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Must-Have Kids Educational Toys Your Children Need ASAP

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Who says learning can't be fun? Certainly not us! For parents, it can be hard to find the perfect toy that will engage and educate their kiddos at the same time. There are so many educational toy options out there, and we know that learning which ones are really worth your hard-earned cash and which will sit at the back of the closet for years and years is hard. 
Not to worry – we've got you covered! Below, we've listed some of the best and most essential kids educational toys that every child should have. From puzzles that help with shape recognition to building blocks that encourage creative thinking, these toys are perfect for encouraging your child's love of learning. So read on, and get ready to add some new toys to your shopping list!

But first, why are educational toys so important? 

Most people think of toys as something to keep kids entertained. And while that’s definitely one important function of toys, they can also play a vital role in your child’s education. Educational toys help to develop essential skills like problem-solving, fine motor skills, and logic. They expose kids to new concepts and help them develop skills. And the more skills a child has, the better prepared they'll be for school and life in general.
Additionally, they help kids develop their creativity and imagination. These types of toys encourage kids to think outside the box and come up with new ideas. And that's a valuable skill that will serve them well throughout their lives. But perhaps the most important reason to invest in educational toys is that they simply make learning fun! And when learning is fun, it's more likely to stick! 

Best developmental toys for babies

A good learning toy is designed to help babies learn new skills and explore their world. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, the following ten toys are popular choices for baby's first year of life.

A simple activity center 

This is a great way for babies to start exploring their world. They can learn about cause and effect by pressing buttons and moving levers, and they can practice their gross motor skills by standing up and sitting down. The activity center tends to be aimed at children around 4-6 months of age

A simple activity center

A shape sorter toy

This is a great way for babies to learn about shapes and colors. They can practice matching the shapes to the appropriate openings, and they'll love dumping out all of the shapes when they're done! This type of toy can help develop logical thinking in kids 6 months old and above! Just make sure to accompany the playing time with kid-friendly instructions about shapes and colors. 

A shape sorter toy

Stacking Blocks

Stacking blocks are a classic building toy that helps babies develop hand-eye coordination and learn to stack objects in a specific order. This learning toy is good during the first 10-12 months of age, however, you can start implementing them when you see fit.

Stacking Blocks

Baby gym

This is one of the most common toys for newborns. A baby gym is the perfect developmental toy for these little ones, providing a safe and stimulating environment for them to play and learn. They often come equipped with a variety of toys, such as hanging bells and rattles, that can help to stimulate your baby's senses. In addition, baby gyms can help to promote physical development. Finally, they provide a safe place for your baby to practice tummy time and start to develop upper body strength.Babies can start using the baby gym when they are around 3-4 months.

Baby gym

Teething toy

Teething toys are a must-have for any baby who is going through the teething process. They are a safe, effective way to help relieve pain and discomfort of gums. In addition, teething toys help babies practice fine motor skills. As they chew on the toy, they exercise the muscles in their jaws and tongues. This helps them develop the coordination and strength necessary for eating solid foods. These toys are often included when kiddos are around 3-7 months old.

Teething toy

Books

It's no secret that babies love to touch things. They'll put anything and everything in their mouths, and they love to explore textures of all kinds. That's why interactive books are such an important developmental toy for babies. This interactive toy offers a variety of textures for babies to explore, as well as visual and auditory stimulation. In addition, the playful sounds and phrases help to encourage baby's language development. Most educational books are aimed for kids around 6-8 months old. Extra tip: buy board or cloth books, they’ll last longer!

Kids reading time

Musical instruments

Musical instruments are a great way for babies to explore sound and music. They also help promote eye-hand coordination as babies reach for the instruments and try to make them produce sound. Babies start responding to music at 24 months old!

Musical instruments for kids

Unbreakable mirror

Floor mirrors are a great way for baby to explore their own reflection. These mirrors also help promote self-awareness and human body recognition as baby sees themselves in the mirror. Even though babies’ sight is kind of blurry, it’s recommended to start including a mirror when they’re 2 months old.

(Source: Beau & Belle littles)

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