Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Age 2–6

Our editors' picks for the season's best movies, books, TV shows, and games for little kids.

These age-based gifts are packed with positive messages for kids. Plus, every purchase supports Common Sense and our library of independent reviews, ratings, and advice.

Great gifts for 2-year-olds

Say Zoop!

Say Zoop!

Book
"Joyfully noisy book sparkles with creative energy."
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Mighty, Mighty Construction Site

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site

Book
"Cheerful trucks show teamwork at its best."
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Red Sled

Red Sled

Book
"Inspired, silly sledding romp perfect for winter bedtime."
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Sesame Street

Sesame Street

TV show
"Classic show endures changes, but learning content remains."
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Monster & Son

Monster & Son

Book
"Monstrously funny -- and sweet -- book perfect for bedtime."
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The Wiggles: Furry Tales

The Wiggles: Furry Tales

Movie
"Preschoolers, if not parents, will love the 21 animal songs. "
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Great gifts for 3-year-olds

Be Kind

Be Kind

Book
"Warm story shows big impact of simple acts of kindness. "
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A Parade of Elephants

A Parade of Elephants

Book
"Sweet, cozy counting book teaches basic preschool concepts. "
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Corduroy Takes a Bow

Corduroy Takes a Bow

Book
"Toy bear gets in the act at the theater in charming sequel."
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Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip

Movie
"More kid-friendly entertainment from inquisitive tiger cub."
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One Big Ocean

One Big Ocean

Movie
"Biodiversity, environmental concerns in marine adventures. "
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Paw Patrol

Paw Patrol

TV show
"Cute pups rescue neighbors in friendly cartoon. "
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Great gifts for 4-year-olds

The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special

The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special

Movie
"Elmo, Abby and gang celebrate neighborhood diversity. "
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Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise

Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise

Book
"Playfulness makes silly sequel as hilarious as original. "
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Baby Monkey, Private Eye

Baby Monkey, Private Eye

Book
"Sweet, silly pictures and story will delight early readers. "
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Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

Book
"Gorgeous art, spare text in picture book version of classic. "
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Maya the Bee 2: The Honey Games

Maya the Bee 2: The Honey Games

Movie
"Delightful tale will inspire and engage; mild suspense. "
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Muppet Babies

Muppet Babies

TV show
"Darling reboot shows kids delights of imaginative play. "
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Great gifts for 5-year-olds

Fancy Nancy

Fancy Nancy

TV show
"Books-inspired series celebrates individuality, expression. "
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Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere

Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere

Book
"Exciting story of launching 1930 deep-sea diving tank. "
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The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare

The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare

Book
"Princesses learn to be heroes in fun science fair romp. "
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What Can a Citizen Do?

What Can a Citizen Do?

Book
"Timely book on citizenship engages kids on their level. "
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The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar

The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar

Movie
"More adventures of Kion and his Guard; cartoon peril. "
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The Star

The Star

Movie
"Sweet Nativity story told from animals' perspective. "
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Great gifts for 6-year-olds

Pick of the Litter

Pick of the Litter

Movie
""Dog"umentary fetches empathy, enlightenment, warm fuzzies. "
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Smallfoot

Smallfoot

Movie
"Fun, feel-good animated musical offers positive messages. "
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Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters: The Questioneers, Book 1

Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters: The Questioneers, Book 1

Book
"Girl invents a painting machine in fun story of engineering. "
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Polly Diamond and the Magic Book

Polly Diamond and the Magic Book

Book
"Girl learns words, family matter in fun, imaginative story. "
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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Video game
"Cute puzzle-filled adventure for kids and kids at heart. "
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Freaky Friday (2018)

Freaky Friday (2018)

Movie
"Musical reboot's heartwarming themes are great for families. "
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