From a parent’s perspective, the best toy is one that engages your little girl not only in play, but allows her to employ her imagination and creativity, as well. There are hundreds of toys marketed to girls age 3-6, but we’ll sort through the promise and glamour of commercials and advertisements and discover what little girls really like to play with.
In my search for the best toys for preschool girls, I employed the assistance of my nieces and a few of their friends. This test research group was more than happy to tell me which toys captured their interest for play, which ones they wanted but probably would seldom play with, and which toys to avoid purchasing.
Littlest Pet Shop
Hasbro’s Littlest Pet Shop collection of toys was number one among our group of preschool girls, ages 3-6. Littlest Pet Shop toys are designed for ages 3+, young girls have picked up on the two things that make the Littlest Pet Shop toys so popular. One, the basis of this girl’s toy collection is small, adorable animals. Two, kids love to collect things, especially between the ages of preschool and through elementary school. (Target, 10 pack of pets $2.99)
One drawback about The Littlest Pet Shop toy collection for girls is that it can turn into an eternal vortex sucking money from your wallet. The Littlest Pet Shop collection comes with a large variety of accessories including animal housing and play centers, club houses and pet shop fitness centers.
The upside to the collectability of this girl’s toy collection is that it allows family and friends an easy answer to the never ending search for birthday and Christmas gifts.
Pay attention that small accessories associated with the Littlest Pet Shop toys and animals are not accessible to children or preschoolers who may place the small items in their mouth.
Playschool Busy Basics Glowworm in Pink
Our preschool girls all ‘fessed up that they loved their glowworm. The toy is small enough to snuggle closely, has no loose parts that pose a choking hazard, and provides a warm soft glow and soft lullaby at bedtime that helps chase away fears of the dark and welcomes restful sleep.
Parents can adjust the glowworm for short or long play, depending on their preschool girls sleep pattern.
It is a toy to which our test group had become attached and one of their best travel companions, and older preschoolers still treasured their glowworm. (Amazon.com $9.26 – $12.99)
Best Toys for Preschool Girls: Playschool Dream Town Rose Petal Cottage
This little cottage for preschool girls makes the dream cottage that all little girls dream of affordable and storable. In my opinion, unless you have a playroom or the outside storage space, this makes the Dream Town Rose Petal Cottage easier and more attainable than Little Tykes plastic houses for little girls.
This little fabric cottage comes with French doors, knobs that turn, and a window. There is even a little hardboard oven included in the cottage.
Our preschool girls loved the Playschool Dream Town Rose Petal Cottage as much as any cottage or plastic house that I have ever seen. Remember, imagination can take an inexpensive toy farther than the most expensive toy with all the perks. (Target, $50.99)
Great toys for Preschool Girls, Ages 3-9
One toy that many parents rue to see coming their little girl’s way is another stuffed animal. The fact of the matter is, that little girls love stuffed animals. They are cute, cuddle, and a toy to which they can cling and feel certain since of comfort.
The popularity of stuffed animals for girls rises and falls with the current popularity of animals. Sometimes dogs are in, while other times horses and ponies are the stuffed animals of choice. Nature lovers and little girls who love to go to the zoo or watch animal planet may like unusual stuffed animals like penguins, zebras, or even stuffed birds.
The benefits of giving preschool girls stuffed animals is that girls love them, they are inexpensive, and from a little girl’s perspective there is no such thing as having too many stuffed animals.
As parents, the downside of stuffed animals is storage problems, for which a good solution is a stuffed animal net or chain in the child’s bedroom. Another downside is that stuffed animals tend to attract and hold allergens. The best remedy for this is to toss the stuffed animals in the washer and dryer every so often.
It is also important that before purchasing stuffed animals you make sure the eyes, nose, and other accessories cannot be easily removed, as they could present a potential choking g hazard. (Available at most department and discount department stores from $1 and up.)