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25 Best Educational Toys for Kids

by Amy Hogan


25 Best Educational Toys for Kids
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Toddlers are a whirlwind of nonstop activity, and they’re on a quest to learn everything they can about the world around them. The best way to keep them busy, stimulated and entertained is with toys of all shapes and sizes. But since research shows that learning through play is super important to their development, it’s a great idea to round out their toy collection with some educational toys. Things like puzzles and flash cards might come to mind, but there’s actually so much more available these days to help mold young minds.

 

Educational toys help children learn new skills such as problem solving, learning cause and effect, conflict resolution and sharing, all while working on their fine and gross motor skills. STEM and STEAM toys are all the rage in 2019 as parents, teachers and child development experts agree that instilling a love of science, math, technology and engineering at a young age is just as important as fostering a child’s creativity and imagination.

 

 

Best Educational Toys for 1-Year-Olds

 

 

 

Best Educational Toys For 2-Year-Olds

 

 

 

Best Educational Toys For 3-Year-Olds

 

 

Best Educational Toys For 4-Year-Olds

 

 

 

Best Educational Toys For 5-Year-Olds and Up

 

 

How to Choose the Best Educational Toys for Your Child

 

The youngest babies can benefit from sensory play toys that have different sounds and textures and are easy to hold. As baby grows into a toddler, they crave more hands-on items that can be manipulated and encourage movement. Preschool kids are ready for more hands-on educational toys that work with their cognitive skill building and memory, while elementary school-age children will benefit greatly from toys that involve counting, reading and spelling. But science kits and model building are also perfect for this age range.

 

Here are our top picks for the best educational toys for kids.

 

Best Educational Toys for 1-Year-Olds

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BettRoom Geometric Sorete

Price:$17.00

Little hands can easily grasp these non-toxic wooden shapes. The detachable and removable blocks are handcrafted and encourage hand-eye coordination in toddlers as well as promote brain development as they learn all about shapes, colors and size differences. This is an educational baby toy that they will keep coming back to time and time again.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This is a great time to help enforce basic shapes and color words and action words as well. This is super important for our daughter as she is a late talker.”

“You can do many educational activities - shapes, colors, sorting, counting. Placing the shapes on the pegs also promotes hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. As a parent, you worry about the quality of the products used when making these toys. It is very important to me that the materials are non-toxic and safe for my children. I would definitely recommend this product.”

“My daughter’s physical therapist recommended a puzzle like this for her fine motor skills, and it has been great. It keeps my daughter entertained for a long period of time and she is already getting so much better at it from when we first got it. I can definitely see improvement in her fine motor!”

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V-Tech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

Price:$35.00

This beloved learning center has so much to offer curious toddlers. One-year-olds will have a blast banging on the five piano keys, making the buttons light up, spinning the rollers and figuring out the shape sorter included in the detachable activity center. Oh, and of course they can use it to help get up and moving. It’s the perfect toy for stimulating their brain, teaching them new things and encouraging activity and mobility by helping to support them as they take their first steps. Parents also love that it has over 70 songs and sounds, so it rarely gets too annoying to listen to all day long,

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This toy is a great alternative to walkers. My grandson loved it. He started by pulling himself up. He has since graduated to pushing. And he has learned some problem solving skills.”

“Only buy this if your ready to have a walking child. Product is amazing! Our son started crawling at 7 months and 2 weeks later he was pulling himself up on this and pushing it like a drunken sailor. Wheels have a slow speed for beginners and a fast speed for novices. Love the detachable play board that has many tunes, buttons, and activities.”

“Or son loves taking off the triangle, circle & square at the top & we love that it's connected to a string so it doesn't get lost. The phone does detach & it is currently lost somewhere in the room so it would've been nice if that had been attached too. So far no complaints he's played with this toy for hours every single day since we received it. Highly recommend for this age.”

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Teytoy Baby Toy Zoo Series Soft Alphabet Cards

Price:$23.00

Learning the building blocks of reading is as easy as ABC with this soft and colorful educational toy for one-year-olds. The super soft yet durable cloth cards are the perfect toy for teething tots. They can be chewed on, drooled on and tossed right in the washing machine. They’re also a great way to introduce color, pattern, letters, animals, words and so much more to one-year-olds.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This is a great tool for teaching toddlers the alphabet. The animal illustrations are absolutely adorable.”

“I love that they are light and really baby safe. My only complaint about them (and its my own pet peeve so I still gave them 5 stars) is the letter G is for giraffe. I really wish they had picked an animal with a hard G sound like Goat for early learning!”

“My 17 month old daughter absolutely loves this toy! She is getting so much use out of it in the short time we’ve had it. The cloth material is nice and durable, already had to wash them and they held up as good as new! The pictures and colors are bright and clear and captures her attention! Highly recommend and would make a great gift for a friend!”

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Step2 Waterfall Discovery Wall

Price:$50.00

The double-sided water wall comes with 26 interchangeable accessories and really makes learning a splash in the summer. Toddlers get wet and wild while working their hand-eye coordination and learning all about cause and effect as they send buckets of water whooshing down the colorful maze, which they can build and redesign over and over again.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“My 16 month old is very short, so he struggles to reach the top of the wall to pour the water. No fear, he enjoys pouring water straight onto the wall. I love the fact that the wall is two sided as we packed it up and took it to a playdate for kids ranging from 16 months to 12 years. Everyone played with the wall, and it was the centerpiece of the playdate for much of the time!”

“This product is a wonderful addition to my daycare. I have purchased 3 of them... The children love it & as an educator it's an amazing tool to use.... There is science, engineering, color & shape recognition that can be taught. I recommend this product for every child.”

“My Grandson ‘s face of total excitement and joy was worth every cent, even though it is a great price in the first place. My little “water bug” will be the happiest toddler for years to come.”

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Hape Pound and Tap Bench

Price:$30.00

This award-winning toy is tops for so many reasons. It helps foster a love of music and audio recognition with the xylophone and encourages dexterity, hand-eye coordination, arm movement and even cause and effect. But one-year-olds won’t know they’re working on all of that; all they will care about is just how fun and colorful this educational toy is to make beautiful music with.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“My granddaughter loves this toy. When she first got it, she loved just playing with the balls, now she is older she enjoys all the elements”

“from pounding the balls with the hammer, to playing music. This toy has grown with her and will always be a staple for me when I buy gifts for children.”

“Purchased this for my son’s first birthday gift. This toy is an absolute hit. You know how every once in a while you find and buy that one toy that they love and you never would have guessed it would be THAT big of a hit? Well this toy was that toy for us. He loves pounding on the balls and hearing them go down the xylophone. He loves walking around with the hammer just by itself.”

“We have triplets - 2 girls and a boy - and this is the first toy I purchased for them that made me realize I need to buy 3 new toys otherwise they go absolutely nuts and fight each-other for everything. They couldn't get enough of this thing when I first brought it out, and when it comes out again in the toy rotation. Fortunately there's at least two functional parts to this, so at least two of them can be happy while the third one gets mad and the battle begins.”

Best Educational Toys for 2-Year-Olds

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LeapFrog Go-with-Me ABC Backpack

Price:$30.00

Mr. Pencil and the Go-with-Me ABC Backpack takes 2-year-olds on an adventure through the alphabet. The interactive toy has an LED screen that introduces little ones to the concept of writing their letters. Tots love wearing the realistic backpack to be like the big kids, but parents love that it makes learning on the go a breeze. It’s also got individual letter pieces that, when pushed, teach letter sounds, animals noises and so much more.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Overall amazing! My son keeps it In the car for travel entertainment. The letters are a little hard for him to remove himself but hey may get easier as they losses up over time.”

“This is a great alphabet learning tool. It works great for travel and all the pieces store inside. The games are engaging for a variety of ages.”

“This little backpack is awesome! I love how it teaches little ones how to draw and how to write their ABC’s!! It’s the perfect learning toy to bring to appointments, long car rides as it’s easy to grab, through in the car and have your little one carry.”

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Best Learning Mushroom Garden

Price:$30.00

This fun, educational toy takes making memories with your kids to a whole new level. Kiddos work on logical thinking, motor functions, concentration and problem solving while playing with the colorful interactive musical mushroom, which lights up in different patterns that need to be recreated. It’s great for introducing math skills and counting the white dots on each little fungus. Parents, this will be the most fun you’ve had with a mushroom since college.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This is a great buy for a toddler toy. It came in a well thought out box so it wouldn’t be damaged. I really appreciate it coming with batteries so little ones don’t have to wait. It has a pull tab so you know they’re new and you’re off and running! I also like that there are 2 different settings for the sound, since some toys are so loud.”

“This is a fun little toy we bought for our toddler. The bright colors, fun and playful buttons are some nice variation to the musical toy we are familiar with. The bottom is rounded not flat by design, allowed it to be spun. That add some fun to our little one when the music is playing and he spins the toy and dances with the music.”

“The mushroom garden is easy to use but also comes with a manual to explain the different options/activities. There are a total of 4 different modes, which you select by pressing the blue button in the middle. The kids can learn to count numbers, identify colors, play music and play games. My kids are hooked on the mushroom garden.”

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Wondertoys Wooden Shape Sorting Clock

Price:$13.00

It’s time to add this natural-wood toy to your 2-year-old’s collection. The colorful clock has 12 removable blocks and moving clock hands to help teach little ones about telling time and numbers. Parents love that it offers multiple ways to learn shapes, colors, numbers, critical thinking and coordination. And everyone can appreciate that the chunky blocks are oversized and not a choking hazard.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Cute wooden clock! We bought this as a last minute birthday gift for a friends kid. The quality appears to be decent and the toy itself is educational. It teaches kids to learn shapes and numbers, and most obviously, time. Our friend’s kid loved it after he opened it and we were told that he hadn’t stopped playing with it since. The size is perfect for their little hands.”

“This is a great learning toy! The blocks are fully painted and only have the numbers printed on one side, so you can turn them over for more learning possibilities. The arrows are a little stiff, but I say that is good to hold up against toddlers moving them around. I like how the numbers are sectioned by hue and that the inner circle has even more potential for learning in the years to come.”

“I bought this for my daughter as soon as she turned 2. She was identifying numbers, shapes, and colors before I bought this. So this board was very fun for her to see the numbers and shapes fit in their own places. She is 2.5 now, and although she still can't tell time, she enjoys playing with it.”

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The Learning Journey: My First Match It Heads & Tails

Price:$12.00

Flash cards have never been this fun! Little learners feel a sense of pride as they figure out how to match up the heads and tails of cute animals with these puzzle cards. They’re are a great way to bring basic problem solving into playtime with a 2-year-old. It’s a great educational toy to also boost a child’s focus and attention span, which will benefit them greatly throughout life.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“These simple & easy 2-piece puzzles have really helped boost my son’s self-esteem - they are just the right size for his little hands to hold and when he presses down on them they easily snap in place unlike other ones he had to struggle with all the time!”

“My daughter was about 20 months when I first pulled it out and she really struggled at figuring how to link the pieces together but within a couple time of playing she got the concept and quickly started really loving these. It definitely has helped her fine motor skills as she works to connect the two parts she knows match.”

“It’s made of thick cardboard and good quality. My son loves it . We just dump all 15 pictures (30 pieces) on the floor and my son has no problem finding two matching pieces and put them together.”

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Jumbo Nuts and Bolts Set

Price:$13.00

Sometimes the simplest-looking toys turn out to be the most educational. That’s the case with this collection of oversized nuts and bolts. They’re great for little hands to grip and manipulate. They work their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visual perception and even increase attention and visual focus. Parents swear they’re great for colors, basic math skills and matching. Bonus: They come with a storage case, so you never have to search through the bottom of the toy box to locate a missing bolt.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“The nuts and bolts are perfect size for her hands. They come with a little bag that is great for holding them and keeping them together. It also allowed for some extra entertainment with my daughter making a game of putting the nuts and bolts in and out of the bag. They can also be used to teach colors and shapes. The toys are good quality and worth the price for the amount of sanity it allowed us when traveling. I would highly recommend them!”

“These were a birthday present for our two-year-old. He sat on the sofa for an hour and a half after he got them, and he's still a fan a few days later! Whoever thought up/designed this toy did a great job. So simple but perfect for a wheel/gear obsessed little kid.”

“I purchased these for my toddler after noticing his fascination with screw on caps (which are often small and hazardous). These are large, sturdy, and keep him thinking!”

Best Educational Toys for 3-Year-Olds

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Skillmatics Animal Kingdom

Price:$25.00

Parents will appreciate that the kit comes with 6 wipe-and-clean activity mats and 15 engaging and repeatable activities. The cool, new content is unlike things we’ve seen before and it is the perfect way to make reading and comprehension, as well as creative thinking and writing, a lot more fun. Kiddos will get hands-on learning and practice with capital and lowercase letters, which is an important building block for their preschool days.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Loved this for my 3 year old granddaughter. Very age appropriate and can improve over a few years. Kept her attention for quite a while.”

“Great activity and learning kit for 3 year old!!”

“Great activities come in this pack - there are 15 repeatable activities that cover over 75+ animals and birds. The wipe and clean format is made on sheets, which is a completely innovative concept! My niece's personal favorite is the one which allows her to draw her own imaginary animal. She keeps doing that activity, and it amazes me with the ideas she comes up with. Definitely helps build children's creative skills.”

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Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope

Price:$21.00

Future scientists will flip over this realistic microscope. The extra large eyepiece and chunky focusing knob are perfectly sized for preschool kids, who will get to see things with 8x magnification. This colorful educational toy is the perfect way to introduce STEM concepts to a 3-year-old. It shouldn’t be a surprise that this award-winning toy was designed by a scientist and mother of two!

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I work with various microscopes in the lab, and I thought a low power inspection scope for a child was a good idea. This one is built ok with a light and easy knobs. The view is acceptable.”

“It's super easy to use and works perfectly”

“you can fit practically anything on the platform for a closer look. The little light is great too. And it can be adjusted for a sharper image, or for those times when the pine cone my son is looking at is bigger than we expected.”

“It's good for putting (as pictured) shells or flowers or your hand underneath it. Again that is great if that's what you're looking for - I didn't realize this when I ordered it. I would recommend for a younger child around 3 years old.”

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VATOS Take Apart Car Construction Toy

Price:$26.00

Junior engineers and mechanics will go nuts for this learning and playing construction toy. They will spend hours taking apart the bulldozer and building it back up. It actually comes with a manual drill and a power drill, which makes realistic sounds. This is a great toy for parent-child interaction, as everyone gets to work together to get the bulldozer moving.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This toy was fun for all 3 of my boys ages 3 , 7 and 9 and they played with together which is a huge benefit. This toy is excellent quality. It comes with a powered toy drill and a screwdriver. The truck also powers on, makes different sounds and moves forward and backwards.”

“My son was so excited when he saw the box for this toy. Even more excited once we go it open. He loves the working drill and the lights and sounds. He has other STEM building toys but we have not come across any that offer the lights sounds and movements like this one. It took a min or 2 to find where to enter the vehicle batteries but if you take the red top off its just right there. Very pleased.”

“We really loved this little truck! The bright colors and sounds make this toy fun for younger players and the hands-on screws and drivers make this great for the older kids. At first, I was a little over whelmed by all the pieces and parts, but I was blown away to see my 2.5-year-old screw these- pieces on!”

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IQ Builder Smart Sand

Price:$50.00

Therapists and educational professionals are all fans of this unique molding material. It’s easily shapable and moldable, which helps with strength, motor skills and sensory perception. Parents will like that it’s not nearly as messy as regular sand or most modeling materials. This kit comes with three different colors of Smart Sand, shaping tools and a play mat and storage container. It’s great for snow days and sick days and will keep your little creative kiddos entertained for years to come.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Well packaged, lots of sand, three colors, many different molds and a big mat for the kids to sit and play on! Kept my nieces & nephews busy for hours & kept them away from the electronics! Definitely recommend this one!”

“Brought for a child that I keep and he loves it. Comes home from school every day and plays with the sand set. Easy to clean up no mess at all.”

“I like this kit for my son. He is fully engaged when using this sand kit. This is convenient during the winter months as we only get to the beach during the summer months. The sand product is easy to clean up and reuse.”

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Educational Insights The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game

Price:$22.00

Three-year-olds will go nuts for this adorable, easy-to-understand game. They get to help the hungry forest pals get acorns, and the first to get five acorns wins! The game helps reinforce color learning and matching skills, strategic thinking, turn taking and fine motor skills. Making learning fun is the best way to keep a 3-year-old interested, and this adorable educational kid game is one of the best ways to sneak in a little extra learning during game time.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This is such a great educational game! If you are in need of a great birthday or holiday gift, this is a MUST!!! My son used this game in his ABA therapy this morning and it was such a hit! This game was not only PERFECT for him but my 5 and 3 year old daughters also had a great time participating in this! The tongs are great for little hands and still quite a task for adults too.. you'll be surprised!! Seriously, even the therapist had fun.”

“Great for game nights with young children! My family has always enjoyed board games, but with very little children in our crew we are always on the look out for games they can join in without a lot of help. This game and others by Educational Insights are our go to choices to start of family game night, they are easy to learn, quick games, that require no reading skills to play,”

“This game is not only cute but it's also educational, lots of fun, and easy for little ones to comprehend and play fairly independently once they know the instructions.”

Best Educational Toys for 4-Year-Olds

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Learning Resources Puzzle Globe

Price:$35.00

Instill a love of learning and travel in your kiddos with this three-dimensional globe puzzle, which is an educational toy in disguise. Kids will learn about the continents, oceans and famous landmarks as they figure out this 14-piece puzzle through interactive tactile play. It’s one of our top picks because of the sturdy construction, easy-to-hold pieces, and solid base and bright colors that distinguish each continent. It’s great for helping encourage early readers and future world travelers.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Got this for my son (4 years old) who is currently home schooled. It's super cute and he really likes looking at it. There's It's good quality.”

“My 4 year old loves this. She has been taking it apart and putting it together nonstop. It's a fun geography lesson, as we talk about the different continents. There are small pictures on each continent to help her make connections. The continents connect by different shape pegs, and their names match by color, so there are some basic skills being reviewed. Love this.”

“This globe is fantastic! I purchased it for my kids 4 and 8 as my husband does quite a bit of international travel and I thought it would be a fun way for them understand where in the world he is and the routes he takes to get there and home. It has been a HUGE HIT with both of my kids- and they have been fighting over it since it arrived a few days ago!”

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Disney Quiz It Pen

Price:$22.00

Mickey Mouse and his whole gang of famous friends lead your child on a learning adventure with this cool educational toy for kids. The four spiral-bound books that come with the electronic pen provide hundreds of multiple-choice questions about everything your preschooler needs to know, like colors, shapes, letters, counting and so much more. The pen provides instant answers and lets little ones know if they picked the right or wrong answer and encourages them to try again. The hands-on interaction is the perfect way to engage young readers, and parents love that it’s small enough to bring along on a car ride, doctor’s appointment or international flight.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“At first I ordered one for my 4 year daughter. She liked it so much that I ordered a second one for my 5 year old Nephew as a Christmas gift. It’s great because the “magic pen” tells your little one whether or not they’ve answered the question correctly or not in Mickey’s voice!”

“Love this activity learning set. My kid enjoys holding the magic Mickey pen while I ask questions. It’s a great learning tool.”

“This Disney pen is so cute. Great way to make learning fun!”

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Pidoko Kids 123 Learning Abacus

Price:$20.00

Knowledge is power, and this colorful classic counting toy/tool is the perfect way to get little ones interested in basic math, addition and subtraction and counting. The brightly colored wooden beads are easy for preschool kids to manipulate, which exercises their motor skills. The sturdy wooden construction means that it’ll hold up to years of use. You can count on this toy being a favorite for fun and educational purposes in your family. We also love that it’s colored with safe, water-based paints.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This is beautifully made - exceptional quality. My kids have absolutely learned to count with this.”

“Awesome love it. My great granddaughter loves to do addition, subtraction etc. I would definitely recommend.”

“The minute he saw it”

“not sure what it was, he loved it. I began to show him how to use it and it works. Durable and it will help me”

“help him with his math.”

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Literacy Fun Game

Price:$13.00

Reading is fundamental and a whole lot of fun with this game. Preschoolers will delight in finding the correct letters to spell the names of the pictures on cards. It’s a great, engaging game that helps them understand the mechanics of vocabulary. While playing, they are learning words, reading, spelling and developing their critical thinking. The cards are double sided, so there are 120 words to spell, which will provide countless hours of educational fun for the whole family.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This is a cute game but the letters smudged on the letter tiles a little. My nephew has enjoyed it and we use it as a tool to help him learn to spell his spelling words.”

“Our son loves this awesome learning toy!”

“I was VERY impressed! The packaging was very nice, the game comes with a bag to carry it in. The letter checkers are all there, and so are the cards. The checkers stay on good, not loose! I am very glad I ordered this game set!”

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Educational Insights Geosafari Jr. Talking Microscope

Price:$45.00

Science comes to life for preschools when they look through this amazing, interactive microscope. It comes with 60 full-color slides and over 100 facts and quiz questions about plants, animals and everyday household items. The voice is provided by Australia Zoo personality Bindi Irwin, the daughter of late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. As an added bonus, the audio is available in English, Spanish, French and German! Kids will spend hours gazing through, because the double eyepiece makes for easy viewing of their samples and slides. This is a must-have STEM toy for every kid’s collection.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“The kids are both fighting over playing with it constantly. They absolutely love it. The facts are interesting that Bindi recites, the little slide tray is easy for even my 2 year old to use.”

“The Talking Microscope is awesome! There are many reasons why I, as a parent, love this microscope. First, I love that it is educational. Not only does my four-year-old get to see all kinds of things up close, but the microscope identifies what is on each slide and tells him all about it (honeybees, mosquitoes, cat fleas, tadpoles, human tooth, etc.) so that he knows what he is looking at. He even enjoys the quiz feature.”

“We purchased this about 2 weeks ago and it has been a huge hit with my kids! I highly recommend this as an educational toy your kids will actually enjoy playing with!”

Best Educational Toys for 5-Year-Olds and Up

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Simbans Junior Builder

Price:$40.00

Elementary school kids benefit greatly from STEM toys. This 148-piece model set introduces them to mechanics and engineering. They can build one of five toys that come with step-by-step, easy-to-understand instructions. While they’re building, they’re gaining fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and brain development. Plus, they learn important basic life skills, such as how to use a screwdriver and wrench while creating the vehicle, which is sturdy enough to be played with after being built. Creative aspiring mechanics can build their own creations as well.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I bought this item for my nephew who loves building things. He absolutely loves it! And I love that the company donates a portion of the proceeds to children who need surgery on their heart. I’m super pleased with the item and the company.”

“My boy loves this set!!! perfect for him to build and grow. Bought for a hyper 7 year old.”

“Bought this product for my grandson, he loves Legos so I thought this would make a nice change for him. He will have to use his own imagination when using this product which I feel is a very good thing.”

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My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

Price:$24.00

This 20-piece kit is the perfect way to introduce little ones to a love of science. It comes with enough chemicals and supplies to conduct multiple experiments based on the basics of chemical reactions and is recommended for children ages 6 and up with parental supervision. This is the perfect pick to introduce the STEM principles.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“It’s fun and easy, there are some experiments that require patience, which is really good for this age group. We are most of the way through the kit, doing maybe three experiments a week, and now I am shopping for more kits.”

“This is the most kid friendly and fun lab kit you can get. My kids are ages 2 and 4 and cannot get enough of this. Everything in the kit is high-quality, and this kit lasts a very long time.”

“The price is pretty good and this is going to be a nice intro to my nephew to get him interested in science as something that can be fun.”

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Wonder Workshop Dash Coding Robot

Price:$148.00

Welcome to the future! Kids are crazy for this voice-activated coding robot that has the capability to navigate around objects. The best part? Dash arrives fully charged and ready to roll, which is a blessing on birthdays and special occasions, when the last thing little ones want to do is wait to play with their new toy. Kids can give him voice commands through one of the five free apps that come with Dash. This is one of the coolest STEM toys for introducing the fundamentals of technology to your tots. The only thing that would make Dash better is if he could fetch Mom and Dad their morning coffee.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This is an absolutely OUTSTANDING product. As both a creative lead and tech developer, my personal standards for these types of devices is quite high and this little thing has not only met every expectation and promise, but exceeded them.”

“Dash has been a wonderful toy and I love his durable plastic. The apps were fun and educational.”

“What an absolutely amazing toy. The sheer number of movements and traits this thing can do are way more than I expected for the price. It is actually a really complex robot. The programming interface though is truly what sets it apart. This is not a basic toy. The level of complex logic and programmable sequences that you can do with this robot are really vast.”

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Rush Hour Traffic Jam Logic Game

Price:$20.00

Classics are classics for a reason, and this logic game that requires you to get your red car out of traffic has been stimulating young minds for decades. It’s a popular pick with parents looking for basic STEM toys for girls and boys because of how well it helps develop critical skills, planning and thought processes. There are 40 challenges that range from beginner to expert and a convenient storage bag so that none of the pieces ever get misplaced.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“How do I teach patience, to try something new, to accept failure and try again? What do I do about fear of failing? What do I do with a perfectionist who is afraid to try? How do I teach to master something takes much trial and error? How do I teach to lengthen attention span? This series of games does just that.”

“This item is a hit for all kids who come to our house and I highly recommend this game. For entertainment or education!”

“My kids are 6 and 10 and they both LOVE this game. Even I enjoy it. My 10-year-old's occupational therapist introduced us to it as a way to help her learn to overcome frustration and solve puzzles. It has been a wild success. Both of my girls will sit and stare at the pieces and move them around and move them back until they get the solution.”

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Shifu Plugo – Count and Link Combo Kit

Price:$100.00

Kids and parents alike adore this awesome STEM educational toy. The Plugo games help exercise auditory, visual and tactile senses in elementary school-age kids. This one is compatible with most iPads and comes with two AR-powered STEAM/STEM games, which guarantees hours of use. Kids are too busy having fun to realize they’re learning so much while they solve math puzzles, word problems and build intricate structures that seem to defy the laws of gravity.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Very neat idea. Kids get to touch and control the screen and the characters on the screen. This is a refreshing new take on how devices can be used in classrooms or at home.”

“With critical thinking being part of everything, Plugo will really help my soon-to-be First grader.”

“This is an awesome addition to my elementary school kids collection. Plugo offers the ability to learn different skills and brings math to life and can definitely be integrated into STEM time.”