have been given 12 months access to Hopster free kids tv app. This is a great app for preschool children which includes tv shows and educational games. There are tv shows like Ben & Holly, Postman Pat and Max and Ruby. There are also The Gruffalo and Room on the broom available to watch on demand. You can also find over 100 songs and nursery rhymes as well as video and audio books from Harper Collins. I’ll be back in a few weeks to write a full review of this app and also give you a chance to win a 12 month subscription.

Numbugz game *

NumBugz is a fantastic travel game. The pack comes with 1 set of rules for a maths game suitable from age 6 but there are currently 6 other games that you can play, some of which are suitable from 4 years old. Their website has videos for all the games explaining how to play each game. Some games last just 5 minutes, some up to 30 minutes. This game is supported by National Numeracy and we love it so much that I plan to write a full blog post on all the games suitable for reception children in the new year.

Finally, I have two girls who both adore their dolls so I love the look of Learn to swim with baby Annabell.

Disclosure – Items marked with * were sent to us for review. All the other gifts we’ve purchased ourselves for our daughters over the years. All photos, thoughts, and opinions are my own. I am a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

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  1. November 30, 2017 / 8:03 am

    I love the Monkey game! I’ve seen a lot of people talking about it and it looks like it’s travel size and perfect for our upcoming adventures. The craft box is such a lovely idea. I like being able to do things with the boys on Christmas day.

    • Claire
      December 2, 2017 / 10:50 am

      The craft box would be perfect for Christmas day.

  2. November 30, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    some really useful ideas! I’ve stolen some thank you!

    • Claire
      December 2, 2017 / 10:44 am

      You’re welcome. I hope your kids enjoy them.

  3. November 30, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    Orchard Toys and Lego are always on our Christmas list, too! Great suggestions. #bloggerpinparty

    • Claire
      December 2, 2017 / 10:43 am

      Thank you

    • Claire
      December 2, 2017 / 10:41 am

      Isn’t it.

  4. December 1, 2017 / 8:23 am

    Fab ideas – we love Hopster! I’ve heard lots of good things about the monkey game too – will have to get it for Soph I think! x

    • Claire
      December 2, 2017 / 10:41 am

      She’ll love it.

  5. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs
    December 1, 2017 / 9:56 am

    What lovely gift ideas. Orchard Toys have some lovely games, we have quite a few. I love the idea of the magnetic Playmags. They are something that my youngest would love 🙂 x

    • Claire
      December 2, 2017 / 10:40 am

      Orchard toys games are some of the best educational games I’ve come across.

  6. December 1, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    I love the superhero costume my daughter would love that as she is obsessed with super heroes (aren’t they all!). We recently checked out those magnetic tiles and they are pretty cool and great for exploring their imaginations.

    • Claire
      December 2, 2017 / 10:40 am

      Super heroes are always a hit at this age.

  7. December 1, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    Fab gift ideas here. I am done with my shopping thankfully. Just need to get them wrapped now.

    • Claire
      December 2, 2017 / 10:31 am

      Yes, I still have all the wrapping to do too.

  8. December 1, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    I’ve seen the monkey game, the dressing up outfit and the Lego but never heard of some of these but then I have teenagers so I feel a bit old! #bloggerpinparty

    • Claire
      December 2, 2017 / 10:31 am

      Ha ha. Yes, I think your kids might be too old for these!

  9. December 2, 2017 / 9:34 am

    These are all fantastic suggestions! We love Cheeky Monkeys too. Would love some of those magnatiles.

    • Claire
      December 2, 2017 / 10:29 am

      Cheeky Monkeys is great and the magnetic tiles are amazing.

  10. December 2, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    We love the orchard games, and this one looks great fun too! The dress….I think I want one myself!!

  11. December 4, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    Loving the fancy dress option #bloggerpinparty

  12. December 11, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    I recently bought my daughter this fancy dress costume from marks and spencers, she wears it all the time along with the unicorn one.

  13. December 12, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    Lego is a classic isn’t it, oh and dressing up costumes in our house are ALWAYS a winner!! #bloggerspinparty

  14. December 19, 2017 / 9:59 am

    This is a great gift guide. I’ve heard of the Cheeky Monkeys game and think my son would love it. He IS getting Lego Junior from Santa and Hopster is currently his favourite app on my phone. It came in very handy while queuing for rides at Disneyland Paris recently! #bloggerpinparty

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