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Are you looking for some last minute gift ideas for Christmas? Or maybe a fun birthday gift for a favorite child in your life? I've got some fun gift ideas and I've paired them with a related children's book. The teacher in me loves the idea of connecting a book with a related toy. It builds excitement and helps children make connections. It is also a way to engage a reluctant reader/listener - give them a book about their favorite toy!! A few of these ideas are gifts my own daughters have been given. My sister in law (also a teacher) has given them some fun gifts that have a related book.
For each idea, I've listed a few different books options. For your convenience, I've linked all of these with Amazon affiliate links and directly to an Amazon Prime (Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial if you don't already have it) item when possible to ensure you get it before Christmas. Most of the books come with different options - paperback, hardcover, board book, etc. I would suggest board books or hardcovers for young children for their durability. Older children could handle paperbacks or hardcovers.
The Three Little Pigs Toy House
The True Story of The Three Little Pigs
The Three Pigs
The Three Little Pigs
When my sister in law saw how much my daughter loved The Three Little Pigs, she ordered Goldilocks and the Three Bears for her birthday a few months later. This is just like The Three Little Pigs house mentioned above. Same great quality. Same lasting fun. It looks like that company also makes a Hansel & Gretel version.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears House
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Melissa and Doug Easel Accessories (note that this doesn't come with an easel - just paper, paint, brushes, chalk)
Mix It Up
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More
The rest of these are combinations I've come up with from toys or books that my girls have enjoyed playing with but were not given the two as a pair.
Leap Frog Tea set
Tea Party Rules
Olivia Plans a Tea Party
Fancy Nancy Tea for Two
Have you tried kinetic sand yet? It is so fun and my husband and I might like it more than our girls. It is a mix of sand and silly putty so it can be firm and make shapes and then can kind of drip out of your hands. It is far less messy than regular sand since it tends to stick to itself in clumps,but it can still make a mess if spilled. It comes in lots of fun colors. I keep ours in a plastic tub with a lid. Get a tub, a pack or two of sand, maybe some molds and toys and a cute book about playing in the sand and you are good to go! It is like bringing the beach inside!
Colored Kinetic Sand with Toys
Llama Llama Sand and Sun
Pizza PartyI love Melissa and Doug and all of their wooden products. They are durable and tend to last longer than a lot of the other toys we have. Their pizza set is so cute and is perfect for a boy or girl - any pizza lover really! Pair that with a book about making pizzas and they are ready to explore and imagine.
Melissa and Doug Wooden Pizza Set
Curious George and the Pizza Party
The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)
Pizza by Frank Asch
KidKraft Bucket Top Mountain Train Set
My Big Train Book
Little Engine That Could
Farm Set (Lego)
Pete the Cat Old MacDonald Had A Farm
My Big Farm Book
Eric Carle: Around the Farm Play A Sound
I hope this gave you some ideas for the little ones in your life. Again, many of these are things that my daughters (2 and almost 4) play with/own/have read. That being said, children older than 4 could also enjoy these if you pair the right text with it. If you end up giving any of these sets, let me know in the comments or tag me on Instagram (@SaraJCreations) or Twitter (@SaraJCreations) because I would LOVE to see what gifts you are giving to keep young ones playing and reading too. Happy Shopping!