With only one week until Christmas day, I am sharing a round-up of learning toys and games for elementary-aged kids.
Whether you are a last-minute shopper looking for helpful gift guides or a mom who is looking for the best learning toys for your children, I think you will enjoy this list.
Because I don’t prefer to have a ton of novelty toys in our home, I am always looking to make the most of all of our toy purchases by getting toys and games that encourage learning and skill-building of all sorts.
Here is a roundup of learning toys and games that are our favorites or currently on our wishlist! The toys on this list encourage imagination and pretend play, cognitive development, problem-solving and more. They are highly rated for quality and serving their purpose.
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The perfect learning toy for hands-on learners, Snap Circuits Junior is an electronics exploration kit that allows children to build over 100 different electronic circuit projects. As a result of their being such a wide variety of circuit projects to build, this is a kit that you can get years of use out of.
The Learning Resource cash register is a well built and designed pretend register that allows children to practice their mathematical skills. I have watched my children enjoy playing with this toy in many ways.
First appearing in the 1930s, Monopoly is classic learning by doing. I understand that there are many new variations of Monopoly but we play the original version of the game with our young children all the time. This is a great game to encourage financial literacy, basic mathematical skills, critical thinking and more. The game is also loads of fun when played with a competitive group of people.
Magnets are a great option if you have a child who enjoys building things. I've noticed that they definitely encourage curiosity about the physical world around my children. With magnets, children can build flat or 3-D objects.
Magformers are another great STEM toy that children will love. My children love using these magnetic building blocks to build whatever they can imagine. They come with pictorial instructions for several building projects. Similarly to Legos, the more of the magnets you have the more opportunities there are to build really cool things.
Geo Puzzles are a great resource for kids to learn the world's continents, countries, states, and oceans. Not only are they a great activity for children but my husband and I have benefited from assembling the Geo Puzzles. We have even set a timer and made a little competition of who can assemble a particular country the fastest.
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Saturday 22nd of December 2018
These are all such awesome gift ideas for the kids!
Friday 21st of December 2018
I don’t have school aged kids, but these toys look awesome! I love toys that are also good “learning” games.
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Friday 21st of December 2018
These are great! I don't have kids but I work with them (I'm a children's librarian) and we have a small selection of STEM toys. We have those snap circuits and the kids love them - plus it's amazing to see all the things they can do with them!
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