Gifts for Kids: Ages 3-5
Kids who love to snuggle up with a cozy blanket will like Blankie Tails, made from machine-washable fleece they can climb inside. Choose from shark or mermaid designs. The kid-size version ($34.99) is designed for children 2.5 to 5 feet tall.
Available at Learning Express Toys, 180 F Market St., New Albany 43054; 1349 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington 43221; 7227 N. High St. (Shops at Worthington Place), Worthington 43085; learningexpress.com.
Fairy Tale Fun
Challenge preschoolers' critical thinking skills with Three Little Piggies Deluxe ($24.99) from Smart Games. The puzzle includes a storybook to lay the groundwork as well as a book with 48 challenges. Players put the pigs and wolf in certain spots on the grid, then figure out how to keep the pigs safe by covering them with the houses. The game also comes in a Little Red Riding Hood design.
Available at Marbles: The Brain Store, 121 Easton Town Center, B-104, Columbus 43219; 614-948-7800; marblesthebrainstore.com.
If your child was among those who fell in love with Nora, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has dedicated part of its symbolic Adopt an Animal program to her. Donors who give $65 or more get a stuffed polar bear as well as an adoption certificate and thank you letter. Proceeds go toward the zoo's conservation efforts. The package is available online only at give.columbuszoo.org/noratribute. Or, zoo gift shops carry polar bear stuffed animals that sell for $10 to $84.
Available at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 Powell Road, Powell 43065; 614-724-3485; columbuszoo.org.
Fans of Pigeon and Elephant & Piggie are sure to appreciate Mo Willem's newest picture book, Nanette's Baguette ($17.99). The story follows the title character as she makes her first solo trip to the bakery to get bread for her family. The usual Willem rhymes and antics ensue.
Available at Cover to Cover, 3560 N. High St. (Clintonville), Columbus 43214; 614-263-1624; covertocoverchildrensbooks.com.
Ready for the Runway
Budding fashionistas will appreciate the chance to design their own outfits on a miniature dress form. My First Fashion Designer ($19.99) comes with a variety of fabrics, ribbons and buttons. No cutting or sewing is required. Recommended for ages 4 and older.
Available at Lakeshore Learning Materials, 2148 Polaris Parkway, Columbus 43240; 614-846-1710; lakeshorelearning.com.