101 of the Best Educational Toddlers Toys (From a Mom Who Knows)
Okay, right off the bat, I want to say that I am completely OCD about what toys my son plays with; however, I think my obsessive concern is justified. Studies show that children learn through play and these early (toddler) years are vital to educational success. With that in mind I am always on the hunt for educational toddlers toys that are fun, frugal, and of course, educational.
I have spent countless hours researching the very best educational toddlers toys for my now three year old son. I’m wiling to admit that some of it has been trial and error. Now, you can benefit from my hard work. Save yourself hours of research and avoid my mistakes. Yep, here they are, the 101 best educational toddlers toys I have come across.
Draw and Create
1. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel: This easel is a fun and educational toddlers toy. It’s great for whatever medium your little Picasso is currently into from chalk art (there’s a chalkboard) to painting.
2. Step2 Easel For Two with Bonus Magnetic Letters/Numbers: This educational toddlers toy gets a lot of use in my home. My son’s easel is nearly identically and we use it just about every day.
3. Crayola Ultimate Art Case with Easel: This educational toddlers toy really packs a punch. It’s inexpensive (just $11.99 from Amazon plus free shipping with Prime), portable (everything closes up in this little box), and filled with tools to let your little one express his or her artistic nature.
4. Crayola 24 Count Sidewalk Chalk: Let your toddler spruce up the outside of the house this spring with this pack of sidewalk chalk.
5. Crayola Washable Crayons, 24 count: Help your little one learn his or her colors with this frugal 24 pack of washable crayons. My favorite word? “Washable”. It’s music to my ears.
6. Crayola Washable Window Crayons – 5-count: Let your toddler turn the house into a work of art with this artistic educational toddlers toy from Crayola. Again, this product has the magic word “washable” in its name so you don’t have to worry about permanent messes.
7. Playskool Play-Doh Fun Factory Super Set 19 oz: This educational toddlers toy is sure to stimulate your little one’s imagination… all without the aid of any batteries!
8. Ohio Art Classic Etch A Sketch Magic Screen: Your toddler and you (come on, admit it, you’re going to play with this after he or she goes to bed) will have a blast with this classic toy.
9. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Stringing Beads with over 200 beads: This is a creative educational toddlers toy to help your little one master the alphabet and start learning to string words together.
10. Melissa & Doug Peel & Press Sticker by Number (Dinosaur Dusk): Create a masterpiece with this Melissa & Doug toy. Your toddler will learn numbers as well as cognitive skills as he or she matches the stickers to the correct numbered piece.
11. Melissa & Doug Shape, Model and Mold: It’s time to get crafty! This set is a fun and easy way to introduce your child to colors, shapes, and the wonderful world of art.
Learn Your ABCs, Spelling and Reading
12. LeapFrog Letter Factory Phonics: My son received this educational toddlers toy over a year ago and he still plays with it. Anything that can hold his attention for more than a day is a winner in my book!
13. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Love to Play Puppy with Bonus CD: Your child will have a blast singing, dancing, and yes, learning with his or her new best friend.
14. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magnetic Letters & Numbers in a Box Bundle: This educational toddlers toy has a lot to teach your toddler including primary colors, letters, numbers, spelling, and even basic math. This toy is great because it can grow with them as their educational needs mature.
15. Melissa & Doug See & Spell: This toy is great when your little one is first learning to spell… don’t believe me? What about the over 600 reviewers who have given it 4.5 out of 5 stars?
16. LeapFrog AlphaZoo Spinner: Outside of a zoo, where else can your child hear the calls of 26 animals? Right in your own home thanks to this educational toddlers toy!
17. LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set: This is a fun twist on traditional alphabet magnets. Your child can work on his or her letters, and if they get stuck, the bus will tell them what the letter is.
18. Kid O A to Z Magnatab: This educational toddlers toy is an easy way for your toddler to start mastering the alphabet (or numbers). Plus, since there’s only two pieces (the board and the stylus), this toy is super easy to take on the go.
19. LeapFrog LeapReader Junior Book Pal, Scout: Meet Scout, the magic dog that doesn’t need to go for a walk, make a mess, and can teach your child to read. Yep, this educational toddlers toy is compatible with over 80 books and puzzles.
20. LeapFrog LeapReader Learn to Read, Volume 1 (works with Tag): Help your child leap ahead of his or her peers with the LeapFrog Learn to Read volume 1. These six fun books are great for toddlers as young as 4.
21. LeapFrog LeapReader Reading and Writing System: From listening skills to vocabulary building, this educational toddlers toy has a lot to offer. This is another great toy that can grow along with your child and be used for years.
22. LeapFrog Scribble and Write: On your next road trip, you can forget all the “I’m board”s and “he’s touching me”s thanks to this engrossing educational toddlers toy. The little ones will be so wrapped up in learning to write they won’t even notice the long car ride (hopefully).
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