Shopping for kids can be tough. Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, family friend, cool aunt or uncle. Odds are you want to gift something that the child will love, and often an educational toy that will teach them something, instead of sitting there collecting dust at the bottom of a toy box. Thankfully there are many new educational toys available for kids, toddler to 10 that can help enrich their minds and add a lot of fun!
Last Christmas was one of the first times that my daughter asked for an ‘it’ toy. At six years old, I was impressed that we’d lasted that long, and I probably have Netflix to thank for a lack of exposure to toy ads. Thankfully Santa was organized and picked up the toy well in advance, as many of them sold out long before Christmas. While there was a lot of glee about this toy on Christmas morning, it was soon abandoned and was played with only two or three times before it met a fate of time, spent trapped beneath a mountain of other toys. In the time that’s passed since we’ve focused our efforts towards gifts that help enrich our kids lives, experiences, and items that will teach them something whether it is science or nature based, or something intended to teach life skills they can use on an ongoing basis.
While every child is different with age ranges and interests varying, finding a great educational toy can provide a kid with hours of fun, and maybe even ignite a life long passion or hobby. Here are 5 of the best educational toys that Amazon has to offer. So, let’s get shopping and learning!
Aqua Magic Mat, Betheaces Kids Toys Large Water Drawing Mats Toddlers Painting Writing Board
– Ages 2 and Up
This large drawing mat lets toddlers see their creativity come to life on the floor, at a table, or on the grass outside. The fact that it’s foldable lets you take it pretty much anywhere, so these mats are road trip friendly. Bonus, the water based magic pens and brushes make marks only work on the mat. They magically disappear in three to ten minutes allowing them to create all over again, while they can communicate through their drawing, building on their creativity and hand-eye coordination. This environmentally friendly product allows your child to explore their creativity without making a mess. The mat is nylon and water resistant, which means no damage to your floors while it gets used again and again.
This is the ultimate dinosaur dig kit, and it includes two hand-painted, but sturdy action figures (one T-Rex and one Triceratops) for kids to play with while they get to play paleontologist and dig up three real fossils. The kit includes a learning guide, so children can discover how to identify the millions of years old fossils that they uncover during their ‘dig’ and bring them into school for that perfect show and tell. Another bonus is that the proceeds of this National Geographic product will help support exploration, research, conservation, and educational projects.
This interactive poster and map have parents talking and children everywhere learning about geography and the world around them. Hang the poster on a wall or use it as an informative play mat as your kids learn about capital cities, country flags, populations, languages spoken, and important landmarks. This poster is both the 2018 Family Choice, Mom’s Choice Gold Medal & Tillywig Brain Child Award Winner. I know it’s on my holiday shopping list!
For kids looking to cultivate their green thumbs, learn a lot about life cycles and nature, as well as flex their artistic muscles when decorating their terrarium with glow-in-the-dark stickers, this kit rocks. The Terrarium provides everything the child will need for two full life cycles (generally about 30 days each when properly cared for), and the habitat begins to grow in only three to four days, as kids get to grow and observe their own miniature ecosystem. Teach responsibility as kids need to remember to mist their terrarium every day. This is a perfect learning tool for kids interested in nature, science, or applying life cycle and botany work at school.
My daughter had been asking me to teach her how to sew for quite some time. When we discovered kid focused sewing kits we were able to spend time covering all the basics of sewing, while she got to unleash her own creative flare. This kit allows kids to create up to five different monsters, including a monster iPhone case. The best part is thanks to the pre-punched holes in the pre-punched monster felt cut outs, she was able to create something she was proud of right out of the gate. The monster theme makes this gift perfect for both boys and girls, and allows the kids to master an important life skill (because who doesn’t need to know how to sew on a button), all while building their hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and home-made toy collection. This craft kit is great for rainy days, sleepovers, and birthday parties.
Sara is a freelance writer, award winning parenting blogger, and public relations specialist from Toronto, Canada. She is mother to fraternal girl/boy twins, loves music, hiking, and offbeat pop culture.