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2021 Gift Guide for Families with Babies & Toddlers 0-5

Updated: Mar 29


It's here! Mi Casa Es Tu Casa®'s list of favorite items for babies and kids ages 0-5. We've curated a list of items we love for play, travel, day-to-day, reading, and music. Our guide is parent-tested and Mi Casa Es Tu Casa®-approved. Find the perfect toddler and baby gift ideas for the holidays, and come back to this list for gift inspiration on any occasion.



Now, let's dive in! Browse by category:

  • Toys, Learning & Fun

  • Travel/On-The-Go

  • Practical Items for Day-to-Day

  • Bilingual Books for Children

  • Musical Toys & Instruments

  • Mi Casa Es Tu Casa® Music Classes! Want to reduce the amount of "stuff" in the house? You'll never go wrong by gifting an experience and precious time to bond with little ones! Scroll down to the bottom to learn about our offerings which go from $25 gift cards to a full enrollment!

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Toys, Learning and Fun gift list for babies and toddlers
In our Toys, Learning, and Fun gift list, you'll find some of the same toys from our bilingual music classes at Mi Casa Es Tu Casa®. Our gift guide is full of Montessori toys and other toys that foster independence and imaginary play, as well as STEM toys that promote creative problem-solving.



Object Permanence Toy

Babies

box with hold in the top and a ball object permanence box for toddlers and babies

Why We Love It

This simple, Montessori toy helps baby develop hand-eye coordination, concentration, and their sense of object permanence: the concept that when something is out of sight, it's still there even though you can't see it.


For different shapes and grasps, there's also the Object Permanence Coin Box for babies.




Montessori Toy Set for Baby

Babies

montessori toy set for babies with shakers and reindeer toy

Why We Love It

We have this same adorable Montessori toy set for babies in our studio at Mi Casa Es Tu Casa® to play with before and after music class, and it's a hit. Babies love the sounds, textures and moving parts.






Easy Grasp Rattle for Infants

Babies

red round easy grasp rattle

Why We Love It

Babies, even 3 months old, can hold this rattle, a satisfying milestone for both baby and parent! It comes in teal too and also different shapes for practicing new grasp.






Activity Center for Babies

Babies


wooden activity center for babies with bead maze and shape puzzles

Why We Love It

So many Montessori activities for baby to do in this activity center: animal sorter, number slot maze, matching puzzle, bead maze. Babies will enjoy colors, movement, and shapes. Toddlers will be able to work with number recognition, shapes, and pattern matching. A great gift for growing brains.






Wooden Baby Gym

Babies

product photo of wooden baby gym with rainbow and animal rings


Why We Love It

This sweet little baby gym uses Montessori materials and is easy to fold up and put away when not in use. Infants can lie down under the soft clouds and wooden rings while older babies can sit up and play with the swinging toys.








Multi-Sensory Learning Cube

Babies

product photo of soft activity cube for baby

Why We Love It

This soft learning cube, with crinkle paper inside, is full of interesting textures, tabs, ribbons, and flaps for baby to pull and explore. The high contrast patterns are developmentally appropriate for baby's eyes, and don't be surprised if you catch your baby smiling and flirting with that little elephant!






Soft Ring Rattle Set - Farm Animals

Babies


product photo of soft ring rattle set with barn and farm animals

Why We Love It

These fabric rattles are easy to hold because of their ring shape, and they come with a little farmhouse where they can "live." Baby will be delighted to see these farm animal friends when they come out to play. The set comes with a baby-friendly mirror. This is also a fabulous set for our upcoming Spanish music classes!




Melissa & Doug Latches Board

Babies, Toddlers


product photo of melissa and doug latch board


Why We Love It

This activity board gives babies and toddlers plenty to look at, explore, and figure out. They practice dexterity and problem-solving as they navigate loops, latches, hooks, snaps, and sliding locks.






Radio Flyer Walker Wagon

Babies, Toddlers

smiling toddler walking with radio flyer push walker

Why We Love It

This push walker will keep baby very busy loading things up and moving them to other parts of the house. Activities like this are so good for concentration and coordination. The wagon, thankfully, has "resistance clickers" which keep it from moving too fast and slipping out of your little walker's hands.




Silk Scarves in Every Color

Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers

rainbow colored silk scarves displayed in a circle


Why We Love It

Everyone should take a break in the middle of the day to dance around with colorful silk scarves. If you’ve taken classes with Mi Casa Es Tu Casa®, you know what we’re talking about! When they're not dancing with them, little ones like to sort them, wrap their babies in then, and wear them as hats, bows, and capes...the fun is endless.




Wooden Rainbow Stacking Blocks

Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers


little boy with rainbow shirt concentrating and putting top on rainbow stacking toy
product photo of colorful rainbow stacking blocks


Why We Love It

You may have seen this bright, colorful rainbow stacking toy in our studio. This is a great toy for using curvy lines to make bridges, towers, squiggly roads, and more. For a rainbow stacking toy with more arches, see this set of 12.




Personalized Wooden Name Puzzles

Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers


Names charlotte and jackson in wooden name puzzle
baby hand placing the letter C in a wooden name puzzle

Why We Love It

Custom order any name from Fat Brain Toys through Amazon. The very smallest fingers can start picking up letters and matching them to the name board. You'll always get proud smiles from kids who complete their own name puzzle.




2-in-1 Balance Bike for Tiny Toddlers

Toddlers

Toddler girl smiling and riding green balance bike


green infographic showing the 3 stages of tricycle balance ike





Why We Love It

Depending on who you ask, the way you introduce bicycle riding to your kid can make a huge difference in their success. For very young toddlers,

we love starting out with this simple, adjustable trike/balance bike (it’s modular!). Little ones gain confidence, understand how their weight affects the wheels underneath them,

and they can store treasures in the little “secret” seat trunk!




Play-Doh Kitchen Creations

Toddlers, Preschoolers

product photo showing all the parts of play-doh kitchen creations set

Why We Love It

Play-Doh is just as fun for kids today as it was when we were all little. This kitchen set lets any imaginary chef cook up a storm with its noodle machine, cheese grater, and ravioli & bowtie pasta molds!








Melissa & Doug Magnetic Dress-Up (Julia & Joey)

Toddlers, Preschoolers


product photo of melissa and doug magnetic dress-up set
product photo of melissa and doug magnetic dress-up set

Why We Love It

Kids can switch the clothes out on these wooden dolls with magnetic outfits. We’re not just talking skirts and sweaters. Julia and Joey’s closets are filled with uniforms that transport them into different worlds. They can be doctors, superheroes, astronauts, pirates, chefs, artists, and more. There’s also the human anatomy set!




Curvy Board

Toddlers, Preschoolers

Little girl standing on curvy board in livingroom

Why We Love It

This balance board is such a simple concept. But the product description says it all: “It can be a slide, seesaw, tunnel, boat, rocker, table, balancing board, stepping stone, racetrack, lounge chair, puppet, teeter popper, soccer goal or bridge, fitness equipment, endless possibilities of free and creative play.” We love toys that leave room for our kids to use their own creative minds.






Magnet Building Tiles

Toddlers, Preschoolers


Rocket made out of colorful magnet building tiles

castle, star and rocket made of colorful magnetic building tiles

Why We Love It

There's a reason these tiles can be found at almost any children’s museum. They engage children, challenging them to recognize and sort shapes in order to fit them together and build entire worlds. It’s a fun, satisfying STEM activity for any age. We suggest going with sheer quantity over quality. The more you have, the more you can create.



Quality Toy Kitchen

Toddlers, Preschoolers


product photo for wooden toy ikea kitchen


Why We Love It

Kitchens are the hearts of our homes, and a well-built play kitchen is the toy kids will come back to for years to come. This play kitchen is the one we have in our Mi Casa Es Tu Casa® studio and a hot spot for before and after music class. Match the realistic kitchen with these realistic stainless steel toy pots, pans, and utensils.










Wooden Fruits and Veggies

Toddlers, Preschoolers


product photo of wooden fruit and veggie toy set with wooden knife cutting banana

Why We Love It

These wooden fruits and veggies make a satisfying “chop” sound when your toddler slices through the Velcro that holds the pieces together. The smooth, wooden knife is a safe way to satisfy your little one's desire to slice and chop. You can "cook" along side each other!




Washable Tempera Paint Sticks

Toddlers, Preschoolers


Product photo with hand of child using paint stick shows the different colors that come with the set



Why We Love It

Parents are not always up for a big involved painting session. We like that kids can experiment with these vibrant paints without making a big mess in the house. These paints are non-toxic, washable, and don’t require much set-up.







The Perfect Kiddo Rainboots

Toddlers, Preschoolers


Little girl wearing rainboots jumping in puddle
Green Lonecone rainboots with shark pattern

Why We Love It

Always have a good pair of rainboots on hand. Kids need to get outside in all weather, not just those perfect sunshiny days, and rainboots make that possible! We love any boots that have handles so your kid can slide them on independently. If you go with Lonecone boots, you get your choice of fun patterns, easy-on handles, durability, and comfort.




Sidewalk Chalk in Rich Colors

Toddlers, Preschoolers

Product photo of sidewalk chalk showing bucket and chalk

Why We Love It

Most sidewalk chalk comes in cotton candy colors. Those chalks are nice for rainbows and clouds, but if you want to really get into chalk art, you’ll need a range of rich, dark colors. Adding this level of color depth opens up a whole new creative world for the outdoor artist!




Mini Brush and Dustpan Set

Toddlers, Preschoolers

product photo of mini bush and dustpan set for toddlers

Why We Love It

Part of the Montessori method is fostering independence in even the youngest children. This mini brush and dustpan is made for toddlers to be able to hold on their own and make a real difference when it’s time to clean up.







Wood City Race Car Ramp

Toddlers, Preschoolers


product photo of zig zag wooden city ramp racer with red and blue cars sliding down


Why We Love It

We love this wooden ramp racer for both the pure fun it provides and the skills it builds behind the scenes. As toddlers watch their cars race down the ramp, their eyes practice tracking, an important preliteracy skill.












Zingo / Zingo Bilingual

Preschoolers


product photo of Zingo game shows contents of game



Why We Love It

Zingo is a fun way for kids to practice reading. The game is inspired by bingo, and you can choose to play the more competitive side, or the less competitive one. We love that there's a bilingual (Spanish/English) version of the game!








EZ Stepper Stilts

Preschoolers


legs and feet of kids playing with red and blue EZ stepper stilts


Why We Love It

Another simple but inventive way to have fun. While your kids pretend to be giants, they are also developing gross motor skills. Cup stilts are an excuse for your little one to be silly and a way to keep them busy.









GOMO Balance Bike/Scooter for Preschoolers

Preschoolers


boy and girl having fun riding GOMO balance bikes pink and blue


Why We Love It

For older toddlers and young pre-k kiddos, this GOMO balance bike/scooter is a great next step. No pedals on this bike, but also no training wheels! This means they're still learning and testing their own balance. At this age it’s so fun to move, and the GOMO can be used as either a balance bike or a scooter.