The Best Educational Toys for Your Kids

By on June 17, 2013

As a mom, it can be frustrating to watch other parents plop their kids in front of the television for hours, letting cartoons become a free and easy babysitter. Or giving in to children's addiction to video games that may be cute and fun, but ultimately vapid. These options may be great for keeping kids entertained, but they aren't doing anything to further their development and education.

All parents want to do what's best for stimulating their children's minds, but sometimes it can be hard to get kids into learning. Between the choice of a school textbook or the latest monster game, every mom knows that their little ones won't hesitate to go for the goofy ghouls. Because so many educational materials have been presented in a way that doesn't capture the imagination of children, many tots quickly become turned off to all things associated with learning. It's a symptom of an education system that isn't working, but fortunately, a few toy companies are changing things. A recent trend has been on the rise: toy makers creating fun new ways for children of all ages to learn.

We've collected a whole list of these fantastic toys. You won't have any trouble getting the attention of your kids when you present them with one of these educational fun-makers. This list goes in order from toys suitable for children youngest to oldest.

Babies

Birds Stacking Tower

Birds Stacking Tower

Puzzles are a fabulous way to help your baby learn to identify shapes and patterns early on. The Bird Stacking Tower by Glueckskaefer takes baby puzzles to a whole new level. Not only will your bundle of joy exercise their young mental muscles by determining which curve fits where, they'll even learn the basics of gravity as they watch each brightly colored bird slide down the the stacking rod. Their first lesson in physics!

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Learning Letters Mailbox

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Learning Letters Mailbox

As your baby grows older, you'll hear them beginning to make their first sounds, and soon enough, their first words. Help the process along by enriching their playtime with the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Learning Letters Mailbox. They'll learn so much, including letters, numbers, greetings, colors, and even opposites. Plus, it's packed with plenty of knobs, levers, and lids that will keep your baby occupied for hours on end. It's bound to be one of their favorite toys for years.

Toddlers

Alex Toys Learn to Dress Monkey

Alex Toys Learn to Dress Monkey

When your child reaches the toddler years, they gain a newfound independence that can be as helpful as it can be troublesome! Help your child learn to help you out with getting ready by learning how to dress themselves. They can be taught by Alex Toys Learn to Dress Monkey, which comes with 11 dressing activities. As your child dresses their new monkey friend, they'll learn how to fasten buttons, zip zippers, tie shoes, and more. Not only will learning this new skill help you, it will boost your child's self-confidence as they realize that they can now get dressed like a big-kid!

Constructive Eating 3-Piece Utensil and Matching Plate Set

Constructive Eating 3-Piece Utensil and Matching Plate Set

With the aforementioned sense of independence can also come plenty of fussiness, as your child learns that they can say "no!". This is especially true when it comes to eating meals. You can turn mealtime into something fun and educational by using the Constructive Eating Plate and Utensil Set. Not only will your picky eater become interested in cleaning their plate, they'll also learn how to use various utensils shaped as bulldozers and tractors.

Ages 4-7

The Wild Unknown ABC Dream Book

The Wild Unknown ABC Dream Book

This is the age when your children are typically beginning to grasp their reading skills. When it comes to reading, the base they always start from is the alphabet. The Wild Unknown ABC Dream Book is a beautiful way to help them cover the basics as they start their adventure in reading. Each letter is accompanied with breathtaking illustrations that will not only help your children learn what words start with, but will also give them an early appreciation for art.

Celestron 21024 FirstScope Telescope

Celestron 21024 FirstScope Telescope

It's never too early to get your children interested in science. Science is not only a fascinating subject, but it also provides great future opportunities. Children who are strongly educated in science will find that they have more options for important and highly rewarding careers. When you present your child with the Celestron First Scope Telescope, they will be able to gaze into space and begin learning about what lies beyond this great big world.

Ages 8+

Snap Circuits SC-300

Snap Circuits SC-300

After sparking their passion for science with the telescope, your child will doubtlessly want to learn more about the way things work. The Snap Circuits SC-300 pack gives them the opportunity to learn about the workings of some of the greatest modern inventions by creating them themselves. They can build over 300 thrilling projects, including an alarm system, radio, fan, and more. The best thing about this toy is that it encourages creativity and independent thinking. As your child learns more about the components and how electricity works, they can come up with new inventions of their own.

Rory's Story Cubes

Rory's Story Cubes

Speaking of encouraging creativity, Rory's Story Cubes are another great option, albeit of a different type. With a throw of the dice, your child can become inspired by the pictures to come up with a story of their own. Your child can learn how to improvise, make sense of various elements, and think outside the box. This is great for talkative children and budding writers alike.

This concludes our list of the best educational children's toys. All of the items on this list are sure to enrich your tot's childhood in a variety of ways. Not only do the toys stimulate mental development and learning, they also improve confidence, and create opportunities for family fun by presenting many group oriented activities. Don't be surprised if any of these toys become one of their favorites for many years to come.


 
Amanda P
Amanda P
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Amanda P. is a professional writer who finds excitement in bringing you valuable news and information about various topics. Because she's always exploring new subjects and ideas, she's able to pass down plenty of interesting knowledge to help enrich your everyday life.

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