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Not only is preschool graduation a child’s very first graduation, but it’s also a marker that they’re moving on to big-kid territory. Celebrate the special occasion with a gift that’ll get them excited for kindergarten and all the fun times ahead. Here are 30 preschool graduation gifts, from teddy bears and t-shirts to toys to glow-in-the-dark backpacks. If you’re looking for the perfect pre-K grad gifts for your tot, we got you covered!
This adorable picture book is perfect to get a little one ready for big-kid school. From meeting one’s teacher to the hundredth-day-of-school party, the poem-like writing covers everything to expect. Kindergarten, Here I Come!, $3.96 at Amazon
In this book, it’s all about teaching confidence. When a little boy gets ready to go to kindergarten, he gets all dressed by himself. And when he comes home, he’s super excited to tell his parents all about his day. The King of Kindergarten, $9.15 at Amazon
If your child just can’t wait to start kindergarten, this fun-but-educational card set is a present they’ll adore. Developed with educators to get kids excited about learning, the cards feature illustrated activities like picture puzzles, math challenges, tongue-twisters, mazes and vocabulary builders. Melissa & Doug Smarty Pants Kindergarten Card Set, $15.69 at Amazon
Puzzles are fun no matter what your age, but they’re a great learning tool for little ones. Customize the design with seven boy options, eight girl options and four different skill levels (12, 28, 48, or 80 pieces). Kindergarten Here I Come Puzzle, $12 at Etsy
This stuffed bear will be something your pre-K graduate can cuddle with as a kid and save as a keepsake forever. We love how there are three different parts to personalize, all at a really affordable price. Personalized Graduation Bears, From $17 at Etsy
For a girly stuffed animal, this personalized elephant couldn’t be cuter. Plus, they say the animal is good luck. Preschool Grad Keepsake Elephant, From $28.75 at Etsy
Dinosaurs and trucks are two things little boys love, so this t-shirt will make their day. I Just Crushed Preschool T-Shirt, $24.99 at Etsy
Tie-dye is always a fun choice for summer, and this t-shirt will really stand out in graduation photos. Etsy reviewers comment on how fast items from this seller usually arrive, so it’s also a good choice for a last-minute gift. Peace Out Preschool T-Shirt, From $24.98 at Etsy
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Let’s be real—it can be tricky to buy expensive jewelry for little ones. Though this bracelet is very affordable, it feels very much like a big-kid accessory. The message is so cute, and the cord comes in 22 colors, great for girls or boys. Preschool Graduate Wish Bracelet, $4 at Etsy
This may be super inexpensive, but you can’t put a price on memories. The printable, DIY handprint certificate will also be a fun activity to do with a child. Graduation Handprint Printable Photo Certificate, $5 at Etsy
If your little one is always trying to steal your phone to take selfies, they’ll love this kid-friendly digital camera that features video recording, playback and fun effects. And don’t worry parents—it’s small and lightweight and has a protective shockproof shell. uhomepro Kids Selfie Camera, $26.99 at Walmart
How cool will your kid look walking into kindergarten with their very own smartwatch? The VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch has 50+ animated watch faces, as well as dual cameras for photos and videos, a flashlight and game capabilities. VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch DX3, $69.99 at Target
Chances are, even preschoolers are up on their technology these days. If they’re longing for their own tablet like the grownups, a Fire 7 Kids tablet is a perfect gift. There’s a kid-proof case with a built-in stand and a two-year worry-free guarantee. The purchase also comes with one year free of Amazon Kids+, which offers 20,000 apps, games, books, videos, audiobooks and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney and lots more (it’s just $2.99/month after that). Fire 7 Kids Tablet, $99.99 at Amazon
One of the most exciting things about big-kid school is getting a real desk. This interactive version helps teach letters, numbers, music, colors and more, while a light-up writing pad helps with learning to write. The desktop lifts up to transform into a chalkboard or an easel, where there’s also space to store art supplies. V tech Explore & Write Activity Desk, $64.99 at BuyBuyBaby
Getting ready to read and write like the big kids is super exciting for pre-K grads, so a fun writing tablet is a great gift. Animated demonstrations allow children to follow along and learn how to do the strokes for lowercase and uppercase letters. VTech Write & Learn Creative Center, $18.62 at Walmart
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Made for children going to kindergarten, this activity set has an “all about town” theme, with activities based around fun places like a donut shop, post office, veterinarian office and a school. The activities teach kindergarten tools like pencils, scissors and dry eraser boards, as well as math and fine motor skills. Peaceable Kingdom Kindergarten Readiness Activity Set, $49.95 at Walmart
KiwiCo is a monthly subscription service that sends art- and science-themed kits to children. Choose from the Koala Crate (ages 2-4) or the Kiwi Crate (ages 5-8), depending on the graduate’s age and learning level. You can then subscribe month by month or for three, six or 12 months, with longer durations factoring out to be cheaper. The play-based sets are so fun that children will not even realize it’s educational. Sample activities include a felt fishing game, an assemble-your-own medical kit and a stained-glass craft project. Science and Art Gift Subscription, From $14.50/month at KiwiCo
Since kindergarten is likely the first time your child will be going to school for full days, it’s a great time to introduce them to having a calendar. This magnetic version comes with 82 different pieces, so children can help fill out their schedules with day of the week, date, weather and special events. Melissa & Doug My First Daily Magnetic Calendar, $21.24 at Walmart
This interactive book, quite literally, helps children get ready for school. Touch and press the pages to learn about school subjects like ABCs, numbers, colors, animals, shapes, emotions, music and more. LeapFrog Tad’s Get Ready for School Book, $16.30 at Walmart
If your preschool graduate is five going on 35, they’ll go gaga over this Fisher-Price piggy bank. It comes with 10 colorful coins to teach counting and colors, but what’s more, it plays more than 40 sing-along songs, tunes and phrases that can be set for three learning stages as the child gets older. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Piggy Bank, $16.99 at BuyBuyBaby
Know a child who can’t wait to ride the school bus next year? Let them build their own with this buildable magnetic tile puzzle. The double-sided tiles have numbers on the backside, so there’s twice the potential for learning. CreateOn 123 School Bus Magna-Tiles Structures, $54.95 at Maisonette
A very unique gift for Lego fans is this custom figurine. It’s also something that can mature with your child as a collectible item. Custom Graduation Minifigure, $28.58 at Etsy
For those who love singing, dancing or making music, this instrument set will provide hours of creative fun. The wooden crate holds a tambourine, cymbals, maracas, a clacker, tone blocks and a triangle. Melissa & Doug Band-in-a-Box Musical Instrument Set, $28.29 at Amazon
Take the fun outside with this jumbo connect-four game that’ll definitely ensure all the neighborhood kids want to come to your backyard. The ring holders mean you won’t have to worry about lost pieces. ECR4Kids Jumbo Four-To-Score, $189.99 at Target
RoyalBaby has been selling children’s bikes for nearly 15 years and today can be found in 81 countries. In addition to being super safe, their bikes are also beautifully designed with kids in mind. The 16-inch Buttons bike is made for children 4-7 years, so it should last from the summer after graduation well through kindergarten. This size also comes with training wheels for kids who are still learning. Other safety features include both front handbrakes and coaster brakes, adjustable handlebars and seats and a sturdy yet lightweight steel frame. Bonus for adults—the bike comes 95 percent assembled. Buttons 16-Inch Kids Bike, $174.99 at RoyalBaby
Is your child nervous about going off to kindergarten? This little wooden keepsake is something they can hold in their hand when worrying and remember that mommy or daddy (or granny or uncle) are sending them a hug. Pick from a heart or a star and a token or a keychain, then add your personalization. Little Pocket Hug Token, From $10.40 at Etsy
Heading off to kindergarten means you NEED a cool backpack. Not only does this backpack have a fun solar system design, but it glows in the dark (how’s that for bragging rights?!). It’s also water-resistant and can be personalized. And there are three different sizes depending on a child’s size and age. Mackenzie Navy Solar System Glow-in-the-Dark Backpack, From $44.50 at Pottery Barn Kids
And for the little girl who also loves space, how adorable is this “rainbow heart galaxy” version of the glow-in-the-dark backpack?. Mackenzie Rainbow Heart Galaxy Glow-in-the-Dark Backpack, From $54.50 at Pottery Barn Kids
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To go in the backpack, your child is going to need a lunch box, especially since kindergarten may be the first time they’ll be bringing lunch. This lightweight, double-insulated lunch bag comes in eight fun prints for boys and girls, and it has adjustable carrying straps if it needs to be carried on its own. Bentgo Deluxe Insulated Lunch Bag, $24.99 at Target
Another piece of gear that signifies big kids is a pencil case. We like this stand-up version so students can easily see what’s inside, and the cartoon animals are absolutely adorable. TFFR Telescopic Pencil Case, $14.35 at Walmart
Just like the big kids and grownups, a kindergartener needs to set an alarm clock, right? Not only is this one cute and child-friendly with three alarms, five volume settings and six night light colors, but it’s also a sneaky gift for parents since it uses colors and faces to teach kids when it’s time to go to bed and wake up. LittleHippo MELLA Ready to Rise Sleep Trainer Alarm Clock, $49.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond
This table and chairs set is great for arts and crafts projects over the summer and homework come September. In the center is a double-sided art surface that features a dry-erase board on one side and a chalkboard on the other. Underneath, there’s a compartment for markers, paint, pencils and more. Delta Children Chelsea 3-Piece Table and Chairs Set, $119.99 at BuyBuyBaby
The little artist in your life will have a blast with this easel (which also matches the table and chairs set above if you’re going for a set). The two-sided easel has a chalkboard on one side, a magnetic dry-erase whiteboard on the other and a pull-down paper roll on top. There are also two storage bins underneath to keep all those art supplies organized. Delta Children Chelsea Storage Easel, $79.99 at BuyBuyBaby
Since kindergarten is all about learning to read, get kids excited with their very own bookcase. This one makes it easy to see all the books, and the open cubbies are great for additional storage. RiverRidge Home Kids Bookrack, $184.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond
Kids will need somewhere comfy to sit and read those books. This chair feels like a miniature version of what the adults sit in, and the monogramming makes for a special gift. The cotton-twill slipcover is machine washable, so don’t be scared of spills. Navy with White Piping Anywhere Chair, $145 at Pottery Barn Kids
Next up, 25 gifts for Kindergarten graduates.
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