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Educational Toys For Kids - Great Gift Ideas

Updated on July 1, 2017
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I am a mom of two beautiful girls (10 & 12). We love to read, play, cook, shop and have fun together. Raising good people is a top priority.

Learning Resources Toys

Learning Resources is a leading manufacturer of pretend play and educational toys. You can often find a lot of Learning Resources toys in school and preschools. You can also find a lot of their products in my house!

Some of the Learning Resources toys my kids play with have been with us for years and are still as popular as the day we first opened the box. They are high quality toys with an emphasis placed on allowing your kid to be a kid and have fun while also learning how to do things or the way things function in the world around them.

I often give Learning Resources gifts to friends' kids for birthdays and they're always a big hit. If you're looking for a great quality toy that will stand the test of time, at a reasonable price, and that may just teach your child something, go no further (except to check out and buy the products below by Learning Resources)! Amazon has the best selection I have found and at great prices.


These cones help your child learn colors - 2 cones and 8 different colored scoops that are marked on the inside with the color name. Stacking scoops helps develop fine motor skills.

These two-part cupcakes are great for shape recognition - each has a different shape on the bottom that corresponds to its shape into the matching pan. Great gift idea!

I am listing these under 'favorites' because, as I've described over on the right, the longevity that these toys have had in my own household is second to just about nothing. We have had both these ice cream cones and the cupcakes since my girls were very young - more than three years now - and they still play with these all the time. I've also noticed over the years that when they have friends over to play these are some of the most popular toys that they all love to play with, and for that reason is why I say that they would make fantastic gift ideas for most kids.

Pretend Doctor Kit

I haven't met a kid yet that doesn't like to play doctor and this kit has it all - enough for a whole team of doctors to play at the same time!

Learn About Money

Features lights, sounds, and voice messages. Holds real-size money and includes play coins and bills, coupon and credit card. It has a scanner, scale and coin slot. Great to teach coin recognition, addition and subtraction. Has an automatic shut-off to prolong battery life!

For the slightly younger set, consider the Supermarket Checkout where checkers can slide food items across the working conveyor belt as the scanner light flashes - I think I need to get this one for my kids!

For Fine Motor Skills

Slice the fruits & veggies apart, then match pieces together to make a whole. Great for dexterity.

Each of these 12 doughnuts feature a removable frosting pattern that fits on top for countless matching games. Includes doughnut box for storage.

This set of 13 "truffles" features outer chocolate pieces in 6 shapes for children to match with the corresponding centers, enhancing fine motor skills.

Animals, Animal Sets

You may wonder how pretend animals equals educational. Well, when it comes to children, it doesn't take much to make something educational - pretend play is what these type of toys evoke or require and that type of play is very important for young children and their developing minds. It helps bring out their thoughts and imagination and supports their language and communication building skills. I don't think my kids are alone at all in their love of all animals. In fact, my kids know the name of a few of our neighbors, but they know the name of every dog in the neighborhood! They have many pretend animal sets like these and they play with them on a daily basis. My daughters are eight and ten now and they still play with their toy animals all the time! Sets like these also make great gifts for kids.

Pretend Food and Kitchen Sets

Boys and girls alike love to mimic their parents, especially in the kitchen, so a pretend kitchen and/or some kitchen items like pretend food sets and kitchen utensils, cups, plates, and more can foster hours of fun pretend play for them.

These products on the right represent a fraction of the kitchen item and food sets available by Learning Resources.

I hope these help you in your quest to find fun and educational toys for your child or someone else's. Shop now for the holidays before it's too late!

Learning Resources Counting Fun Fruit Bowl - Hot Toy of 2008
Learning Resources Counting Fun Fruit Bowl - Hot Toy of 2008


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    • Lily Rose profile image

      Lily Rose 8 years ago from East Coast

      Thanks for reading, James! We love these toys.

    • James Ginn profile image

      James Ginn 8 years ago from Ohio

      We love and use the BIG magnetic numbers and letters at our house. They are great. Thanks for the article.