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The Best Educational Toys to Give as Gifts this Holiday Season

by Hilary Braaksma


The Best Educational Toys to Give as Gifts this Holiday Season
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The only thing greater than giving kids a gift they love is giving them a gift that will help them learn and grow. These educational toys will provide hours of fun and entertainment while helping your kids develop skills, problem solve and expand their imagination. Check out our favorite kids’ learning toys to give as gifts this year.

 

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For Babies and Toddlers

Fat Brain Toys Dimpl Baby Toy

Price:$13.00

Forget tons of noise and lights—educational baby toys can be simple and stimulating at the same time. This colorful learning toy engages baby’s senses, helps develop fine motor skills, encourages sensory exploration and assists with cause-and-effect learning.

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For Babies and Toddlers

Whatsitsface Stuffed Animal

Price:$30.00

Help improve your little one’s emotional intelligence with this adorable stuffed animal. This baby learning toy is suitable for ages newborn and older and is made of quality plush material. The stuffed animal has a face that can be rotated to express six different emotions, including happy, surprised, sad, angry, laughing and tired.

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For Babies and Toddlers

Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube

Price:$28.00

This educational baby and toddler toy engages little ones with the sounds of classical music and the dazzle of light-up features. Musical toys encourage sensory exploration and creativity, while the push-to-play buttons help your little on learn about cause and effect.

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For Babies and Toddlers

LeapFrog Lettersaurus

Price:$20.00

Some of the best educational toys for toddlers are ones that help them develop their language skills. This Lettersaurus toy is a fun and interesting way to introduce your little guy or girl to the alphabet. Colorful letter buttons help kids explore and learn about different letters, and the pull string makes it fun and easy to take from room to room.

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For Babies and Toddlers

Discovery Kids Adventure Play Tent

Price:$60.00

Learning toys for toddlers are a lot more fun when they’re interactive! This play tent lets little ones explore their surroundings and learn spacial awareness in the safety of their own home. Bright colors engage the senses and get your toddler excited to play.

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For Preschoolers

Intelino Smart Train J-1 Starter Set

Price:$100.00

If your little one is in preschool or early grade school, they’re already learning a lot—but educational toys at home can help them develop skills faster. This smart train is a great preschool toy to help your child get engaged with tech without resorting to screen time, and can help them develop an early understanding of STEM and coding skills through play.

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For Preschoolers

Animal Planet Interactive T-Rex

Price:$60.00

Interactive educational toys for kids can feel a lot like traditional playtime accessories. This Animal Planet T-Rex toy lets your child use their imagination, and teaches them about motion and science through touch sensors that activate cool sound and movement affects in the toy.

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For Preschoolers

Botzees

Price:$100.00

Botzees is a cool, creative way to introduce coding to your kids. Expand their STEM skills with this a robot that can be built and rebuilt into four different functional models and controlled through an app. The coding app is compatible with both iOS and Android devices and simple to use, so kids can easily program and play with their creation.

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For Preschoolers

Magna Tiles 32-Piece Set

Price:$50.00

Magna Tiles are an award-winning toy for kids made up of multiple magnetized shapes that can be used to build and create. This simple but fun toy helps teach children about the science behind magnets and encourages creative play that helps them develop fine motor skills and problem-solving skills.

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For Preschoolers

VTech Write and Learn Creative Center

Price:$25.00

Preschool toys that help build on what your little one is learning at school are an awesome addition to their at-home collection. This VTech Write and Learn Creative Center uses a magnetic drawing board to help kids practice and learn about their letters.

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For Grade Schoolers

SmartLab Toys Smart Circuits Games & Gadgets Electronics Lab

Price:$50.00

This learning toy for kids helps them learn about electricity and offers seemingly limitless ways to explore the power of circuitry. This awesome STEM toy is designed for ages 8 and up and comes with all the accessories kids need to explore electricity.

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For Grade Schoolers

GoldieBlox DIY LED Cloud Light

Price:$30.00

GoldieBlox makes awesome educational toys specifically designed for girls. This adorable LED Cloud Light is just one of their many awesome projects and helps kids learn about the science behind clouds, identify different kinds of clouds and learn about rain. They also get an adorable piece of room decor!

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For Grade Schoolers

The ONE Keyboard Air

Price:$250.00

While a lot of educational toys for kids focus on STEM—science, technology, engineering and math—there’s a push for the STEAM method, which adds an A for art. Music is a universal art and a skill that helps expand creativity and encourage learning. This awesome keyboard for kids is designed to help them teach themselves to play, so no pricey lessons are required. The Bluetooth enabled keyboard uses an app and impressive technology that will have your kid playing in no time.

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For Grade Schoolers

KiwiCo Tinker Crate

Price:$20.00

The subscription service KiwiCo offers an amazing selection of educational toys and crafts for kids delivered to your door. The Tinker crate is designed for kids ages nine to 12 and is focused on science and engineering. Each box comes with the material to complete a creative STEM project, instructions and additional educational materials.

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For Grade Schoolers

ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run

Price:$30.00

This award-winning educational toy for kids is a fun way to get your child excited about learning. This maze learning game helps kids develop critical skills like planning, problem-solving and spatial reasoning. This combination logic game and educational toy will provide hours of educational entertainment.