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Educational Toys for Toddlers

Updated on September 7, 2014

Educational toys for toddlers that are tons of fun and make great gifts

Toys are by nature fun but the best toys don't just entertain, they also help a child to learn and grow. This list provides some of the best toys that are most successful at being both educational and fun. Many offer a variety of skills and lessons all in one entertaining activity that can keep your toddler happy for hours. These toys can help grow a young mind and help to prepare for school in a fun manner. If you are in the market for a gift for a toddler in your life, these are presents that both the parent and child will love.

Vtech Innotab 3S, The Wi-Fi Learning Tablet

This is a phenomenal toy that offers so many options for a growing mind. It's basically a tablet made specifically for toddlers. It has the option for 100's of games and apps, digital books, videos and flash cards. It features a touch screen, camera and video camera. There are countless ways that this can provide learning and educational value from reading, writing, colors, problems solving and so much more. The unit comes with some applications and others can be purchased separately and the device has WiFi for easy download. See below for the complete review of this great educational toy for kids and toddlers.

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Battat Take Apart Airplane

This airplane includes 21 vehicle parts and a power screwdriver to assemble and take apart the plane. This is an educational toy because it builds problem solving skills, fosters hand/eye coordination, and teaches a skill. Battat also makes other vehicles including a crane, 4X4 and roadster.

Bontempi Instruments

Bontempi offers the choice of a saxophone (shown), trumpet, clarinet or violin. They feature colored keys/notes which are color coded. The sound of the instruments are actually quite good and it's a great gift for any budding musician.

The benefits of music to a toddler can be lifelong and are numerous. For instance exposing young children to a strong sensory environment like sound increases the neural pathways in their brain. This can help a child in almost every area of their educational life.


The ability to create music is not only skill but an enjoyable passion that can enhance life in a variety of ways. Anything to encourage the love of music at an early age is only going to benefit the child.

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art Easel

Countless studies have been done on the benefits of art for a growing mind. Some of these include: imagination, hand/eye coordination, concentration and it promotes self-esteem. This art easel allows so many different mediums of art so it provides plenty of opportunity to get the creative juices flowing.

KidKraft Toy Kitchen

Pretend play from a toy such as a kitchen promotes social, emotional and mental development as well as communications skills. A kitchen can also teach a child the love and appeal of cooking which is a valuable skill at a young age.

KidKraft Cook Together Kitchen
KidKraft Cook Together Kitchen

Any toy kitchen is great but this particular kitchen is nice because it's high quality wood. It features a dishwasher, oven, microwave, fridge with freezer, cordless phone, clock with moving hands, and additional storage space. The sink is removable for quick and easy cleaning.

 

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Richard Scarry's Busy Town

This fun game encourages teamwork, fosters self confidence, and helps with object identification, attention to detail and matching skills. The great thing about this game is everyone works together to get to the end so it's a team effort instead of trying to win against one another. This is sure to be any toddler's favorite game.

Tomy Gearation

Toddlers can lose themselves for hours playing with these fun gears. This is an educational toy because children will learn cause and effect, colors and problem solving skills. The gears are arranged on the magnetic board and then they spin, swirl, flip and turn. Kids can even control the speed and gears can be placed anywhere.

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn: Learning Piggy Bank

This cute toy teaches numbers and counting, colors, animals and sizes. This educational toy also introduces the concept of saving money to children at a young age. This lesson alone is very valuable in and of itself. Plus the price won't break the bank!

The Learning Journey Match It

This award-winning series of puzzles are educational and fun. Each kit in the series features a different educational topic or skill. Some of the choices include:

Colors & Shapes

First Words

Spelling

Upper and Lower Case Letters

Rhyme

Numbers

Math

Counting

Time

Opposites

And More!

This series provides different levels of education and learning. The puzzles encourage problem solving skills. The puzzles are self correcting meaning they will only fit with the correct answer to the question posed. They also do a great job of teaching the given subject in a colorful illustration.

Vtech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

This great toy teaches music, colors, shapes, animals, and walking. It's fun for the child to either push or play. The front panel is removable from the base so even babies who are not yet walking can do it. This is fun and educational from about 6 months to 5 years.

Fisher-Price Little Superstar Step N' Play Piano

This great piano for toddlers offers 360 degrees of fun! The seat spins and slides to access everything. The seat is also removable and lights and music go off with each step. There are a lot of great songs and your child can interact by adding different instruments to the mix. This fun toy helps to teach music skills as well as foster an interest in music and dancing.

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Flash Cards for Toddlers

Flash cards are a great way to interact with your toddler and help them to learn and grow. They are great prep for preschool.

Brighter Child Early Learning Flash Cards

Brighter Child Early Learning
Brighter Child Early Learning

This set includes 6 packs of fun flash cards that teach:

The alphabet, colors and shapes, first words, numbers, phonics, and sight words.

 

© 2012 Melissa Miotke

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wonderful selection of educational toys. Am all for learning and fun at the same time! Cheers!

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      Love these toys for toddlers!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We have the learning piggy bank, but the favorite we have gotten is a fisher price piano. It teaches colors and numbers and I love watching my daughter dance to the music.

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      My daughter used her easel until she reached middle school - it was one of our longest-lasting toys.

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      dragonlildragon 5 years ago

      very informative lens. Educational toys are a very great idea. :-)

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Leappads are great for little kids.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      I like the learning piggy bank. This information was useful, because we have a toddler in our family.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We are just started to use Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker ... it is really funny and our baby girl almost did a few steps with it.

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      Great educational toys! I love them all, but if I were to shop for new toys, I'd pick the Leapfrog LeapPad and Standing Art Easel, and Battat take airplanes! I got the Piggybank last year and my daughters loved it! Love your cool presentation; great job, dahlin! God bless you my dear Melissa!

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      TRIDENTINES 5 years ago

      Paper and Pen, White Board, but after that some of the Leap Frog items have been pretty good. Nice lens!

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Nice collection of educational toys. I like the Leapfrog Leappad Explorer and the Standing Easel.

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      We've been using educational toys for our daughter, most of them were gifts from my in-laws. She loves those toys.

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      Tonto Murray 5 years ago

      Excellent lens and great ideas for gifts. Blessings.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      These are great educational toy suggestions!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Kids love educational toys. They just have to be fun and we have a winner!

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      akunsquidoku 5 years ago

      very interesting..:D

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      WritingForChange 5 years ago

      Some great suggestions here. My favorites when my kids were this age were an all-purpose art easel and a kitchen (although mine wasn't as fancy as this one!) Also board games of all types - always educational.

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      malena10 5 years ago

      Interesting lens, great tips, thanks for sharing!

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      Some great toys and information. I'm already thinking ahead for the next stage of toys for my daughter.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What nice toys, I can see that you carefully hand selected each one that you have featured. Great looking educational and fun toys for the kiddos. :)