Need gift ideas for the holidays? Here are our favorite types of toys for kids aged 2-5. These toys are not only fun, but also educational and benefit child development. Take a look at our rundown and 35+ educational toys we like.
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Magnetic tiles are my favorite building toys that can strengthen spatial reasoning skill. There are several brands of magnetic tiles but Magformers is my favorite because it allows you to see through the structure to understand the spatial relationships among different pieces. You also learn to use balance, gravity and weight to build stable structures. It is so much fun that I am waiting for the holiday sale to buy more sets for bigger buildings.
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Great fine motor activity to exercise those little fingers. There are many beads toys but Pop-Arty! is our favorite because you are not limited to create necklaces or bracelets. I was able to build a car, a ship and an airplane. Creativity and imagination are required. 🙂
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These fun and educational board games requires 2-4 people to play. The rules are simple and easy to learn. Kids learn to take turns, create strategy and improve memory.
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Board games are perfect for preschoolers to develop fine motor skills, matching skills, color recognition, social skills of taking turns and making decisions. For example, in The Sneaky Sneaky Squirrel Board Game, kids learn to decide which acorn they need and to have good sportsmanship when their turn is skipped.
5. Sensory Play
Creative sensory play your child will love.
Vocabulary and reading are essential skills to school performance.
Perfect games for honing counting, spatial reasoning and fine motor skills
Spatial reasoning, shapes and patterns are critical for STEM learning. These games can also spark creativity in kids.
When it comes to creativity, pretend games are must have. I’m constantly surprised how observant kids are and how imaginative they can be while pretend-playing.
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This toy definitely helps speech development, vocabulary and listening skills.
11. Musical Toys
These are awesome musical toys:
Discover and nurture your child’s musical talent.
What is your favorite educational toy for your preschooler? Tell us below.