She asks you every day when Santa is coming. She knows about the reindeer and enjoys listening to Christmas music. She may even have asked you to write a letter to the big man himself. In general, though, those toys are big and she may even have asked for a pony. This leaves mom and dad with the burning question: What small, fun toys can we include in our preschooler’s stocking? Here’s a list of 25 items that would make perfect stocking stuffers for 2-year-old to 4-year-old girls, alongside that traditional Christmas orange.
How to Choose Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Expand her imagination. Choose a gift that will help your little girl use her imagination. The toddler and preschool ages are such a magic time to explore imagination.
- Enhance her mind. Anyone who has spent time with a toddler or preschooler knows their minds are like sponges. The more they are exposed to learning activities, the more quickly they will progress intellectually.
- Express her creativity. Kids enjoy creating, whether it’s with crayons, paint, beads, or any other supplies. Art supplies are always a good gift for any age.
- Entice her taste buds. A sweet or salty treat rounds off any Christmas stocking or gift.
Beverly Hills Kids Pretend Play Makeup Cosmetic Kit
If your little girl is always begging to play with mommy’s makeup, this makeup kit would make a great stocking stuffer for a 3-year-old girl. Although the pallets look real, they’re not, so your toddler won’t make a mess of her face (and your house!) while she’s practicing eyeshadow.
Play Circle by Battat Princess Purse Set
Toddlers and preschoolers love to carry purses around and fill them full of goodies. This purse contains a phone, wallet, keys, mirror, play lipstick, and heart-shaped sunglasses, and it’ll make your 2-year-old girl feel just like her mom!
Melissa & Doug Paint With Water Activity Books Set
For another mess-free Christmas activity, include one of these paint with water books. Your kids can still express their creativity without you worrying about cleaning up messy paints. This set includes 3 activity books.
Webkinz Arctic Polar Bear Plush
Webkinz creatures are particularly exciting for kids, not just because they’re cute, but because each one comes with a code that allows them access to a fun online game where their pet can play. It’s a perfect stocking stuffer for a 4-year-old girl or preschooler who likes to play on the computer.
Educational Insights Playfoam
Most toddlers have and love Play-Doh, but has yours ever played with Playfoam? It’s a molding foam that never dries out, doesn’t leave an oily residue on your hands, and is extremely addicting to play with. It’ll bring hours of Christmas Day fun and beyond.
Nuby Octopus Hoopla Bathtime Fun Toys
If you want to make bath time more fun, consider getting your child this adorable octopus ring toss. It’s a popular toy a fair price, and it’s perfect for preschoolers. It would also make for a great pool toy in warmer weather.
Green Toys Tea Set
What little girl doesn’t enjoy having a pretend tea party? This cute play tea set is made of recycled plastic and is free of BPA, phthalates, and PVC. It is so much fun to play with and is dishwasher safe. This is sure to be a favorite!
The Book With No Pictures
A book with no pictures? Sounds… boring, doesn’t it? That’s the joke. Because there are no pictures, the book is full of lots of funny phrases and words that the reader has to say, so it keeps kids laughing the entire time. Every preschool-aged girl I know says this is her favorite book!
The Polar Express
How cute would it be to start a Christmas tradition of including a new Christmas movie in your child’s stocking every year? The Polar Express is a great choice for 2 to 4-year-olds because it beautifully captures the magic of Santa’s Workshop and the spirit of the season. This movie is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Ghirardelli Hot Cocoa Envelopes
No stocking is complete without a little treat, and these hot chocolate envelopes are the perfect size. They would pair perfectly with “The Polar Express” because you could drink your hot chocolate as a family while the elves sing the “Hot Chocolate!” song.
Magnetic Tiles Building Blocks Set by idoot
Inspire your child’s imagination and help improve her fine motor skills with this fun magnetic building set. Your child may not be old enough for tiny LEGOs yet, but she can still build incredible structures! These truly are a hit for 2-4-year-olds.
Splashoo Extra Large Bath Bombs For Kids With Surprise Gift Toy Inside
You may love bath bombs, but have you ever thought to give them to your kids? These colorful bath bombs, after fizzing and making the bathroom smell lovely for a while, each have a surprise toy inside. Your kids won’t be able to wait to get into the bath!
Disney Frozen Tattoos by Unique
They’re even cooler than stickers: tattoos. They’re a fun, inexpensive addition to your toddler’s stocking. These tattoos have adorable Frozen prints, and what little girl can resist the magic of Disney’s Frozen?
Oral-B Kids Battery Power Toothbrush featuring Disney Princess Characters
An odd tradition my family had every year was that every child would receive a toothbrush for Christmas. The logic is sound, though. It’s something you need, but it’s one more present to open on Christmas morning. These Disney Princess toothbrushes are really cute and would make any little toddler happy.
Foam Reindeer Holiday Ornament Kit by Fun Express
These adorable little reindeer ornament kits would make the perfect Christmas craft for little kids. With some adult supervision, they can spend some time on Christmas day putting together their own little reindeers and hanging them on the tree.
Wipe Clean: Early Learning Activity Book
It’s never too early to get kids started on reading basics. This fantastic wipe-clean book helps your little girl learn letters, numbers, and animals. She will enjoy writing with the dry erase marker and then wiping it clean so she can write again. This book is filled with beautiful illustrations that make learning fun!
Multicolor Pens by Hieno
You may be skeptical about buying your toddler an office supply for Christmas, but trust me on this: Pens with multiple color options are really cool. I had one when I was a girl and I found it so fascinating that it became one of my favorite toys. This would be a great gift, especially for an older toddler.
Melissa & Doug Decorate-Your-Own Wooden Heart Box and Wooden Butterfly Box Craft Kits Set
This adorable Melissa & Doug box is sure to make any little girl excited. It includes everything she’ll need to paint and bedazzle a little butterfly-shaped box or a heart-shaped box for her to keep her trinkets in. This would be a great stocking stuffer for tween girls, too.
JaRu Magic Grow Capsules
Have you ever seen these multicolored, pill-shaped capsules that dissolve in water and have a sponge animal inside? They’re a lot of fun to do! Your preschooler will be excited to watch the eggs “hatch” and discover the surprise inside.
Loofah Exfoliating Shower Stuffed Sponge With Animal Toys by Mr. Cui’shop
These shower scrubbers have adorable characters attached to them, so they make for a fun and functional bath toy. They’re also made of a gentle mesh and sponge, so they’ll be ideal for gently scrubbing your toddler.
Emosa Nail Polish
Does your daughter beg you to paint her nails? She will love to receive these cute nail polish bottles of her own. This water-based nail polish is 100% non-toxic and easy to remove. (Rather than using that strong nail polish remover, all you have to do is soak her nails in water for 1-2 minutes.) This kit comes with six bright colors for her to try.
PEZ Despicable Me Twin Pack
It’s totally a throwback to the 90s, but what 2-year-old doesn’t love getting a Pez Dispenser in their stocking? This dispenser is Despicable Me themed, plus it comes with six rolls of candy. It’s the perfect size for a stocking and a unique Christmas Day treat.
POOF Neon Slinky
This toy is much less common in households now than it was ten years ago, but that doesn’t make it any less fun! Teach your 3-year-old girl how a Slinky can “walk” down the stairs and she’ll be thrilled to play with it for hours.
Hoyle Kid’s 6 in 1 Fun Pack- Card Games
Teach your child how to play card games with these first-time card games. The set includes Memory, Crazy Eights, Go Fish, Slapjack, Old Maid, and Matching. It’s a great gift to promote learning and group play. It makes a great stocking stuffer for a 4-year-old girl.
Ehdching 6pairs Kids Cartoon Christmas Socks
Everyone’s got to have a quality pair of Christmas socks! These socks are made from a soft, heavy material and won’t wear out as quickly as some cheaply-made Christmas socks do. She may end up wanting to wear them all year long.
The items you choose to include in your 2-4-year-old’s stocking will depend entirely on her personality and what you feel will make her excited on Christmas Day. Don’t let that stress you out, though! Enjoy your time being Santa and try to keep the day simple and focused on family time. We hope you have a Happy Holiday Season, and Merry Christmas from Mommy High Five!
Other Toddler Play and STEM Resources
PBS Kids Education Resources
Toddler Life Vests
Wooden Gifts for Toddlers
US Department of Education Early Learning Resources