Educational Toy

Educational Toy



I am sure we can all agree that choosing just the right toy for that special child in your life can be downright overwhelming. You are likely wondering which toy will be best to capture and maintain the child’s interest for longer than a few days. Stress no more! I have put together a list of things to consider when choosing a toy. This will guide you in your choosing a toy which will grow with your child nurture their development. Play is an essential part of every child’s life and is important in their mind as well as physical health. One of the best ways children learn is through play whether you are playing peekaboo with your baby or stacking blocks with your toddler or helping your big kid build a house they are learning. 

EDUCATIONAL TOYS

Educational Toys and games are designed to make learning fun.

Educational toys and games are designed to capture your child’s interest and make learning fun and enjoyable. When choosing educational toys, consider purchasing toys which will grow with your child. you want to choose toys which will accommodate your child’s development abilities but also challenge them to grow. Educational toys will encourage the development of fine and gross motor skills, problem-solving, language and social skills. Those toys will also help your child develop their hand-eye coordination which will be helpful when they learn to read and write. You want to choose toys which will teach your child realistic skills which they can then relate to the real world.

MULTIFUNCTIONAL TOY

Choose multifunctional toys which can be used in a variety of ways.

Blocks are a great multifunctional toy. While blocks may be a very basic and simple toy it appeals to a variety of ages and abilities levels. A child can use the block in independent play as well as team play with peers or adults. Consider what toy can be played with one-to-one as well as with others since both are important. Kids that play with others learn how to collaborate, compromise, and solve conflicts.

Choose a Toy That will Inspire Imagination 

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  • Building such as blocks and Playmags magnetic tile playsets are great toys to stimulate problem-solving, motor skills & shape, color recognition.
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    • toys such as Wooden Mandala Creative Puzzle are great for kids and adults
    • Flexible Straws are great for children to construct cars, planes, boats, forts, towers, tunnels and bridges as their ideas. Creating with straws will help children with intellectual development, parent-child communication, hand-eye coordination, mathematical & spatial thinking ability.
  • Open-Ended Pretend Play is perfect for toddlers, preschoolers as well as elementary school age children. At this stage, children learn through movement and play. Grimm’s B0786XP6N2B07H5L3HJXwooden toys are great for open-ended and pretend play for all ages. Those wooden toys provide unlimited potential for imaginative play. Kids can make the rainbow, can make roads, houses, and tons of beautiful designs with the beautifully crafted wooden blocks.

 

 BOARD GAMES 

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Board Games can be great for preschoolers, they are a fun way to learn how to follow rules, focus, take turns and defer gratification, which helps with self-regulation, problem-solving and thinking creatively. Here is a list of some of the most popular board games such as Monopoly can be challenging, fun, educational and exciting. Kangaroo Checkers ages 6 and up, Qwirkle Board Game for ages 6 and up, LIFE is great for ages 8 and up, Scythe Board game is great for ages 14 and up, Candy Lane  is great for kids ages 3 and up, Soggy Doggy for ages 4 and up, 5 Second Rule  fun game for ages 10 and up.

STUFFED ANIMALS AND DOLLS

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Did you know that Dolls and stuffed animals are great educational toys?

One of the very first relationships children develop outside of their family is with their “friends” be it a favorite stuffed animal or doll. These toys provide children with comfort, helps them build confidence, manage their emotions, and practice their social and language skills. Stuffed animals can be engaged by all ages.

Babies – enjoy touching the soft toy, often sucking and chewing on them so be sure to avoid small beads or removable parts.

Toddlers -again keep safety in mind when choosing a toy for 2-3-year-olds. Toddlers can use these toys to learn names such as cat, dog, bear, pig as well as what sounds each animal makes.

School-age children engage in more imaginative play giving them different roles.

Playing with dolls improve a child’s speech, as they talk to the doll using their imaginations. It gives practice for speech and communication skills. When kids dress and move their dolls around they are improving their motor skills.  Stuffed animals such (elephant, cat, bear, dog, giraffe, etc.) can just like dolls can engage children in imaginative play. Stuffed animals are not restricted by their appearance, so a giraffe can be a princess, an astronaut, a teacher, or even a giraffe. Kids often share their feelings with their doll or stuffed toys and may conduct elaborate conversations.

BRAINTEASERS

Building such as blocks and Playmags magnetic tile playsets are great toys to stimulate problem-solving, motor skills & shape, color recognition.

Create

  • toys such as Wooden Mandala Creative Puzzle are great for kids and adults
  • Flexible Straws are great for children to construct cars, planes, boats, forts, towers, tunnels and bridges as their ideas. Creating with straws will help children with intellectual development, parent-child communication, hand-eye coordination, mathematical & spatial thinking ability.

Games here is a list of some of the best educational board games for kids and families

EDUCATIONAL TOYS BY AGE GROUPS

Infants: Toys such as rattle will introduce a child to cause and effect, stuffed animals and toys with different textures help infants learn and explore different textures. Blocks help them develop their grasping skills.

Toddlers: love to take apart, put back together, pull out, put in, add on, and build up. Choose toys that your child can play many different games with them. Toys such as blocks with numbers or letters can be used to develop counting, number recognition, and sorting skills. Simple puzzles will provide the child with an opportunity to develop their fine motor skills and problem-solving skills. Simple games help teach your child how to take turns and follow rules. Tea sets, musical instruments, kitchen play-sets, pretend food toys, dolls, and stuffed animals all help children develop social, communication and nurturing skills.

Elementary Age Children: Puzzles are great for learning math, science, spelling, reading, geography and other academic skills. Building blocks may teach your child about angles and problem solving as well as help develop their hand-eye coordination and motor skills. Word games such as Boggle Junior, Stick Six, Scrabble Junior make learning fun and that provides a lot of educational value.

Middle School age children enjoy toys that involve advanced building, mathematics games and more complex puzzles, all of which help your child expand their knowledge and improve their problem-solving skills. Strategy games and brain teasers can help kids this age develop their math, science, history and reading skills.

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Educational toys need to be safe and fun so the child can build their physical, emotional and intellectual skills through play.

Hope you found this post helpful as it was intended to be and if you have any questions please leave a comment below.

4 thoughts on “Educational Toy

  1. This is all great advice, I always leaned toward educational toys rather than not. Its about providing the best we can and giving them the best start at life.

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      Thank you Amanda

  2. Thanks for this great information. My son is almost two and i’ve been trying to transition him from baby toys to toys that can teach him. You list some great ones. I’ve never thought of pretend food, but I can see that working for him. He hasn’t quite grasped the wooden blocks yet. He plays with them but doesn’t build anything, just throws them every where, but I found mega blocks to be a win because he can stick them together and they stay. Then he pulls them apart and starts again. Great post!

  3. Thank you for your comment Jen. I am glade you found information useful, that was my intent. Totally agree with wooden blocks you sure don’t want him throwing them around. Mega blocks are great as well as you mentioned they stick together so it’s easier for little once to put together.
    Thank you
    Vesna

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