Gift Guide for Every Age

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Looking for kids gift ideas? We’ve compiled a list of the top gifts for children at every age.

0-6 Months

pipSquigz Loops

Perfect for teething and sensory exploration, pipSquigz Loops are made from safe, sturdy silicone. Comes in a variety of colors, let us choose for you! 6 months+

Each pipSquigz Loops includes two suction-cup sides and three clacking rings. Able to stick to smooth surfaces, this child-safe silicone toy is great for teething and sensory input. Comes in a variety of colors.

The unique shape of pipSquigz pieces makes them perfect for small hands to grab and manipulate, building grip strength and fine motor skills. The textured rings provide tactile feedback and an opportunity for teething.

6-12 Months

Pull-Back Vehicles

Pull-Back Vehicles by Melissa & Doug feature internal mechanisms that engage with a slight backward pull. Once activated, children can let the vehicles go and watch them move forward on their own. Ages 9 months +.

Wheel them back to get new skills speeding ahead! The “rev up” mechanism inside each of these four Pull-Back Vehicles by Melissa & Doug makes it easy for babies and toddlers to get big acceleration with just a little input: Pull back one of the soft vehicles–then release to see it zoom off across the floor! These soft fabric vehicles are bound to be popular at playtime, but with four exciting vehicles there are enough to share. And parents and caregivers will be grateful for the removable wipe-clean wheelie insert and washable fabric surface!

The action of grasping and pulling back is great for fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination; the activity of “driving” and collecting (pull, release, crawl) benefits large muscle groups and coordination. Get even more “miles per gallon” with a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, illustrated characters, and everyday themes to inspire conversations, cognitive connections, and imaginative play!

1-2 Years


SpinAgain is a colorful disc-stacking toy with spinning corkscrew motion. Once the discs spin to the bottom of the center pole, children can push the pole to release and allow the discs to spin right off.

Thread the colored discs onto the center pole of the SpinAgain and watch as they spin to the base. Press the pole to release, and the discs spin off the bottom. The reversible base provides a rounded side that wobbles and a flat side for stability.

Dual-colored discs provide visual feedback to stimulate sensory processing skills. Spinning motion aids in the development of visual tracking skills. As children grow with the toy, they will practice using hand-eye coordination to manipulate the discs and the center pole.

3-5 Years

Get Well Doctor Activity Center

Melissa & Doug’s Get Well Doctor Activity Center is a sturdy pretend play center that lets children play doctor as they take special care of their dolls, friends, and plush animals.

This sturdy, multi-sided wooden play space has everything kids need to role play visits to the doctor’s office! The waiting area includes a seat, clock, and fun changeable artwork. Sign in and check out with a credit card reader and card, fill out a reusable patient file, or take appointments with the wooden play phone. Wash up in the sink, display X-rays, monitor blood pressure, tip the scale, measure height, and read the eye chart.

Children will practice fine motor skills as they place dolls and accessories around the play area and will develop cognitive functions and social skills while engaging in pretend play.

6-8 Years

Snap Circuits Jr.

Create Working Electronic Circuits! Snap Circuits Jr (SC-100) comes with over 30 components to create 101 different electronic projects. The pieces, which include snap wires, slide switches, an alarm circuit, a music integrated circuit, and a speaker, snap together easily on the included plastic grid–no soldering required. Each piece is numbered and color-coded to make identifying them easy. These components combine to create working circuit boards just like the ones found inside televisions, radios, and other electronic devices.

With its easy-to-follow instructions, Snap Circuits gives your child a hands-on education in how electrical circuits work to run the everyday devices that they’re familiar with. They’ll also gain valuable lessons in building and in following instructions. The project manual includes large color illustrations and simple directions for each project.

The projects include a sound-activated switch, a musical doorbell, a voice-controlled lamp, a flying saucer, and a light police siren. With these projects, children will experiment with things like electric switches, integrated circuits, digital circuits, fuses, and the transformation of circuit sounds into other sounds.

8-12 Years


This magnetic puzzle cube transforms into over 70 shapes! Combine two or more Shashibos to build larger shapes and create more possibilities.

Unlock the mystery of Shashibo! Each Shashibo consists of 36 magnets and can transform into over 70 geometric shapes. Best of all, multiple Shashibo can be combined to form even larger, more complex shapes!

Children will use fine motor skills to manipulate the pieces of the Shashibo Shape Shifting Box. They will use visual and spatial perception to transform a cube into over 70 other geometric shapes.


Natural Life Happy Reusable Bag
Mer-Mazing Happy Gift Box

Natural Life Happy Boxes… ready-to-give keepsake boxes filled with some of our most-loved treasures that make gift giving even better! They make such a fun, effortless gift for anyone on your list!

6 Irresistible Treasures! Includes: 1 Air Freshener, 1 Magnet Happy Clip, 1 Cozie, 1 Half Boho Bandeau, 1 Sticker & 1 Enamel Pin

For the largest selection of the best kids gifts (and adults!) for all ages in the Triangle area, visit one of our convenient locations. Our experienced team can help you choose the perfect gift!

  • Learning Express Cary (Corner of Kildaire & Tryon)2020 Kildaire Farm Rd,
    Cary, NC 27518
  • Learning Express Raleigh (North Hills) 4209 Lassiter Mill Rd #128,
    Raleigh, NC 27609
  • Learning Express North Raleigh (Falls of Neuse & Durant) 9660 Falls of Neuse Rd #130,
    Raleigh, NC 27615
  • Learning Express Durham (15-501 & I-40) 3604 Witherspoon Blvd #101,
    Durham, NC 27707

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