Holiday Gift Guide: Ideas for Ages 3-5

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
“Dream Snow” by Eric Carle

Let It Snow

“Dream Snow” by beloved children’s author and illustrator Eric Carle is just the book to curl up and read on a winter day. Young children will enjoy the tale of a farmer celebrating Christmas, as well as the musical surprise inside. Available as a board book ($9.99) or hardcover ($26.99).

Available at Gramercy Books, 2424 E. Main St., Bexley; 614-867-5515;

Kid Chemists

Inspire a love of science with Beaker Creatures by Learning Resources. This Liquid Reactor Super Lab set ($29.99), for ages 5 and older, features 15 pieces that kids use to conduct bubbly experiments, guided by the cartoon title characters. Visitors can go to the gift shop without paying museum admission.

Available at COSI, Science2Go gift shop, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus; 614-629-3109;

Endless Options

Is it a plastic turtle shell? A seat to sit on (or in)? In short, Bilibo is whatever kids want it to be. The award-winning, brightly colored, Swiss-designed toy ($31.99) by Moluk aims to inspire open-ended, imaginative play by a wide variety of ages.

Available at Oh Know! The Knowing Place, 1776 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington; 614-488-2066; 


If bath time is your child’s favorite time of day, Bath Blocks ($24.99) by Just Think Toys might be just the ticket. The Floating Ball Run & Waterfall Set includes 12 blocks, a ball, cup and a floating base that children can stack and build with; water makes the foam pieces cling together.

Available at Naturally Curious Kids, 13 E. College Ave., Westerville; 614-568-8590;

Quite a Puzzler

This Hidden Depths puzzle in the George Luck series by Hape International ($29.99) is more complex than it might first appear. Older kids will enjoy assembling the 95-piece, layered wood design back into an artful nature scene featuring frogs, ducks and dragonflies.

Available at Dublin Toy Emporium, 28 N. High St., Dublin; 614-389-1467;