2018 First Things First

Our guide to free or low-cost gifts and toys for young children at each age and developmental stage. 

Best Gifts for Young Kids

For babies and infants under 1 year old, look for toys that stimulate their senses. Babies are fascinated by faces and bright colors. They enjoy playing hide-and-seek with different objects. 

Gifts for Babies


For toddlers between 1 and 3 years old, look for toys that encourage imagination and problem-solving, such as:

Gifts for Toddlers


For preschoolers, which covers ages 3 to 5, look for toys that help them relate to each other and the world around them, including:

Gifts for Preschoolers


90% of a child's brain develops

before kindergarten.

Learn more about how you can help prepare your

child for success in school and in life.

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