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Some types of educational toys you should know

It is obvious that there are lots of educational toys on the market. Many people may not know what type it is. Because some are obvious, but some are not. To help you recognize and find what your child needs, let’s explore the different types. This article will give you some suggestions for which age groups each kind may work best with.

1. Cause & Effect Toys

These are toys that help develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination. They also teach the children that actions cause a reaction. Toys that fall under this category include:

• Shape Sorters (for kids from 6 months to 36 months): works on gross motor skills and coordination

• Play-Doh (for kids from18 months and up): works on fine motor skills and shows cause and effect, like how to roll or squeeze shape changes 

• Pop-up Toys (for kids from 6 months to 24 months): works on hand-eye coordination and cause and effect: they push down and pop up the object

* Marble run for kids ( for children from 3 years and up): Great toys for children. It helps children develop many skills such as memory skills, solving problem skills and teach children about the patience and create children’ imagination.

2. Puzzles

Puzzles help with some abilities, fine motor and cognitive, in particular. To get started, they learn how to rotate shapes, working on strategy and how pieces fit into a bigger picture. In addition, they learn to pick up, grasp and pinch- which is great for any child with motor delays.

Puzzle toys include:

• Non-connecting Puzzles (for kids from 12 months and up): These are puzzles where the pieces on a large object do not fit together. Puzzles with knobs or pegs would fall under this category.

• Connecting Puzzles, or Jigsaws (for kids from 12 months and up): These puzzles have pieces that match into each other.

• Sliding Puzzles (for children from 4 years and up): These puzzles have pieces of a picture divided into squares, with an empty space so kids can slide them around to arrange them in order, or together.

3. Story Time

Today, there are many interactive books ideal for teaching children the basics, like the alphabet, to more advanced concepts like right or wrong. Interactive reading toys can develop vocabulary, enhance cognitive skills and help improve healthy emotional skills.

Story toys include:

• Books with Pull Tabs, or Textures (for kids from 6 months to 3 years):

The books make the child pull a card to reveal something, or feel the dog's fur, stimulate the senses and teach the sequence. It is good for people who have feelings or processing, as it encourages touch.

• Pop-Up Books (for children from 18 to 48 months): Pop-ups Toys introduce kids to concepts such as cause and effect, surprises, and lets them be an active participant.

• Sequence Books (for children 2 years and up): These books, using counts, or stories with steps, teach children order and help develop their reasoning

• Interactive Books/ E-Readers (for children 3 years and up): These books often have a pen or buttons, so kids can read along or learn the meaning of a word. Great for vocabulary development and introducing them to new words and ideas.

4. Technology Driven Toys

Today with the rapid development of technology. Many of the technology toys were born. And the advent of educational technology toys has a significant effect on the cognitive development of the child. Today, technology is everywhere, and while some may be overkill, there are some interesting technology toys to teach. In addition, advanced technology is a skill itself, so early contact is good.

Here are some examples:

• Pretend Laptops (for children from 15 months to 4 years): 

These toys usually make the sound, or say the letters of the alphabet when pressed. Good for motor, auditory and visual stimulation. Other toys, like  phones or pads, can do the same thing.

• Electronic Etch-A-Sketch (for kids from 3 to 5 years): Toys that help to teach kids to draw and write are great for creativity and learning basic knowledge. They are also good for fine motor delays.

• Educational Apps, like ABC Mouse & Nick Junior (for children 36 months and up): Using kids’favorite characters, these stimulating applications learn from shape identification to understand why bullying is wrong. For children with developmental delays, or visual learners, seeing the characters that children feel safe can cause concern and help children learn more.

5. Artistic Toys

Drawing tool, painting and other creative tools teach color, shape, construction, and more. These toys are good for ages 12 months and older, and should be non-toxic. Art toys work well for people with autism and delayed children, promoting personality and expression.

6. Physical Activity Toys

There are many outdoor activities that your child can do to develop physically like playing ball games with friends like running, throwing and kicking. There are also toys that can help your child to exercise even when they are alone. Rocking toys such as wooden horses can help your child expand his or her imagination when thinking that they are riding on a real horse, it also helps to grow your body by utilizing muscle mass. Can kick it. Toys on the road are also as useful as jeeps, it can enhance the balance. Bicycle toys with pedals such as mini bikes can improve the strength of the legs and hands.

In short, to understand what skills some kinds of educational toys help children to develop is very important. Parents can buy the best educational toys that are suitable for their kids.

Re: Some types of educational toys you should know

  • Wonderful article with excellent recommendations, thank you! Our children and us are also enthusiasts of a particular resource, which might be useful for others as well. We especially love the educational games like Color of Objects and Harvest Carrots and printable games for kids they offer there.
  • Very useful article. But I work from home, and my computer is a magnet for my child who wants to 'work' on it too and play games. Are there any programs or solutions you've discovered that let you share the same computer for work and child-friendly activities without risking files or work-related data?
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  • mrgoody308mrgoody308 member
    edited September 2023
    After a bit of research, I found Magic Desktop (, and it seems like a pretty neat solution. It creates a safe and educational space for kids right on your computer. They get access to games and learning activities, and you get peace of mind knowing that your work stuff stays separate.
    It might be worth checking out.
  • very useful info thanks!
  • kat8844kat8844 member
    edited April 18
    Good info! Though the choice of toys is wide, it is often hard to choose a proper one for a child. I often contact hub hobby customer service for such stuff. This is the largest hobby store in the Midwest and I almost always can find something good for my kids there. 
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