Today we will discover the best kids learning toys appropriate for their age and developmental stage. We will discuss the criteria to determine whether toys are truly educational and look at great examples in each age group.
Buying toys for Christmas and birthdays is a tradition a lot of us follow every year. And surely there is nothing wrong with the spirit of giving. However, this year we have decided to challenge the traditional gifting a little bit. We have decided to only invest in learning toys this year!
We will only buy toys that are truly educational and will assist in learning, appropriate to our kids’ ages. Are you also up for the challenge?
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Now, let’s jump into the educational toys review
A Search for the Best Educational Toys
When starting my learning toy search, I was astonished by a large number of toys available making unjustified educational claims.
And, upon further investigation, you won’t believe these ‘educational benefits were proven to be nothing more than unsubstantiated marketing ploys… Can you imagine!
You might be wondering
How do you choose true learning toys then?
That is exactly what this educational gift review is all about!
In order to help you find the perfect learning toys for your kids, I have compiled a guide of the best educational toys for this year as appropriate per developmental stage.
Each learning toy listed were carefully considered and only chosen when the criteria below were met. And, in addition, I have listed the major milestone per age to help you choose the best age-appropriate toy.
Therefore, you can be at ease knowing that these gifts are truly educational and will stimulate your child’s learning.
But what criteria am I talking about? Let’s have a quick look at those
Learning toys Criteria
The developmental criteria below had to be met in order for a toy to be labeled as truly educational.
And what’s more
You can also use this list to make sure the toys you consider matches one or more of these requirements.
List of learning toy criteria
- improve hand-eye coordination
- stimulate verbal learning, including letters and words
- develop auditory learning, including music
- multifunctional toys, stimulating multiple senses
- improve fine motor skills
- stimulate memory and focus
- improve gross motor skills
- spark creativity and imagination
- stimulate physical development
- safe for age – applicable to ALL toys
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Top Tips for Buying Safe Learning Toys
- Read more about safe toy guidelines here
- To make sure you do not unknowingly buy a dangerous toy, search the US Consumer Product Safety Commission Recall List prior to purchase
- Avoid toys that are too loud as they can cause hearing damage, the volume control is beneficial
- Choose toys that can grow with your child, those with the possibility of changing to be more complex
- Match the toy and your child’s stage of development
- Invest in toys that are non-toxic and easy to clean
- For kids under 3 years, make sure the toy has no small parts
- Check out the great infographic at the end of the post to help you determine the developmental stage of your child
Time to check out those cool educational toys
Are you also up for the challenge this year? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
Infants 0 to 6 months
Babies like to look at, reach for, suck and listen to things. Good options are soft books, rattles, and soft music toys
Infants 3 to 6 months
At this age your infant will become more interested in music and interesting colors and shapes
Infants 6 to 12 months
Infants start moving and learning to use their large muscles at this age. Stimulate development with these kinds of toys
Toddlers 1 to 2 years
Let’s move it, move it! A toddler needs to move, create and learn words at this age.
Toddlers 2 to 3 years
Language skills are one of the most important milestones at this age. Therefore be sure to choose toys stimulating
- verbal and auditory language development and
- sensory fine motor skills
Preschoolers 3 to 6 years
Pre-schoolers love to
- solve problems
- ask why and
- discover new things
Stimulate their brain development with construction sets and electronic pads like
- magnetic STEM building block set
- VTech little apps tablet
- LEGO Duplo town truck and tracked excavator
- STEM Learning 101 Piece educational construction engineering building blocks
- Boxiki kids learning pad
- IQ challenge set
- educational insights design and drill activity set
Kids 6 to 8 years
Reading and writing skills are important at this age.
But other important abilities include
I hope you enjoyed the learning toys
reviewed in line with the developmental stages of a child and are able to use the list find the best learning toys for your kids.
Leave a comment
and let me know what you will be buying this year. Do you also prefer the gift of learning?
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Here is a great infographic to help you
know the developmental stages of your child
Thanks to Invo-Progressus for the cool infographic!
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Remember to invest your own time in your kids learning abilities.
Even though I have taken great care in choosing all the best and safest toys on this list, based on my own experience, I obviously can not guarantee your satisfaction.
These are simply my personal recommendations.
All further safety and educational value have to be investigated by yourself prior to purchasing toys of any kind.
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