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Moving on up to preschool to 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, it comes in a variety of colors, including black, red, green, and yellow. Customers say it’s a good, quality shirt that feels soft.
VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX
This smartwatch 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 55 customizable watch faces (both digital and analog) help them learn time. Other features include a pedometer and Monster catcher 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 also 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 and up to 150 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, including Caribbean Blue to Shocking 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 all the way through high school with pages for each year to record special events. 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 coin 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 the first day in a new school to the 100th day of school celebration, the book walks kids through many of the common events that 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
This is a toy that kids will love and parents will appreciate for the educational component. The Little Genius Starter Kit is compatible with an iPad (not included) and has four games that teach kids letters, drawing, social skills, and problem solving. The kit is easy to operate and no wifi 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 an ice maker, menu chalkboard, farmhouse sink, and more. The stovetop glows red when in use and the planter boxes include carrots and onions, which the kids can pretend 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 2 minutes (it comes with a pump). 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 5-12.
Kinetic Sand Moldable Sensory Play Sand
For an affordable way to keep kids engaged and using their creativity, this 2-pound bag of kinetic sand is a winner. Unlike normal sand, this is easy to shape and mold, so kids can 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 hands!) so clean up is a breeze. The colors range from blue to green to pink or sandy brown.
Educational Insights Design & Drill Bolt Buddies Recycling Truck
Learning STEM skills is fun with the Educational Insights Bolt Buddies. It actually includes a working drill, which is child-safe, of course. Kids use the drill to build the truck and operate its arm lift. There’s also an eco-friendly component to the toy. The box it comes packaged it can actually be unfolded and used as a play set.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This roundup 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 as well as appearing on-air for The Today Show and WEtv. She was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City and loves 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 but also educational for preschool graduates.