5 Cool Toys that are Educational, Engaging and Fun!
Posted on September 10 2020
We all know it can be tricky to choose the perfect educational toy for the special little ones in your life. The ideal toy should be able to provide a learning experience and also be engaging and fun for children. There are many toys that have either one of these traits, but it is not always easy to find one with both.
To help you with this decision, we have put together a few recommendations of toys (based on age) that tick the important boxes of providing an educational & learning experience while also being engaging and fun.
For 1 – 3 Year Olds:
This bright and colourful wooden puzzle from Kiddie Connect is designed to assist problem-solving skills, numerical understanding, logical thinking, shape and colour recognition and seriation (a fundamental sorting skill which relates to recognition of relative size and patterns). The vibrant colours, cool design and educational value of this puzzle make it ideal for early learning. This is suitable for children as young as 18mths old, and is sure to provide hours of enjoyment.
Age: 18mths +
Price: AUD $29.95
The Plus-Plus brand comes all the way from Denmark, where it is designed and made, so you can be assured of only the highest quality when purchasing this brand. The Plus-Plus Big Basic set is designed to help stimulate fine motor skills, recognition of colours, patterns and sorting…. all while mixing play, creativity, and fun! The pieces are larger (and softer) than other interconnecting construction blocks and are ideal for small hands. Children can have fun making animals, people, vehicles and more. Once they have mastered this set, children can progress through the range of other Plus-Plus blocks.
Age: 18mths +
Price: AUD $39.95
For 3 – 5 Year Olds:
The Connetix Kits are perfect for open-ended and creative play and this one is no exception. The kit has 62 strong and safe magnetic tiles in various shapes and colours. Children can use their imaginations to create their own clever designs or use the idea booklet for some inspiration. Not only fun, these magnetic tiles encourage cognitive development, spatial awareness, hand-eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills while also helping children build knowledge around STEM concepts – all through PLAY!
Age: 3 years+
Price: AUD $ 119.00
How does a quick visit to Mars sound? Fun, right? Yes, fun and educational with this interactive wooden toy from our friends at Tender Leaf. For those little ones who have an interest in science and/or space, this is designed for them. It comes equipped with Space Rockets, Lunar Vehicles, Astronauts and even a UFO. Children will have hours fun and will be learning all about life in space with this cool, engaging wooden toy.
Age: 3 years+
Price: AUD $69.95
Children 5 Years and Above:
In usual fashion, 4M Toys have delivered yet another engaging STEM toy that offers a good mix of learning and fun! This water pump is designed to provide an understanding of alternative energy sources and basic robotics and engineering. Once built, it can run on either solar or battery power (for those cloudy days). The pump works perfectly with either of these power sources to pull water from the basin to the spout. A great robotics toy for beginners with big pieces for smaller hands.
Age: 5 years+
Price: AUD: $36.95
The above selection is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cool educational toys, but we hope these recommendations help you navigate the ‘sometimes-overwhelming’ task of selecting the right toy.