If you have toddlers and preschoolers at home, keeping them entertained is a must! Yet, how can parents and caregivers entertain and educate at the same time? In the toy lineup below, these toys do both and also have other benefits that toddlers can work on – like communication and fine motor skills.
Tinkle Crinkle (GUND)
Tinkle Crinkle from GUND is a collection of plush baby toys for ages 0+ with contemporary prints on premium fabrics that promote soft, safe, and fun tactile play for all ages. Each plush plaything in the line features squeakers, crinkles, rattles, and more for cause and effect learning. Plus, many of the toys have sections of different-textured fabric and multicolored ribbons for a mix of sensory-stimulating and tactile play. They are embroidered for safety and are machine washable for easy cleaning. For infants and up.
Mega Bloks First Builders: Woodland Friends (Mattel)
Mega Bloks from Mattel are building blocks and the newest one has blocks made from plant-based plastics. Toddlers will love building a woodland adventure, matching and stacking blocks to build a bear, a fox, a raccoon, a bunny, and a deer. In addition to developing fine motor skills, they can also develop their creativity as they mix and match pieces to create their own unique animals. While the little times can love building, parents and caregivers will love that the 70 big building blocks are all made from sugarcane-based polyethylene, a renewable raw material. It also comes with 100% recyclable and FSC-certified packaging, made from both recycled and sustainably-grown materials too. The set is for kids ages one and up.
Dimpl Digits (Fat Brain Toys)
These colorful, squishy pie pieces captivate the fingers while inspiring early bilingual learning. On one side there are numbers 1 through 10 and matching words. On the other side, there are words in Spanish, and dots to count! The frame is made out of high-quality ABS plastic and the touch ‘bubbles’ are made of 100% silicone. The entire set encourages sensory exploration; early number learning, counting and reading. Best for kids one years old and up.
BLOCKAROO (Blue Marble)
Blockaroo Blocks are a new way to build. These soft foam magnetic blocks click together like magic, rotate 360-degrees, and always attract to each other, creating a multi-sensory experience. Blockaroo Builders give your toddler the chance to explore shapes, colors, and frustration-free stacking with soft foam blocks that are safe, easy to handle and connect like magic. Plus, they also float on water!
Laugh & Learn Pull & Play Learning Wagon (Fisher-Price)
The ultimate activity station lets toddlers learn about colors, numbers, letters, shapes, and more. There are two ways to play – sitting or standing and pulling the wagon. It includes the infamous Fisher-Price Smart Stages™ technology so you can switch up the learning fun based on a baby’s age and stage. Plus, it has a motion sensor that rewards your toddler with music & sounds as they walk and pull the wagon along.
Explore And Write Activity Desk (VTech)
The Explore and Write Activity Desk from VTech features an interactive desktop and five pages to explore. The desk lets toddlers preview school as they learn about letters, numbers, music, colors, and more. The writing pad with a light-up display lets kids practice writing by tracing letters, numbers, and shapes with a stylus. Plus, the desk transforms into an easel and chalkboard with plenty of storage space for art supplies. Additional expansion packs are available as well!
Speak & Learn Puppy (LeapFrog)
Kids can watch this little friend come to life with flapping ears, a head that moves, and real-time responses. As toddlers learn to talk, this interactive dog repeats what they say and has conversations with children, and creates stories from their responses. Kids can also explore animal facts, animal sounds, food, feelings, letters, and numbers through four paw buttons and a light-up collar. Multiple songs encourage learning, and three learning levels allow the toy to grow with kids as their language skills develop.
Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog (Learning Resources)
Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog is the original and best-selling toy of Learning Resources’ Fine Motor Friends line. Spike helps kids build up important hand muscles and fine motor skills as they replace the chunky, peg-shaped ‘quills’ within the holes that dot the smiling hedgehog’s back.
Spike’s colorful quills also helps children acquire basic skills such as counting, sorting, and color identification. They can arrange the quills by warm or cool colors, work on sequences and patterns by alternating colors, or count up the quills with the help of numbers printed on the hedgehog’s back. Once playtime is over, Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog is a snap to clean up – each piece is made of plastic that can be easily wiped clean, and the quills stow snugly inside the hedgehog’s body, which adds simplicity to storage too.
Learning Friend 100 Words Book (LeapFrog)
Tots can explore the colorful pages and touch each picture to hear the animals say toddler-appropriate words along with exciting facts and sound effects. For an immersive language experience, slide the language switch to hear the words, songs, and instructions in Spanish. Touch the pictures to hear silly sound effects or press the light-up star button to hear two learning songs.
Little People Cuddle & Play Nursery (Mattel)
From feeding the babies, changing diapers, soothing, snoozing, and play time, there’s so much role-play for kids to explore in this nursery playset.
The whole thing folds up to look like a diaper bag with play pieces conveniently stored inside for easy take-along play. Grasping and moving the figures and play pieces helps strengthen your kid’s dexterity and hand-eye coordination. Caring for their own little baby helps kids understand how to be kind and loving to others too
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