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Best Toddler Educational Toys for 2015

Updated on January 1, 2015

Play and Educational Toys For Your Toddler!

Toddler Educational Toys are so important for both you and your child.

As a parent you will be aware how important play is as part of your child's development in their early years. Children really do learn through play.

Play gives them the opportunity to learn about the world around them, they learn the importance of sharing and engaging with others. They also start to develop a sense of ease and security in being on their own at times.

That is why having a good selection of toddler educational toys really is so important.

You want your child to be able to play by themselves. However, your child loves having your time and attention and of course they love playing with their parents!

It may be that you are not the creative type but that doesn't stop you from having great fun with your child. You know how much kids love painting, making shapes with play dough, playing with water and jumping around in the sand. They love to get messy and you can too as you teach your child about textures, solids and liquids.

You will both love exploring all the toddler educational toys and having very special time together which you will both love!

Introducing The Laugh and Learn Puppy - My Favorite Educational Toy For Toddlers

It has certainly been a year for new babies amongst our nieces, partners of nephews and even some of our friends. So it feels like we have been constantly looking for the perfect baby gift and even more so with Christmas coming up!

It seems like there are just so many options out there and it is so hard to know what that new baby or soon to be born child will enjoy.

However, I think we may have finally found one toy that ticks all the boxes in terms of being something that will help the new baby start learning (which is something I am really keen on); will meet with parental approval, has lots kid friendly features and overall is worth the price! That toy is the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Puppy.

What Can This Little Puppy Actually Do?

Whilst I am very keen on toys which are educational and which will start the baby learning from it's first days of play I also want to ensure that whatever we buy is fun for the new baby! So of course before we decided to buy these for several of the new arrivals we wanted to test it out!

As the name Laugh & Learn suggests, this toy is designed to provide plenty of fun features as well as educational tools. It's a soft, plush dog, which has brightly coloured paw pads and labelled body parts, it encourages baby to touch special sensors and that then activates songs and lessons, which include the ABCs, 123s, parts of the body and classic favourites like 'Itsy-Bitsy Spider'.

On top of this, this playful puppy – who is recommended for kids ages 6 to 36 months – also has a heart that lights up for that extra "awwwww" factor. Well it certainly made me go "awwwww!"

Great Educational Toy

What I really love about it is that it's a really cute, cuddly puppy that is also a truly great educational toy.

You will find that the brightly coloured pads and light offer your baby lots of visual stimulation. Baby will have lots of songs to listen to and they will really love the soft fur and buttons which are really nice to the touch.

In addition to this, the buttons are sensitive enough that a baby can easily press them without adult help which is really important if they are going to get the most from their toy. Being able to push the buttons themselves encourages their curiosity and lets them play in their own way and in their own time.

In short, if like me you are looking for a toy that can help a child with their learning and development, still provides a fun playtime and acts as a loveable playmate, I think that you will find that the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Puppy is a great gift choice.

This dog is a clever little teacher with all his songs and knowledge but it is his cute features, sensory stimulation and huggable/chewable nature that will really win kids over.

The Laugh and Learn Puppy in The UK

If like me you are based in the UK then of course you want to be able to buy the Laugh and Learn Puppy from Fisher-Price locally don't you! No worries it is available through the following link here in the UK:

Laugh and Learn Puppy in the UK

More Great Laugh and Learn Toys To Choose From

Fisher-Price produce the most amazing collection of Laugh and Learn toys for your kids. The whole idea of having fun at the same time as learning is one that gets my complete support. I am sure you and your kids, or the kdis you are buying for will love any of the following toys.

Choose A Great Educational Toddler Toy From Below

A good definition of a toddler is an energetic, curious, and tiny individual whose thirst for milk and knowledge is never quenched.

Fortunately, there will always be a never-ending supply of milk at your local grocery store, and when it comes to addressing a toddlers’ thirst for knowledge mom and dad can turn to these awesome educational toddler toys.

Learning Resources Smart Snacks Alpha Pops, 26 Pieces
Learning Resources Smart Snacks Alpha Pops, 26 Pieces

Any toddler who sees these rainbow colored popsicles will simply be filled with excitement. And they can also be excited for the alphabet letters that are printed on each of the popsicles. This is a great way to introduce letters and the alphabet to your little tot. This set includes 13 double popsicles, each featuring a different color and the capital and lowercase of all 26 letters.

Separate the pieces and have your toddler pop together the frozen treats by matching the uppercase to the lowercase. You can also take this time to team them the names of the different colors of the pops.

 
Learning Resources One To Ten Counting Cans Toy Set, 65 Pieces
Learning Resources One To Ten Counting Cans Toy Set, 65 Pieces

It’s time to count the contents of these canned fruits and veggies. Included in this set are 55 plastic fruit and vegetable pieces, all of which are segregated into 10 durable and colorful cardboard cans with plastic lids. Teach your toddler all about numbers, number sense, sorting, and colors. They can also learn about the different fruits and veggies that are in the cans. And when they’re done learning, they can pretend play with the food in their play kitchens or playhouse.

 

Learning Resources Healthy Food Snack Set

Make snack time learning time with this Pretend & Play Healthy Food Snack Set.

This fun set features 18 non-toxic plastic food pieces which includes grapes, strawberries, apples, carrots, celery, cheese and crackers, pretzels, yogurt, and milk. Everything is neatly packed in a vinyl lunch sack.

You can use these toys to teach your kids about good nutrition and healthy foods as well as counting, colors, and sorting.

Learning Resources - Smart Snacks Piece-A-Pizza Fractions
Learning Resources - Smart Snacks Piece-A-Pizza Fractions

No one’s ever met a kid who didn’t like pizza which is why they make such great educational toddler toys. This Smart Snack Piece-A-Pizza Fractions includes three different flavored pizzas each cut into different fractions, a spatula, a pizza cutter, pans and a storage box.

The pepperoni pizza teaches your toddler about halves, the green pepper pizza features slices cut into fourths and the olive pizza in eighths. It’s a great way to introduce fractions to your toddler, not to mention teach them about sharing as well.

 

Learning Resources Farmers Market Color Sorting Set

This is a great way for your kids to learn about the many different kinds of fruits and vegetables there are.

This set also teaches them about colors, counting and sorting. Included in the set are 5 baskets labeled red, yellow, orange, green, and purple, and 25 food pieces for a total of 30 pieces all together.

And an added advantage can also be that your kids will naturally grow to love eating their veggies. So let that be a lesson to parents everywhere, let your kids play with their vegetables first before trying to feed it to them.

VTech Cogsley Learning Robot - Our Favorite Educational Toy for Toddlers

Children of all ages love robots, whether it’s a girl or a boy. With this Cogsley Learning Robot by VTech you have 6 different options to play with and it also comes with 30 computer chip tokens and a backpack.

Cogsley dances, has funny responses and a great personality that your children will absolutely love. This robot teaches counting, words, letters, manners and much more. Insert one of the 30 tokens into Cogsley and Cogsley will react with different sounds and movements.

Telly the Teaching Time Clock - One Of The Best Educational Toys for Toddlers

How would it feel to have your toddler as your alarm clock? Well, with the Telly the Teaching Time Clock toy, your toddler is on their way to learning how to tell time, and that means keeping you on your toes. They’ll be the ones telling you it’s time to eat, it’s time to wash up, and it’s time to sleep.

Not such a bad idea when you really think about it. This toy features a night light and real time so when he’s not being played with, you can just set him down by your child’s bed. This learning toy will help your child learn both digital and analog time.

Telly also speaks the time allowing your toddler to hear it and associate it with the actual numbers on the clock. There’s also advance modes so when your toddler has learned the basics of time telling, you can switch it to the quick mode where Telly asks your child to move the hands of the clock to the time on the screen.

Wooden Educational Toys for Toddlers

There’s something very charming about wooden toys. To this modern and technology driven generation they may seem like a thing of the past, but they’re actually quite endearing.

Unlike electronic and plastic toys, wooden toys are very durable and don’t break easily. You also don’t’ have to worry about them malfunctioning or constantly having to switch out the batteries.

And when it comes to wooden educational toys, your toddlers will greatly benefit in more ways than one.

Which Wooden Educational Toy Will You Choose For Your Toddler?

Below are some wonderful examples of wooden educational toys for you to choose from. Which one will you choose for your toddler?

Melissa & Doug Rainbow Caterpillar Gear Toy With 6 Interchangeable Gears
Melissa & Doug Rainbow Caterpillar Gear Toy With 6 Interchangeable Gears

This is one caterpillar that you don’t have to worry about leaving once it turns into a butterfly because it’ll stay a caterpillar forever. The caterpillar gear toy from Melissa & Doug features 6 interchangeable gears supported by colorful pegs inserted into a solid wooden block with painted on caterpillar feet; each gear represents a color from the rainbow.

Turn one of the gears in any direction and watch the interlocking parts begin to rotate. It’ll look like your caterpillar is actually crawling. This wooden toy promotes color recognition, hand eye coordination, cause and effect, and fine motor skills.

 
Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker - Wooden Educational Toy
Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker - Wooden Educational Toy

There’s so much you can learn from stacking colorful, geometric wooden shapes. This set includes 25 solid wood pieces and a wooden block with three dowels. Each shape is a different size and color and can be easily stacked onto the wooden block. Your little one will learn shape and color recognition, size differentiation, sequencing, and fine motor skills. This is the perfect toy for toddlers ages two years old and up.

 

Melissa & Doug Basic Skills Board

Kids will love playing with this wooden skills board toy. It has many activities for them to do which includes zipping, buckling, tying, and buttoning.

The toy features removable clothes puzzle pieces that consists of one of the many activities. The set is brightly colored, safe, and smooth. You kids will learn color, shape and size recognition in addition to further developing their fine motor skills.

Melissa & Doug Animal Rescue Shape-Sorting Truck - Wooden Toy With 7 Animals and 2 Play Figures
Melissa & Doug Animal Rescue Shape-Sorting Truck - Wooden Toy With 7 Animals and 2 Play Figures

The animal rescue rangers are here to save the day and with this toy you can help them rescue all the animals and bring them back to the reservation. Become a part of the rescue ranger team when you play with the animal rescue shape sorting wooden toy.

It includes two wild life rescue rangers, an alligator, a zebra, a rhinoceros, an elephant, a giraffe, a hippopotamus, and a lion. Everything transports in a wooden truck with die cut slots in which you would place the animals in. Find the correct animal shaped slot for each animal. This toy encourages imaginative play, teaches animal name recognition, counting and colors, and develops fine motor skills.

 

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding Bench

This classic wooden pounding bench will provide your children with hours of educational fun. It features non-removal colorful pegs with animated faces, a wooden block bench, and a wooden mallet.

Your kids will have fun learning the names of different colors, counting the pegs, and practicing their hand eye coordination as they pound away at the pegs.

Our Selection Of The Best Toddler Educational Toys

VTech - Spin and Learn Adventure Globe
VTech - Spin and Learn Adventure Globe

Your toddler is sure to love this Spin and Learn Adventure Globe by VTech. Your child’s imagination will expand when they play with this toy featuring 30 different locations that they can explore, 5 different options of play, and interactive cultural music, sports, animals and food from different places. It’s touch sensitive so your toddler can easily play with this on their own without any help.

 

LeapFrog AlphaZoo Spinner

Children love to spin things and now they can with the LeapFrogAlphaZoo Spinner. There are 2 modes of play with this toy; letter mode and animal mode. In the letter mode your child will be able to listen and learn the names of different letters. In the animal mode your toddler will learn the names and sounds of different animals.

To enhance your toddler’s learning, you can visit the LeapFrog Learning Path online for insights and ideas to give your child a more customized learning program. This toy is appropriate for children 1-3 years old.

VTech Rhyme and Discover Book (Discontinued by manufacturer)
VTech Rhyme and Discover Book (Discontinued by manufacturer)

Children no matter what age, love interactive books. Encourage reading with this Rhyme and Discover book from VTech which features 7 nursery rhymes, 3 light up character buttons on the side of the book and 4 moveable parts. This toy is great for children 6 months old and above. Your child will be able to easily turn the pages and stay focused with this interactive toy.

 

Learning Resources Counting Cookies

What child doesn’t like cookies? With this Smart Snacks Counting Cookies toy, your child will have fun learning how to count.

This toy encourages kids to start out early learning about basic math skills. This toy includes a plastic cookie jar with lid so you can pack it away easily and 10 plastic cookies numbering from 1-10.

© 2008 pkmcr

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    • mommyplus3kids profile image

      mommyplus3kids 

      5 years ago

      This is the best time to learn. I'm a big fan of LeapFrog toys, very educational.

    • MoreThanAMama profile image

      MoreThanAMama 

      5 years ago

      These are all great! My daughter has had a couple of these toys.

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      baby-strollers 

      6 years ago

      Toddlers are a tough stage, thanks for the find, it helps quit a bit to have new ideas...

    • andreaberrios lm profile image

      andreaberrios lm 

      6 years ago

      These are awesome gifts for toddlers. Great gits lens...Blessed*

    • pkmcruk profile imageAUTHOR

      pkmcr 

      8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Thank you that's very kind of you and much appreciated

    • pkmcruk profile imageAUTHOR

      pkmcr 

      9 years ago from Cheshire UK

      [in reply to poutine] They are so much more beneficial aren't they. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to share - very much appreciated

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      poutine 

      9 years ago

      I love the basic toys for children, where they have to use

      their imagination.

      I have a horror of all those new gadgets on the market right now.

    • Best Toys For B profile image

      Best Toys For B 

      9 years ago

      I have a one year old so thanks for all of the great toy suggestions.

    • pkmcruk profile imageAUTHOR

      pkmcr 

      9 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Thank you for your very kind comments and I hope that all our readers are finding the information helpful.

      Take care

      Paul

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      10 years ago from Royalton

      Puzzles and blocks were always favorites with my children.

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      Linda Hoxie 

      10 years ago from Idaho

      Great lens, those little minds are like sponges when they are young, very important to keep their brains stimulated with learning! 5*

      Linda

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