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Educational Toys for Toddlers
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.
What do you think of educational toys for toddlers?
Do you feel toys should be fun or educational?
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 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.
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.
What is your opinion of educational toys for toddlers?
Would you consider buying an educational toy?
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.
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
Upper and Lower Case Letters
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.
Which educational toy for toddlers did you like best?
Which educational toy shown was your favorite?
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
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