Need some new ideas to stuff Christmas stockings for your toddlers? Many cultures hang stockings as a traditional holiday celebration. The stockings are filled with small gifts, each stocking bearing the name of a family member. (And, if it’s like my house, there’s stockings for the dog and cat!)
Here are 10 stocking stuffer ideas for toddlers, in about the 1 to 3 year old range:
1 – Rubik’s Cube – You may need to take the cube out of its packaging to fit it into your child’s stocking. A Rubik’s Cube provides much-needed eye – hand coordination and fine motor development, and captivates your child with bright colors.
2 – Stacking toys – These come in many forms, and teach your child the relationship between similar items of different sizes. As with the Rubik’s Cube, stackable toys help motor skill development and eye – hand coordination.
3 – Lego building blocks – You may remember growing up with Lego toys yourself. The iconic building block manufacturer has been making interlocking children’s building pieces since 1949, ideally suited for stocking stuffing. Check out the larger sized Legos for very small kids, especially if they’re prone to sticking things in their mouths! They can graduate to the regular sized Legos in a few years.
4 – Coloring crayons – Just about all toddlers love to scribble, draw and color with crayons. These are the perfect stocking stuffer for bringing out the creativity in your toddler.
5 – A whistle – Just make sure and choose a toddler-approved whistle. Toddlers love blowing whistles, and that simple act teaches the causal relationship between an action your child takes and a result or consequence that his action has created.
6 – Balls – Balls of all shapes, sizes and materials are excellent for toddler stocking stuffers. Balls that bounce are especially well-suited to toddlers.
7 – Stickers – A sticker set can go a long way toward keeping your child busy and enthralled for hours. Some sticker sets come complete with games that require your child to place the appropriate sticker in the right spot. This helps teach shapes and matching skills.
9 – Holiday novelty toys – Reindeer, snowmen and Santa Claus arrive every holiday season in the form of many toys. A lot of these are aimed at toddlers, and are sized to make perfect stocking stuffers.
10 –Movie and TV-themed merchandise – Your child no doubt already has his or her favorite movie and TV characters. Companies are very good about creating toys and games for toddlers that depict beloved characters. Many of these serve as great stocking fillers.
Whatever your family tradition, hopefully this list gave you a few useful ideas to fill all those stockings “hung by the chimney with care…”