No Plastic – Christmas Toy Guide for Ages 5 and Under

I’m setting out to create a Christmas shopping guide for ages 5 and under WITHOUT plastic toys! I’ve found over the years that plastic toys are the ones that break down the fastest and my kids quickly lose interest. So! I’m filling this post with classic toys that will not only last, but hopefully inspire some creativity. We have some of the toys on this list and they truly stand the test of time (and hold up to three kids under the age of five).

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Wood Doll HouseWooden Doll House

How precious is this?! I love the handle on top for toting this cutie around. When I was reading through the reviews, I noticed many people painted theirs and there were some really cute ideas for personalizing it. I’m planning on getting this for my daughter for Christmas…maybe I’ll paint it to match the farmhouse we’re building!



Tabletop Art Easeltabletop art easel

I love how this art easel has a chalkboard on one side and a dry erase board on the other. You can also use the paper roll that is stored on the inside. This is the perfect gift for all those artsy, creative kiddos in your life!



kids wood workbenchWood Work Bench

This is on my shopping list for my three year old this year. All the pieces give me a little bit of anxiety, but I think this will be a great activity for him since he has arthritis in his joints. Any kind of activity that allows him to work on dexterity and flexing his fingers is super helpful to his development. Plus, I love how the colors are subtle and can blend in to your decor.



kids cutting food setCutting Food Set

You guys. We’ve had this Melissa & Doug Cutting set for a few years and my kids still love and play with it. The “food” is pieced together with velcro and you chop it with the wood knife. It’s such a cute toy that is great for boys or girls.




wood toy cash registerWood Toy Cash Register

I would have loved this when I was a kid! Can you imagine having this thing when you were the banker playing Monopoly?! Yeeeees!





kids wood drumSolid Wood Drum

Don’t hate me for this one. It’s just so cute I couldn’t resist! What kid wouldn’t love this thing?!



Pots and Pans playsetPots & Pans Play Kitchen Set

My kids love to help me in the kitchen and these would be the sweetest addition to our kitchen! It comes with a colander, pot with lid, 2 pans, 2 wooden utensils, and rack.




kids wooden paper rollTabletop Paper Roll Dispenser

Another great gift for the art lovers! We have one of these and keep it on the kids craft table. I love the blank canvas and how it inspires creativity. You can really learn so much about your children in their artwork. I prefer blank paper over coloring books because it gives your children the opportunity to come up with their own ideas! This comes with one paper roll, but if you want to purchase refills, you can get them here.


kids pianoMy First Piano

I saved this piano for last because it’s a bit pricey. It’s a little more than we would usually spend on a toy, but if you’re trying to simplify Christmas this would be a wonderful “big” gift. It’s such a beautiful toy that could be passed down for generations.



What are your plans for the holidays this year? Do you have a method for Christmas shopping? I heard a saying one time that was a great guide for Christmas shopping for your kids: something to wear, something to read, something they want, something they need! We are very lucky that our families spoil our kids during Christmas, so we are going to try to go minimal this year. I hope this list gives you some shopping ideas!






4 comments found

  1. I own the wooden food and the stainless steel pots! They really are nice! You would probably like to look into Charlotte Mason or Montessori toys.

  2. this is such a perfect list! especially because it’s more environmentally friendly and you don’t always know what chemicals or dyes are in the plastic toys!

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