Educational Toys For Babies and Toddlers

by Tested_to_Destruction

Babies and toddlers learn so much before the age of three that it's a wonder how they manage it, so encouraging them to learn through play is a massive benefit.

Children of 3 years and below are in an interesting developmental phase. They 're at the stage whereby learning is not about ABCs and 123s but rather about their physical world.

It’s about exploring their surroundings, learning about new things and learning that they are part of a big and complicated world.

Helping Your Child To Grow

For a baby or toddler, their only weapon for survival is their loud and lusty cry. That's why, as parents, it's our duty to help in their development, in particular regard to their senses, skills and knowledge.

We're not just responsible for feeding and clothing them but also for their growth and development as well. Providing appropriate learning toys is a crucial part of that process. In order to help you help your child, we've taken a look at some of the best learning toys on the current market.

LeapFrog Learn & Groove™ Musical Table

LeapFrog make wonderful electronic toys that are perfectly designed to help a baby's development. This musical table is no exception. It's fun and encourages babies to learn not just with music but with its 'word' mode - it helps baby utter his first words. What I like the most about this product is the 'book' in the middle of the table. As you flip the pages, the song played changes too.

Happily, the Learn & Groove Table isn't just for babies but for toddlers too. It provides a lot of entertainment for toddlers, as it teaches the alphabet, counting, colors, shapes and words. 

You'll also appreciate the build quality because, despite its complex keys and buttons, this is easy an easy toy to keep clean. It's also very sturdy too, and built to withstand drooling children and fairly rough play.

LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table

It's a learning fiesta for your little one. This interactive, bilingual activity table engages and entertains your baby for hours. There are songs, melodies, twinkling lights an...

Only $54.99

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Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby's First Blocks

It's appropriate to provide your baby with textured toys from as young as 6 months old. This Fisher Price Brilliant Basics block will be your baby's main toy for months. It possesses bright colors for eye development, and textured shapes for their tactile senses.

All 6 months old babies need a toy that stimulates their senses, which makes this a great choice, yet this toy isn't just good for infants, it's a great learning toy for toddlers too.

The sorting lid allows children to appreciate various shapes, plus sorting encourages mental development the same way all puzzle toys do. It might appear to be a simple toy compared to other electronic, flashy 'gadget' type toys but it's surprising just how much can be learned from playing with it.

Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby's First Blocks

Ten bright blocks are ready for baby to drop into the open bucket or through the shape-sorting lid.

Only $6.88

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Melissa & Doug Food Groups

This Melissa and Doug wooden toy food is composed of 21 pieces of foods in different groups. It's appropriate for toddlers about 36 months and above and is a great way to introduce your kids to the basic food groups.

The set includes cheese, milk, bread, protein foods and fruits and vegetables. It's one way to improve your child's eating habits as they learn what are the healthy foods, and which one's aren't quite so healthy ... which is great because we all know how picky toddlers are when it comes to eating.

It's a lovely toy, highly educational, made of wood (which will last a long time) and many people (myself included) prefer wooden to plastic toys. Your kids will love it.

Melissa & Doug Food Groups

3 years & up. Mix and match the four food groups to make a well balanced meal. Each piece is made of wood, painted with beautiful detail, and boxed in a 4" x 6" wooden crate for...

Only $14.99

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Fisher-Price Dance Star Mickey

It's fun to dance with Mickey. This Fisher Price Dance Star Mickey actually sings, dances and walks, encouraging little ones to get up off the floor and move around. It's extremely cute watching babies mimic the toy's moves.

It's musical, fun and readily attracts your babies attention (not just babies actually but even the adults who have seen Mickey groove!). What I like about this toy is that it has 6 different tunes and Mickey has different steps for each dance.

It encourages your baby to dance, walk and talk. Happily this isn't just for babies, as Mickey toys are one of the most versatile, recognised (and well loved) toys on the market. Even for older kids, it's a great choice.

Fisher-Price Disney's Dance Star Mickey

Now kids can get up and dance as their fun-loving pal Mickey Mouse comes to life right before their eyes. The new, innovative Dance Star Mickey walks, talks, and dances his way ...

Only $69.99

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Updated: 09/27/2012, Tested_to_Destruction
 
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