Learning Toys For Toddlers
Learning toys for toddlers are some of the best gifts for young kids. They are also great investments parents can make to help their child grow and learn.
Research shows that playing is one of the best ways for kids to learn. Kids learn without even knowing it and keep coming back for more.
We have selected a list of age-appropriate educational toys that can promote learning skills, especially in the STEM area.
Not only can they help toddlers develop skills consistent with findings in child brain development studies, but they are also fun and engaging.
Here they are, our top picks for the best learning toys for toddlers 2018.
Learning Toys For 2 Year Olds
2 year olds can benefit tremendously from playing with toys that stimulate the five senses or help them learn colors and shapes. But since they still tend to put toys into their mouths, it is best to avoid toys with small parts.
Features a turtle, rabbit, wagon base, 2 window elements, a door element, numbered bricks and a wide selection of classic LEGO DUPLO bricks.
Match the numbered bricks with the corresponding decorated bricks to learn numbers.
DUPLOs are bigger versions of LEGOs. They are colorful. They are small enough for little kids to grab on to but big enough so that kids will not swallow them. This building toy is especially good for developing spatial-reasoning skills which are shown to be highly correlated to high achievements in STEM learning.
Encourage budding young scientists to satisfy curiosity and take investigations further with these perfectly sized tools.
Exercise fine motor skills with the tweezers which have easy-grip depressions for proper pincer positioning.
Help them see a bigger world!
Two year olds probably cannot do addition or subtraction yet, but this colorful abacus is a wonderful wooden toy that can help kids practice various skills.
Toddlers can practice color recognition, counting and fine motor skills all in one activity.
This abacus will also be a very effective math practice tool when the kids grow older.
Learning Toys For 3 Year Olds
3 year olds can master more complex spatial relations. Their thinking brains (Pre-Frontal Cortex) are also starting to take shape allowing the toddlers to start making sense of the world.
The first 3 years are also the time when little children’s brains grow the fastest in mass. To take advantage of the speedy growth, expose them to various positive experiences. Introduce basic natural or physics concepts such as magnetism, gears, quantification (counting), etc.
These transparent magnetic tiles are my absolute favorite toys.
This toy introduces the concept of magnetism, encourages creativity and requires engineering thinking.
There are several brands of magnetic tiles available out there. This particular set boasts compatibility with other brands. I haven’t tested the compatibility part, but I like this set more than the first brand we had, Magformers, because you can build taller buildings with this.
Magformers have their own advantages. They have a lot more different shapes and gears than other brands do. But you cannot build tall structures because they tend to wobble and fall after stacking a few together vertically.
Invite budding engineers to get hands-on experience with the simple mechanics of gears to see how and why gears are the building blocks of engineering.
Great for cause-and-effect learning.
Create a gear train, horizontally, vertically, or both, using the gears, bases and connector pieces, and then watch as turning one gear starts the movement of all the connected cogs.
This colorful set of 30 counting puzzle cards is an excellent introduction to mathematics: number recognition and counting.
Each card features the number of pictures that are associated with the matching answer.
Simply match the number the correct number of objects to complete the puzzle.
Learning Toys For 4 Year Olds
4 year olds are well on their way to develop executive function and self-regulation skills. They are important mental processes that allow us to plan, focus, memorize and multi-task successfully.
Executive function and self-regulation skills are crucial for learning, development and positive behavior. They depend on 3 highly interrelated brain functions: working memory, mental flexibility and self-control.
Sequence is a game for kids at various ages. It can be played as the directions state or a variation.
For younger kids, they can play color grouping, animal/sound sighting or card-board matching. For older ones, they can use it for memory or matching games. It also a good game for kids to start learning about strategy.
Board games are also perfect ways to train kids in self-control and sportsmanship.
Watch your child become a designer, builder, and storyteller with this magnetic construction sets.
Bring scene to life with a standing wooden character and magnetic clothes, animals, and accessories that stick to the doll and panel walls.
This magnetic set is a big open-ended play that runs on pure imagination.
These science tools are perfectly sized to support early hands-on science investigations. Includes beaker, magnifying glass, funnel, test tubes and more, all made of durable plastic.
Color-mixing activities use primary colors to make secondary colors.
10 double–sided Activity Cards reinforce science process skills, living and nonliving things, physical science, senses and more: investigate color mixing, observe a growing cycle, experiment with smells and create a mini baking-soda volcano.