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Top holiday gifts for preschoolers

Based out of Dallas, Texas, Mary McCoy is a writer and social worker for disenfranchised women and children. She's a single mom, lover of Texas barbecue, and a die-hard fan of yoga

No coal in their stockings!

The holidays are a magical time of year, especially for small children. Make your preschooler's holiday wishes come true with these special gifts for a magical holiday season.

Find the perfect gift for your nearly perfect preschooler this holiday season!

1

Russian Dolls Craft Kit

Russian Dolls Craft Kit

What do you get when you combine a doll with a craft project? An entire afternoon of make-believe and creativity! These do-it-yourself Russian dolls from Brooklyn Makers will provide your child with a fun afternoon painting activity as well as three keepsake Matryoshka dolls that she will cherish for years to come (Brooklyn Makers, $19).

2

RoseArt Magic Fun Dough

RoseArt Magic Fun Dough

Speaking of craft projects, your child is sure to love RoseArt's update to traditional play dough. He can sculpt with the dough and also use special stickers to place colored stamps onto the dough itself for hours of fun. The Magic Fun Dough is available in pastel, neon and primary colors, and it comes with either a pirate or princess play set (Target, $15).

3

Leapfrog Leapad2
Power

Leapfrog Leapad2 Power

Maybe you're tired of your child gunking up the screen on your tablet, or maybe you're just ready to give her access to a giant library of books, apps and games made specially for preschoolers. Either way, the Leapad2 Power is fabulous because it's sturdy, rechargeable and beloved by all young children (Walmart, $99).

4

LEGO DUPLO
My First Train Set

LEGO DUPLO My First Train Set

Little hands love to build, and they can do just that with LEGO DUPLO. The My First Train Set lets them design their own tracks, and build the buildings and town that surround them. They get to have fun building, then drive a train through their masterpiece. (LEGO, $45).

5

Little Tikes I'm an Artist Station

Little Tikes

There's no doubt that children love to create unique pieces of artwork, so give your child a fun and exciting artwork station for hours of guaranteed fun. The I'm an Artist Station provides ample room for painting, storage and drying (Little Tikes, $70).

6

Prince Lionheart Whirl Balance Bike

Prince Lionheart Whirl Balance Scooter

Is your child preparing to hit the road? The beautifully crafted Prince Lionheart Whirl Balance Bike will provide him with an opportunity to learn balancing and gliding before transitioning to a big-kid bicycle (Toys 'R Us, $100).

7

Citrus Lane Discovery
Boxes

Citrus Lane Discovery Boxes

Looking for a gift that keeps on giving? Look no further than Citrus Lane's Discovery Boxes. When you purchase a subscription, Citrus Lane will continue sending gift boxes to your doorstep for two, three or six months following your purchase. The boxes are full of fun surprises like snacks, toys and learning activities that are geared to your child's specific age and developmental stage (Citrus Lane, $72 for a three-month subscription).

8

Playskool Sesame Street Big Hugs Elmo

Playskool Sesame Street Big Hugs Elmo

This holiday season, Big Hugs Elmo by Playskool is sure to fly off the shelves. Elmo hugs, dances, sings and sleeps while interacting with your child (Walmart, $49).

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