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These days, educational electronic toys can both teach and be fun for parents and kids alike. They can light up, make sounds, move around, teach ABCs and 123s and more for even the tiniest of tots. But if electronic toys have you thinking your little cutie will turn into a couch potato camped out in front of nothing but tablets and video games, think again. The toys on this list will challenge kids to think and expand their minds while having fun.
We selected some of the best educational toys, from toddler picks to big kid gadgets, that will get your kids doing everything from creating art and playing pretend to learning to read and practicing coding skills. Stock up on those batteries, pack the chargers, and let’s start learning!
Below, check out our picks for the 15 best educational electronic toys for kids.
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Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Around the Town Learning Table
With nine different lights and over 120 songs, phrases, and tunes, the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Around the Town Learning...Read More Table is one of the best educational toys for toddlers and infants. It takes kiddos from the zoo and local market to the nearby farm and back home again. This interactive learning and role-playing toy helps teach children things like the alphabet and numbers, as well as shapes and colors. It even features Smart Stages Technology, which helps youngsters 6 to 36 months of age and up explore the tiny town in front of them in Level 1. Next, at Level 2, children ages 1-year-old and up are encouraged to navigate further by responding to and following simple questions and commands. Lastly, at Level 3, tiny tots ages 18 months and older can begin to pretend with fun features of the table such as the play phone in which they can call their puppy friend. Thanks to the optional table legs, this learning table is perfect for babies who are just starting to explore the world while sitting to those who are interested in standing and cruising around. Bonus: The table even teaches baby’s first Spanish words.
VTech Touch & Swipe Baby Phone
Whether you’re at home, on the road, or waiting at the grocery checkout, the VTech Touch and Swipe Baby Phone...Read More is one of the best educational toys for kiddos ages 6 to 36 months, especially when on-the-go. Through its two-way sliding feature, 12 pretend apps that light up in different colors, and 15 songs, this pretend phone encourages discovery exploration, hand-eye coordination, imaginative play, and language development. You can even personalize the phone to have your family’s phone number included for fun as children pretend to call home. Easily toss it in a diaper bag, car counsel, or purse for instant entertainment while traveling.
LeapFrog My Own Leaptop
If you’re looking for an educational laptop for your 3-year-old, look no further than the LeapFrog My Own Leaptop. It’s...Read More geared toward children 2 to 4 years of age and incorporates a kid-friendly laptop into pretend play. Toddlers and preschoolers can explore the alphabet, sing along with fun music, learn about different animals with 26 animations, and even learn how to spell their name (parental customization required). This kid-tough device allows children to pretend, learn, and play in four different modes including ABCs, messages, games, and music. Parents can connect to The LeapFrog Learning Path online to see what their child has been learning. The LeapFrog My Own Leaptop is perfect while on-the-go thanks to its convenient handle, packable size, and hours of fun.
Fisher-Price® Laugh & Learn® Smart Stages
This interactive dog helps toddlers learn words, colors, numbers, body parts and more. it will grow with kids up until...Read More they are 5 years old. It also encourages fine motor skill development as well as helps kids with sensory skills and language.
LeapFrog Mr. Pencil’s Scribble & Write
Learning to write the ABCs is such a thrill in a young child’s life. The LeapFrog Scribble and Write is...Read More one of the best learning toys for toddlers because it allows them to explore various activities that help them practice writing letters and numbers, and even draw with their pal, Mr. Pencil. The instruction is sweet, and the audio encouragement helps kids trace the dots and master the alphabet.
VTech Explore and Write Activity Desk
Technology and creativity merge in this table that features an interactive, electronic desktop. Kids enjoy learning to draw with the...Read More help of over 100 objects and shapes, write numbers and letters, and get their creative juices going with the dry-erase board and magic pen. It’s one of the best toddler educational toys because it gets kids away from the screen and engaged in art, continually adapting to whatever creative streak strikes next.
LeapFrog LeapReader Reading and Writing System
Electronic educational toys typically don’t seem to include a vast library of books and worksheets, but they do when we’re...Read More talking about the LeapFrog LeapStart 3D. Help your child learn to read and write, as well as build comprehension and hone their school readiness skills with this handy and oh-so-travel-friendly system. Its unique wireless pen-like device helps your child recognize letters, words, and symbols to make words talk and pictures sing when the point taps pages in the LeapReader series of books. Interacting with the text makes the book come alive and not only makes reading fun but can also motivate even the most reluctant reader. The LeapReader Reading and Writing System includes a sampler activity book, learning paper writing sheet, USB cable, and quick start guide so you can begin the fun as soon as you open the box. Over 150 books and writing activities, audiobooks, music, and more work with the handheld pen. All the books, activities, and worksheets are mess-free, making it the perfect companion for long rides or flights.
Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet
The Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet is full of great content, offers kid-safe web browsing, and comes with an...Read More unbelievable worry-free guarantee. And it’ll adapt to your growing child because it’s both a toddler computer and a teen computer. Built and designed for kiddos 3 to 12 years of age, this tablet comes with a free year of Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited, which includes over 15,000 of your family’s favorite movies, TV shows, educational apps, books, and games. It comes in three fun colors, has a 7-inch screen, is surrounded by a kid-proof case, and can last eight hours on a single battery charge. Going to be somewhere without Wi-Fi? The Amazon Fire 7 Kids Tablet lets you download all the favorites to get you from Point A to Point B. If you’re a little nervous about handing those tiny hands a tablet, have no fear. Amazon has designed this tablet to be able to handle four different child profiles, all of which can have bedtime curfews and screen time and content limits set. While in Amazon FreeTime, kids can’t connect to social media, the internet, or purchase things in-app without your approval. Bonus: If this tough tablet gets damaged, return it, and Amazon will get you a new one with no questions asked with their 2-year-worry-free guarantee.
Osmo Genius Kit (For iPad)
Welcome to the game system that takes the game out of the system. The Osmo Genius Kit combines digital fun...Read More with hands-on learning with the help of your iPad (sold separately) through five apps. Multiple player accounts can be set up, so whether one child or the whole family wants to get involved everyone can have fun learning core subjects like math, spelling, visual thinking, self-expression, and problem-solving.
Vtech Vtech® Mix & Match-a-saurus™
This learning robot teaches toddlers emotions and will keep the fun going for hours with three different character tiles. Kids...Read More can choose from a dinosaur, robot or monster and each comes with its own songs and sounds to help kids identify feelings.
Sesame Street Video Games for PC, Wii, DSi
Preschoolers will have fun learning their ABCs with Elmo and counting with Cookie Monster in two brand-new games from Warner...Read More Brothers Interactive Entertainment that engage kids through the same Sesame Street approach to learning. In Elmo's A-to-Zoo Adventure, kids head to the zoo with the Big E, Zoe and their animal friends as they explore games based on a variety of literacy skills, including letter identification, letter sounds and word families. In Cookie's Counting Carnival, kids join Cookie Monster and Big Bird at a fun-filled carnival with gameplay steeped in math skills that include number identification, counting, shapes and pattern recognition.
Toddlers can choose from one of the hundreds of educational activities featured on this toy. The eight books include lessons...Read More on opposites, farm animals, letters, music, colors and more.
Hot Dots Jr. Phonics Fun!
Kids can learn phonic, vowel sounds, letters, words, and brush up on their reading skills with this fun toy. It...Read More includes 160 lessons that are totally fun.
Rubik's Race Board Game
The classic Rubik's is no longer a 3-D cube. 30 years after this iconic toy's debut, it has been reinvented...Read More into a challenging board game. Today's kids will love the new generation Rubik's, although they might have to fight the adults in the house for play time.
The Learning Journey Telly The Teaching Time Clock
Kiddies curious about telling time will be able to learn analog and digital time with this fun clock. It...Read More has a night and day mode and will also quiz your child on the time of day. We love that it works as a real clock, too!