Pairing a children’s book with a coordinating toy is a fun and often unexpected way to surprise a child. This is my second annual book and toy gift guide and I loved coming up with a few new pairings for you.
It’s my humble opinion that the best gift a child can receive is a book. Book and toy gift sets are a nice way to to make a present special, especially when grandparents insist that they giving a book is simply not enough! (You don’t know any grandparents like that, do you? Ha Ha Ha)
Here are seven choices for book-toy sets, and even if they are not the right fit for your child I hope they will inspire you to look for something that fits your child’s currents passion. There is one choice below suitable for toddlers and preschoolers (last year’s gift guide contains a few others), the others I suggest are for at least ages 5 and up. Use your own judgement of course. (Note: Affiliate links are included below.)
Book and Toy Gift Sets for Kids:
This may be my favorite book-toy combo yet. Detectives in training will enjoy Encyclopedia Brown as either a read aloud or an independent read (or, discover 20 more mystery early chapter books). Equip tiny but mighty sleuths with their own Pretend & Play Super Sleuth Kit.
My 8 year old can not get enough of maps; he has spent many an hour studying this National Geographic Kids World Atlas. I’m thinking it’s time to take it to the next level with this awesome-looking Globe Puzzleball.
Swirl by Swirl is a fascinating and beautiful look at spirals in nature. Naturally (pun), kids will immediately want to create their own designs with the totally awesome and retro Spirograph Set. (Remember those? We have one and I love it just as much as the kids.)
If I Built a Car will certainly inspire your little inventor to create his or her own amazing car with a ZOOBMobile Car Designer Set. (For further reading, peruse this list of 11 picture books to inspire little engineers.)
I encourage you to come up with your own book and toy combinations. What are your child’s interest? Find a book using this index of book lists and pair it with a coordinating toy or arts and craft set.
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