2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Child Care

Now that the Holiday season is upon us I wondered what was on a provider’s wish list.  Let’s see just what’s out there that providers would love to have at their childcares this year.  Some don’t even need batteries.  Imagine that!    I started this last year, and it was so much fun.  So here it is the 2nd Annual Holiday Gift Guide for Child Care.

Gift Guide for Child Care

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Child Care

Since most providers have a multi-age group of children to care for, I tried to find interesting items that could be used for different age groups.  Like last year, I think I was able to find some real jewels that will keep those little ones busy for hours (ok minutes) both indoors and outdoors.  Here’s what’s on our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Child Care.  PLEASE NOTE:  This is not meant to be a guide for gifts from parents.  Just a look at some fun products and a fun take on what a provider might like Santa to gift their childcare business.

Gift Guide for Child Care

Toys for 6+ Months

Gift Guide for Child Care

Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone

  • Pound and Tap while playing musical favorites
  • Easily sliding xylophone provides many ways to play
  • Encourages audio recognition and musical development
  • Non-toxic finishes and child safe materials
  • For ages 12 months – 3 years


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Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube

  • Educational toy teaches how sounds combine to create 8 Mozart masterpiece
  • Includes harp, French horn, piano, flute and violin instrument sounds
  • Features bright colors such as yellow, green, purple and magenta
  • Sides light up to the tempo of the music. Orchestra button plays all instruments. Eight Mozart compositions included.
  • Recommended for budding young composers of all ages


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LeapFrog Stack & Tumble Elephant

  • Stack the five colorful rings on the elephant’s trunk to help build fine motor skills
  • As each ring is stacked on his trunk, the elephant introduces colors, numbers and shapes
  • Push the elephant’s tail and watch him sneeze, sending the rings tumbling off his trunk
  • Press the button on the elephant’s trunk to hear playful songs
  • Turn the elephant’s textured ears to hear a clicking sound while building fine motor skills

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Little Tikes Push & Ride Racer

  • Combination of walker and ride on
  • Low seat makes it easy to get on and off
  • Back seat to hold stuffed animal
  • Recommended for ages between 9 to 36 months
  • Perform amazing tricks

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Little Tikes Go and Grow Lil’ Rollin’ Giraffe Ride-on

  • Friendly giraffe ride-on and scoot toy with adjustable seat
  • The over-sized back wheel provides added stability and includes a wheel guard for safety
  • This toddler riding toy can be used indoors or outdoors
  • Builds coordination, balance and large motor skills
  • Customizable “spot” decals included

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Fisher-Price Music Makers Gift Set

  • Gift set includes 5 activity toys: Rock ‘n Roll Guitar, Shake ‘n Beats Tambourine, Harmonica Tether, Rattle ‘n Rock Maracas and Xylo Rattle
  • Rock ‘n Roll Guitar features rocking’, rolling’ and spinning’ motion and real music when baby bats at it or presses the “strings”
  • Designed to fit little hands, with easy-grasp handles
  • Link on Xylo Rattle attaches easily to stroller or diaper bag for on-the-go play
  • Grasping, shaking and batting these toys help foster motor skills


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Little Tikes T-Ball Set, Red, 5 Ball

  • Adjustable height “T” adapts to a child’s developing skills
  • Special “hang-on-the-wall” design for easy small-space storage
  • Helps improve batting skills, motor skills and coordination

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Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Grow ‘n Learn Garden Caddy

  • Bring the magic of gardening to life through early role play
  • Sort the fruit and veggie shape pots in the caddy and watch them “grow”
  • Includes Smart Stages technology-learning changes as baby grows with 3 levels of play
  • Introduces ABC’s, shapes, colors, opposites, and objects like fruits & veggies
  • Tip watering can to hear fun rain stick sounds

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Toys for 2+ Years

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VTech Drill and Learn Toolbox

  • Fix and play with the Drill and Learn Toolbox by VTech; open this toddler-friendly toolbox and get ready for role-play fun with the included electronic fix-it tray, working toy drill, hammer, wrench, nails and screws
  • Requires 2 AA batteries (batteries included for demo purposes only; new batteries recommended for regular use); intended for ages 2 to 5 years, works well and long with Polaroid Batteries
  • Working drill spins the gears and drills screws into the electronic tray’s holes; turn the gears to build motor skills and hear mechanical clicking sounds
  • Press light-up buttons for fun songs and to learn about a variety of tools, how they’re used and the sounds they make
  • Insert the double-sided instruction cards and learn about colors and numbers while pretending to make repairs; includes an electronic fix-it tray, drill, hammer, wrench, nails and screws

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Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel

  • Multi-use easel to inspire painting, drawing, and countless ways to play creatively
  • Includes dry-erase board, chalkboard, locking paper-roll holder, child-safe paper cutter, 4 easy-clip grips and 2 large plastic trays that can be removed for easy cleaning
  • Paper, paint, paint cups, paint brushes and chalk sold separately
  • Folds flat for easy storage
  • Height adjustable

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Toys for 3+ Years Gift Guide for Child Care

Toy State Caterpillar Tough Tracks, 3-Pack

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  • 3 pieces plastic set
  • All plastic, great for the beach
  • Licensed by CAT
  • Officially licensed by CAT NA
  • Includes dump truck, bull dozer and back-hoe
  • Great for the beach
  • A great addition to any sandbox
  • No batteries required

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Hape Gourmet Kitchen Kid’s Wooden Play Kitchen

  • Your child will be enchanted as they make their culinary masterpiece
  • Big red knobs provide a realistic experience for toddler fun
  • Encourages kinesthetic development as your child cognitively develops role play skills
  • Recommended for ages 3 years and up
  • Non-toxic finishes and child safe materials

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Melissa & Doug Wooden Make-a-Cake Mixer Set (11 pcs) – Play Food and Kitchen Accessories

  • 11-piece wooden hand-crank mixer set
  • Includes mixer, bowl, sliceable wooden egg and butter, loaf, cake pan, pretend cake mix box, cake pan, wooden knife, recipe card
  • Numbered dial turns and crank spins mixer bowl
  • Encourages creative thinking and imaginative play and promotes memory and number skills

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Just for the Provider

In an upcoming post I will reveal the sidekick for my provider super-powers which is known as my Cricut.  But I just wanted to stick it in right here.  Because if you are Cricut-less, you are probably working too hard!  Long story short, this machine is AMAZING!  I am on my 3rd or 4th one and I keep finding uses for it.  Take my word for it, if there is one thing that should be on just about every provider’s wishlist, it should be a Cricut.


What’s on your Wishlist?

So did you see anything you like in the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Child Care?  Which ones do you have your eyes on?  Please leave me a comment below and tell me which ones are going on your provider wishlist.

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