Blocks are huge. EVERY single play therapy session I have, a child will build something with blocks and it almost brings me to tears at times to see how a quiet sheltered child, will all of a sudden create a huge masterpiece of a 'building' out of blocks. I love seeing what can become of a plain old brown piece of wood!
Here is a good set at a great price (49.99$) Melissa & Doug 60-Piece Standard Unit Blocks
Now, for those moms of boys out there, I know you are a little apprehensive about buying a doll house for your son. But the super gender neutral ones are great, and there are a lot out there now that are 'green' looking. And your boys can use different 'characters' to play with in their house, and not dolls. The less is more philosophy is best for the doll house, that way children can use even more of their imagination!
These are great wooden doll houses:
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Furnished Dollhouse (76.99$)
Ryan's Room Home Is Where the Heart Is (99$)
Hape All Season House - Furnished (139.99)
3. Dress-Up Gear My 1st Career Gear Assortment Suit (37.99$)
4. Kitchen Play
What home doesn't have a kitchen? Children love to act out what they already have at home and kitchens are a huge hit. Boys are chefs too and love to pretend they are washing dishes, cooking and grilling like their dad. This one is a good gender neutral color as well and fits in small spaces.
KidKraft Vintage Kitchen - White (157.99$)
5. Doctor Kit
I know I have blogged about these before, but they are still one of the all time faves of my clients. Kids LOVE using these doctor kits and my daughter still plays with hers a whole year later.
Fisher-Price Medical Kit (21.99$)
What are your favorite choices this year??