There are almost too many options for young girls, ages 3-5. I found, that trick is to avoid the plastic castles that will fall apart within minutes and try and find something that will last and won’t leave you frustrated. I love that girls this age still enjoy the princesses, playing with pretend food and can spend hours painting and doing crafts. BargainShopperMom’s Holiday List for young girls includes everything from outdoor toys, to arts and crafts to pretend play. I’m sure you will find something fun that the little girl in your life will love.
The first version of this Leappad was hard to find last year, so don’t wait until the last minute to order this one! This fun toy allows you to download educational apps that focus on reading math, science, health and so much more. Use your finger or stylus that comes with the unit. Another cool feature is the front and back cameras and video recorders. Leapfrog also has accessories for the Leappad 2 like this cute Leapfrog Handbag. Amazon often sells discounted app cards. Find out more information and shop for the Leappad 2 Explorer.
Doc McStuffins is one of the new popular TV shows for kids and the Doc McStuffin toys have been flying off the shelves. This cute Doc doll talks and sings and you can use Doc’s magical check-up tools to make Lambie talk. Find out more information or shop for the Disney Doc McStuffins Interacting Talking Doll.
This dollhouse will be used for years to come and just about everything is included to start playing. The KidKraft Majestic Mansion Dollhouse includes has 8 rooms to decorate and comes with 34 pieces of furniture and accessories, including a bed, a couch and even a cute kitchen appliances. It’s dollhouse is 4 feet wide and 4.5 feet tall and made of sturdy wood. Find out more information or shop for the KidKraft Majestic Mansion Dollhouse.
This cash register is so much fun. All of my kids play with this one. You can use the scale, scan pretend credit cards and practice your math skills when the register helps you add your money. It comes with play coins, but this register also recognizes real money. It has an automatic shut-off feature as well, so no unnecessary battery use. Learning Resources also offers a smaller Pretend and Play cash register, but I think the Teaching Cash Register is worth the extra money. Find out more information or shop for the Learning Resources Teaching Cash Register.
This cute picnic basket comes with 14 pieces including place settings, food items, a picnic blanket and more. Your young girl will love playing “picnic” with her dolls and teddy bears. The basket also makes fun music and sounds and helps teach shapes, colors and manners. Find out more information or shop for the Leapfrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket.
Does your little artist need a place to create masterpieces? This folding easel is both a chalkboard, a dry erase board and it has a locking paper roll holder for painting. You can adjust the height to suit your little artist’s height. All done with art projects for the day, fold the easel up and store it under the bed. Melissa and Doug also makes an Easel Accessory Set
to along with this easel. Find out more information or shop for the Melissa and Doug Standing Easel.
Avoid those plastic castles that fall apart and try this Lego version that your little girl can create on her own. This set comes with easy-to-follow instructions and with pieces big enough to fit in small hands. Create the castle and the furniture for Cinderella and Prince Charming. The best part about this set is that it works with other Lego Duplo sets and you are able to expand your collection. For more information or shop for the Lego Duplo Disney Princess Cinderella’s Castle.
This scooter has won multiple toy awards for its cool design and it comes in pink! This three-wheeled scooter allows you to “lean and steer” and so your body weight is used to control where the scooter goes. It almost feels like you are gliding or surfing as you ride. My oldest son was able to start using it immediately at age 2 and my second little guy is now enjoying it. It is definitely a quality scooter and has endured years of use. It also can be ridden inside the house as the wheels are designed to not leave marks on your floor and it has a break on the back. Find out more information or shop for the Pink Mini-Kick Scooter.
This games gets rave reviews and both adults and kids will love this one. The colorful game board is six feet long, creating a town to move through. The object is to discover hidden objects and work as a team to solve the mystery. Find out more information or shop for Richard Scarry’s Busytown.
This cute colorful bead set includes 500 pieces to create colorful jewelry that’s easy for young girls to make. The beads just pop together and you can create over and over. Create necklaces, bracelets, rings and even toe rings. This set is for ages 4 and up. Find out more information or shop for B. Pop Arty Beads.
11. Brave DVD
This Pixar movie is by far one of the best animated movies. what a great movie for all mothers and daughters to watch together. It encourages the family relationship and choosing to be who you are. It does have a few intense scenes, but those scenes are comparable to those in Cinderella or Snow White. Find out more information or shop for the Brave DVD.
My kids young and old love these big dotty markers. They are washable and easy to hold. The sponge bottle tips produce almost no mess since there are no spills or messy brushes to clean. My kids love to use these to create cool patterns. Six bright colors are included in this set. Find out more information or shop for Do-A-Dot Rainbow Art Set.
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