Looking for some Christmas Present ideas for children under five? Well look no further as we’ve inspiration for the one to five year old – all ethically sourced and to suit all budgets!
Learning through Play
Little ones are both the easiest and the hardest to buy for. There is soooo much choice it can be a bit daunting as to what is age appropriate or suitable. We like classic ‘learning toys’ that offer just a little bit extra such as this Stacking Rocket (18m+ £18) which uses shapes as well as rings to create the astronauts rocket. Or this Farm Animals Interactive Fabric Book (18m+ £25) A fab way to learn about animals and their babies as well as introducing concepts such as big, small, behind, in front and opposites. The newly staggering toddler always loves a pull along companion and both this Alligator (12m+ £18) and Sit & Walk Puppy (12m+ £18) would fit the bill. Alternatively, many children adore vehicles and things with wheels so this Tractor (12m+ £20) or Dump Trunk (12m+ £22) both made from robust, no chipping, recycled plastic would give hours of transport delight.
Three years and above – past the health and safely watershed…
Post three years old, when health and safely concerns lessen, a whole raft of interesting toys become suitable. Jigsaws are a traditional favourite and these wooden, fair trade Dachshunds and Dinosaurs (3 years+ £20) are long enough to handle the alphabet or numbers 1-25. By three, most children are competent in ‘threading’ which makes these First Sew Kits (4 years+ £12) ideal. Using the pre-cut holes and huge plastic needle you can make your own Elephant, Hippo or Stegosaurus! If you want to encourage imaginative play, then fabric play bags such as this Cooler Bag (carpet picnic anyone? £32) or Circus (off to the Big Top £39) (both 3 years+) are great. Plus they are self contained so fab to take on journeys or visits to Grandparents.