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Educational toys, especially those that keep children from in front of screens should be at the top of everyone’s list this year. Why? Because our kids have spent a lot of time in front of a computer learning virtually, which can become a bit mundane. I know since I have a 9-year-old who is currently going through the same. Therefore, I’ve curated a list of the best educational toys for kids – even educational toys for toddlers to help make your gift-giving a little bit easier. From buildable magnetic toys to science kits, and even some online educational games, these educational toys, and games allow kids to explore valuable hands-on tools and STEM subjects that will engage your children in interactive educational fun year-round. Jumpstart your holiday shopping for the kids in your life with this curated list of the best educational toys and games for kids. 

Interactive Screen-free Educational Toys

 

codi the storytelling robot screen-free educational toy for toddlers

Pillar Learning Codi Interactive Robot

Parents will love Codi the Storytelling Robot. This interactive educational toy takes kids age 12 months and up off screens for educational fun. Codi encourages kids to use their imaginations as they learn. The robot tells stories, plays music, and parents and kids can exchange voice notes. It does so much more, which you can learn about here.

Cost: $124.99 on Amazon.com

TonieBox is a soft and squishy smart speaker for kids ages 3 and up. With TonieBox, storytime is taken to new heights - it’s fun, and it inspires kids to use their imaginations. Cute little collectible figurines called Tonies are behind all the magic and fun.

TonieBox

TonieBox is a soft and squishy smart speaker for kids ages 3 and up. With TonieBox, storytime is taken to new heights – it’s fun, and it inspires kids to use their imaginations. Cute little collectible figurines called Tonies are behind all the magic and fun. Read more here.

Cost: $99.99 on Amazon.com 

Virtual Educational Games

ABCmouse is the top online learning program for kids ages 2-8 and includes over 10,000 expert-designed games, puzzles, books, videos, and other learning activities across literacy, math, science, social studies, art, and music. An ABC Mouse subscription also includes access to My ABCmouse Classroom Live!, a first-of-its-kind learning experience delivering daily classes with on-demand instruction led by real teachers and independent learning activities for pre-k and kindergarten students. 

 

ABC Mouse 

ABCmouse is the top online learning program for kids ages 2-8 and includes over 10,000 expert-designed games, puzzles, books, videos, and other learning activities across literacy, math, science, social studies, art, and music. An ABC Mouse subscription also includes access to My ABCmouse Classroom Live!, a first-of-its-kind learning experience delivering daily classes with on-demand instruction led by real teachers and independent learning activities for pre-k and kindergarten students. 

Subscription cost: $9.95/month or $59.95/year

 

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Adventure Academy is an Virtual Educational Game. Brought to you by the same creators of ABC Mouse, Adventure Academy is a great educational gift to give. This subscription to a web-based multiplayer learning game like Adventure Academy is great for elementary and middle school students. I find that children who are obsessed with gaming interfaces like Roblox enjoy learning and playing on Adventure Academy where 1,000s of learning activities are discovered via quests through an interactive virtual world.

Adventure Academy

Brought to you by the same creators of ABC Mouse, Adventure Academy is a great educational gift to give. This subscription to a web-based multiplayer learning game like Adventure Academy is great for elementary and middle school students. I find that children who are obsessed with gaming interfaces like Roblox enjoy learning and playing on Adventure Academy where 1,000s of learning activities are discovered via quests through an interactive virtual world.

Subscription Cost: Adventure Academy is free to download and includes a 30-day free trial, after which parents pay $9.99/month or $79.99/year.

Educational Toys that Encourage Independent Play

This versatile BPA-free, food-grade silicone construction toy is the perfect sensory toy for child 0+. Each cone transforms into four basic shapes which can be stacked and nested in many different configurations. Through play, Hix helps to train visual-spatial ability, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills. And unlike other building blocks, these won’t hurt when you step on them. 

Hix Convertible Construction Cones

This versatile BPA-free, food-grade silicone construction toy is the perfect sensory toy for child 0+. Each cone transforms into four basic shapes which can be stacked and nested in many different configurations. Through play, Hix helps to train visual-spatial ability, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills. And unlike other building blocks, these won’t hurt when you step on them. 

Cost: $27.88 at  Walmart.com 

Discover the endless possibilities of the Tileblox 20Pc set. Kids ages 3+ can create a one-of-akind masterpiece with the help of the included step-by-step idea sheet. This beginnger set featuring 8 magnetic triangles and 12 magnetic squares in rainbow colors help children looking to explore and learn through play. TileBlox is perfect for STEM education and when playtime is over, use the magnetic power to simply stack and store. 

Tileblox Rainbow 20Pc Set

Discover the endless possibilities of the Tileblox 20Pc set. Kids ages 3+ can create a one-of-akind masterpiece with the help of the included step-by-step idea sheet. This beginnger set featuring 8 magnetic triangles and 12 magnetic squares in rainbow colors help children looking to explore and learn through play. TileBlox is perfect for STEM education and when playtime is over, use the magnetic power to simply stack and store. 

Cost: $19.87 at Walmart.com

STEM Toys to Ignite Kids’ Inner Scientist

Gardening is a great way for kids to learn about the environment, the science behind how plants grow, as well as responsibility, caretaking, independence, and environmental awareness. The Playmonster My Fairy Garden Light Garden is the perfect way to ease future gardeners (or botanists) ages 4+ into the world of plants. With this enchanting garden set kids use their imagination and interact with it - planting seeds, and caring for their garden, all while setting up and playing with adorable fairies, woodland friends and accessories.

Playmonster My Fairy Garden Light Garden 

Gardening is a great way for kids to learn about the environment, the science behind how plants grow, as well as responsibility, caretaking, independence, and environmental awareness. The Playmonster My Fairy Garden Light Garden is the perfect way to ease future gardeners (or botanists) ages 4+ into the world of plants. With this enchanting garden set kids use their imagination and interact with it – planting seeds, and caring for their garden, all while setting up and playing with adorable fairies, woodland friends and accessories.

Cost: $29.99 on Playmonster.com 

With the Ooze Labs: Colorful Crystal Lab, kids ages 6+ can explore the natural beauty and wonder of crystals by growing them.  The kit comes with everything needed to make crystals of various shapes and colors. The kit even allows kids to use everyday household  to make crystals, too. It’s pretty cool. My daughter loves it.

Ooze Labs: Colorful Crystal Lab

With the Ooze Labs: Colorful Crystal Lab, kids ages 6+ can explore the natural beauty and wonder of crystals by growing them.  The kit comes with everything needed to make crystals of various shapes and colors. The kit even allows kids to use everyday household to make crystals, too. It’s pretty cool. My daughter loves it.

Cost: $29.95 on Amazon.com

I’ve also created this free printable Letter to Santa: Fun Kids DIY Craft and Holiday Keepsake for kids to share their wishlists. 

Related: 2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Best Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

educational toys for toddlers Looking for the perfect gift that keeps kids engaged while learning? Check out these fun educational toys and games for kids of all ages.

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Kim is a 30-something-year-old wife and do-it-all mom of two beautiful daughters; her rainbow babies. Kim uses Beauty and the Bump NYC, to share her perspective about the things that she loves most and finds beautiful: family, travel, cars, food and more. As a contributor to A Girl’s Guide to Cars, Kim shares her love for cars through providing helpful tips and car reviews from the perspective of a modern working mom.