Dinosaurs are always in demand. This Counting Dino-Sorters set by Learning Resources ($34.99) has 65 brightly colored pieces: 10 eggs into which kids can count and sort 55 dinosaurs by type and color. The pieces are perfectly sized for preschoolers' love of little things.
Available at COSI, Science2Go gift shop, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus; 614-629-3109; cosi.org.
Preschool girls love purses and pets, so Fancy Pals ($19.99) by Aurora is a winning combination. Multiple animals are available, including a monkey, sea horse, fox and more. Find them at the Junior Zookeeper Gift Shop.
Available at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 Powell Road, Powell; 614-724-3485; columbuszoo.org.
Barrettes from Columbus-based Cutie Heads ($7 to $8) are a great stocking stuffer. From animals to flowers to cupcakes and ice cream cones, there are designs and colors to suit every little girl.
Available at Fritzy Jacobs, 635 High St., Worthington; 614-885-8283; fritzyjacobs.com.
Most parents are familiar with prolific children's book author Sandra Boynton and her iconic animals. But did you know she also writes songs? “Hog Wild! A Frenzy of Dance Music” (suggested retail $17.95 for the CD version, $22.95 for vinyl) is another of her musical installments featuring famous actors and singers performing silly tunes.
Available at Fundamentals Children's Books, Toys & Games, 25 W. Winter St., Delaware; 740-363-0290; funbooksandmore.com.
Light 'Em Up
This crafty lantern will brighten any child's room. My Little Night Light ($19.99) by Klutz Jr features a battery-operated LED on a timer that projects a pattern onto the ceiling. Kids can create their own design from multiple scenes, including ocean, fantasy and space. Ages 4 and older.
Available at Naturally Curious Kids, 13 E. College Ave., Westerville; 614-568-8590; naturallycuriouskids.com.