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Educational Toys that Tops Them All

Updated on April 13, 2015

Start with Educational Toys

Give your child a head start with educational toys. Many of these are designed to not only to be educational, but fun as well.

Remembering back when my own daughter was a baby and toddler, I wanted to give her toys that would help her expand her mind and grow mentally as well as toys that help physically with balance,eye and hand coordination and more. The first three years of a child's life is the most crucial time. Their brain is expanding and taking more information in these early years. Their coordination skills are developing.

With their short attention spans educational toys not only need to be educational but fun as well to keep a child's attention.

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Melissa & Doug Shopping Cart

Melissa & Doug Toy Shopping Cart With Sturdy Metal Frame
Melissa & Doug Toy Shopping Cart With Sturdy Metal Frame

Get your list handy for some educational toys. This little shopping cart is idea for your little one to take along and fill up the cart to help them feel all grown up.

About Melissa & Doug

Melissa & Doug toys are designed to fuel imagination, inspire exploration, and encourage the natural curiosity that leads to a lifetime of learning! From classic wooden toys to creative crafts for every age, Melissa & Doug’s timeless products educate and enrich in a way that’s as natural as playtime itself.

Since their company’s founding 25 years ago, Melissa and Doug have been committed to making exceptional children’s products, with a focus on hands-on creative play and superior customer service.

With their recognizable red-oval logo, Melissa and Doug put their names on every product they make—a symbol of their commitment to quality, attention to detail, and dedication to improving playtime for families around the world.

 
Pat the Bunny Book
Pat the Bunny Book

Pat the Bunny Book

Education for Baby to Toddler

Pat the Bunny was the first book that we read to our daughter as a baby. It was originally published in 1940 and is just as popular now. This is a touch and feel book that you share with your child. Brittany would laugh every time we would say; "Now you pat the bunny." She loved to feel the soft fur. Then we would get to the peek-a-boo mirror and laugh. We would finish the book and she would insist on going through it again and again.

Pat the Bunny Deluxe Edition

All VTech Educational Toys - VTech InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet

VTech Educational Toys on Amazon
VTech Educational Toys on Amazon

VTech Educational Toys

Find all the VTech Educational Toys - Available Here on Amazon.

VTech has been around since 1976, providing high quality electronic learning toys for children of ages from birth to beginning teens.

This also includes high tech learning tablets and the one shown in the photo. VTech InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet- Blue.

This tablet has WiFi and your child can download the learning apps from the Learning Lodge Navigator. He can have hours of fun with the e-reader, art studio, educational games, video recorder and camera, and MP3 player. This tablet is ideal for children ages 3-9.

Tech Little Apps Tablet

Look for the Right Educational Toy - Remember that fun and learning go together

VTech - Rhyme and Discover Book
VTech - Rhyme and Discover Book

Rhyme and Discover Book

This discovery book for children ages 6 months to 3 years old is an educational electronic book of the favorite nursery stories that add the rhythm and rhyme together. Babies and toddlers alike will love the light-up buttons, pages that turn easily and the bright colors with a music button. The movable pieces will encourage learning and fun time that an adult can share with his or her child.

The Rhyme and Discover Book is wonderful for the child's mind development, verbal skills, interaction, and strengthens motor skills.

This is an example of the many kinds of educational toys that are sold on the market today, which will help your child develop their learning skills. The different learning toys out there can make it an easy choice to teach your baby and preschooler about numbers, spelling, memory games and reading.

Computer software on different learning tablets have various levels which can be customized with your child's age that start from babies up to middle school age children. Best education toys also completed with sounds or light up to make it more attractive.

What to look for in shopping for educational toys?

Here are three most important things to look for when buying an educational learning toy.

1. Will it expand a kid's imagination and creativity to make something new?

2. Exercise a child's fine motor and problem solving skills.

3. Will it be entertaining as well as educational?

Fun Educational Toy

VTech Move and Crawl Ball

Wonderful stimulation toy

How does this educational toy improve on a child's learning skill?

With the Move & Crawl Ball being so bright colored and it lights up, it is sure to be a hit with the baby. You little girl will learn about numbers and shapes, she will learn how to pronounce six different animal names and enjoy their sounds. And with the ball that rolls everywhere, she will be crawling around with it. After all, crawling is the first step to walking. To sum it up this wonderful and fun toy for your young one will encourage language development, visual skills, neurological stimulation and coordination between hand to hand and feet to feet.

With this toy that spins, moves, helps your child with numbers, animal sounds, shapes, play songs, has a flashing light, moves and wobbles. She or he will learn for hours on end and have fun all at the same time.

Sum Swamp Game

Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game

Amazing Math Adventure Game

Playing games like the Sum Swamp subtraction and addition game not only promote math skills it is also fun to play. This is game is geared for 2 to 4 players. As a parent with one child and a husband who was always tired of getting beat by me, I could always rely on my daughter Brittany to play a game. The trouble is as she got older, she actually started to beat me at least half of the time. Playing a kids game with your child is just as fun. It is also a wonderful bonding experience.

Fun to Scribble and Write

LeapFrog Scribble and Write

Learn how to write A-Z for age 3 and up

Where were the electronic educational tablets and game when I was a child? Oh yeah, I am too old and they weren't around at that time.

This Scribble and Write tablet will encourage to learn to write in lower and uppercase letters. They will learn about pictures and shapes.

Knock-Knock Blocks - Soft stacking blocks you child will love

Knock-Knock Blocks
Knock-Knock Blocks

Small World Toys IQ Baby - Knock-Knock Blocks

Small World Toys IQ Baby - Knock-Knock Blocks
Small World Toys IQ Baby - Knock-Knock Blocks

No household is complete without the building blocks for your child. These soft blocks are so light and cool to touch with their satin, corduroy and cotton fabric. Ideal for the older baby to enjoy with the different block shapes. Plus the make noise.

 

Melissa & Doug 200 Wood Block Set

Durable Fun Shapes in a Case

MindWare Imaginets

Fun way to develop the visual, thinking and fine motor skills

Let your children's imagination go wild with magnets in colorful blocks and sure to add fun while increasing the fine motor and thinking skills when your child designs animals and other creations on a magnetic board that also doubles as a dry-erase board for double the fun.

Melissa & Doug Toys - Fun in Learning

Melisa & Doug on Amazon
Melisa & Doug on Amazon

Melissa & Doug Children's Products

You can find all of Melissa & Doug Products Here!

Melissa & Doug children's products are known to help a child develop their motor and learning skills with their variety of toys, games and puzzles. With these educational fun toys shown here children can learn all about colors their names, coordinating the motor development, enlighten a child's imagination, and develop a child's differentiation in shapes and sizes. Some of Melissa & Doug products teach responsibility and help children become more independent. Other toys help your child lean to balance and walk faster then if there were no toy available to help guide your child.

The reputation of Melissa & Doug toys and products have been a gift for parents and children for many years. Below are some of these toys that offer the building skills above. Their products are for babies up to older children. Click on the images below to view and purchase.

Favorite Toy of Our Daughter's

We remember out daughter playing with her Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding Bench, giggling all the way while hitting the cute faced pegs on the bench. She was so cute and fun to watch. It is a fun toy and at the same time it develops the motor skills with hand and eye coordination.

Plush Giraffe Toy

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      Ben 2 years ago

      That is quite a list of educational toys.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks Ben.

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      Cheryl Paton 2 years ago from West Virginia

      Educational toys that are fun, are so important. And sometimes it's great to play just to have some fun and laugh. Of course, learning is still going on then too.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Wisconsin

      CherylsArt If it s a fun toy and educational too then all the better.

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      Deborah Carr 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      This is a useful article for grandparents, like me, and very timely with the holidays around the corner.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Wisconsin

      DeborahDian Good gift ideas for grandparents.

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      Judy Specht 2 years ago from California

      Whew, it's good to know the grands are in style. Well at least the style is coming around again. Some things never change. My niece and nephew had a shopping cart 40 years ago. My sons loved it, and my nieces kids got it after him.

      Love this hub!

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Wisconsin

      tirelesstraveler A shopping cart is a must for any child.

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      Mike 2 years ago from Wales, United Kingdom

      A great article. We have the crawl ball and the walker for our bundle of joy and he loves both of them.

      I like the look of the pat the bunny book. May have to try him with that

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      DREAM ON 2 years ago

      Toys have come along way. I enjoyed your hub.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Wisconsin

      Mike Welsh My daughter loved Pat the Bunny.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Wisconsin

      DREAM ON Thanks you. Toys have came a long ways.

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      sheilamarie78 2 years ago

      I love educational toys. Play and learning go together.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Wisconsin

      sheilamarie78 Play and learn is always the best.

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      These all look like great toys for the little ones. Educational toys are so important for young children. We have many here for our little granddaughter. My living room looks like a toy store! Great hub!

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thank you Sheila for visiting.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Sandy. You are right about the educational toys. The nice thing is that they are making them cute and fun also for the children. Thanks for the work on this hub and for sharing your thoughts. Voted up.

      Blessings to you.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Wisconsin

      Rachel L Alba Thank you for the vote up.

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