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Leapfrog Leapster - This is a handheld tech-based learning system – but, because it's so much fun to use, kids won't even be aware that they're learning!  The Leapster is a good size for little ones, and the controls are well designed for little hands.  This system is an early-years entry into the world of video games.  It is hugely popular.
Arts and Crafts Supplies- People who know about such things maintain that the best way to foster creativity in children is to give them blank paper and all manner of things to fill it with: crayons, markers, scraps of colored paper, glue, finger paints, scissors (blunt-nosed, of course!) glitter, macaroni.  The possibilities are endless!  And which one of us can't remember the simple pleasure of opening that brand new box of 64 Crayolas?  Don't forget to include sidewalk chalk (Now even available in 3-D) in your craft cupboard.

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Dolls and Doll Accessories- Your little girl still hasn't outgrown those dolls yet. The play has just become more sophisticated. From pushing baby around in a stroller to having conversations with the doll to now taking the doll for bike rides. Indulge her a little longer. They grow up so fast!
Scooter- For this age group, this is definitely the preferred mode of travel.  Youngsters who are still unsteady on bikes, with or without training wheels, love the freedom of being able to really go places on a scooter.  Be sure to pick and sturdy one as it will get a lot of use!

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Barbie- Though Moms either love her or hate her, little girls are almost unanimous in their love of Barbie.  It makes no sense.  She doesn’t look like a little girl.  Her clothes, in addition to being nothing a little girl would ever wear, are almost impossible for little fingers to put on or take off without help.  Still, Barbie at 50 is now older than the Moms who almost always give in when their daughters ask for “Just one more Barbie, Mom?  Please?”
Squinkies- Another entry in the tiny-creatures-every-little-girl-wants derby, Squinkies are teeny-tiny little guys who each come in its own bubble.  They are cute, squishy and squeaky.  In this version of the toy, children put a toy coin in the slot, turn the dial, and a Squinkie pops out – just like the vending machines that these mimic.  Children love them.

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Fairy themed items- Fairies are in right now and your little girl will love designing, coloring or decorating anything fairy. If you're already burned out- know that this too shall pass. Otherwise, dive in and enjoy the mythical kingdoms with your little one!
Dress Up Clothes- When I was little, our box of dress-up clothes was called The Tickle Trunk.  It had a wide variety of outfits for both boys and girls:  Dad's old ball uniform; a nurse's cap; Mom's beaded top with only a few beads missing; a dressy hat with matching gloves.  Think beyond the obvious princess gowns for your own Tickle Trunk.  Check out vintage and thrift stores to come up with clothes that will encourage your child to express herself.

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Play-Doh- Can you imagine a world without smooth squishy Play Doh?  It has come a long, long way since it was first introduced more than 50 years ago!  In addition to the traditional canisters, there are any number of play sets. Mega Fun Factory and 3-D Flash Art Set are just two.
Calico Critters- These animals made to look like dolls are a huge hit for the animal lover who loves to play house. There are a variety of sets and different animal families so collections can follow interests and grow with your little girl. Start a small collection when she is young, and watch it grow over the years.

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