The Best Gift Ideas for Kindergarten Girls

by Susan Lundman ; Updated September 28, 2017

Kindergarten is the right age for the gift of a pet.

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Eager, energetic, curious and creative, 5- and 6-year-old girls are fun to shop for, because they'll love most anything you buy. The best toys challenge a girl's physical and mental skills, fit her personal preferences and interests and are safe. Before buying a gift, talk to the girl and her parents to find out what she's currently interested in -- whether it's riding her bike, playing with dolls or cooking -- and also ask what she already owns.

Gifts to Encourage Activity

Toys and gift certificates for physical classes engage kindergarten-age girls. Check with the parks department in the girl's town to find classes in dance, swimming, gymnastics, basketball or T-ball that might be of interest. Before buying a gift certificate, check in with the girl's parents about dates and scheduling. Present the certificate along with a dancing figurine, ball or new swimsuit. A two-wheel bike with training wheels or large, plastic rackets and foam balls also make great active gifts.

Creative Gifts

Craft and art project kits, costume accessories packed in a decorated suitcase or a puppet theater are all gifts that tap into a 5-year-old's creative spirit. A gift of music does the same and can take the form of a simple instrument, such as a recorder or drum set, or a ticket to a children's concert; again, check with her parent's first. A set of earphones and music from a bestselling children's musician also are good creative gifts; kindergartners like all sorts of music, according to PBS Parents.

Gifts to Challenge Her Mind

Give a kindergarten girl a board game to challenge her mind and exercise her mathematical skills such as sorting, matching and moving a board piece the number of spaces appearing on a die. Classic board games include dominoes, matching games or colorful games with pieces to move around a board. Or choose games endorsed by the Parent's Choice Foundation, such matching and puzzle games.

Animal Gifts

Kindergarten girls love animals, either stuffed or real. Carolyn Ievers-Landis, an associate professor of pediatrics at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, says that 5 or 6 is the ideal age for a child to get a pet. If giving a live animal isn't feasible, opt for a stuffed or plastic horse, dolphin or unicorn, says Peggy Orenstein, author of "Cinderella Ate My Daughter." These animals tap into a girl's sense of power, motion and imagination.

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About the Author

Susan Lundman began writing about her love of cooking, ingredient choices, menu planning and healthy eating after working for 20 years on children's issues at a nonprofit organization. She has written about food online professionally for ten years on numerous websites, and has provided family and friends with homemade recipes and stories about culinary adventures. Lundman received her M.A. from Stanford University.