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Holiday gift guide 2012: Best gifts for preschoolers

The pretend-play picks in our holiday gift guide encourage the preschool set to use their imagination.

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Alex Wooden Mix & Stack Pop Shop, $26; at alextoys.com

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Bosch Mini Big-Diy-Case tool kit, $33; at Boomerang Toys, 119 West Broadway between Duane and Reade Sts (212-226-7650)

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Magnet Mouse Maze game, $39; at The Land of Nod Toy Shop pop-up, 136 Prince St between West Broadway and Wooster St (917-880-0809, landofnod.com)

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Daron MTA Articulated Bus, $28; at Mary Arnold Toys, 1010 Lexington Ave at 72nd St (212-744-8510)

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KidO for Giggle A to Z Magnatab, $28; at Giggle. Go to giggle.com for store locations

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Janod Magneti’book magnetic alphabet storyboard, $16; at Boomerang Toys, 119 West Broadway between Duane and Reade Sts (212-226-7650)

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NPW Tube Toys fire truck, $19; at Torly Kid, 51 Hudson St between Duane and Thomas Sts (212-406-7440, torlykid.com)

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Hape Bamboo Crazy Tower stacking game, $38; at The MetKids Store, 1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St (212-396-5175, store.metmuseum.org)

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Kukkia Japanese House Block Set, $115; at Acorn Toy Shop, 323 Atlantic Ave between Hoyt and Smith Sts (718-522-3760, acorntoyshop.com)

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Brio Metro Railway Set, $71; at Boomerang Toys, 119 West Broadway between Duane and Reade Sts (212-226-7650)

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Oskar & Ellen Hanger with Airplanes finger puppets, $54; at alexandalexa.com

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iTikes Canvas interactive iPad doodler, $30; at Toys ”R” Us. Go to toysrus.com for store locations

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Zylie the Bear and Shen the Panda plush doll kits, $50 each; at zyliethebear.com

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Areaware Croc Pile wooden stacking crocodiles, $35; at Acorn Toy Shop, 323 Atlantic Ave between Hoyt and Smith Sts, Downtown Brooklyn (718-522-3760, acorntoyshop.com)

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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gutter bowling set, $59; at the Land of Nod Toy Shop pop-up (opens November 2, 2012), 136 Prince St between West Broadway and Wooster St (917-880-0809, landofnod.com)

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Soopsori wooden doctor kit, $38; at Acorn Toy Shop, 323 Atlantic Ave between Hoyt and Smith Sts, Downtown Brooklyn (718-522-3760, acorntoyshop.com)

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Eco-Bonk inflatable bop bag, $33–$60; at pueri-elemental.com

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Daron Staten Island Ferry with vehicles, $38; at Mary Arnold Toys, 1010 Lexington Ave at 72nd St (212-744-8510, maryarnoldtoys.com)

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Touch Magic Rockin’ Guitar, $22; at leapfrog.com

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Servin’ Surprises Ice Cream Party Set, $15; at fisherprice.com

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Chalkboard laptop, $70; at Sprout San Francisco, 1375 Third Ave between 78th and 79th Sts (212-861-0670, sproutsanfrancisco.com)

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Wonderworld City Skyline Glow Blocks, $50; American Museum of Natural History Shop, Central Park West at 79th St (212-769-5100, amnh.org)

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Talking Tubes, $28; at alextoys.com

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Play-Doh Buster the Crane, $20; at Toys“R”Us. Go to toysrus.com for store locations

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The pre-K set is extra lucky this season—some of the year's best and most innovative toys are for this age group. On our holiday gift guide list, you'll find a glow-in-the-dark wooden city block set from the American Museum of Natural History, a chalkboard laptop from Sprout San Francisco and even a wooden doctor kit from Acorn Toy Shop.

RECOMMENDED: Complete holiday gift guide for kids

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