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. From board games and STEM kits to clever interactive gadgets, here are our top picks!
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!
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!
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.
Grow your own pizza toppings
Can pizza night be educational? It sure can with this awesome gardening set, which allows you to grow your very own toppings! The small plastic greenhouse is shaped like a friendly caterpillar and the kit contains everything you need to grow basil, bell peppers and tomatoes. Comes with a handy how-to guide with growing instructions and a delicious pizza recipe to put your produce to good use. Yummy!
Behold the power of perpetual motion!
Young engineers will enjoy hours of entertainment with this awesome marble run from Egenius Contraptions. Just assemble the laser-cut plywood sheets, then add the electric motor. Next, watch as the marbles are raised to the top of the lift, descend down the spiral and the zig-zag track, then back up the spiral to start again, in perpetual motion. Mesmerising, satisfying and an excellent introduction to physics.
Travel the world from your tabletop
Get ready for the ultimate geography lesson! This cool globe contains 1000 fascinating facts in ten hours of educational audio, voiced by wildlife conservationist Bindi Irwin. Learn about why a polar bear isn’t really white, test your knowledge of different countries, measure distances between world capitals and play trivia-testing games. An ideal gift for young adventurers!