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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Growing Minds

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When looking for the perfect gift to place under the tree this holiday season, educational gifts always make the perfect gifts to give. After getting my degree in Early Childhood Education, I fell in love with how Lakeshore makes educational games and products that makes learning fun for young children. Every year, I purchase something special for my kids from Lakeshore, and these are my top picks this year to gift to your children.

Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle $49.99
Fantasy and adventure abound in this mighty fortress built for endless entertainment—just beware of the dragon! The castle walls open to reveal exciting play spaces, where the wizard counsels the king and queen, and the knights and guards defend the kingdom. There are chambers to explore, stairs to scale, towers for keeping watch…even a dragon’s lair! The castle also features a drawbridge and dungeon door that really work! The set includes a castle, a king and a queen, a wizard, 2 guards, 4 knights, a dragon and 2 flags. Castle measures 10 1/4″ tall.

Precious Ponies Playset $39.99
Get ready for a giddyup good time! Here’s everything kids need to feed, groom and train 2 show horses, including a feeding trough, a grooming brush and 2 jumping gates. Exercise the horses in the corral, or put them in stalls with real-working doors. All 13 pieces even fit inside the stable for on-the-go fun! Stable measures 8 3/4″ tall.

Snap & Design Monster Trucks $29.99
Get ready for some big-wheeled adventures! Kids will love designing and building impressive monster trucks as they mix and match oversize truck bodies, chassis with massive wheels and stylish accessories—in lots of combinations. Then kids just pull back each finished truck…let it go…and watch it zoom into action! Perfect for kids to race on their own or against friends, the set includes 15 snap-together pieces that are a breeze to connect. Truck bodies measure 5 3/4″ in length.

Young Designers Architect Set $29.99
Packed with tons of realistic architectural pieces, this set is perfect for budding builders! Children simply slot together walls, balconies and more to create one modern 3-D home after another—developing STEM skills along the way. You get 46 pieces, including wall panels, floor panels, columns, balcony rails, roofs and a stairway. Set also comes with an assembly guide featuring 7 different house designs. Each floor panel measures 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.

Bedroom Design Studio $29.99
Now you can personalize the bedroom of your dreams! Their studio comes with everything you need to design a stylish room without cutting, sewing or heavy lifting. Packed with patterned fabrics, charming furniture, chic curtains, decorative wall panels and more, the studio is perfect for you to mix and match one delightful room after another! Bed measures 4 3/4″ in length.

Fantasy Adventure Backpack $49.99
Enter a beautiful land of enchantment with a quick unzip of our durable backpack! A large foldout play space provides a fantasy setting where unicorns drink from the magical pond and winged horses soar over the rainbow. Perfect for travel, the playset features a roomy, zippered compartment to store all 9 pieces and kids’ extra belongings…plus adjustable straps for just the right fit! Backpack measures 13″ tall.

Color Me Creative! Supply Caddy $19.99
Add some charm to your arts & crafts space with an irresistible rainbow caddy! Perfect for storing pencils, crayons, scissors and so much more, the caddy features 6 handy compartments and sturdy wood construction that’s built to last. Caddy measures 12 1/4″l x 2 3/4″w x 5″h. Supplies not included.

Cosmic Space Projector $19.99
Starry-eyed space enthusiasts get a rare glimpse of the cosmos with our cool projector! Just pop in a disk and view super-size, space-themed images on the ceiling! The projector comes with 32 spectacular photos on 4 disks featuring the solar system, a total lunar eclipse, Bode’s Galaxy and so much more. Projector measures 5 1/2″ tall and requires 3 “AA” batteries (not included).

Enchanted Ocean Plush Carpet $29.99
A fanciful underwater world of wonder awaits—on our ultra-soft carpet! Babies and tots will love exploring the colorful castle, finding sunken treasure and imagining enchanting stories! Plus, the carpet features a nonslip backing for super-safe play! Dolls sold separately below.

Mermaid and Friends Soft Dolls $19.99
Their 5 squeezably soft dolls are ready for imaginary under-the-sea fun! Just the right size for little hands, these stuffed dolls with embroidered details make perfect companions as kids explore our Enchanted Ocean Plush Carpet. The dolls are machine-washable. Mermaid measures 6″ tall.

Soft & Safe Cozy Ball Pit $79.99
Little ones will be on cloud nine playing inside our super-soft ball pit! Fill it with balls for tots to toss, roll and explore—all in a safe spot with lots of support and padding! Plus, the removable pillows and washable base mat make it a breeze to clean! Ball pit measures 32″ in diameter. Balls sold separately

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