What’re The Best Educational Toys For Toddlers? Here You Can Find Out

The best learning toys are both fun and educational; they teach your child anything from numbers, shapes, words and colours right through to serious science and maths, often without them even realising they’re even being educated because they’re too busy enjoying themselves. I find some of this toys that will do the work.

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LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet

Appropriate for: 4-9 years
Tablets have blasted into the marketplace in the past year, and the LeapPad is another great toy from LeapFrog that encourages learning, interactivity, and engagement. This tablet provides more than 100 educational books, apps, games and videos covering a host of subjects like math, science, and reading. There’s also a built-in camera for pictures and video to display on the 5-inch screen. It comes in a very familiar design (looks a lot like the iPad), so your kids should have no problems tapping and touching their way to better learning.

LeapFrogYou can find it here.

Fisher-Price iXL 6-in-1 Learning System

Appropriate for: Ages 3-6 years

Kids will love this nifty learning
a gadget that acts as a game player, digital book reader, mp3 player, art book, notepad,
and photo viewer. Books can be set to be read aloud or kids can interact with them. The system comes loaded with assorted games and
books to start, but add-ons are, of course, available, and the price of these should be factored into your purchase decision, as most kids will want more from the device. Kid testers were especially thrilled with the art program that functions much like a basic paint software program. In the notebook, kids trace letters (upper- and lowercase) and numbers. Parents can help kids load their own music and photos for a personal touch.

Learning

You can find it here.

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Set

Appropriate for: Ages 4+

This incredible railway and train set will be sure to provide hours of entertainment! Train sets are a classic, and continue to be extremely entertaining to this day even with a lack of flashy gadgets and electronics that often populate toys today. Our child reviewers returned to this set numerous times and always were able to find new ways to enjoy it. Melissa & Doug’s version is very customizable, with a lot of available expansions and accessories that ensure to keep things interesting. The set is very sturdy and is a great quality toy overall that will last for years upon years, which is perfect to re-use with any future children or to pass on to friends or family.

Melissa Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Set

You can find it here.

Fisher-Price Kid-Tough See Yourself Camera

Appropriate for: Ages 3+

Say cheese! Kids are hams when it comes to picture-taking. With the Fisher-Price Kid-Tough See Yourself camera, they get the joys of being the photographer and the subject at the same time with the new swiveling lens feature. Kids simply turn the lens around and can ham it up all they want on camera for silly pictures—and video, too!

See Yourself Camera

You can find it here.

Check out the video:

 

Fascinations First Time Clock Puzzle

Appropriate for: Ages 6+

Although this toy technically requires no batteries, it still appeals to the young gadget geek. Kiddies curious about how things work will enjoy assembling this spring-powered clock to get a hands-on lesson on gears while practicing spatial skills to follow the color-coded instructions. Perfect for a budding engineer!

Fascinations First Time Clock Puzzle

You can find it here.

Lite Brite Four Share Cube

Appropriate for: Ages 4+

The classic Lite Brite toy was updated, now in the shape of a cube and featuring four surfaces on which to place colorful pegs which light up and glow with the press of a button! A storage unit included makes clean up easy. The extra surfaces not only make it a fun toy to share with friends and siblings, it is great for solitary play too. Furthermore, kids can keep their work-in-progress, move onto another creation, and return to a previous surface!

Lite Brite Four Share Cube

You can find it here.

Clementoni Create Your Own Futuristic Garden

Appropriate for: Ages 6+

Pop some seeds into the nutrient-packed, different coloured gels and watch them germinate, first developing roots and then growing upwards towards the light. Kids will love growing all kinds of plants and learning all about how seeds propagate. An innovative way of teaching youngsters the magic of nature.

Own Futuristic Garden

You can find it here.

Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Crawl Around Car

Appropriate for: Ages 6 months – 3 years

This crawl around car puts your baby in the driving seat of a fun-filled stationary vehicle with all-around learning and play. Featuring new Smart Stages technology with three levels of learning content, this car has plenty going for it in terms learning and imagination. We particularly like the interactive lights and sounds dashboard with a light-up baby “GPS”, horn to honk, gears to shift, and more.

Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Blue Crawl Around Car

You can find it here in Blue.

You can find it here in Pink.

For Big Kids: Loopz Game by Mattel

Appropriate for: Ages 5+

Loopz takes ‘Simon Says’ to a whole new level. Kids must watch for the pulsating light cues and music patterns and wave their hands in and out of the “loopz” in the same pattern. Once they get the hang of it, kids as young as five can enjoy mimicking the patterns and using their senses and memory at the same time.

Loopz Game by Mattel

Check out the video:

You can find it here.

Plan Toy Chalet Doll House with Furniture

Appropriate for: Ages 3+

This absolutely gorgeous wooden Chalet Dollhouse, by Plan Toys (a division of Brio), is a treasure for any young preschooler. It includes two parts, one with three levels, the other with two levels, and kids can arrange it to their liking, creating many play opportunities.The package includes some furniture and accessories, but do note that the family figurines are not included, and many kids will want to buy more furniture for the dollhouse. Parents should factor in the cost of these extras. The Doll House is solid and durable and is beautifully constructed. Best of all, it’s gender neutral, so that little boys can enjoy it as well. Preschoolers will be proud!

Chalet Dollhouse

 

You can find it here.

 

That’s it for now,

I fill that I want to dance now, I’m going to play Loopz Game with my kids 🙂

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12 comments

  • Craig

    This is a great page with loads of great ideas for educational toys. I used to have that train set when I was little, brings back many good memories!

    I am familiar with the leap pad, my sister had one of the early editions when she was younger. Obviously there are so much benefits of using technology to educate children, but do you think that we are teaching them to be staring at screens too much from a very young age? It’s quite hard to weigh up the pros and cons for me

    • Efi Azulay

      Hi Craig,

      I’m currently working on a post of pros vs. cons in a matter of “Smartphone and Tablet Screen Time”

      I will update my answer soon with a link to this post.

      Thanks for the great idea.

  • Andrea

    My 4 year old son has a leapfrog tablet and he really enjoys it. He has learned to count and recognize letters by playing games. I am not a huge fan of excess screen time, so I do try to limit his time on devices. I would rather him build a puzzle or play with his marble run. I have found Jenga blocks to be a big hit with him! They are great for building things with because they are all the same shape and size. We never actually play the game of Jenga, we just build things with the blocks! I think the best education that kids can get is when we interact with them and answer their questions. Cooking with them, reading to them and playing board games with them are great ways to teach them all sorts of skills.

    • Efi Azulay

      Hi Andrea,
      You absolute right about the ideas that you wrote.
      My Wife baked today a cake with my 3 years hold daughter and my daughter loved every minute of it.
      I hope she will do the cooking in house when she will grow up 🙂

  • Sarah

    Hi there!
    This site is absolutely adorable, going through this list really made me start remembering some of the toys I used to love as a kid growing up. 🙂 Good times.

    I especially love the build your own garden one, always wanted myself one of those! Will definitely get one for my kid once I have one someday! 😉

    • Efi Azulay

      Hi Sarah,

      My Kids loved “build you garden” we grew herbs that you can add to the food like parsley.

      It was a success.

  • The Clementoni Create Your Own Futuristic Garden looks new to me and I was inspired by the way the plant life cycle can be presented in front of the kids using this creative toy. This certainly will encourage them to appreciate the green nature around them. I still remember during the old school days, we are been assigned to plant some little decorative plant and it is really fun. It is really great to see the plants grow bigger and healthier each day! Probably this toy can be integrated as part of the educational tool for the primary school student.

  • MIKE

    I really like the idea of teaching the kids how to build or grow your own garden. My family teams up to grow some tomato plants and cucumbers. and would love to grow even more plants next year. this is a great educational site with all kinds of toys for all ages. I tag your site to return for the holidays.

  • Tony

    Some really great ideas on this page. Kudos to you. The train set took me back to my childhood, when one of my favourite toys was my train set. And thinking back now, it did teach me a lot about coordination and the like. So it was even educational all those years ago as well. Apart from that though, I find the futuristic garden idea for kids fascinating. What a great innovation. However, I think for 6 years of age and above may be a bit optimistic for that particular one. I would say at least 8 or 9. What do you think?

    • Hi Tony,
      I’m an optimistic person:-)
      But you right, I think it depends on the child development.
      I saw my brother kids play with this when they were 6 years old, and they handled it pretty good.

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