Disclosure: I am a blog ambassador for Lakeshore and am compensated for my work. I received product free of charge, but all thoughts and opinions on the best sibling gifts are 100% mine.
What are the best siblings gifts for ALL your kids to play with?
The name of my toy game is maximizing. Maximizing toy life span, the space I have in my house, and (maybe most important) how many of my kids can play with the toy. It’s so important that I find the best sibling gifts for my kids to all enjoy.
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How do you encourage sibling play?
It starts with toys.
We know that toys are the tools for childhood play – but have you ever considered how much toys come into play with siblings?
We need to fill our homes with good toys – and good toys that invite togetherness. Siblings can’t develop their relationships if they’re never playing together.
Look for toys the encourage togetherness
Toys for one kid – toys that can only be used one at a time – those make it really hard for kids to ever have a chance to work together in play.
Play is the highest form of learning in childhood and when we ask siblings to be together in this critical learning – that’s where the magic happens in their relationship.
They go from being siblings to being friends through toys and games and play.
What are the best toys for siblings?
The best toys for sibling always have a few of the same components:
- They invite teamwork – the play gets better if they work together.
- They have many parts – each sibling can have a role or a job.
- They’re open-ended – these toys don’t tell the siblings how to play, they just invite them into play.
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Where do you find these sibling toys?
The toys my kids play with together the most are my toys from Lakeshore Learning. Lakeshore toys have a way of capturing sibling attention so they can all play.
My kids are 6, 4, and 3 – and they’ve been using some of the toys on this list for years.
I know they’ll keep using them for years to go. Lakeshore toys always have that longevity piece that I’m looking for too.
The 10 Best Sibling Gifts from Lakeshore Learning
You can’t help but immediately see the sibling play potential here. Siblings can work together to make castle play scenes with this kingdom toy and figurines (all included).
My kids bring all sorts of imaginary play into this castle and while it’s set in medieval time, that doesn’t stop fire trucks from rescuing the knights or stuffed animals from being added to the castle grounds.
The bottom line: Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle invites siblings to work together and it’s just plain perfect.
Calling all sibling team work as kids learn to build together. This can totally be set up on their own, but it’s always more fun as a sibling party.
Siblings can make an awesome hideout or space all their own using this kit.
Set up this carpet and set up a chance for siblings to play together. Kids will all crowd around this play centerpiece and bring to this party what they need.
This is where open-ended play magic happens: a simple backdrop like the Around Town Play Carpet gets kids all sorts of ready to play.
A truly unique building and playing experience for kids: an unlimited number of set up potentials for kids to create their own treehouse style.
After it’s built, it becomes the center of play: with dolls, animals, cars and trucks all coming to the Build & Play Treehouse.
Self-contained play that also can travel? We have BOTH these backpacks but it’s for good play reason: my kids love them both and play with both together.
All three of my kids are equally into dinosaurs and unicorns so this checks every box for imaginary play they like to do together.
What a game changer!!! We first set this up in our living room as an awesome play area for siblings. It then made it’s way to my son’s bed and there it’s lived for the last two months…
And now it’s the hub of child play. It’s like having a sibling club house.
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Now that we have three siblings who are “marble safe” – the marble run is a hot toy to build together. It’s a big teamwork project to plan the marble run path.
Sensory bins: the great equalizer of play! Where toddlers and big kids can play together!
Sensory sand is one of my favorites and this one kit has been enough for our family since 2017.
This is a shout out to my younger siblings – where a baby might be involved and actually, this was a toy my 6-year-old added to the list because it STILL is a toy these siblings play with together.
But first, it was an amazing gift to have a toy that both baby and toddler could share. That’s what we found in the Colorpillar Sorting Mat. Four years later and the Colorpillar is still a treasured, memory filled toy for my kids.
Be on the look out for toy for siblings!
And make sure to check Lakeshore first. Their Gifts for Growing Minds catalogue is full of the best sibling gifts – ones rich with play potential and there to help your kids find friendship in their sibling relationships.
What are your best sibling gifts?