7 Toys That Help Kids Learn Through Play
These toys make learning about geography, world cuisines, science, and more an engaging, exploratory experience.
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Here’s some battery-free, no-charger-required fun and learning for the littles! My Little Farm (MLF) is an award-winning, interactive, multi-sensory educational toy that builds early language skills and vocabulary. Invented by a speech pathologist, this interactive toy has eight colorful panels that are fully reversible—a red barn exterior can be reversed to reveal a barn interior and colorful outdoor farm setting. It’s far more than just decorating a play farm–MLF comes with 32 soft and stick-able felt cut-outs that match outlines in the 8 rooms. As children are placing the felt pieces in each room, they are also discovering early language concepts, quantity, colors, shapes and sizes. MLF comes in a sturdy carry-case and it includes a pamphlet with a handy primer on the educational and sensory language skills to instill through play. It is also endorsed by the Center for Autism Related Disorders and Autism Live.
Science before sparkles! Yellow Scope Science Kits will appeal to all kids, even those who might not realize they love science. They are the only science kits out there designed for girls ages 8-12. Three exciting science kits are available that will provide hours of critical thinking while having fun! These include new DNA & Traits: From Codes to Creatures, Paper Chromatography: The Art & Science of Color, Foundation Chemistry: Beakers & Bubbles and Acids, Bases & pH Chemistry: Explore Your World. A gift subscription is available, too.
Don’t just say it, build it with bricks! The new StoryBricks Letter Board by Creative QT is a great learning tool for kids that encourages math, spelling and reading practice in a fun way with LEGO compatible bricks. Kids can use the letter bricks to spell out words or phrases and add their existing building brick sets to create designs and add color! The board features magnetic backing, perfect for the side of the fridge, the filing cabinet and more, but it also includes a handy easel so you can prop up your StoryBricks Letter Board anywhere. Each package includes a MagPlate base, a large selection of 285 StoryBrick letters, numbers and grammatical signs with a storage bag, two removal tools for easy letter changes and a collapsible easel for tabletop display. Enhance any brick play with letters, numbers and the StoryBricks Letter Board! Makes a great educational gift this holiday season!
One hot tech gift this holiday season that's parent approved and loved by children is the Tanoshi 2-in-1 Kids Computer. It's a computer and tablet in one device developed for children 6-12 years old who are ready for a real computer. It runs on ndroid 7.0 and has a 10.1" HD detachable touch-screen plus a full-size children's keyboard. It comes pre-loaded with Google Docs and Sheets so kids can conveniently do their homework, two pre-loaded apps (ScratchJr and Nancy Drew: Codes & Clues) teach kids how to code and hundreds of educational apps are ready to download from the Play Store. Kids will enjoy taking photos on the front and rear-facing camera. Tanoshi makes tech safety a top priority. It comes pre-loaded with the Family Link app so parents can easily manage screen time, approve or deny app downloads and remotely lock the device when screen time is up right from their cell phone. Available on Amazon.
Main Image: eat2explore helps kids learn about world cuisines. Courtesy Allyson McCormley