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The 15 Best Educational Toys For Children – Guidebook

Educational toys are important for the development of your child, as they can be used, for example, to train their memory and strengthen fine motor skills. In addition, you can already find out with an educational toy, where the strengths and interests of your child lie and promote them specifically further. However, you should not indiscriminately purchase a particular educational toy, but consider a few important things before buying.

We have compiled a checklist for you to find out exactly what these are. With the help of our product recommendations, you’re sure to find the right educational toy for your child soon!

Checklist For Educational Toys

Necessity
  • Educational toys promote the development of your child.
  • Depending on the educational toy, different skills and abilities are challenged and improved, such as fine motor skills, memory, recognizing colors and shapes, number sense, spatial and logical thinking and much more.
  • If the educational toy currently overwhelms your child, put it aside and try again in a few days or weeks.
Age Of The Child
  • Educational toys are available for the youngest children up to old age.
  • The toy should challenge your child, but not overwhelm them. If the game is too difficult, the child will quickly lose interest. The same is true if the educational toy is too easy.
  • The manufacturer’s age recommendation is only a guide. Be guided by the developmental stage of your child!
Examples Of Educational Toys By Age
  • Babies love colors, shapes, different surfaces and sounds. They use them to train their hearing, sight, sense of touch and fine motor skills. Classic: stacking towers, books, sorting games, balls.
  • Walking strollers train children’s sense of balance and motor skills from 12 months of age. Building blocks promote fine motor skills and spatial and logical thinking skills.
  • From 2, 3 years, the first board or card games become interesting, such as memory, dominoes, puzzles, simple dice games.
  • At the age of 3, children like to build things, for example with magnetic or plug-in building blocks. Time, days of the week, numbers and letters also come into focus.
  • In preschool and elementary school, children develop an interest in certain topics, such as dinosaurs, space travel, animals, nature, and technology. There are also learning games, puzzle books, construction sets and audio games.
Design and Quality
  • Look for high-quality, pollutant-free materials and test seals such as TÜV, GS or Spiel gut.
  • It is best to choose wooden toys, because they are sustainable and robust.
  • Toys for toddlers must not contain any small parts that can be swallowed!
  • Educational toys whose level of difficulty and rules you can always adapt to the development of your child are well suited.
  • Interests are different. Just because a child in your circle of acquaintances or a sibling likes a certain educational toy, doesn’t mean it will be the same for your child.

Here you can find the top 15 most popular educational toys.

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The Best Sellers Of Educational Toys

We have compiled the most popular educational toys for you in this bestseller list.

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Current Offers For Educational Toys

Here you will find a selection of offers that are currently available in the area of educational toys.

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LeapFrog 2-in-1 Leaptop Touch (Frustration Free Packaging), Pink
LeapFrog 2-in-1 Leaptop Touch (Frustration Free Packaging), Pink
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FAQ About Educational Toys

What is an educational toy?

Educational toys should, as the name suggests, achieve a certain learning effect for your child. Of course, the playful factor must not be completely left out, otherwise your child will lose interest in the new educational toy very quickly. It is more about finding the balance between playing and learning. However, you should not overburden your child with too difficult educational toys, otherwise the motivation will decrease relatively quickly.

Which educational toy makes sense?

If you choose an educational toy that matches your child’s interests, he or she will enjoy playing with it and, depending on the toy, will improve his or her memory or develop a sense of shapes and colors. Through sounds, it is also possible to further strengthen language skills. Schoolchildren, on the other hand, are already occupied with letters and numbers, so that they can already continue to deal with technical devices or more challenging games.

Which educational toys are suitable for my child’s age group?

Younger children should not be overburdened with educational toys that have numerous functions. Hearing is not fully developed at this stage, so loud noises can cause hearing damage. Therefore, building blocks, balls or picture books are suitable for younger children. Older children, on the other hand, can already occupy themselves with tricky puzzle games, magic or experimentation kits. Basically, you should always take a look at the manufacturer’s specifications and the age recommendation before buying.

What material does an educational toy have?

Educational toys can be made of plastic or wood, among other materials. If you have a choice, however, you should opt for an educational toy made of wood, as this is very robust and durable. In addition, you also do something good for the environment. Plastic educational toys, on the other hand, can contain harmful substances. Younger children in particular often like to put objects in their mouths, which is why plastic toys are only recommended to a limited extent at this age.

How much does an educational toy cost?

That depends entirely on the functions of the respective educational toy. In our product recommendations, you will find educational toys that cost up to 37 euros. Feel free to take a look there!

What functions do educational toys have?

There are now many educational toys that can make certain sounds. These are very popular with children of all ages and usually ensure that your child can occupy himself for a longer period of time. Some educational toys can even move, tell little stories or play music. Your child learns numbers and letters in a playful way and has fun doing so. For older children, learning tablets are also suitable, on which small games can be played.

Which educational toys are safe?

You should always look for a test seal, which gives you information about whether the toy is suitable for your child and has no harmful ingredients. In addition, you should not purchase any educational toys that have sharp edges or that could otherwise injure your child.

How can the educational toy be cleaned?

If the educational toy you have chosen has a smooth surface, you should regularly wipe it with a moist cloth or wet sponge to prevent illness.

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Wolfgang lives with his family in Stuttgart. He has a twelve-year-old daughter and five-year-old twins. When he's not writing product guides for Elternkompass and sharing his experiences with you, he likes to go on bike tours, play Monopoly or read novels.