Kid Knives: My three-year-old loves to cut things when we cook together, and I don’t let her cut with anything other than a butter knife. Here’s a kid’s knife set so she can actually cut vegetables and I won’t be completely fearful for her safety.
Real Cooking Baking Kit: What fun! I’d buy this for the egg separator so my child could help with eggs, something she really wants to do. It also includes a bowl that suctions to the table, a pastry bag that swirls frosting, sprinkles, and more! Whoever made this set surely had kids!
R & M Bakeware Set: My daughter loves rolling pins and this set includes one perfect for her size, along with lots of mini bakeware. I see a heart-shaped cake for Valentine’s Day in our future.
Sassafrass To the Moon Kit: My daughters would be all over the space monster timer and spaceship cookie cutter.
Baker’s Secret Baking Set: This affordable set has bright colors and several cookie cutters.
Mindware Deluxe Kit: This set has it all (knife, apron, mixing bowls) and it’s age-appropriate for young budding chefs.
Cupcake Apron: This is well-made and can be personalized. Williams-Sonoma has lots of other cute kid aprons.
Turtle Apron: What a cute apron! Plus, it’s laminated for easy clean-up.
Elephant Apron: This is a fun-looking, colorful apron.
A Dance Along Fairy Tale: We have two girls who love to dance. This DVD teaches jazz, hip-hop, tap, ballet, and more, all in a fairy tale format. Our toddler has tap shoes and didn’t know what to do with them until the other day when she saw the tail end of Annie and wanted to immediately replicate the moves. I can’t wait for her to learn some more tap moves and other forms of dance. By the way, I purchased Annie as a holiday present…for my partner. He excitedly exclaimed, “it’s Annie!” when he saw us watching it and then told me that as a child he had a huge crush on her.
Sesame Street: Get Up and Dance: Here’s another dance DVD.
Drum Set: Our little ones enjoy playing with musical instruments. This drum set gets lots of rave reviews. Some warned that it is smaller than it appears in the picture.
B. Meowsic: Here’s another toy that gets consistently great reviews. This keyboard plays twenty songs, it has a sing-along microphone, and it records voices. My kids would love this toy.
B. Woofer Guitar: Two instruments for two kids (plus a drum set) -best policy to prevent fights (and worst way to enjoy a quiet day). B. items are built to last. We’ve enjoyed all the B. toys we’ve owned (Below I write about a couple that we own that are still going strong).
Ralph’s World: Our children absolutely love his sophomore album At the Bottom of the Sea, and I don’t mind it one bit. The tunes are catchy; I find myself humming them later. We don’t have this album but it seems to be equally good.
Cranberry Sauce Flotilla: I read this great article here and it made me want to go out and immediately buy the following three albums. This one has fiddles and mandolins and all sorts of fun instruments.
Hey You Kids: Truitt writes, ”Even the quiet numbers, like the heart-achingly sweet “My Blanket,” are so unbelievably good it’s hard to get your head around the fact that you’re listening to an album for little kids.” I’m sold.
Jim Gill Sings The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes: Truitt discusses another album by Gill but this album sounds even better.
B. Hiphone: My daughter loved this phone (and so did I); sadly, we lost it. It records voices and has catchy songs. We now have two phone-obsessed kiddos. It’s time to get a new one.
B. Funkeys: My kids are about as obsessed with keys as they are of phones. I love B. toys. This seems to be another great one.
Wheely the Bug: We have the ladybug version. The kids, newly mobile and three years of mobile, love it. The wheels turn in every direction making it easy to maneuver. Our kids have a ladybug and bumblebee-themed room. It’s time to get another so they don’t fight over the ladybug, plus the bee is super cute. And did you see the cow?!
Bouncy the horse: Bouncing is a favorite activity over here. Bouncing on a horse? They wouldn’t be able to contain themselves!
Slide: We own this slide and have for several years now. It’s well worth the money!
Fire Chief Outfit: Our kids love dress-up and I love Melissa and Doug. What a cute costume!
Nuby Octopus: My youngest daughter absolutely loves playing with water and is constantly trying to get me to give her a bath. Both my children would play in the bath tub all day if they had this toy.
Vtech Smart Shots Sports Center: Our kids might be a bit big for this but lately they love playing soccer and basketball. The Little Tikes basketball hoop might be more age-appropriate for the three-year-old in our household.
TOYS WE OWN AND LOVE (THAT HAVE STOOD THE TEST OF TIME):
Chillafish Bike: My daughter LOVES this bike, and so do I!
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes: We’ve owned this for 3½ years. It still works and I don’t hate the music. Not bad for such an affordable toy.
O Ball Car: We have several O ball toys. I love this car, the rattle ball, and also the animals, but they have lots of other options.
Hape Walk-Along Puppy: We have two young dog lovers in our household. This toy is so cute!
Jellycat Stuffed Animals: Jellycat stuffed animals are unbelievably soft.
B. UFWhoa Remote Control Car: We bought this toy for my daughter’s first birthday. She’s now over three and it’s still going strong.
Melissa and Doug Cutting Food: This is great for pretend play and for practicing fine motor skills.
B. Elemenosqueeze: This is a fun set of blocks with unique shapes, alphabet letters, and animals.
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