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Educational Toys Buying Guide

Spanning everything from numbers and letters to life sciences and foreign languages, educational toys can teach your tot in creative ways. There’s a good chance he’ll be having so much fun playing that he won’t realize he’s learning, too!

Types of Educational Toys

There are educational toys geared for every age level, learning style, and interest. So whether you’re looking to teach your child about the alphabet or animals, there are products to help you. You or your child may prefer certain topics. That’s great, but don’t be afraid to experiment with a variety of subject areas and ways of learning.

Alphabet

Teach your tot his ABC’s with toys that introduce the alphabet. Choose from options like blocks, puzzles, electronic toys, flash cards, letter magnets, games, and writing boards.

Animals

Your child can learn about animals that fly in the air, roam on land, and swim in the sea with models, puzzles, games, and habitats that concentrate on the wonders of the wild kingdom.
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Stuffies
$29.95 $54.95 at Stuffies.com

You?ve seen us on TV and you?ve probably heard our "how much stuff can you stuff in your Stuffie®" jingle from our commercial. W...hisper the cat knows the power of listening. In Whisper?s storybook, kids learn to give others the chance to talk while they listen carefully. Ideal for reading aloud, this 33-page interactive book offers fun-filled rhymes and beautiful illustrations. Stuffies? are clever, cozy toys on a mission to keep your kid?s treasures safe! They have top-secret pockets that are fun to discover and store all kinds of keepsakes! Dimensions: Stuffie: 20"L x 9"W x 12"H Read More

Stuffies
$29.95 $54.95 at Stuffies.com

You?ve seen us on TV and you?ve probably heard our "how much stuff can you stuff in your Stuffie®" jingle from our commercial. B...laze is the dragon who is always roaring with courage. In Blaze's storybook, kids learn to be courageous, even in the dark. Ideal for reading aloud, this 33-page interactive book offers fun-filled rhymes and beautiful illustrations. Stuffies? are clever, cozy toys on a mission to keep your kid?s treasures safe! They have top-secret pockets that are fun to discover and store all kinds of keepsakes! Dimensions: Stuffie: 20"L x 9"W x 12"H Read More

Learning Resources
$27.99 at School Outfitters

Shop for Pretend Play Toys from KidsFurnitureMart.com! About Learning ResourcesA leading manufacturer of innovative, hands-on educ...ational materials and learning toys, Learning Resources has been teaching children through play in the classroom and the home for over 25 years. They are a trusted source for educators and parents who want quality, and award-winning educational products. Their diverse product line of over 1300 products serves children and their families, kindergarten, primary, and middle school markets focused on the areas of mathematics, science, early childhood, reading, Spanish language learning, and teacher resources. Since their founding in 1984, Learning Resources continues to be guided by its mission to develop quality educational products that make learning exciting for children of all ages and abilities. They strive to create hands-on products that build a concrete foundation of skills through exploration, imagination, and fun. Read More

Learning Resources
$45.99 at School Outfitters

Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Movin' Monkeys (136 pcs) Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Movin' Monkeys lets kids ...build their own jungle. A colorful set with plastic gears, crank, connectors and base plates, it lets kids create their own adventure. Why You'll Love It: A fun day in the jungle is just a few gears away. Age: 4 to 7 years Features Easy-to-follow instructions Kids can develop their own design Includes 136 pieces Follows a jungle theme with monkeys to play with Includes various elements including monkeys, trees and a spiral building Gear-shaped pieces encourage logical reasoning Develops creative skills NOTE: Choking hazard with small parts Read More

Art Toys

Art toys such as crayons, markers, glue, finger paints, easels, sidewalk chalk, pencils, stamps, stickers, and clay help kids express themselves and experience the joys of creating their own masterpieces.

Colors & Shapes

Learn colors and shapes with blocks, puzzles, sorting toys, and electronic toys.
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Educational Insights
$40.99 at School Outfitters

Hot Dots Jr. Getting Ready for School Give children a jump-start on the readiness skills they need to succeed in school with this ...motivating electronic quiz card set. Kids will be amazed as the Ace-the Talking, Teaching Dog reinforces answers with cool phrases and glowing lights. Features important early learning skills in five progressive categories that teach colors, patterns, shapes, numbers, letters, and more. Grades Pre-K+/Ages 3+EI-6106 The nitty-gritty: Ace-the Talking, Teaching Dog 80 two-sided lesson cards Step-by-step guide Recommended Ages: 3 Years & Up Read More

Guidecraft
$20.99 at School Outfitters

Manufacturer Part Number: GD-6729The unique design of these wooden puzzle allows for several exciting ways to play and learn. The ...brightly colored cyclinders are graduated in size and nest together, inspiring exploration and promoting fine motor and shape-recognition skills. Also, each series of shapes feature colors that range from primary to pastel: as the pieces get smaller, the colors get lighter. Made from eco-friendly rubberwood and stained with low VOC aniline dyes. Read More

Learning Resources
$16.99 at School Outfitters

Smart Snacks Shape Sorting CupcakesA delicious way to encourage shape and color identification and build fine motor skills! These ...8 two-part cupcakes pull apart to reveal a circle, square, triangle, rectangle, oval, hexagon, star and heart. Match the shapes to put them back together. Then match the shape to the pan bottom. Cupcakes measure 2H x 1 .5 in diameter. Ages 2+LER 7347 Read More

Educational Insights
$20.99 at School Outfitters

Use Shapes Bean Bags from Educational Insights to kinesthetically reinforce shapes in tossing games. Store all the components in t...he drawstring bag, and consult the activity guide for game ideas. Includes eight bean bags for active play, each in a different color and shape, and embroidered with a shape word. Read More

Computers & Laptops

From kiddie laptops to toddler tablets, there are a number of computers geared for little ones. Most come with drop-proof cases, kid-friendly controls, and educational content suited to their young audience.
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VTech
$8.49 at thekidstoybox

Three modes of play teach shapes, common objects, feelings and music Light-up screen interacts with colorful keyboard Movable mous...e sized for little hands Volume control switch for quieter play Read More

VTech
$19.98 at Stage Stores

Kids can discover an enchanting land of learning with this VTech Sofia the First Tablet. Kids will enjoy going through fun activit...ies with Sofia and her animal friends. The VTech learning tablet introduces letters, phonics, logic and music through eight engaging activity modes. There is a button for each activity. While kids learn, Sofia's real voice and charming melodies encourage playtime interaction and accompany kids through their journey. This item also includes five character buttons that engage children in discovery as well as a full alphabet keyboard. There are also buttons to control the volume or completely mute it off, and buttons to adjust the contrast. At any time kids can press the ? button to get help about how to complete activities. Read More

Discovery Kids
$24.98 at Stage Stores

Perfect for car rides, plane rides, waiting in line or any time, the Discovery Kids Blue Bilingual Teach & Talk Tablet makes learn...ing rewarding and entertaining for your child. The state-of-the-art tablet is loaded with more than 60 games about math, spelling, music, geography and more. Small enough to slip into a backpack and captivating enough to keep your child busy, this wireless tablet is a great, no-mess way to encourage learning any time, anywhere. Blue 60+ games Built-in games require no additional software purchase Pivoting LCD display Wireless Imported Read More

Discovery Kids
$24.98 at Stage Stores

Perfect for car rides, plane rides, waiting in line or any time, the Discovery Kids Pink Bilingual Teach & Talk Tablet makes learn...ing rewarding and entertaining for your child. The state-of-the-art tablet is loaded with more than 60 games about math, spelling, music, geography and more. Small enough to slip into a backpack and captivating enough to keep your child busy, this wireless tablet is a great, no-mess way to encourage learning any time, anywhere. Pink 60+ games Built-in games require no additional software purchase Pivoting LCD display Wireless Imported Read More

Discovery Toys

From teaching about the human body to showing what happens when you mix baking soda and vinegar, discovery toys help kids pick up knowledge through hands-on activities.
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The Company Store
$32.00 at TheCompanyStore.com

Child's beginners physics kit.A great gift for educational play.Build a motor, force meter, catapult, balance scale, freight eleva...tor, inclined planes, bicycle, transmission, motion picture machine, water wheel powered crane, dragster and sail car.Build 12 models and conduct experiments with them to learn about forces & simple machinesInc Read More

The Company Store
$37.00 at TheCompanyStore.com

Child's kit with hands on experiments to learn about the functions of the human body.A great gift for educational play.Teaches bio...logy fundamentals with step-by-step, hands on experiments with using the five senses25 experiments.Includes a 48-page, full-color illustrated guidebook complete with clear and accurate anatomical illustrations.Smal Read More

Stuffies
$29.95 $54.95 at Stuffies.com

You?ve seen us on TV and you?ve probably heard our "how much stuff can you stuff in your Stuffie®" jingle from our commercial. W...hisper the cat knows the power of listening. In Whisper?s storybook, kids learn to give others the chance to talk while they listen carefully. Ideal for reading aloud, this 33-page interactive book offers fun-filled rhymes and beautiful illustrations. Stuffies? are clever, cozy toys on a mission to keep your kid?s treasures safe! They have top-secret pockets that are fun to discover and store all kinds of keepsakes! Dimensions: Stuffie: 20"L x 9"W x 12"H Read More

Stuffies
$29.95 $54.95 at Stuffies.com

You?ve seen us on TV and you?ve probably heard our "how much stuff can you stuff in your Stuffie®" jingle from our commercial. B...laze is the dragon who is always roaring with courage. In Blaze's storybook, kids learn to be courageous, even in the dark. Ideal for reading aloud, this 33-page interactive book offers fun-filled rhymes and beautiful illustrations. Stuffies? are clever, cozy toys on a mission to keep your kid?s treasures safe! They have top-secret pockets that are fun to discover and store all kinds of keepsakes! Dimensions: Stuffie: 20"L x 9"W x 12"H Read More

Electronics

Exposed to remote controls and cell phones from a young age, kids have a natural affinity to electronic educational toys. These include battery-operated and outlet-powered devices such as laptops, tablets, handhelds, robots, and video game systems.
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Akai Professional
$299.00 $499.00 at Sweetwater

Keyboard Controllers - Note: Due to the personal nature of this product, it's not returnable.The Akai Professional EWI USB gives w...ind players access to an easy-to-play, easy-to-use wind instrument MIDI controller. Of course, Akai has a 20-year history of studying wind instruments and those that play them, which is why the EWI USB feels so natural to players. The multiple fingering modes offer sax, traditional EWI, flute, oboe, and EVI (brass) meaning players of many instruments and experience levels can easily use this wind controller. Take your playing and expressiveness to the next level with the EWI USB wind controller.Akai Professional EWI USB at a Glance:PerformanceComputer ControlSounds and ModesAffordablePerformanceEWIs are a popular choice for serious wind players looking to make music electronically. While EWI USB is easy and fun to use, it's also powerful, flexible, and most importantly reliable enough for use on stage and in the studio by professional musicians. Computer ControlEWI USB is the most flexible EWI because it harnesses your computer to generate its sounds. Its USB interface means that all you need is virtually any Mac or PC with a USB port and the included EWI USB software, and you're ready to practice, perform, create, and record with a full collection of wind instrument sounds. Aria Player software was produced specifically for use with EWI USB, providing wind players with an unprecedented level of expressive control.Sounds and ModesThe EWI USB offers over 75 different orchestral, concert band, jazz band, and synthesizer sound sets expertly recorded and programmed by Garritan, a company renowned for its ultra-realistic instrument sound libraries. EWI USB offers multiple fingering modes including sax, traditional EWI, flute, oboe, and EVI (brass), so whether you're just starting out as a woodwind student or an old pro wind player, you'll find EWI USB easy to play. EWI USB is designed for you to spend your time playing music; not learning technology.AffordableHistorically, electronic wind instruments have fallen into two different categories: high-end, professional instruments and toys. EWI USB breaks the price barrier, bringing professional quality, expressive control, and a studio-ready sound library to a price the professional-wind-instrument world has never seen. Discover the world of expression that only wind instruments can offer with EWI USB.Akai Professional EWI USB Features:Electronic wind instrument controllerEasy to play, easy to use, and easy to ownPowerful, flexible, and reliablePlug-and-play USB connection to Mac or PCCustom Garritan Aria Player software, contains wind instrument soundsMultiple fingering modes: sax, traditional EWI, flute, oboe, and EVI brassExpandable sound paletteRemovable, dishwasher-safe mouthpieceNeck strap Cleaning clothUSB cableSoftware DVDQuick start guideSafety instructionsMouthpiece: air-pressure level sensor & bite sensorNote Keys: 13 touch sensorsOctave Rollers: 2 mobile, 2 fixed touch sensors (5-octave range)Bend Plates: 2 touch sensorsGround Plates: 2 touch sensorsClass-compliant, plug-and-play USB deviceMIDI Output Channels Over USB: 1Mac and PC compatibleThe Akai Professional EWI USB gives you expressive playing from a wind controller! Wind Controllers Read More

Educational Insights
$35.99 at School Outfitters

Kids play their way to mathematics mastery with the Math Slam Handheld Game from Educational Insights. Five fun games reinforce im...portant math concepts such as sequencing, addition and subtraction facts, missing numbers and triple addition and subtraction. Read the question, scan the possible answers, and slam the one that's correct. Better move quickly, though: each game of 13 questions is timed ??x9D the faster you get through the questions, the better your score. Incorrect responses are recycled until they are correctly answered. Three levels, flashing lights, and fun sound effects keep players interested. Requires three C batteries (not included). Read More

Hamilton Electronics
$23.00 at School Outfitters

Create personalized audio cues with the Clearance Study Buddy Card Reader and Recorder Kit from Hamilton Electronics. Use graphics..., dry-erase markers or photographs with the re-usable double-sided cards to make customized lesson plans for your students. Record a custom 10-second audio clip to accompany each card to help the learning process. Once the flash card is inserted into the reader, students will hear the corresponding audio segment, helping them associate visuals with spoken words. The reader operates on three AAA batteries (not included) and has a maximum memory of 72 cards. Order today - these prices are good only while our in-stock supplies last. Since supplies are limited, all sales of clearance items are final. Read More

Educational Insights
$40.99 at School Outfitters

Hot Dots Jr. Getting Ready for School Give children a jump-start on the readiness skills they need to succeed in school with this ...motivating electronic quiz card set. Kids will be amazed as the Ace-the Talking, Teaching Dog reinforces answers with cool phrases and glowing lights. Features important early learning skills in five progressive categories that teach colors, patterns, shapes, numbers, letters, and more. Grades Pre-K+/Ages 3+EI-6106 The nitty-gritty: Ace-the Talking, Teaching Dog 80 two-sided lesson cards Step-by-step guide Recommended Ages: 3 Years & Up Read More

Flash cards

Flash cards are cardboard or plastic cards for teaching letters, numbers, words, math, and more. Some companies even let you customize your own set of flashcards with the words, places, and faces to which your child will best connect.
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Learning Resources
$202.99 at School Outfitters

Learning Resources Hands-On Standards: All the manipulatives you need to complete the math activities in our Hands-On Standards bo...ok for grades 3?4! Components are conveniently packaged in sectioned storage tubs and include Write-on/Wipe-off Clocks, Base Ten Blocks, Centimeter Cubes, Color Tiles, Attribute Blocks, Fraction Circles, Fraction Tower Equivalency Cubes, Two-Color Counters, Cuisenaire Rods, Pattern Blocks, Geometric Solids, Bucket Balance, Three Bear Family Counters, Tangrams and Geoboards. Features: -Product Type: Flash Cards; Learning Tools.-Subject: Math.Dimensions: -Overall Product Weight: 20.5. LER0862 Read More

Hygloss Products
$2.99 at School Outfitters

Manufacturer Part Number: 53510Mighty Brights™ Colors3 x 5 & 2 x 3Quantity: 100White & Assorted ColorsBinding Ring Included!O...ur study buddies come complete with a book ring to make flipping through the study flash cards quick and simple. Study Buddies make it fun to review educational notes on any subject. Made from Mighty Brights™ colorful papers, these study flash cards are just the thing if you are always on the go, trying to learn a new language, tutoring someone you know in a specific subject, or giving an important speech or presentation. The concept is simple. Write one fact, word or equation on each card. For math and language study buddies, write the answer or translation on the opposite side for easy referencing and checking. For other subjects, you can formulate questions and write the answers on the back. When it comes time to study, simply flip through the study flash cards one at a time, testing yourself and reviewing the information quickly and ea Read More

Hygloss Products
$2.99 at School Outfitters

Manufacturer Part Number: 53514Mighty Brights™ Colors3 x 5 & 2 x 3Quantity: 100White & Assorted ColorsBinding Ring Included!O...ur study buddies come complete with a book ring to make flipping through the study flash cards quick and simple. Study Buddies make it fun to review educational notes on any subject. Made from Mighty Brights™ colorful papers, these study flash cards are just the thing if you are always on the go, trying to learn a new language, tutoring someone you know in a specific subject, or giving an important speech or presentation. The concept is simple. Write one fact, word or equation on each card. For math and language study buddies, write the answer or translation on the opposite side for easy referencing and checking. For other subjects, you can formulate questions and write the answers on the back. When it comes time to study, simply flip through the study flash cards one at a time, testing yourself and reviewing the information quickly and ea Read More

Copernicus Educational Products
$64.99 at School Outfitters

Set up a literacy center nearly anywhere in your preschool with the Copernicus Tabletop Easel. This double-sided dry erase board s...its on any flat surface and folds up neatly for storage. One side even features blue lines so kids can practice printing and cursive. Keep writing utensils on the marker ledges and additional supplies in the removable tubs. A detachable pocket chart displays flash cards and other learning aids. Read More

Gardening

Gardening toys help kids learn about plants, weather, and healthy food by providing the tools and knowledge to take care of plants. They include toys for pretend play and pint-size versions of the real thing,
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The Company Store
$37.00 at TheCompanyStore.com

Child's kit with hands on experiments to learn about the functions of the human body.A great gift for educational play.Teaches bio...logy fundamentals with step-by-step, hands on experiments with using the five senses25 experiments.Includes a 48-page, full-color illustrated guidebook complete with clear and accurate anatomical illustrations.Smal Read More

Individual
$24.13 $29.99 at Sears

It was just another peaceful day in Typelandia. Daisy was tending to her flowers in the garden. Minnie was daydreaming at the wish...ing well. Then, all of a sudden, something went wrong. Peculiar forces have stirred up trouble for Mickey's friends, but luckily for these Disney friends, your child holds the keys to saving the day and they're right at his or her fingertips. Team up with Mickey Mouse and journey to a magical world where learning is anything but type-ical. Far from the doldrums of the classroom, this educational adventure challenges your child to independently develop strong typing skills to last a lifetime. In Typelandia, your child's keyboard is the key to confidence. A land of learning opens its gates to your keyboardist-in-training in Mickey's Typing Adventure. Whether your child is encountering the computer for the first time or has already started poking at the keys, the journey begins at just the right level when you choose from more than 11 customized typing courses designed for different ages and skill levels. As your little one types through the world of Typelandia, 160 structured lessons use proven skill-building methods to teach about keyboard rows, the numeric keypad and more, helping your child feel confident at the keys. Ready to graduate to the next level? Hundreds of challenges and games build upon the basics, measuring speed and accuracy to further boost ability. Watch your child's skills improve before your eyes by checking performance Read More

Wonderworld
$55.00 at Stage Stores

Wonderworld Waggy Garden Sorter the Wonderworld Waggy Garden Nature Themed Shape Discovery and Play Set is a fun toy that encourag...es learning the dynamics of geometric shapes. The Wonderworld Waggy Garden Nature Themed Shape Discovery and Play Set is a slightly slanted cylinder shaped container that facilitates a child's actual sorting motion. The adjustable top of the container opens and closes and has different shaped slots to fit the colored garden creature inspired blocks. It can also be rolled along on its side to make a ratting sound. The Wonderworld Waggy Garden Nature Themed Shape Discovery and Play Set opens the door to learning with a fun and exciting process that is sure to keep your baby entertained for hours. Recommended Ages: 18 months & up! Read More

Little Tikes
$84.99 at Target

Find infant and toddler developmental toys at Target.com! The little tikes activity garden surrounds your little one with fun and ...learning. Perfect for boys and girls, this activity gym incorporates a variety of stimulating colors, shapes and textures. The mailbox shape sorter, tap-a-tune piano and ball drop are all designed to help develop baby's fine motor skills. This baby gym easily converts to an open, two-sided play center without tools. Two aaa batteries sold separately. Ages 6 months and up. Read More

Geography

Countries, states, capitals, rivers, and more can be learned with geography–based educational goods, including globes, models, electronic games, puzzles, and maps.
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Woodland Imports
$33.45 $81.00 at Wayfair

Woodland Imports Aluminum Globe Sculpture Features: -Material: Aluminum.-Portable.-Interesting and involving tableware.-Educationa...l gift.-Can be used as a business promotion gift.-Product Type: Tabletop & Desk Globes.-Design: Topographical.-Style:... Read More

School Outfitters
$22.99 at School Outfitters

Help students find out where to find things on the globe with Evan-Moor Geography Centers. This learning tool is an excellent moti...vating tool for students to practice geography, concepts of location, place and movement. These centers allow for quality, independent practice time using a variety of maps and globes. Read More

Frontgate
$2,200.00 at Frontgate

Handcrafted 20-dia. globe rests on a chromed steel stand. Single-piece world map is precision-fitted onto the sphere to create a s...eamless presentation. Educational and distinctly decorative. 40 height adds a dramatic decorative presence to any room. Resting handsomely on an elegant chromed steel stand, this sophisticated globe combines Old-world craftsmanship and modern topography into an heirloom that will be treasured for generations. . . . . Made in Italy. Read More

Educational Insights
$129.99 at School Outfitters

Shop for Learning and Education from WorldGlobes.com! Your kids can get to know the world like it's their own backyard when they s...pend a bit of time exploring with the Educational Insights GeoSafari Talking Globe Jr.. This 12-inch globe does more than just spin. Questions games music lights and voices help your child really get into geography and figure out where things are and what that means for them. If they ever get stuck there's always the option to repeat the question or push the help button so they never have to get stuck on the wrong side of the planet. About Educational Insights Based in Southern California Educational Insights specializes in the manufacturing and innovation of educational toys and games. Early childhood math language Spanish science and social studies are all subjects they tackle in fun and inspiring ways. Teacher resources classroom products and games like Jeopardy are all a part of Educational Insights rich inventory designed by experienced educators and parents because they know best! Make learning fun with Educational Insights. Read More

Musical Instruments

Help your child get into the groove with educational toys that teach about rhythm, sound, and melody. Options Include drums, percussion, flutes, guitars, harmonicas, kazoos, keyboards, pianos, rattles, shakers, and saxophones.
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Alvarez
$299.95 $449.00 at zZounds

Looking for a great playing and sounding travel guitar that isn't a toy? The Alvarez LJ60 is proof that big tones come in small pa...ckages! This "little jumbo" is a serious instrument, packed with all the same pro-player features found in all of ... Read More

B. toys
$26.99 at Target

Find musical toys at Target.com! Encourage your budding musician with this b. Meowsic keyboard. This mini-piano features a microph...one and recording option for making music. In addition to piano sounds, this piece features silly meow, bells, banjo and... Read More

Schoenhut
$41.99 at Target

Find musical toys at Target.com! Gift your budding musician the schoenhut 6-string acoustic guitar that delivers rich and loud mus...ic. The body of the guitar is made of high-quality wood, metal and plastic. This 30in acoustic guitar comes with a... Read More

VTech
$14.99 $21.99 at Kmart

VTech KidiBeats Drum Set Your child can rock out and learn with the VTech KidiBeats Drum Set! This drum set for kids comes with a ...pair of drumsticks that can be used to tap the four different electronic learning drums. Your child can drum freestyle or play along to nine pre-set songs in a variety of musical styles. Or for more structured play, they can follow the lights on the drums as they learn about letters and numbers. With four ways to play and a variety of fun sounds, your child will love learning to the music with this educational toy!Recommended Ages:2 - 5 Read More

Numbers & Counting

Numbering and counting toys teach children their 123’s through flash cards, discovery toys, and electronic games.
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Fit4Ed
$369.95 $450.00 at Pedometers USA

Educational - Designed for Kindergarten through 8th Grade Teachers Provides mathematical exercises for K?8 students. Motivates, in...creases physical activity, explores mathematical concepts and practice skills. Contains workbook, tape measure, 30... Read More

Educational Insights Inc
$13.99 at School Outfitters

Educational Insights Hot DotsJr. Card Sets, Numbers

School Outfitters
$24.99 at School Outfitters

Ideal for centers and cooperative learning, Carson Dellosa's Center Solutions Math Learning Games contains four complete games in ...each set. Every game focuses on a different skill making it perfect for differentiated instruction. Skills covered are counting and sequencing, counting numbers in a set, identifying shapes, as well as patterns. Each game includes a game board, four game pieces, playing cards, one die, and its own storage box. Best of all, the games can be stored individually or all together using the large storage box. 2??x9D4 players. Supports NCTM standards. Read More

Reading & Writing

From C-A-T to SAT words, toys that teach reading and writing skills include flash cards, electronic devices, computers, software, puzzles, magnets, games, stamps, and word blocks.

Science

Science-based educational toys expose children to aspects of life, earth, and physical science. They include models, experiments, microscopes, magnifying glasses, habitats, aquariums, science kits, magnets, and more.

Software

Educational software can teach nearly any topic through games, videos, and activities. Some versions come on a CD or DVD, while others may be downloaded from the Internet to any computer, laptop, or tablet.
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Buhl
$29.99 $32.99 at Wayfair

Buhl Soundscape Multimedia Headset with Microphone Buhl Soundscape Multimedia Headset is the latest addition to the family of Hami...lton Buhl headsets for education. Built on decades of experience in educational headsets, we created an all-new design... Read More

Topics Entertainment
$39.99 at Microsoft Store

Research shows that people are more successful at learning something new when they learn with a group. Instant Immersion maker of ...the world's most popular language learning software includes group-learning features to make learning a new language more fun and effective! Plus, a modern easy-to-use interface keeps people focused on what's important: learning a new language! Materials: Electronic Materials Dimensions: 5.5L x 1.1Wx7.5H Weight: 0.7 lbs Read More

Topics Entertainment
$39.99 at Microsoft Store

Research shows that people are more successful at learning something new when they learn with a group. Instant Immersion maker of ...the world's most popular language learning software includes group-learning features to make learning a new language more fun and effective! Plus, a modern easy-to-use interface keeps people focused on what's important: learning a new language! Materials: Electronic Materials Dimensions: 5.5L x 1.1Wx7.5H Weight: 0.7 lbs Read More

Topics Entertainment
$39.99 at Microsoft Store

Research shows that people are more successful at learning something new when they learn with a group. Instant Immersion maker of ...the world's most popular language learning software includes group-learning features to make learning a new language more fun and effective! Plus, a modern easy-to-use interface keeps people focused on what's important: learning a new language! Materials: Electronic Materials Dimensions: 5.5L x 1.1Wx7.5H Weight: 0.7 lbs Read More

Product Features

A wide variety of educational toys exist. But that means it’s even more important to choose ones that are the best suited to your child’s age, personality, interests, and learning style.

Recommended Age Range

For each toy, manufacturers provide a recommended age range or grade level based on the appropriateness of the product’s content, required background knowledge, and size of the included pieces.

Independent vs. Supervised Play

While your child may be able to enjoy some educational toys on her own, there may be others such as flash cards, science experiments, or CD-ROM software that will require adult supervision or participation.

Learning Style

Toys can teach through a variety of methods, including auditory, visual, kinesthetic, or tactile.

Additional Supplies Needed

Some educational toys may require additional accessories, such as batteries, construction paper, soil, or a computer. Be sure to check the toy’s box beforehand to see what is included and what you may need to purchase separately.

Single vs. Multiple Right Answers

Certain educational toys -- including those that teach spelling, shapes, math, and geography -- pose questions with a sole correct answer. But other learning toys – such as musical instruments and art supplies -- may allow for a variety of correct responses -- or have none at all. A combination of both styles can help develop a child’s creativity, rote knowledge, and critical-thinking skills.

Auditory Volume

Learning isn’t always quiet. Computers, laptops, electronic devices, software, musical instruments, and some other kinds of educational toys can be noisy. Consider looking for toys that come with a volume control or headphone jacks.

Cleanliness

Art goods, science experiments, and gardening can get messy. Be prepared by choosing your child’s location and attire accordingly. 

Purchase Considerations

Before you buy an educational toy for your child, keep in mind the product’s age range, durability, battery usage, and storage needs. Consider your 

Age Range / Age Level

While some educational toys have a clear age range, others can be used by various ages. This is beneficial for keeping a toy relevant as a child grows, 

Durability

Kids can be rough on toys, so keep in mind the material and quality of the toys you purchase. Look for items that can handle the bumps, drops, and other accidents of childhood.

Battery Usage

If the educational toy uses batteries, consider investing in rechargeable batteries or researching whether another power source, such as a plug-in wall adaptor, is available for it.

Storage

Some educational toys require special storage conditions. For example, do you have room for that large floor puzzle? Or where will you put that lizard habitat? Before you buy a toy, make sure you know if and where it can be safely kept in your home.

Single Topic vs. Multiple Topic

Single-subject toys keep kids focused as they practice a skill, limiting the amount of information they can access at one time. Multi-topic toys allow kids to learn about a variety of subjects and continue playing even if they master or tire of one aspect of the toy.

Interests

As the saying goes, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” So even if your child only seems interested in animals, try toys that allow him to explore other topics, too. You never know what he’ll discover.
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