I love toys. I particularly adore toys that help kids build critical life skills through play! This year I am featuring some of my favorite educational toys kids love. I have divided these toys into categories: science, technology, engineering, art (including crafts and music), math, and more. They cover a wide price range, but there should be something here for everyone!
Young children tend to love biology. My kids loved this Sprout & Grow Window. Pair this planter with any of these three books:
- The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds: A Book About How Living Things Grow
- From Seed to Plant
- Planting a Rainbow
I am a big fan of buying real microscopes for kids instead of paying for the toy versions. This one that we own costs less than some play options, and provides much better image quality. I recommend adding a set of blank slides so that you can examine interesting things from around the house. You can check out this post for tips on getting kids started using real microscopes.
The great thing about subscription kits is that they are gifts that keep on coming all year round!
Green Kid Craft kits come full of fun experiments for kids.
Kiwi Crates Also have great science activities! Koala Crates, Doodle Crates, Tinker Crates, and the new Panda Crates make this service available for babies through tweens!
It is hard to beat an iPad in terms of finding educational apps! My nephews use theirs to create amazing stop motion videos. My kids originally created their stop movies using our regular camera, but they switch to the iPad after we bought one for their weekly internet music lessons with Grandma.
We love all of the Snap Circuits sets, but this Snap Circuits Lights Electronics Discovery Kit is our favorite!
Anna owns and loves this Brio Builder Construction Set Building Kit, which I bought at the recommendation of her occupational therapist back when she was still in occupational therapy. You can build cars and other cool projects with it, and I see her using it for two or three more years. My older kids play with it too.
LEGO Technic has some great motorized sets that are wonderful for building engineering skills! This LEGO pull-back racer is a great set to start with!
My kids and countless friends have enjoyed creating spin art with this simple spin art kit! I like that the art can be used for beautiful kid-made cards – and that it is easy to mass produce, say, for birthday thank you cards.
Emma got this Spirograph set as a birthday gift, and my kids have had a lot of fun playing with it while learning about shapes, lines, and angles!
My math-loving mother gave us Prime Climb as a gift last Christmas. It is fun to play, and color coding makes this game surprisingly accessible to young children.
Do you know a toy that would fit one of these categories that I have missed and you think we would love? Please let me know in the comments!
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