Maybe you’ve taken the time to read my previous post about why your kids won’t play with their toys, and now you’ve got a better grasp of what makes a great toy. Hopefully you’re working on minimizing and organizing your kids’ current stash. If your toy collection could use some improvement, here are some of our favorite educational toys and games. These favorites get played with at least weekly in our household.
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Both our older kids have benefitted from the balance bike. We believe our three year old is mere weeks away from riding a bike without training wheels. Our more cautious, older daughter finally mastered riding without training wheels within a week of trying the balance bike. This one is outstanding.
I love this list from We Are Teachers, too. I noticed that this website chooses stuff that’s legitimately educational, instead of just whatever the latest and greatest gadgets may be…
National Geographic Science Kit
This activity box was a big hit. The volcano is the main attraction, but our kiddo loved checking every day to see if her crystal was forming, too. We also enjoyed chipping away at the blocks to discover fools gold and other gemstones. This is a one-and-done, but at least when the projects are complete, you don’t have to store the toy!
Magnetic Marble Run
We are currently growing into this Picasso Tile marble run. Our oldest is 6, and she CAN snap the pieces together, but gets a bit frustrated. My youngest loves for me to build him a marble run, so he can play with it. I think the sweet spot is probably 6-10 years old. It’s sooooo cool! Bonus: these marbles are not a choking hazard. They are BIG.
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Ms. Bernard is a Wild Card
This game is fun even for me! Kids get to make funny sentences using the different parts of speech, and you can’t win until you’ve got a rhyme in there. Plus, they need to add points at the end of their hand.
This is a perfect game for upper elementary and works on both math and ELAR skills. They’ll never know it, though, because you’ll be laughing so hard!
Sloth in a Hurry
Sloth in a Hurry is so cute, because kids have to act out different scenarios – for example, they spin the wheel once and get “sloth in a hurry,” and then have to add in “underwater.” It’s great fun, and players reward each other with little cardboard stars for great performances.
Since writing this post, we’ve discovered the Yoto player. It’s my all-time favorite educational toy!