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Best Educational Toys and Gift Ideas for Children 2016

Toy StoreEducational 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 – for babies to school age kids. Every child is different, so go through the the whole list to find which will benefit your kid‘s intelligence the best.

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For Babies (0 to 1 year old):

VTech Baby Lil’ Critters Moosical Beads
This “moosical” cuddly toy cow offers visual, sound and tactile stimulation to help fire up your baby’s brain neurons. It features a variety of fabric textures that stimulates your baby’s sense of touch. It plays 30+ songs, melodies, sounds and phrases. It also has a grasp bead ring with light-up buttons and a spinning square to stimulate your baby’s fine motor skills development.

Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball
The best toy for your baby is one where she gets the most age-appropriate sensory and mental stimulation, and develop her motor skills. This inexpensive toy has bright colors and bold patterns to provide visual stimulation, multiple color beads inside a clear plastic end that makes a rattle noise when shaken, and easy to grasp bumps that encourage your baby to hold and toss or roll the ball.

Fisher-Price Baby’s First Blocks and Rock Stack Bundle
Bright colored blocks are great toys for babies because it gives him experiences of colors, shapes and sizes. Babies love putting blocks in the bucket or just tossing them around. The shape sorter introduces them to early problem-solving skills in a fun way. The stacking toy teaches babies the concept of seriation, a mathematical concept that involves organizing or ordering things in a logical way. For best effect, play with your baby and show him the many creative ways to play with this classic toy.

VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker
Parents love this unique and colorful walker toy from VTech because it encourages their 9 month old or older babies to stand and walk. Plus this colorful toy with a lot of activity centers engages the crawlers in sensory stimulating play for long periods of time whether they are sitting or standing. Toys like these that make sounds and react to babies’ actions give babies sense of control and develop their sensory skills and coordination. And of course babies love pushing this walker all over the house.

Walker Educational Toy

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For Toddlers (1 to 3 years old):

Deluxe Pounding Bench
The toy has 8 brightly colored, non-removable pegs. These pegs in the bench play peekaboo with your toddler when he hits them with the mallet, showing their friendly smiles. It’s fun for toddlers to practice fine motor skills, learn cause and effect and colors.

Latches Board
This toy is perfect for toddlers who love to open and close doors and covers. To play, your child undo a lock or latch, open a numbered door to discover a picture behind it. The latches board build fine motor skills while getting your child to learn about colors, numbers, animals and more.

VTech Busy Learners Activity Cube
This very engaging, feature-packed toy will encourage your toddler to explore by pressing buttons, twisting and spinning with its 5 sides of discovery and manipulative features, and help him develop his fine motor skills. It also 25 playful songs and melodies that gets triggered by your child’s manipulation of the toy. It also has 4 light-up buttons that introduce animal names, animal sounds and shapes.

VTech Musical Rhymes Book
Nursery rhymes provides an entertaining way for your child to have a head start in language development, reading and speech skills. This talking book contains 6 classic nursery rhymes with bright pages and a light-up star that flashes with sound. It also features 5 colorful piano buttons to introduce your child to musical sounds. Your child will enjoy listening to and playing nursery rhymes with you!

Toddler ToyClick here for tips on how to choose educational toys for toddlers.

For Preschoolers (3 to 5 years old) :

Construction Building Set in a Box
This toy is a collection of 48 wooden pieces that include nuts, bolts, drilled bars, child-size screwdriver, and more. It encourages the builder in your child. The toy allows your child to use her imagination to create lots of constructions including toys with wheels like a crane, motorcycle, airplane and more that she can play with after building it. The toy also helps our child bild fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and problem solving skills and introduces her to early math skills.

LeapFrog LeapStart Level 1 Preschool Activity Book Bundle with Alphabet Adventures, Shapes and Colors
Learning the alphabet, letter sounds, shapes and colors can be fun for your preschooler with this activity book bundle. It can be very effective when your preschooler plays with you. The Alphabet Adventures book teaches 14 alphabet and music skills, upper and lower case letters, letter sounds, music and rhythm. The Shapes and Colors book teaches 14 shapes, colors and creativity skills. The bundle also includes 40+ replayable activities and 25+ stickers.

See & Spell Learning Toy
Your preschooler will have a jumpstart for school if she already recongnizes and knows the sounds of letters in preparation for reading. Melissa and Doug’s See & Spell Learning Toy helps your child master letter sounds and develop a sight-reading vocabulary in a fun way. There are lots of letters and words to work with, so your child can spend hours playing while learning. The letters can also be used as patterns to create other learning games.

VTech Write and Learn Creative Center
Your preschooler will have fun learning to write letters and express her creativity with drawing. This learning magnetic toy makes your child follow along and learn the proper strokes to write upper and lower case letters. It also teaches her how to draw by beginning with simple lines to drawing 26 different objects.

Preschooler toyClick here for tips on how to choose educational toys for preschoolers

For School-Age Kids (5 to 12 years old):

Pretend & Play Cash Register – Mastery of Practical Math Skills
This toy provides the fun of imaginative play which involves math. Your child can use this toy to play store and other pretend play that involves play money. This imaginative play enhances your child’s creativity, and may even stimulate her interest in business. Your child will also learn basic calculator skills and how to count money from this toy that won numerous awards including the Sesame Street Parents Top toy and the Early Childhood NEWS Directors’ Choice.

Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit
Kids love to mix it up, and they are curious what happens when they combine substances. This toy introduces your kid to the science of chemistry. It teaches her the basics of chemicals like the difference between acids and bases, nature of chemical reactions, as well as how to use science tools like the test tube and the pipette. Some of the fun experiments she can play while learning is how to create a color-changing volcano and how to grow colorful crystals.

AMSCOPE-KIDS M30-ABS-KT2-W Beginner Microscope Kit, LED and Mirror Illumination, 300X, 600x, and 1200x Magnification, Includes 52-Piece Accessory Set and Case, White
The future doctor or biologist may discover his passion with this toy. Although it is as a toy for beginners, this kit is packed with advanced features for exploring and learning about the microscopic world. This microscope provides magnification from 120x to 1200x. Its viewing head has LED light and mirror illumination with built-in color wheel. The kit also comes with items that will start your child exploring like a shrimp hatchery and brine shrimp eggs, as well as lab tools like specimen slicer, petri dish, and tweezers that will help him prepare specimens for examination.

Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet – a variety of technology-driven intelligent games and books
Amazon offers a really fast, feature-rich high-tech tablet that is fun for kids. What’s more, this Kids Edition tablet includes a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited. This give your child access to thousands of educational books, apps, games, and TV shows. You can also limit your child’s use of the tablet through personalized screen time limits and educational goals. It even has a kid-proof case to withstand rough handling and ensure that it will last for a long time.

Another great option is the Kindle for Kids Bundle especially designed for kids and have lots of educational features. It motivates kids to read and learn vocabulary words with tools like Word Wise and Vocabulary Builder. It is thin, light, and offers more than 250,000 children’s titles. Also, with Kindle Freetime, they can set reading goals and track progress. The e-reader comes with a kid-friendly cover and a 2-year worry-free guarantee, which means that if your child breaks it, you can return it and Amazon will replace it for free, no questions asked.

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.

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.


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.

Kids Magazines

Video Games
Video games, when played in moderation, can give your child’s brains a great workout, and may improve his problem solving, hand-eye coordination and other thinking skills, according to studies. See this article for details and find list of 23 video games that can make kids smarter.

Minecraft
School age child toyClick here for tips on how to choose educational toys for your school-age child

For All Ages:

beanstalk – 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 head start 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.

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