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Moving up to preschool from kindergarten is an exciting time for parents and kids. The journey to another school grade should absolutely be celebrated with a gift. But not just any gift, one that's as unique and fun as the child receiving it.
Here are the best preschool graduation gifts for the kid you adore.
Etsy Straight Outta Preschool T Shirt
This comfy shirt will let the world know about their big accomplishment, as it proudly proclaims they are “Straight Outta Preschool.” Edgy and fun, they’ll love the questions and remarks this shirt gets from people. Made of cotton, this T-shirt comes in various colors, including black, red, forest and kelly green, and yellow. Customers say it’s a good, quality shirt that feels soft.
VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX
This KidiZoom Smartwatch DX from VTech is a ton of fun. A camera lets them take videos and pictures to capture all of those silly and special moments, while 50 customizable watch faces (both digital and analog) help them learn time. Other features include a pedometer and Monster Identity game for fun on the go. Not too much fun, though, as mom and dad can set parental controls as they wish. It also comes in camouflage and pink and makes a great gift for other occasions.
UncommonGoods Kid's Global Adventure Cooking Kit
It’s never too early to foster a love for adventure or cooking with kids. This kit from Uncommon Goods helps kids and families explore the cuisine from countries like Mexico, Morocco, Ethiopia, and more. Each set includes spices, ingredients, and fun facts about the country of origin, as well as an activity sheet. This is a creative way to get the entire family cooking together while teaching the young ones about the world.
Micro Kickboard Micro Maxi Deluxe
They’ll be off in a flash with this great scooter from Micro Kickboard. To steer, they simply lean from side to side, and their body weight propels them where they want to go. Polyurethane wheels and a flexible fiberglass-reinforced deck ensure a smooth ride. It’s recommended for kids ages 5 to 12, up to 110 pounds, so it’s not one they’re going to outgrow anytime soon. Rather, it’s a gift that will give them years of active fun. With eight fun colors to choose from, from Caribbean Blue to pink, this scooter gets high marks all around for stability and a great overall ride.
School Memory Book
This keepsake scrapbook provides a sweet way to start collecting school memories and keep them all in one special place. It starts with preschool and goes through high school (up to 12th grade) with pages for you to record special events for each year. There are areas to post pictures and pockets to hold certificates, artwork, and other mementos you'll want to save throughout the years. There are 34 pages in all, which come in a spiral-bound, hardcover book that’s filled with bright illustrations. It’s a gift they’ll reach for time and again over the years, and in the blink of an eye, it will be filled up.
Janod Penguin Money Saving Coin STEM Bank
Start those financial lessons and money-saving skills early with the help of this adorable penguin piggy bank. Kids can use their counting skills with every deposit into the bank. It’s made of durable wood, and the rubber stopper on the bottom makes it easy for kids to remove their hard-earned money. The adorable design will look great on a dresser or in their play area.
Kindergarten, Here I Come!
Books always make meaningful gifts, and this one is particularly perfect for preschool graduates as it gets them excited for the next big step—kindergarten. It’s great for easing jitters and introducing them to just what they can expect as they move on to “big-kid” school. From their first day in a new school to graduation, the book walks kids through many common events kindergarteners experience. Told with a funny, rhyming poem accompanied by colorful illustrations, this is one that kids are going to want to read again and again.
Osmo Genius Kit
Kids will love this toy, and parents will appreciate its educational component. The Genius Starter Kit is compatible with an iPad (not included) and has five games that teach kids letters, drawing, social skills, and problem-solving. The kit is easy to operate, and no Wi-Fi connection is required.
KidKraft Farm to Table Play Kitchen Set
Kids will enjoy hours of play with this 18-piece play kitchen set. It includes pretty much everything, like a refrigerator with an ice maker that dispenses pretend cubes, a chalkboard to display the daily menu, a farmhouse sink with running water sounds, and more. The stovetop glows red when in use, and the planter boxes include carrots and purple onions, which the kids can pretend to chop.
Banzai Splash 'N Blast Kids Outdoor Backyard Inflatable Water Slide Park
For some fun in the sun, this inflatable water park slide is something the entire family can enjoy. It measures 12 x 10 x 8.5 feet and inflates in less than two minutes (it comes with a blower motor). In addition to the water slide, there’s a basketball hoop, water cannon, climbing wall, and a shallow splash pool when they just want to cool off after playing. This is suitable for kids ages 5 to 12.
Kinetic Sand Moldable Sensory Play Sand
For an affordable way to keep kids engaged and using their creativity, this 2-pound bag from Kinetic Sand is a winner. Unlike normal sand, this is easy to shape and mold for kids to create imaginative designs. The bag is resealable, and you don’t have to worry about the sand drying out. Also, the sand sticks to itself (versus your hands), so clean-up is a breeze. The colors range from blue and green to pink and beach.
Educational Insights Design & Drill Bolt Buddies Recycling Truck
Learning STEM skills is fun with the Educational Insights Design & Drill Bolt Buddies. It actually includes a child-safe power drill for kids to build a truck and operate its arm lift, as well as toy pet figurines. There’s also an eco-friendly component to this Pick-it-Up Truck. The box it comes packaged in can be unfolded and used as a play set.
What to Look for When Buying a Preschool Graduation Gift
Graduating preschoolers might have anxiety about starting in a new school or class. Offer them a children’s book about kindergarten that will help demystify it and give them something to look forward to in the days to come. Or offer them an educational, fun kids' electronics game that will teach them skills through play.
Make your preschooler feel special with a personalized gift that features their name or initials. Offer them a new lunchbox with their initials or a new backpack with their name embroidered on the back to start kindergarten in style, or a personalized puzzle with a graduation theme.
The significance of a preschool gift is to mark a milestone in a young child’s life. Choose a small gift that will remind them of their accomplishment now and in years to come. This could be a T-shirt that lets the world know they’re headed to kindergarten or a school memory scrapbook that starts with preschool and can be built on until they graduate from high school.
Do you give gifts for preschool graduation?
Giving preschool graduation gifts is increasingly popular. Some adults feel that all the pomp and circumstance for preschool graduation might be a little over-the-top, but enough parents and educators have made it an annual ritual that a whole industry has developed around it, with everything from miniature preschool graduation outfits, themed gifts such as teddy bears outfitted in cap and gowns, a mini-genre of preschool graduation themed books, as well as party supplies and greeting cards out there for the taking.
What do you say to a preschool graduate?
Congratulations! Use the opportunity to talk to your child about the next step in their school life. Remind them that the things they learned in preschool will help them once they get to kindergarten. Create a sense of excitement about the future by talking to them about the new things they will be learning and experiencing.
How old are you when you graduate preschool?
The CDC defines preschool-age children as between 3- to 5-years-old. However, preschool-age ranges can vary slightly according to state regulations. Children generally graduate preschool at age 5, depending on when their birthday falls on the school calendar.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This round-up was written by Patrice J. Williams, who has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she also writes product reviews for other outlets and appears on-air for "Today" and WE tv. She was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City and loved helping her friends and family find unique, thoughtful, and wallet-friendly presents. This gift guide consists of well-researched, top-rated products that are fun and educational for preschoolers.