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Best educational toys for kids under 10

Updated on August 6, 2013

Give the Valentine's Day gift of knowledge this year with educational toys for kids under 10

This Valentine's Day, challenge the budding mind of children with these best educational toys for kids under 10. The toys you'll find on this Squidoo article will stimulate your child's interest in science and the wonders of the world. How many kids on your block will follow the lifecycle of a praying mantis or butterfly in their own home - I think it would be a great exercise to then allow the adult insect to roam free and foster kindness toward animals in children.

The educational toys listed here are best for those children under the age of 10, but there's some things that I personally wouldn't mind having under my own Christmas tree this year such as experiencing the explosive side of earth science by making an exploding volcano!

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Art activities for kids under 10

A great educational toy

Tap into the budding artist within your child with this paint your own bowl kit

Let your child draw anything their heart desires on the enclosed drawing paper. Send the new artwork in the postage paid envelope and you'll receive a bowl or mug with the specific design. You might end up with a great Valentine's Day present for yourself out of this present for your kid - that's a win-win situation!

Creations by You Plateworks Design Your Own PlateCHECK PRICE

Educational building projects

Teach your child about recycling and being earth friendly

These educational toys for kids under 10 will do just that.

These 3 educational toys look they will delight any child who has an interest in building things. And, what a great way to spend a Valentine's Day or Christmas morning (can you say 'quality time') with your child.




Early learning exercises for younger kids (ages 2-5)

Play anywhere puppy scavenger hunt

This very cool game is for 1-4 players, aged 4 and up. Players follow clues on the card to locate missing puppies. This game is actually a deal as there are 10 different ways to play it. Stimulated color recognition, memory, and matching skills. This game won the Parent's Magazine Best Toy of the Year Award.

Melissa & Doug Puppy Pursuit Games(Doggy Detectives Game)CHECK PRICE

Spot It games for younger children

One of the best educational toys for younger kids

Let your child be the first to 'spot it' when comparing items on two cards. I personally think that these games would be a lot of fun at New Year's Eve too after a few cocktails. These are inexpensive and would be wonderful Christmas stocking stuffers.

Spot It! Educational SetCHECK PRICE

Nature kits for children

Nature kits to foster the psyche of the budding entomologist

These educational toys are suitable for any age child, with supervision

Start your child on the path to loving science early by getting one of these insect kits. Your child will witness the metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterly, or will, one day, release to the wild a praying mantis they watched being born.

If I had a kid, I would certainly get him or her interested in science, and I'd start early with a few of the below educational toys.

Fascinations GreenEarth Praying Mantis KitCHECK PRICE

Insect Lore Ladybug LandCHECK PRICE

Insect Lore Butterfly Garden 12" Netted PavilionCHECK PRICE

Educational science projects

Let your child discover the magic of crystals! - A great Christmas stocking stuffer

This make your own crystals kit just needs water and, within a few hours of putting together the experiment, your child will see the magic of crystals as they bloom inside the container.

4M Crystal Mining Kit
4M Crystal Mining Kit

Warning! Choking hazard. This educational toy is not for children under the age of 3.


I hope I gave you some ideas that maybe you hadn't thought about for brainiac toys. Please leave me a comment that you stopped by. And, if you have any other toys you think would fit in nicely here, please let me know.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all.

Did you find an educational toy for your child or friend?

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      Gregory Moore 5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      These are great ideas for kids. I especially like the praying mantis kit. Great way to have an easy to care for "pet".

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love those ant farms! I think it's so cool to watch them build their tunnels!

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      KathyHanni 5 years ago

      I like technical toys and it's great time with kids to play with these toys.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Keep in mind that sometimes the best toys are the simplest toys- the low-tech, the cardboard box it came in, the recycling... their imaginations will find the fun in just about anything. On the other hand, I love the techy-toys too :) Great site!

      Happy Christmas!