We chatted with our team of coaches, teachers and directors to compile the best gifts for children this year!

Children love puppets and as an added bonus they can be used to teach gentle touch. All Ages Puppet, Folkmanis Hand Puppets

Develop balance and coordination on this fun, rideable toy. Ages 2-4 yearsRody Pony, Rody Toy

Easy-to-grasp rings are colorful for a visually stimulating play experience. Ages 18+ Months Classical Rainbow Stacker, Melissa and Doug

Propel forward by moving the scooter up and down, while keeping both feet off the ground. A fun new way to get around town! Ages 8+ Space Scooter, Space Scooter

Stuffed animals and dolls are a comfort object for children that help with social and emotional development. Pair it with Three Billy Goat Gruff for a great dramatic play scenario. All Ages Plush Goat Friend, Finklestein’s

The dilemma between wanting to encourage your child’s developing fine motor and self-feeding skills and also wanting to keep your walls clean. The solution bendable forks and spoons that can be adjusted to your child’s skill level. Ages 1+ Spoon and Fork, Boon Benders

This classic toy helps young children recognize shapes and promotes problem-solving skills to help them sort. Made with natural materials, so it looks good, too! Ages 1-3 years  Shape Sorter, Nova Natural

Toy tool boxes give children a wide range of options to develop fine motor skills and will keep them engaged. Ages 3+ Tool Box, The Land of Nod

Instruments that don’t just sound great but are visually stimulating as well. Ages 0-3+ Trio Rattle Band, Edu Shapes

Love these play mats that encourage tummy time. Ages 3+ Months Inflatable Water Mat, Kleeger

Fun for indoor play and easy to put away and store for another day! Ages 18 months – 4 Years Slide, Fisher Price

Merging tech and physical activity on your wrist! This kickstarter funded gift is brand-new gadget will have you programming your own games before you know it! Ages 8+ Mover Kit, Technology will Save Us

Soccer center and basketball hoop will encourage the little athlete at your house. Complete with LED lights and encouraging phrases and sounds while you hit nothing but net.  Ages 12-24 Months Smart Shots Sports Center, VTech

Safe for both indoor and outdoor use, The Original PlasmaCar uses natural movement to get going! No batteries or gears needed, just simple fun. Ages 3+ Plasma Car, PlaSmart