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Top Educational Toys

Today, educational toys are as interesting and creative as any type of toy on the market. The top educational toys are not only fun for kids, but also provide parents and caregivers with piece of mind that kids are also learning as they play. So what are some of the best educational toys this year?

Age

2-5

LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Alphabet Set - This award winning toy attaches to a metal surface like a refrigerator (will not attach to stainless steel). Kids can place letters in the holder and the toy will say the name of the letter and sound out the letter's sound in a song.

Age

3-5

Melissa & Doug Wooden Shape Sorting Clock- One of the Melissa & Doug's newest toys is a nice two in one learning toy. It combines a shape sorting toy and a clock toy so it can be used to teach colors, shapes and time.
Age 3+ Playskool Alphie - There was a similar toy to this years ago, but technology and innovation have made this one of the better toys for encouraging kids to learn. The interactive robot toy, "Alphie", helps kids to learn their numbers, letters, shapes, colors, math and more. The Alphie character is what kids love and the lessons he teaches are very good for young children.

Age

3-6

LeapFrog Scribble and Write - This is a very nice portable toy to help kids learn how to write letters. What makes this toy unique is the way toy interacts with kids and encourages them to write their letters as they play.

Age 4 - 10

Teacher Created Resources Numbers 1-100 Chart - Having a numbers chart at home is a great way to help kids understand addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. This chart makes it much easier for kids to understand multiples of 5, 7, 10, etc.
Age 4+
Stomp Rocket Junior and Ultra Stomp Rocket - The best kids science toy out there. Kids use foot power to launch a rocket high into the sky. There are two versions. The Junior version is for kids 4 to 8 and is capable of launching to 100 feet in the air. The Ultra version is for kids 8 and up and can be launched up to 200 feet high!
Age 8+ Snap Circuits SC-300 - Snap Circuits help teach kids about electronic circuits in an easy, fun and safe way. The largest hurdle for electronics experimentation is making the electrical connections by soldering. Since soldering can be very dangerous, Snap circuits uses a building block approach to making the circuits. This set has over 300 electronic circuits that can be created.
Age 8-14 4D Washington DC Skyline Time Puzzle -This Washington DC puzzle not only teaches the layout of the capital of the United States, it also teaches the history of when the buildings where built in the city. The puzzle pieces are built upward, so Washington D.C. can be built from any time span from 1800 to current. This puzzle is a challenge and should not be purchased for kids who are not patient or who cannot build puzzles.
Age 9+ My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope - A microscope is a great tool for teaching kids about science. Kids can use it for experiments or to look at the smaller hidden parts of the world around them. This microscope is the highest rated scope for kids because of its quality at a low cost. It has all glass optics, which is somewhat hard to find at this price. It also has two LED lights, one on top and one on bottom, instead of relying on reflective light, which helps kids see the objects in the microscope.

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Amazon: Best Sellers in Learning and Education Toys