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Toy animals help children stretch their imagination and develop important social skills. The options are nearly endless, ranging from stuffed puppies to realistic-looking horse figurines and sets that include many woodland creatures. For babies, avoid stuffed animals that are small or that include accents that can be pulled off and pose a choking hazard.
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

Melissa & Doug®
$19.99 at Belk.com

Melissa & Doug Fishing & Bug Catching Magnetic Game Bundle - Online Only. These innovative magnetic games build motor skills as ki...ds catch wooden bugs and fish with magnetic wands. Each themed wooden puzzle board holds 10 magnetic pieces, plus a magnetic fishing wand to lift and move the pieces.Colorful artwork adds to the fun and learning with lots of appealing details to identify, count, and discuss. Read More

Plan Toys
$22.99 at Target

Find infant and toddler developmental toys at Target.com! Learning toys can still be fun thanks to the plantoys preschool stacking... bear. This baby toy has different removable rings with shapes inside that your little one can stack and sort. Develop your little one's motor skills, shapes and colors and memory skills with this bear. You don't need to worry about the safety of this wooden toy because it's made from sustainable rubber wood and coated with a non-toxic finish. All colors are made from vegetable dye. For 18 months and up. Read More

Melissa & Doug
$24.49 at Overstock.com

Just lower the bait into the fishing pond, let it attach to one of the pieces, and lift out your catch. This play set allows kids ...of any age to draw from the illustrations on the reversible pool to help structure their own games and learning activities. Read More

Melissa & Doug
$19.99 at Amazon

Take six nesting and sorting blocks, add six numbered animals to go inside, and what do you have? A farm full of stacking, countin...g, hide-and-seek, mix-and-match, imaginative play! This charming play set lets kids build a farm scene filled with bright red barns, with an animal for every barn. On their front panels, the barns feature doors sized to fit their animal occupants; on the back, a full-color scene showing the animal in an outdoor setting. Kids can also pair numbers on the barns and animals to put together the correct pairs, reinforcing early-learning concepts as they play. 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

Red Toolbox
$15.49 at Target.com

Your children will have hours of fun building this bird house, and even more hours of fun watching the birds build a nest inside o...f it! A great way to share your love of woodworking with your kids, and help them learn valuable skills. All materials and hardware are included to build the project as shown in the picture, but with a little of your own paint and some creativity, your child can personalize it to suit their tastes. Also available from Rockler:Junior Bird Feeder Hobby Kit for ChildrenJunior Candy Maze Hobby Kit for ChildrenJunior Mini Soccer Hobby Kit for ChildrenJunior Mini Basketball Hobby Kit for Children Read More

The Learning Company
$8.24 at Walmart.com

A great program for children ages 4-6 to build reading confidence! Product Information A step toward fostering a lifelong love of ...stories, reading, and language.  This programs presents a systematic approach to learning to read. Alliterative speech, colorful animations, and engaging sound effects provide a delightful environment for children to explore as they begin to read.  Within the graphic and sound-rich Reading Lands, the program includes 64 progressively challenging storybooks, supported by over 100 carefully structured skill-building lessons, and more!  Because children can choose whether to explore a Reading Land, read a storybook, or play a word game, learning is self-guided and children are in control of their own learning experience. Unique A.D.A.P.T. Learning Technology Learning is a journey, and each child learns at a different pace and has a unique set of abilities. The ClueFinders A.D.A.P.T. Learning Technology constantly monitors your chi Read More

THE LEARNING COMPANY
$8.24 at Walmart.com

Surveying the night sky, the ClueFinders spot flashing lights beaming from an old, abandoned amusement park. Its an SOS! Investiga...te in the dead of night! Learn deductive logic, ordering, sequencing, hypothesis testing, spatial reasoning, and more as you search for clues to solve the mystery. ON THE NIGHT OF A LUNAR ECLIPSE... ...the ClueFinders see flashing lights. It's an abandoned amusement park and people say that its haunted! Venture inside at your own risk! Villains lurk in the shadows. THE PHANTOM AMUSEMENT PARK PROBLEM SOLVING WITH: Numbers * Words * Letters * Patterns CRITICAL THINKING Pattern Recognition * Pattern Completion * Classification * Order & Sequence * Cause & Effect * Planning & Strategy * Hypothesis Testing * Spatial Relationships * Deductive Reasoning * Logical Analysis * Problem Solving * Data Collection * Draw Conclusions * Make Analogies SPECIAL FEATURES 15 Interactive Activities * 15+ Skills Covered * 4 Skill Levels * Detailed Help * Progress Reports 2ND CD: MYSTERY OF THE MISSING AMULET Reading Comprehension * Grammar * Spelling ADAPT Learning System A Personalized Learning Experience Places your child at just the right skill levels * Adjusts to keep pace with your childs abilities * Provides help when needed * Tracks progress System Requirements for Windows Windows 95/98, Me, 2000, XP Pentium 166 MHz or faster 32 MB RAM 57 MB free hard disk space* 640x480 monitor, 16-bit color Windows-compatible sound card & speakers 4X CD-ROM drive Internet access and printer recommended Read More

Learning Company
$8.24 at Walmart.com

Platform: WINDOWS MACINTOSH (CLASSIC) Publisher: LEARNING COMPANY Packaging: JEWEL CASE Rating: AGES: 3-5 With the Personalized Le...arning Center disc you can check each player s progress on any program that uses the Learning Company s A.D.A.P.T. Learning Technology. You can also print out workbooks activities and reward certificates that are customized for each individual player based on his or her progress information. Join Reader Rabbit and his friends on a wonder-filled ride to new and exciting places. This educational play world is filled with letters numbers shapes and more! These activities keep your child engaged and entertained for hours. Reader Rabbit Personalized Preschool is an excellent way to prepare your child for Preschool and beyond! Reader Rabbit Personalized Preschool features A.D.A.P.T. Learning Technology a dynamic system that continually adjusts the program to match your child s growing abilities. A. Assesses AbilitiesD. Develop SkillsA. Adjusts LevelsP. Provides HelpT. Track Progress Learning is always stimulating and never frustrating. A.D.A.P.T is the most effective way to build skills confidence and a life-long love of learning.Skills Learned: Letter Names amp; Sounds Phonics amp; Early Reading Numbers amp; Counting Matching amp; Sequencing Spatial Relationships Simple Arithmetic Shapes amp; Colors Memory amp; Listening Patterns amp; Classifications Logic amp; Prediction Listening Skills Vocabulary Building Creativity Music amp; Songs Features: 60 Read More

Learning Company
$8.24 at Walmart.com

Platform: WINDOWS & MACINTOSH (CLASSIC) Publisher: LEARNING COMPANY Packaging: JEWEL CASE Rating: AGES: 4-6 With the Personalized ...Learning Center disc you can check each player s progress on any program that uses the Learning Company s A.D.A.P.T. Learning Technology. You can also print out workbooks activities and reward certificates that are customized for each individual player based on his or her progress information. Learn a full year of Kindergarten skills. Help Reader Rabbit prepare for the campfire help your child learn reading arithmetic and problem solving skills. It s a summer camp adventure! Explore an exciting outdoor world! Learn Kindergarten skills from fun activities! Reader Rabbit Personalized Kindergarten features A.D.A.P.T. Learning Technology a dynamic system that continually adjusts the program to match your child s growing abilities. A. Assesses AbilitiesD. Develop SkillsA. Adjusts LevelsP. Provides HelpT. Track Progress Learning is always stimulating and never frustrating. A.D.A.P.T is the most effective way to build skills confidence and a life-long love of learning.Skills Learned: Phonics & Early Reading Letters & Numbers Shapes & Colors Similarities & Differences Simple Arithmetic Ordering & Sequencing Measurement Critical Thinking Directional Words Time Concepts Seasons & Months Social Skills Problem Solving Features: 60 Interactive & Printable Activities More than 50 Skills Covered Sing-along Songs Four Skill Levels Automatic Help Parent s Progress Read More

Melissa & Doug®
$12.99 at Belk.com

Melissa & Doug Land of Dinosaurs 48-Piece Puzzle - Online Only. The dramatic dinosaurs on this puzzle may be long extinct, but the... 48 puzzle pieces will surely last for ages. Four feet long when assembled, the cardboard floor puzzle features extra-thick pieces and an easy-clean surface to keep it looking new. It's an educational and entertaining challenge for any child. Read More

Melissa & Doug®
$11.99 at Belk.com

Melissa & Doug Dinosaurs Puzzles in a Box - Online Only. This learning toy box includes triceratops, an Apatosaurus, a stegosaurus... and a T-Rex puzzles - each stored in a separate compartment of a sturdy wooden box. The slide-on box lid doubles as a convenient puzzle board, and each puzzle piece is shape-coded on the back for easy sorting. Set includes:(4) wooden, 12-piece dinosaur jigsaw puzzles Read More

Melissa & Doug®
$24.99 at Belk.com

Melissa & Doug Catch & Count Magnetic Fishing Rods. Catch some laughs and learning with this wooden magnetic play set--complete wi...th working wind-up reel! The 10 magnetic fish are numbered and patterned to enrich matching, sorting and counting activities. Plus, two wooden rods make collecting them a blast. Kids can use the spinner to play as a game, or just have fun collecting the pieces over and over again. Either way, there's plenty of fun in this sea! Read More

VTech
$34.49 at Target

Find toy vehicles and playsets at Target.com! Go on a trip with the go! Go! Smart animals zoo explorers playset by vtech. Explore ...and learn about animals, colors and more with the smartpoint rhino and electronic zoo entrance. You can also connect to... Read More

Safari
$6.99 at Michaels Stores

With its muscular build and quick bursts of speed, the Quarter Horse was a favorite of southwestern United States cowboys. Childre...n love the lively colors and textures, making this model ideal for imaginative play. Collectors appreciate the intricate detail, while animal enthusiasts value the lifelike pose created for this model. The figure is perfect for creative play, education projects, dioramas, party favors and crafts. Details: 5.5"" x 4.5", Hand painted, Professionally sculpted, Lead free, Safety tested , For ages 3 and up Read More

Young Explorers
$39.95 at Young Explorers

Ask the Encyclo-saurus! Learning about dinos is extra-fun with Electronic Interactive Dinosaur Encyclopedia! Kids just place one o...f the 10 detailed dinosaur figures onto the light-up base, then push the buttons to hear fascinating facts about its size,... Read More

Bass Pro Shops
$14.99 at Bass Pro Shops

Stuffed large mouth bass Includes a small fact card Measures approximately 15'' Is your child's stuffed animal collection missing ...a Large Mouth Bass? We have one to fill the void! Also a fun gift for anglers, this stuffed bass is much softer and more huggable than the real thing. Did you know that the large mouth bass is the most intelligent freshwater fish? This stuffed large mouth bass comes with a small fact card to help children (and adults!) learn about the fish. Makes a great gift for kids and kids at heart! Read More

Playmobil
$25.16 at Amazon

Protect the royal treasure from the fierce dragon! The Advent Calendar "Dragon's Treasure Battle " contains twenty-four surprise i...tems for each day of Advent to form a gift that will keep on giving long after the holidays have passed. Set includes backdrop, three knight figures, one dragon, horse with armor, cannon, shields, swords, bow and arrow, treasure chest with ancient treasure, fire pot, lifesize ring with red gemstone, and other accessories to play out an epic dragon battle. Once all the pieces are revealed, experience even more fun with the bonus dragon card game. Recommended for ages four to ten. Playmobil, Germany's largest toy manufacturer, is headquartered in Zirndorf, Germany and has been producing and distributing toys for more than 36 years. The miniature worlds of Playmobil encourage children to explore and learn while having fun. Children's imaginations are transported to medieval times with the Playmobil castle, to the adventurous seas with Playmobil pirates, and many other themed playworlds. The figures can bend, sit, stand, and turn their heads to make realistic role play possible. Read More

University Games
$15.26 at Amazon.com

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed is a simple-to-learn game that introduces children to counting and strategy while developin...g fine motor skills. The object of the game is to get all of your monkey onto the bed. Sound easy? Well watch out, your monkeys may jump off the bed at any time. When they do, it's time to start over. Surprise, laughter and fun for kids and their parents! Read More

Grow-A-Head
$12.99 at Amazon.com

Grow-A-Head Wildlife Elephant Kids will have fun watching an elephant grow its hair in just a few days. Grow-A-Head Wildlife Eleph...ant is a fun toy where grass grows on the top and gives kids the chance to trim and style. It can grow indoors or outdoors and is ideally suited for classrooms, offices or homes as it does not need sunlight for growth. All it needs is water. It's a handmade elephant head made of coconut fiber. It demonstrates several scientific principles and processes. Age: 3 years and up Features Requires water to grow Grows for approximately two months Takes 5-7 days to germinate Can be cut and styled into fun hair dos Includes Glass vase Instruction sheet with educational information Read More

Eco-Bonk Wildlife Series
$59.99 at Amazon.com

Jackson Bear is the ultimate play pal to tumble with, embrace, and enjoy. This innovative bopper toy is custom-fit with a super-so...ft cover made from 100% certified organic cotton. The covering makes Eco-Bonk feel more like an interactive plush toy than an old-school bop bag. And it's machine-washable! The durable vinyl inflatable is non-phthalate based, contains no traceable BPA, and is kinder to the earth (learn more at pueri-elemental.com). Sturdy packaging is made from recycled materials and designed to be shippable! Your purchase includes one inflatable and one cover. Additional covers, featuring other lovable Eco-Bonk characters, may be purchased separately. Weight the inflatable base with a non-liquid substance like uncooked rice or beans (9 cups required). Weight NOT included. Eco-Bonk is developed, produced, and assembled in the USA. Read More

Androni
$11.99 at Amazon.com

Whether it's a day at the beach or at the park in the sandbox (and don't forget bath time, too), Androni toys are sure to delight!... Their cleverly designed sets feature bright colors, fun designs and the perfect combination of accessories for playing in the water and digging in the sand. From sifters and shovels to watering cans and beach pails, Androni toys are made in Italy from quality materials for years of indoor or outdoor adventures; with Androni, the focus is on fun! Androni toys are distributed by Pierre Belvedere, whose unique presentation of educational toys has been carefully selected to ensure that all toys are non-violent, age appropriate and promote creative and imaginative play. Their wide range of products includes stimulating toys for newborns and toddlers, fun board games and educational toys that inspire a child's curiosity. All toys distributed by Pierre Belvedere are manufactured to strict specifications and tested by an independent international lab to ensure that the highest levels of safety standards have been met. Read More

Daydream Toy
$16.99 at Amazon.com

SkyTrix, a radically new design in flying toys. SkyTrix can climb high into the sky, dive, loop, boomerang or become the ultimate ...long-range glider. It's all up to you. SkyTrix glides like a plane, soars like a kite, performs tricks like a yo-yo and plays catch like a flying disc. The concept is simple - a plane on a tether. But the design and performance are anything but ordinary. In fact, SkyTrix is so responsive that people who see it are amazed to learn that there are no batteries or gyroscopes keeping it in flight and balanced. It is simply people-powered. SkyTrix gets kids and adults outside and playing. Great for a long-distance game of catch between multiple people or a game of boomerang when on your own. As you get the feel of the tether, you can start showing your skill by doing tricks such as casting, snap backs and loops. Available in an assortment of new tattoo-style Birds of Prey designs. Exact style shipped may vary. Ages 8+. Read More

Play Visions
$15.98 at Amazon.com

Play Visions Tiger Shark Pool Predator The Club Earth name is well known in the toy industry. These toys are, playful, colorful, f...un, and the packaging alone is sure to capture the interest of kids and parents alike. For example, Zillas-Large, colorful, stretchy frogs, worms, and caterpillars. Talknology is another example. These are cute animal pens with a new voice recording technology that mimics the rhythm of your voice during play back. Play Visions will continue to evolve Club Earth's line, sticking with the basic concept of toys that are compelling, environmentally educational, and fun... Enjoy this Scary Tiger Shark Pool Predator. SHARK. Everyone out of the water. Our realistic-looking, soft-skinned, inflatable Tiger Shark Pool Predator wouldn't hurt a fly, but they might squirt someone. 26-28 in size. Read More

Gonge
$51.82 at Amazon.com

Ideal for free play Children can catch fish with the Gonge Fishing Rod Small orange buttons are magnetic Set includes 5 small fish... Able to hide objects in "belly" of the fish for multiple game and learning activities, Recommended age group: 3 years and up, Manufacturer: Gonge - Toys Read More

New Path Learning
$225.27 at Amazon.com

NewPath Learning plants and animals curriculum mastery game. The take-home edition is designed to stimulate parental involvement. ...Each take-home version includes - 25 individually packaged games; teacher and parent planning and resource guide; CD featuring interactive flash cards for interactive whiteboard or computer use; free trial subscription to online learning system; and reusable storage container. Every game is individually packaged in a vinyl folder and features a set of 30 standards-based review questions, a double-sided game board and materials for up to four students. Provides comprehensive coverage of the following curriculum topics - cells - the building blocks of living things; main parts of plants; how do plants grow?; plant growth and reproduction; grouping of plants; plant structure and function; roots, stems and leaves; plant responses and adaptations; plants with and without seeds; flowers and seeds; introduction to animals; animal diversity and adaptations; grouping of animals; how animals grow and change; animal growth and reproduction; where plants and animals live; invertebrates - animals without backbones; vertebrates - animals with backbones; food webs/food chains; interactions among living things; relationships among living things; fossils and extinct animals; energy and ecosystems; hands-on lab skills/science inquiry; and did you know? Academic standard - California. Warning: choking hazard - toy contains a small ball. Not for children under 3 years. Read More

Sentron
$60.00 at UncommonGoods

Learn some of the magic behind stop-motion animation with this comprehensive construction / production kit. Stop-motion animation ...utilizes the principle of persistence of vision to create the illusion that inanimate objects are moving through a series of still photos displayed continuously like frames of a movie. A collaboration between a popular toy company and a UK animation studio, this kit pairs the imagination-fueling fun of a building toy with an easy-to-use stop-motion camera and software to edit individual frames together and share your results. The figures you can create lend themselves to the incremental posing of the stop-motion process, while the camera and software will have you shooting and sharing the antics of your own unique characters in no time. 101 pieces. Made in China. Read More

Fisher-Price
$39.99 $29.99 at Kohl\'s

Fisher Price Smart Stages Puppy's TrainAll aboard with Puppy, Monkey and Froggy, and more than 50 songs, tunes and phrases! Press ...the light-up smokestack for exciting motorized train action and to hear sing-along songs. Or place Puppy in the conductor's seat to hear opposites. Five shape buttons introduce colors, numbers and more. Puppy's Train includes Smart Stages technology, an exciting new way to change learning content as baby grows. Every baby develops at their own pace, and Smart Stages gives you the ability to select the stage that's best for your child! There are a variety of developmentally appropriate songs, phrases and sounds within three levels of play - just slide the switch!Smart Stages TechnologyLevel 1 - Explore - 6M+First words and sounds spark baby's curiosityLevel 2 - Encourage - 12M+Prompt baby though questions and simple directionsLevel 3 - Pretend - 18M+Imaginative fun and early role play Read More

Melissa & Doug
$19.99 $16.99 at Kohl\'s

Melissa & Doug Animal Puzzle BookHelp your animal friends find their place in the environment! Melissa & Doug, Animal Puzzle Book,... removable magnetic pieces educate and amuse your eager learning child with pet, farm, wild and undersea animals! . Animal Puzzle Book Features:Removable magnetic animal piecesIncludes pet, farm, wild and under the sea animal pieces Read More

Schoenhut
$134.99 $128.24 at Kohl\'s

Schoenhut offers this versatile little 25-key piano that grows with your child!! The main unit, decorated with a whimsical animal ...s head, is perfect for toddlers because it sits safely and squarely on the floor within easy reach of little hands. Later on, the sides with the animal s body can be attached, conveniently raising the piano to a comfortable height for an older child seated at the bench. Schoenhut toy pianos are famous for their lovely chime-like tones. Children are enthralled with the unique sound, and the tone quality is excellent. An added feature of these toy pianos is the spacing between keys, the same as that on a full-sized model, which teaches proper finger placement and affords an easy transition to a large piano. Included is Schoenhut s Patented Learning System with a removable color-coordinated strip that fits behind the keys to guide small fingers from chord t Read More

Kids Done Right
$29.99 $25.49 at Kohl\'s

Discuss with your child the Responsibilities you would like he or she to perform. At the Beginning of Each week, Have your Child P...lace the Responsibility magnets on the Baord. If there are Unique Chores, you Can Write them in the Space Provided with a Dry-Erase Marker. Your child will Gain Confidence and Feel a Sense of Accomplishment After Each Star is Rewarded. Your Child Will Learn the Meaning of Responsibility and Feel He or She is an Important Part of the Family. After a Star is Placed on the Board, There are a Number of Different Ways to Create your Own Point System. Read More

Disney
$39.99 $35.99 at Kohl\'s

Sofia the First Dancing Blue Ribbon BunnySofia the First was excited when her friend Clover won the Blue Ribbon grand prize for hi...s dance performance in the pet contest. Now you can learn Clover's famous dance moves with Dance With Me Clover and see him hop, spin, flap his ears and wag his tail. Press his left hand and watch as he sings and dances to the Blue Ribbon Bunny song. Press his right hand and let Clover teach you his famous dance moves step-by-step. Kids will have so much fun dancing and singing along with Dance With Me Clover and learning all his famous moves! 4 AA batteries included. Ages 3+Features:Sofia the First was excited when her friend Clover won the Blue Ribbon grand prize for his dance performance in the pet contest.Now you can learn Clover's famous dance moves with Dance With Me Clover and see him hop, spin, flap his ears and wag his tail.Press his left hand and watch as he sings and dances to the Blue Ribbon Bunny songPress his right hand and let Clover teach you his famous dance moves step-by-step4 AA batteries included. Ages 3+ Read More

4D Master
$29.99 $25.49 at Kohl\'s

Introduce young minds to the wonders of biology with the 4D Vision Full Dog Skeleton Model. This educational toy is the result of ...a collaboration between medical and paleontological experts and master sculptors, and uses exquisite detail to educate curious minds. The 4D vision anatomy model contains 30 fully detachable organs and body parts and features a transparent body to show internal structures. It comes with an illustrated guidebook to help facilitate its assembly and enhance the educational process. The dog anatomy model also has a display platform for tabletop presentation, making it equally valuable as a classroom training tool. The model is recommended for ages 8 and up. Read More

Learning Resources
$32.99 $31.34 at Kohl\'s

Learning Resources Jumbo Farm Animals Learning Resources Jumbo Farm Animals is a great way to teach kids animal names and sounds. ...Children will enjoy playtime as they run around with these adorable farm animals. Why You'll Love It: Children can learn about farm animals - their sounds, what they do and how they help on the farm. Age: 3 to 6 years Features Plastic creatures are ideal for little hands Realistically detailed farm animals provide hours of Old MacDonald-style play Made of durable plastic Packed in handled storage box Includes Farm animals - horse, pig, cow, goat, sheep, rooster and goose Activity guide has facts about each animal and early science discussion starters Animals store in a handled storage box for easy carrying Read More

Gund
$22.00 $17.60 at Kohl\'s

This kneeling Bear recites the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep prayer. The bear's voice is a child's voice and helps little ones learn ...this nighttime prayer. Measures 11 Read More

Melissa & Doug
$16.99 at Sears

Swimming is an important skill, and many European kids receive mandatory lessons at school - it's part of the curriculum for fifth... grade in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland, and in the Netherlands and Belgium, swimming lessons are so ingrained in educational culture that there's even a swimming style called the school-stroke. Here in the US, kids mostly learn in independent lessons and backyard pools, and as you know, kids are best at picking up new skills while they're having fun! The Melissa & Doug Spark Shark Fish Hunt set adds a fun new challenge to swimming for your little guppies in the pool: swimmers use the play shark nets to collect fishy sinkers. Kids can race against each other, time themselves collecting fish, try some of the suggested pool games that come with the set, or, best of all, exercise their creativity by creating their own games. Read More

LeapFrog
$5.59 at Target.com

Join Big Bird and other beloved Sesame Street characters like Cookie Monster, Elmo and Grover for an ABC exploration! Learn about ...letters through names, animals, everyday objects and more! Get practice with letter sounds, letter shapes and alphabetical order.This Tag™ Junior board book springs to life when you touch Tag Junior to any part of any page. More than 25 playful activities and 150 audio responses encourage little ones to explore while helping build confidence with books. Parents can connect to the online LeapFrog® Learning Path to see their child's progress and get printable activities to expand the learning! Appropriate for children ages 2 to 4. Read More

Tek Nek
$79.99 at Target.com

Shop for Tricycles and Riding Toys from eRockingHorses.com! About Tek Nek Toys Tek Nek Toys believes in the power of playtime! Fro...m their home in Southlake, Texas, they've been developing unique, multifunctional toys designed to stimulate creativity and encourage interaction since 1997. Tek Nek Toys arms parents with products that provide learning and growth opportunities in order to maximize their children's playtime. They understand that toys should not only be fun, but also a way for children to expand their imaginations, coordination and social skills. Tek Nek Toys is best known for developing innovative toys that are built to last even in the playroom. Read More

Melissa & Doug
$19.99 at Target.com

An extra-thick wooden puzzle filled with bright rainbow bears helps your little one learn balancing and stacking along with matchi...ng. Three included stands offer extra stability for stacking. Color(s): red multi. Brand: Melissa and Doug. Style Name: Melissa & Doug Stacking Bears Puzzle. Style Number: 838737. Manufacturer part number 9027 15 1/2 x 12 3/4Wood By Melissa &Doug; imported Kids' Wear Read More

Tek Nek
$97.99 at Target.com

Shop for Rocking Toys from eRockingHorses.com! About Tek Nek ToysTek Nek Toys believes in the power of playtime! From their home i...n Southlake Texas they've been developing unique multifunctional toys designed to stimulate creativity and encourage interaction since 1997. Tek Nek Toys arms parents with products that provide learning and growth opportunities in order to maximize their children's playtime. They understand that toys should not only be fun but also a way for children to expand their imaginations coordination and social skills. Tek Nek Toys is best known for developing innovative toys that are built to last even in the playroom. Read More

Spin Master
$87.99 at Target.com

Zoomer Puppy is back! He's twice as smart, twice as funny and will steal your heart twice as fast! With 2X the tricks, you can tea...ch the Zoomer interactive dog everything a puppy needs to know. Call his name, help him learn and watch how excited he gets when you reward him with a real good belly scratch. Kids can run, play and laugh as this Zoomer toy excitedly wags his tail and responds to their commands. Zoomer is smart as a whip and understands English, Spanish and French. He even follows your movement with his cute puppy eyes. Teach him twice as many tricks and before you know it he'll be laying down, rolling over, chasing his tail and much more! And with his all-new friends Bentley and Shadow, there's a whole line of Zoomer pups waiting just for you! Just like real dogs, they love to play, bark and interact with one another. When you adopt Zoomer into your home he can't help but feel like a real part of the family. Bring home the smartest pup around with Zoomer! Read More

Spin Master Ltd
$99.99 at Sears

Zoomer Puppy is back! He's twice as smart, twice as funny and will steal your heart twice as fast! With 2X the tricks, you can tea...ch the Zoomer interactive dog everything a puppy needs to know. Call his name, help him learn and watch how excited he gets when you reward him with a real good belly scratch. Kids can run, play and laugh as this Zoomer toy excitedly wags his tail and responds to their commands. Zoomer is smart as a whip and understands English, Spanish and French. He even follows your movement with his cute puppy eyes. Teach him twice as many tricks and before you know it he'll be laying down, rolling over, chasing his tail and much more! And with his all-new friends Bentley and Shadow, there's a whole line of Zoomer pups waiting just for you! Just like real dogs, they love to play, bark and interact with one another. When you adopt Zoomer into your home he can't help but feel like a real part of the family. Bring home the smartest pup around with Zoomer! Read More

Guidecraft
$39.95 at Target.com

Guidecraft - Educational Toys - G5092 - Animal Train Sort and Match is the perfect way to teach color-matching, shape-matching and... pattern-recognition in a fun, game-like setting. Animal Train Sort and Match includes six double-sided pattern cards, 43 animal and train pieces, and a self-propping board and stand with pegs and metal backing to help guide the magnetic pieces into place. Ages 3+.8 Double-sided Pattern CardsMagnetic PiecesEmbedded MagnetsBox for StorageAges 3+ Read More

Melissa & Doug
$24.99 at Target.com

Take six nesting and sorting blocks, add six numbered animals to go inside, and what do you have? A farm full of stacking, countin...g, hide-and-seek, mix-and-match, imaginative play! This charming play set lets kids build a farm scene filled with bright red barns, with an animal for every barn. On their front panels, the barns feature doors sized to fit their animal occupants; on the back, a full-color scene showing the animal in an outdoor setting. Kids can also pair numbers on the barns and animals to put together the correct pairs, reinforcing early-learning concepts as they play. Extension Activities: More Ways to Play and Learn: -Ask the child to line up the barns from biggest to smallest. Then point to the numerals on the barns as you count to six together. -Help the child place the animals in numerical order. Then ask the child to put each animal in the numbered barn that matches. -With the illustrated backs of the barns facing out, place the matching animal next to each barn to show the corresponding numeral. Count the farm animals in the illustration to demonstrate the quantity, and point to the wooden animal to demonstrate the numeral. Then look for birds or insects that represent the same quantity. -Place the wooden animals in a line for the child to study. Then, while the child looks away, hide one of the animals inside a barn. Ask the child to tell you who is in the barn by looking at the remaining animals. Then allow the child to lift the barn away for the big reveal! -Ask the child to match each wooden animal to the appropriate illustrated scene. Challenge the child to compare the wooden animal to the illustrated animals to look for similarities and differences. -Line up the animals on the play surface, and point to each one as you name its color. Then name a color and ask the child to point to all the animals that have that color on their bodies. -Define a group by naming a physical characteristic (such as spots or floppy ears), then ask the child to gather together all the animals that belong in the group. Add to the challenge by including the illustrated options in the search. -Challenge the child to stack two or more of the animals. Talk with the child about which animals are best for stacking, and why. Experiment with different ways to stack the pieces (on their backs, on their sides, and so on). -Help the child tell a story about the farm, using the illustrated scenes as a backdrop and the wooden animals as actors. (Try reversing a smaller barn inside a larger one to create an animal scene inside the barn door!) -Use the barns to create a farm scene. You can create groupings where some animals live close to each other, spread the barns far apart to represent separate farms, or alternate the barns (some facing forward, some facing backward) to create pastures and fields between the buildings. Add other play pieces to the scene if you wish, and get creative! Dimensions: 6 x 15.75 x 7.5 Packaged Melissa & Doug products were the first products we brought into our retail store when we first opened in 2006. They are one of our favorite companies to work with and not only do they make great quality products but they stand behind them. If you have a problem you simply call them and they will ship you a replacement no questions asked! They are one of the few big companies who when you call you get a live person and not a recording! They treat their customers with respect which is exactly how we want our customers to be treated. This item ships directly from the Melissa & Doug warehouses in either New Jersey or California normally within 2 business days after the order is placed. If you are needing this for a specific date such as a birthday please indicate this in the comments section during checkout. Our mission at Jacobs Room is to make children smile not disappoint them! Read More

Tomy
$19.99 at Target.com

(spend $25, get free shipping) Find pretend electronic toys at Target.com! Your toddler will love this marley the musical dog toy ...from tomy. Your child can play with him as a 4-note accordion or pull him along; as marley is pulled, he makes a clacking sound and his body is animated by the squishy accordion. Marley may help your child develop fine motor skills and learn about cause and effect. Read More

VINCI
$11.99 at Target.com

A full-sized toy standing 9 tall, Hohoha is one of the heroes in our VINCI learning apps. Your child will love to cuddle or to giv...e Hohoha a high-5 when successfully accomplishing a learning milestone! Read More

University Games
$11.99 at Sears

University Games Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Card Game There will be lots of laughing as kids trade cards to collect 5 ...matching monkeys. Matches are easy for even the youngest players. Children practice matching monkeys and colors in this easy-to-learn game. University Games was founded by Bob Moog and Cris Lehman, who recognized a developing niche in social interaction and learning games for adults and children. University Games creates educational board games designed so that players won't notice how much they are learning. Matches are easy for even the youngest players.Product Dimensions: 7.8 (L) x 4.8 (W) x 1.8 (H)Age: 3 years and upRecommended Ages:3 and up Read More

Just Kidz
$7.00 at Sears

Six attractive animal puzzles offer great fun and learning skills. It helps your kids to improve problem solving abilities by plac...ing animal shapes inside the puzzle correctly. Includes six easy to grasp animal pieces, each with its' own activity. Read More

OgoSport
$59.99 at Sears

Animate It Studio Kit with Camera - Essential Kit Build, Create and Animate! OGOBILD is a line of creative construction toys creat...ed to promote open-ended play and stimulate a child's imagination. This kit contains Animate It! Express software, which was developed with the Aardman Animations studio (the creators of Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run) and is the premier UK education stop-motion animation software. The OGOBILD with Animate It! Kit contains a building kit with OGOBILD construction parts, instruction book introducing stop motion animation, Steady Mount Webcam, and software certificate for the Animate It! Express software. OGOBILD with Animate It! is an all-in-one kit for any child to start learning how to create their own stop motion animated movies. Designed for children 6 years old and up. WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs. Read More

VTech
$21.99 at Sears

Catch me if you can! The Catch-Me-Kitty electronic learning toy by VTech invites your baby to a game of chase through sounds and m...ovement and also teaches while your little one is on the move. Learning is in motion with VTech's Catch-Me-Kitty. This adorable kitten moves and scoots across the floor encouraging your child to chase it. As your child approaches the kitten, a sensor knows your child is near and the cat reacts with sounds and motion. This fun electronic learning toy has three shape buttons that help your child develop motor skills, and with its motion, sound, and teaching capabilities, the Catch-Me-Kitty is the purr-fect toy for your baby. Read More

Smithsonian
$12.99 at Sears

Smithsonian Diggin' Up Dinosaurs T-Rex Smithsonian Diggin' Up Dinosaurs T-Rex is a dino dig at home. With this wonderful kit, kids... can collect the parts for making a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. They can unearth the bones and assemble them following the instructions. The actual replica of the fossilized carnivore allows children to see the T-Rex's unique skeletal structure. A poster is also included to provide children with instructions and additional information. Why You'll Love It: This kit lets kids learn exciting facts about back when dinosaurs used to be on the Earth. Age: 8 years and up Features Light weight Easy to carry Includes Replica T-Rex skeleton Wooden mallet Wooden dowel A pair of goggles Brush Color poster with instructions Read More

Learning Resources
$24.99 at Sears

Learning Resources Jungle Animal Counters Introduce children to the wild with Learning Resources Jungle Animal Counters. They'll l...earn to recognize different animals like lion, tiger, gorilla, giraffe, hippopotamus, zebra and elephant at an early age. This complete jungle safari comes with did you know facts. Why You'll Love It: The set has 60 animals to teach children about wild animals and will encourage learning. Age: 3 years and up Features Developmental toy Introduces children to new species Teaches kids wildlife appreciationRecommended Ages:4 – 6 Read More

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