The Best Learning Toys For Kids

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Looking for some brilliant educational gift ideas that are also fun? Look no further! With a little help from our expert panel of children, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of the best learning toys for kids. To make things even easier, we’ve divided it up by age. From board games and STEM kits to clever interactive gadgets, here are our top picks!

Top Learning Toys for Kids by Age:

  1. My First Dinosaurs – Magnetic Discovery (1+)
  2. Logic – 12 Mini Animal Puzzles (2+)
  3. 1-2-3 Build It – Rocket, Train, Helicopter! (2+)
  4. Numberblocks Mathlink Cubes – Bring Maths to Life! (3+)
  5. My First Microscope – For Little Hands (3+)
  6. Cycle Gears – 30 Piece Set (4+)
  7. Ant World (5+)
  8. Gangsta Granny’s Mental Maths Games (5+)
  9. The Human Body Under X-Ray (6+)
  10. Splendid Spelling – Roald Dahl’s Matilda (6+)
  11. Horrible Histories – The Board Game (8+)
  12. Archi.Tech Smart House – 62 Pieces (8+)
  13. 12 in 1 Solar Hydraulic Construction Kit (8+)
  14. Engenius Contraptions – Perpetual Marble Run (10+)

Best Learning Toys for Ages 1-3:

My First Dinosaurs – Magnetic Discovery ,  £21.95 £21.95

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Dino-tastic fun with magnets

This dinosaur set is perfect for pretend play for dino-fans. It’s also a brilliant introduction to the magic of magnetism! Watch kids smile as they learn all about how magnets work while making fun dino noises. The large, soft-touch animal parts click onto the body bars, allowing little ones to make four different dino combinations. Build a T-Rex, a Stegosaurus, or mix and match to create weird and funny combinations. Delightful and educational!

Logic – 12 Mini Animal Puzzles ,  £9.95 £9.95

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Zoo-pendus!

Looking for a great learning toy for toddlers and small children? Try this adorable set of 12 three-piece puzzles. Connect the chunky, colour-coded pieces to reveal each animal’s favourite food. Develop problem-solving skills while simultaneously building knowledge of animals, from penguins to tortoises. A wonderful choice for young animal lovers!

1-2-3 Build It – Rocket, Train, Helicopter! ,  £23.95 £23.95

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See it, think it, build it!

Choo-choo, fun building set coming through! This brilliant construction set for toddlers and little ones contains 17 easy-to-assemble pieces. Children can have great fun using the pieces to build a rocket, a helicopter and a train. The chunky, durable pieces are designed to fit perfectly in tiny hands. A fabulously simple and fun introduction to engineering!

Numberblocks Mathlink Cubes – Bring Maths to Life! ,  £22.95 £22.95

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Adds up to loads of fun!

This awesome learning set, based on the hit CBeebies TV show, is a wonderful way for young children to see how numbers really work. Learn to count, add, subtract and so much more! The colourful cubes are durable and designed for little hands. Have fun with the 30 write-and-wipe activity cards, or simply play along with the TV episodes. The set comes with an activity guide full of exciting game ideas. Makes maths fun!

My First Microscope – For Little Hands ,  £24.95 £24.95

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See the world in a new way

Young scientists will love exploring the mini-world all around them with this fully functional microscope! The sturdy design is chunky, which makes it easy for little ones to use. Children can peer through the extra-large dual rubberised eyepieces, so there’s no need to close one eye. This cool gadget also features low 8x magnification and an oversized knob for simple focusing. The LED light enhances close-up viewing, and there are no slides required. An ideal first microscope!

Best Learning Toys for Ages 4-7:

Cycle Gears – 30 Piece Set ,  £18.95 £18.95

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Many ways to build!

Engineering has never been so much fun! Bright young minds can use the chunky pieces in this set to build motorcycles that move as the gears turn and the wheels spin. The gears snap together easily with multiple ways to build, so children can use their imagination and creativity to make something special. A clever way to encourage STEM and critical-thinking skills, and the kit also comes complete with an activity guide to enhance learning. Top Gear!

Ant World ,  £15.95 £15.95

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Learn all about ants

This amazing Ant World set is a fun way for kids to learn about habitats and biology. Watch your aunts build tunnels, construct a home and feed each other. Housing, a feeding pipette, a fact-filled bug guide – this cool set contains everything kids need to get started except for the ants. A wonderful science toy for kids!

Gangsta Granny’s Mental Maths Games ,  £8.95 £8.95

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Smashing fun!

This brilliant little box contains all kinds of fun maths activities! Based on the popular David Walliams books, this card set contains games ranging from easy to super challenging. A wickedly fun way to improve your maths and problem-solving skills. Best of all, the 48 cards are illustrated by Tony Ross, making this a perfect addition to any Walliams fan’s collection.

The Human Body – Under X-Ray ,  £18.95 £18.95

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Biology, Anatomy, Fun!

Future doctors and NHS heroes will have hours of hands-on fun with this brilliant anatomy set. Learn all about the human body with 26 fun experiments that allow you to do everything from examine your fingerprints and test your lung capacity to listen to your own heartbeat. All experiments relate back to the human body systems, including the organs, skeleton, muscles and circulatory system. An innovative and entertaining way to encourage those STEM skills.

Splendid Spelling – Roald Dahl’s Matilda ,  £9.95 £9.95

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Use your spelling superpowers!

Looking for a unique (and educational) gift for a Roald Dahl fan? This set of three creative spelling games fits the bill! The games are designed to aid Key Stages 1 and 2 learning. The Matilda-themed set includes 100 cards and a variety of fun games, suitable for 2 to 4 players. Build words from letter cards, create your own crossword and find words in a grid. A fabulously fun way to encourage literacy skills!

Best Learning Toys for Ages 8-11:

Horrible Histories – The Board Game ,  £16.95 £16.95

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Calling all history buffs!

Learning about history has never been this cool! This board game, based on the wildly popular book series, is packed with trivia, foul facts, and side-splitting laughs. Learn about the Rotten Romans and the Vile Victorians as you move around the board, answering from 600 multiple-choice questions or performing a history-themed action. Educational and sure to keep the whole family entertained!

Archi.Tech Smart House – 62 Pieces ,  £29.95 £29.95

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Awesome architecture!

Know an aspiring architect? They’ll love this incredible set, which contains 20 mind-blowing electronic experiments and a 32-page instruction and activity book. Design a house with the modular building system and then deck it out with a speaker, flashing LEDs and a light sensor. Want even more fun? Construct a castle with a drawbridge and moat, a treehouse with a pulley-operated trapdoor and so much more! Brilliant fun!

12 in 1 Solar Hydraulic Construction Kit ,  £24.95 £24.95

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Harness the power of water and sun!

Know a young inventor or future engineer? They’ll love this highly entertaining STEM kit, which contains everything kids need to build 12 moving models. The best part? No batteries needed, as everything runs on solar or hydraulic power! Build a snapping crocodile, a running ostrich, and a digging excavator. Watch them all come to life with unique mechanical moves. Comes complete with a solar panel, mechanical gear box and a hydraulic transmission. Brilliant building fun!

Engenius Contraptions – Perpetual Marble Run ,  £29.95 £29.95

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Behold the incredible power of perpetual motion

Young engineers will enjoy hours of entertainment with this awesome marble run from Engenuis Contraptions. Assemble the laser-cut plywood sheets, then add the electric motor. Next, watch as the marbles are raised to the top of the lift, roll the spiral and the zig-zag track, then rise back up the spiral to start again, in perpetual motion. Mesmerising, satisfying and an excellent introduction to physics.

Frequently Asked Questions about Learning Toys:

How can I choose a learning toy that my child will enjoy?

Educational toys are a great way to encourage your child’s learning, but it can be tough to find one that they actually enjoy playing with. The best way to pick a toy they’ll love is to start with their interests. Does your child like science? Try a STEM kit. Maybe they prefer pretend play… If so, find a toy that allows for more creative possibilities. It’s also extremely important to choose a toy that’s suitable for your child’s age range and abilities. That’s why we’ve arranged our recommendations above by age, and it’s also why we have options to browse by age on our website!

Are board games and card games a good way to promote children’s learning?

Yes, absolutely! There are all kinds of board games and card games for all ages, and even the ones that aren’t marketed as ‘educational’ still have many learning benefits. For instance, to play a game, kids must follow directions, understand the rules, and use critical-thinking and communication skills to engage with the game and other players. Of course, games that incorporate elements of general knowledge, maths, and other academic subjects are also a great way to reinforce those concepts and get kids excited about learning!

How do educational toys help children’s development?

Introducing educational toys into your child’s early life can be extremely beneficial to their development. These types of toys can spark their curiosity, imagination, knowledge and social skills. More specifically, educational toys can enhance the development of motor skills and physical abilities, hone problem-solving skills, increase concentration, build social skills and encourage creativity and a sense of wonder in the world. Children learn through play, and toys are a vital part of this process!

What makes a good educational toy?

The answer will vary from child to child because the best educational toy is one that your child actually enjoys playing with! Use our handy information above, as well as our list of recommendations, and you’ll be on your way to choosing something just right!

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