These Are the Best Gifts for Toddler Girls to Inspire Imaginative Play

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Best Gifts for Toddler Girls

The Spruce / Sabrina Jiang

No matter the age, an ideal gift for a toddler girl should be engaging and maybe even educational.

To help find the perfect gift, we researched the best gift options out there, considering each pick's recommended age, educational value, stability, and durability. Our favorite options include an interactive and educational piano from Baby Einstein, a pizza oven play set from Melissa & Doug, and a colorful train from LEGO to help learn numbers and letters.

Here, the best gift ideas for toddler girls.

Our Top Picks
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Baby Einstein Hape Magic Touch Piano

Baby Einstein Hape Magic Touch Piano

Courtesy of Amazon

Making music is easy and education with this wooden piano that comes with plenty of melodies to choose from and volume controls for loud rock out sessions or quiet nights. Kids can match the included three pieces of sheet music to the colors on the piano or listen to one of the six included melodies. Using the sheet music helps teach colors and matching while toddler girls practice musical skills and dance along to the beat.

The wood is very easy to keep clean, according to users. They also loved how the toy teaches the basic concepts of a piano through the guise of engaging play. The piano itself seems very sturdy, so be sure to set it down somewhere where toddlers cannot pull it onto their toes.

The wood frame appears built to last, so little ones can grow with this toy, learning more melodies, colors, and songs as they get older. Some reviewers wish the colors of the keys more closely matched the colors on the sheet music, but this does not take away from the fun.

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Playskool Sit ‘n Spin Classic Spinning Activity Toy

Playskool Sit ‘n Spin Classic Spinning Activity Toy

Courtesy of Amazon

This spinning replicates the thrill of playground equipment without every leaving the house. Toddlers will love spinning round and round and can even control their speed with the stationary wheel for a ride designed just for them.

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nutty toys 8 pk Pop Tube Sensory Toys

nutty toys 8 pk Pop Tube Sensory Toys

Courtesy of Amazon

Toddlers will love putting these colorful, twisty, and versatile tubes together in an unlimited number of arrays. Little ones can build shapes including hearts or circles or work with an adult to construct letters and numbers to increase the learning aspect of this toy.

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Magna Tiles Clear Colors 100 Piece Set

Magna Tiles

CLEAR Colors 

This colorful building set includes 100 magnetic tiles that snap together to create 3D masterpieces, like houses, bridges, or animals. The durable tiles provide hours of entertainment. Besides being fun, these tiles help children develop math, science, spatial, and tactile skills. 

Magna-Tiles Clear Colors 100-Piece Set

The Spruce / Danielle Directo-Meston 

"Kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy letting their imaginations run wild with the Magna-Tiles Clear Colors 100-Piece Set. The simple-to-use STEM toy teaches kids about everything from geometry and counting to engineering and magnetism and beyond."—Danielle Directo-Meston, Product Tester

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Pacific Play Tents Find Me Multi Color Tunnel

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 Pacific Tents Find Me Multicolor Play Tunnel

Courtesy of Amazon

Older toddlers (and their tired parents) will love this fun and colorful play tent. There’s no setup required—simply let it out of the carrying case and untie two strings—and it folds easily back into place when not in use. But what parents will love the most is their child practicing gross motor skills and discovering what it means to go from point A to point B.

Pacific Play Tents Find Me Multi-Color Tunnel

The Spruce / Michelle Piccolo

"This multicolored tunnel is very simple in design, but toddlers seem to just love crawling through it and playing peekaboo inside."—Michelle Piccolo, Product Tester

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Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book

Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book

Courtesy of Amazon

Dear Zoo has been a staple in bookshelves since it was first published in 1982. Kids can interact with the whimsical artwork and engaging story through the liftable flaps and touchable pages that bring the catchy story to life.

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VTech KidiBeats Kids Drum Set

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VTech-Kidi-Beats-Drum

Courtesy of Target

This small, but mighty drum set can easily be placed on the floor or table. Kids can bang away on one of the three drum pads or cymbal. There are nine melodies they can play along to and the learning modes include numbers and letters.

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Toomies Bath Foam Cone Factory Toy

Ice cream toy

Toomies 

This imaginative bath toy anchors to your shower’s wall for hours of entertainment. Just fill it with bath bubbles, add water, and pull on the handle to create pretend ice cream cones with the included flat-bottomed cones that sit steadily on the sides of the bath. The cherry on top? The set also comes with pretend sprinkles.

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Melissa & Doug Top and Bake Wooden Pizza Counter Play Food Set

Melissa & Doug Top and Bake Wooden Pizza Counter Play

Courtesy of Amazon

A pizza play set will definitely get your little one's attention, but of course this toy has some educational value as well. The set comes with more than 30 pieces including a pizza cutter, toppings, delivery box, and money. This will inspire kids to get imaginative with adding toppings and counting.

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Fat Brain Toys Shape Factory

Fat Brain Toys Shape Factory

Fat Brain Toys

This block set teaches kids about colors and shapes in a fun way. They have to match the 10 blocks to the appropriately shaped peg. The blocks are the perfect size for smaller hands to grasp with ease.

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LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train

Lego Luplo Train

Courtesy of Walmart

This isn't a truck that's meant for racing and crashing, but it does teach kids their ABCs. Each lettered-brick can be stacked on the truck to spell out the alphabet or words. The set also includes a few other figures, like a boy, girl, and a cute teddy bear.

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Micro Kickboard Micro Mini Original Kick Scooter

Micro Mini Original Kick Scooter
Courtesy of Amazon.com.

Kids love zipping around on this scooter and parents love that it’s a safe option for young children. The scooter is sleek, but has three wheels and a wide, low deck to help unstable toddlers develop better balance. 

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Melissa & Doug Water Wow! Reusable Color with Water Activity Pad

Melissa & Doug Water Wow! Reusable Color with Water Activity Pad

Courtesy of Amazon

There’s no need to worry about kids getting crayon on the walls or furniture with this coloring set. The three-book set (farm, ocean, and safari scenes) includes a refillable water pen that reveals brilliant color with a single swipe across the page. What’s even better? When the “ink” dries, the colors disappear, so kids can delight in creating a new masterpiece over and over again. 

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Blockaroo Magnetic Foam Builders

Blockaroo Magnetic Foam Builders

Courtesy of Amazon

These aren't your typical building blocks, but they might even be better. They come in fun shapes, are made of foam, and they're magnetic. Also, they're easy to rotate 360 degrees so kids can create the design of their dreams.

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BabyPuzzle Personalized Name Puzzle With Pegs

name puzzle

 Busy Puzzle

This handmade gift is so much more than a simple toy—it helps teach kids about their identity and the alphabet, plus it doubles as gorgeous decor for the nursery or playroom. You can even customize it with fun extra puzzle pieces that represent your toddler's favorite things.

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Pottery Barn Kids Wooden Food Set

Pottery Barn Kids Wooden Food Set

Pottery Barn Kids

Your little sous chef will love prepping dinner along with you thanks to this wooden kitchen set. The fruits and veggies in this kit velcro together, and your toddler can "cut" them into pieces with the wooden chef's knife. The set comes with a wooden knife and cutting board, two loaves of bread, and assorted fruits and veggies, including an avocado, watermelon, and carrot.

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Hape All-in-One Wooden Kid's Art Easel

hape-art-easel

Courtesy of Amazon

This large, sturdy easel is the perfect gift for a mini Matisse. It has plenty of drawing surfaces—a chalkboard, a magnetic white board, and an included roll of paper—plus built-in storage with ample room for chalk, washable crayons, markers, paints, and other art materials. 

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Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table Playset

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table Playset

 Courtesy of Bed, Bath & Beyond

This interactive water table has a number of different features and two tiers to provide hours of outdoor entertainment. Beginners will love to splash in the basin, while older toddlers will be captivated by the customizable waterfall. As an added bonus, the oblong shape of the table means there’s plenty of room to share the table with a sibling or a friend.

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Little Tikes Cozy Coupe

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe

Courtesy of Amazon

This classic ride-on toy (it’s been a bestseller since 1979!) is ideal for both indoor and outdoor play, making it an extremely versatile gift for the tot in your life. The handle on the back allows parents to push beginners, but toddlers will be taking the car for a solo spin in no time—it has durable tires and 360-degree front wheels that are easy for little ones to maneuver. 

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Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug N Secure Swing

Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug N Secure Swing

Courtesy of Amazon

You don’t need to fill your yard with a jungle gym to create a fun backyard for the youngsters. This compact plastic swing is easy to hang from a tree or porch and is perfectly safe for toddlers ages nine months to four years and up to 50 pounds. The t-bar and adjustable straps are secure but can also be moved out of the way for older toddlers who don't need them.

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Courtesy of Barnes & Noble

This isn’t your average bedtime story, it's so much better. It features 100 stories about as many extraordinary women throughout history, so she’ll know exactly what it means to be a strong, fearless female. Each story is also accompanied by an amazing illustration by one of 60 female artists from all over the world. 

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Fisher-Price Little People Big Helpers Home

Fisher-Price Little People Big Helpers Home

Courtesy of Kohl's 

This interactive dollhouse lights up and plays songs about helping out around the house to teach kids about teamwork, helping others, and imaginative play. It makes a great first dollhouse because the furniture is all built in, which greatly reduces the risk of lost pieces. It can also be closed and latched for secure storage and easy transport. 

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AMOSTING Button Art Color Matching Mosaic Pegboard

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AMOSTING Button Art Color Matching Mosaic Pegboard

Courtesy of Amazon

This activity set comes with ten different pattern cards, a peg board, and 46 vibrantly colored pegs to help kids finesse their fine motor skills and learn to create beautiful artwork. All they have to do is match the color of the peg to the color on the pattern card.

What Testers Say

"All the pieces are sturdy, fit well together, and are easily manipulated by small children."—Sarah Vanbuskirk, Product Tester

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Melissa & Doug Jenna 12" Doll

Melissa & Doug Jenna 12" Doll

Courtesy of Amazon

This makes a great gift for doting, hands-on toddlers fascinated by baby dolls and pretend play. At just 12 inches, this soft doll is easy for little hands to grasp and has realistic features that delight, like eyes that open and close when rocked to sleep and a mouth that can suck her thumb or a pacifier.

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Peggy van Neer and Erik van Loo Princess Duvet and Pillowcase Set

Princess Duvet and Pillowcase Set

Uncommon Goods

Help make the transition from crib to big girl bed a lot more exciting and a little easier with this enchanting bedding set. She’ll feel like a real princess as she drifts off to dreamland resting her head on a pillow with a printed crown and snuggled in a duvet that features a glittering dress print.

What to Look for in Gifts for Toddler Girls

Recommended Age

When buying gifts for children, age-appropriateness should be one of the biggest considerations. Though it may seem innocent enough to buy a toy suited for a 5-year-old for a 3-year-old toddler, products manufactured for older kids often have small pieces that can pose a choking hazard, says Kristin Morency Goldman, senior advisor of strategic communications for The Toy Association.

Educational Value

Toddlers are always learning, even during play time. Though certain toys do have overtly educational components like numbers and letters, other more traditional toys like block sets, dollhouses, and toy ovens can also teach young children important cognitive, social, and motor skills, says Dr. Natasha Burgert, a pediatrician in South Overland Park, Kansas.

Stability and Durability

As any parent knows, toddlers are notoriously rough with their toys. It pays to look for toys that can withstand heavy use and the inevitable bumps and bruises that happen as your toddler improves their coordination. Look for thick, durable plastics or solid wood toys for the greatest longevity.

FAQ
  • What do toddler girls like to do?

    A toddler’s interests will, of course, depend on the child, but many enjoy playing pretend with stuffed animals, figurines, or dolls; costumes; or play food. Active toddlers will enjoy toys for outdoor play including scooters, balls, play tunnels, or tents. Toddlers also enjoy art, building blocks and Legos, and interactive activities like a musical instrument or a bubble machine.

  • What do toddler girls like to watch?

    A toy that comes from a toddler’s favorite TV show is sure to be a hit. Many toddler girls like to watch Peppa Pig, Bluey, Cocomelon, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Octonauts, and other classics like Sesame Street or Blue’s Clues. Most popular shows for toddlers will have figurines, clothes, stuffed animals, and other merchandise that makes for great gifts.

  • What do you get a toddler girl who has everything?

    Most people know a lucky toddler who already seems to have all the latest toys. If you’re wondering what to get a toddler girl who has everything, an experience is always a fun idea; you could take her out to a special lunch, see a kid-friendly movie or a musical, or visit a theme park. You could also bake something together, or try paint-your-own pottery.

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Grace Gallagher, a freelance writer and editor with more than eight years of experience working in the lifestyle and home decor space, contributed additional research to this article.

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Grace Gallagher is a lifestyle expert and writer with five years of experience covering home furnishings, storage, and organization, as well as health, fitness, and beauty. She has also written for Greatist, Veracity Selfcare, Brit + Co, and Healthline. Grace also taught creative writing workshops in Portland, Oregon.
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