Educational toys engage your child for a longer time, as they feed his or her brain hungry for neural stimulation. More importantly, the impact of educational gifts lasts a lifetime. These gifts give him a head start in reading, math and science. They develop his love for learning, the most important attitude to make your kid grow up smart. A great educational gift even triggers what will be your kid's lifelong passion.
The following are suggestions for the latest and best fun educational toys and gifts available online. Every child is different, so go through the the whole list to find which will benefit your kid‘s intelligence the best:
1. Toobez - creativity, critical thinking skills, teamwork
TOOBEEZ are a life-sized construction building system that can be used as a toy, an educational tool, a teambuilding prop or a therapeutic aid. Comprised of interlocking tubes and spheres, TOOBEEZ can be linked together to create anything imaginable, from a simple cube shape to a complex structure like an airplane or submarine.
Toobeez is an example of an open-ended toy that leave playing to the imagination, unlike other more expensive toys that can only be played in one or a few ways. Toys that run on your kid's imagination are better than those that run on AA batteries. Aside from creativity, Toobeez develop critical thinking skills and teamwork.
2. K'Nex Toys - creativity, concentration and problem solving skills
For future engineers or builders, K'NEX have building toys that your child should have fun putting together to build anything he can imagine, honing his creativity and problem solving abilities in the process. These toys are even used in schools to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts. Dynamic K’NEX models offer hands-on learning opportunities that encourage scientific inquiry,investigation and experimentation. Models are fully-functioning replicas of real-world machines.
3. Kindle Fire HD - a variety of technology-driven intelligent games and books
Tablets are the newest fun high tech gadgets that offer great educational value. Kindle Fire HD is a tablet that is perfect for kids. It makes reading exciting and interactive. Kids can look up definitions as they read to build their vocabulary, adjust font sizes to meet their needs, and no longer need to be discouraged by the size of a book, motivating even reluctant and struggling readers. There are also a lot of educational apps that make learning fun. Often, Amazon offers free books and apps for kids.
Kindle Fire HD also offers Kindle FreeTime. Parents can create a profile for each of their children and choose what books, apps, games, and videos they want to give their kids access to. By using Kindle FreeTime, kids have their very own personalized tablet. The background color and fonts change to a kid-friendly design, they only see the titles that they have access to see, the home screen carousel shows their recently viewed titles, and they can even navigate visually to content based on characters or topics—for example "Cinderella," "Dinosaurs," or "Puppies."
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4. Piano Wizard - the many benefits of playing a musical instrument
Many studies have proven that learning music has a profound effect on your kid’s brain. Music is shown to increase IQ, improve school grades, and prepare your kid to learn the advanced concepts of math and science.
PianoWizard.com introduces your kid to the piano in a fun way. It combines the fun of a video game with the fundamentals of piano lessons. Anyone can sit down at a keyboard today and with The Piano Wizard EASY MODE , experience how Allegro has magically turned what once felt like boring, difficult practice into child’s play with its patented, 4-Step Method.
5. Ebeanstalk - Developmental Toys for Kids of all Ages
Ebeanstalk.com has a collection of toys that are selected by a team of child experts. Ebeanstalk toys gives your infant to toddler a headstart in his mental and physical development. The stimulation your kid gets from these toys contribute to the structure of his brain and its capacity - effects that can last for the rest of his life.
6. Magazine for Kids - The many benefits of reading
Magazines start off your kid on a life-long passion for reading. National Geographic Kids, for example, caters to your kid's love for animals, and this will make her learn about geography, adventure, wildlife, science, and youngsters of special distinction from around the world. With magazines, your kid's special interests will lead her to a love of reading that will open her up to more knowledge.
Other magazines that you can subscribe to at a great discount are Children's Playmate (for beginning readers, it also contains puzzles, games, activities, simple recipes, comic strips and book reviews.) and Sports Illustrated Kids which covers sports the way kids like it - interviews with sports heroes, hilarious comics, awesome action photos and much, much more.
Your kid will eagerly await the next issue of her magazine! The anticipation will just fuel her hunger for knowledge.
7. Educational CD Roms for PC
Planet CD-ROM has a vast collection of educational software that teaches kids math, reading, spelling, science, and even languages - while they play with the computer! Their Jumpstart series of fun software is very popular and gets rave reviews from kids and parents. Planet CDRom also has a lot of multimedia reference software (like the Encyclopedia Brittanica series) and software that develops your kid's creativity (Crayola, Lego and Print Shop series). And most of them are free - just pay the shipping!
With these software in your home computer, your kid will beg to learn!
8. For Babies: TeachMyBaby.comThe GeniusMaker Program from TeachMyBaby.com is an easy-to-use, fun tools for you to teach your kids or baby to get a headstart in life by training them how to read, learn mathematics and have an encyclopedic knowledge base at a young age.
Note that a learning tool like this is only very effective when using them involves loving interaction with parents. "Experiences that have emotional content and human interaction are what is pleasurable and meaningful to a baby. They act like glue for their memory, helping them to retain what they are picking up and learning," says Nina Sazer O'Donnell, director of National Strategies for Success By 6, a United Way of America learning initiative.
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