12 Toys That Help Kids Read and Write

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Peter Ardito
Looking for a fun way to promote literacy this holiday season? We found the best gifts for every skill level.
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Peter Ardito

Animal Friends

Dog or perro? No need to choose with this adorable animal puzzle! Mudpuppy English to Spanish My First Puzzle Pairs, ages 2+, $13.

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Peter Ardito

Building the Basics

B” is for bebé! Encourage yours to start learning with this simple wooden puzzle. Melissa & Doug Jumbo ABC Chunky Puzzle, 12 months+, $20.

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Peter Ardito

Rainbow Magic

This childhood classic gets a refresh with the addition of colors, stampers, and a thick stylus for writing quick messages. Spin Master Etch A Sketch FreeStyle, ages 3+, $20.

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Peter Ardito

Foamtastic

Slime fans will love molding letters out of this squishy, mess-free material that never dries out. Playfoam Shape & Learn Alphabet Set, ages 3+, $13.

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Peter Ardito

Turn A New Leaf

A new spin on hide-and-seek— each acorn has a tiny treasure that corresponds to the letter on the outside. Learning Resources Alphabet Acorns Activity Set, ages 3+, $30.

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Peter Ardito

Dear Diary

With a sprinkle of glitter and some emoji stickers, tweens can add a personal touch to this trendy notebook. STMT D.I.Y. Journaling Set, ages 14+, $20.

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Peter Ardito

Tap Away

Preschoolers go on a virtual scavenger hunt or explore the jungle as they learn skills like sounding out letters and tracing numbers. LeapFrog LeapStart Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten Interactive Learning System, ages 2–4, $40.

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Peter Ardito

Spot On

Little ones can learn colors, shapes, and animals in español with this sweet giraffe, equipped with gears that twist and turn. VTech GearZooz Spin & Laugh Gearaffe, 18 months–4 years, $19.

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Peter Ardito

Word Up

Go Fish, Lotto, and other games in this kit make spelling words extra F-U-N! School Zone Spelling Words Learning Set, ages 6+, $15.

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Peter Ardito

Press Down

Challenge tots to roll up those tiny sleeves and stamp out the alphabet with this new take on everyone’s favorite dough. Play-Doh Shape & Learn Letters & Language, ages 2+, $15.

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Peter Ardito

Global Citizens

Bingo just got multilingual with this set including game cards in English, French, German, Italian, and, of course, Spanish! Pictolingua: Fun With Words, ages 6+, $19.

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Peter Ardito

Mini Picassos

Inspire budding artists to add words to their creations with this magnetic set. Lakeshore Draw & Learn Studio, ages 3–7, $20.

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