As a mom of three kids four and under, I’ve finally resigned myself to the fact that our house is going to be teeming with toys for, well, pretty much the foreseeable future. So, I’m surrendering my efforts at trying to keep family and friends from buying toys altogether, and instead I’ll be sharing this list.
If my kids’ toys are going to fill up my entire house (you’re slacking, playroom), then at least they can be teaching something along the way.
Here are some of our favorite finds:
This multi-use easel is great for free drawing, learning the alphabet, tracing, learning recognition, and more. Bonus: it can be folded into a table!
This subscription box comes loaded with new hands-on activities each month. The best part? All of the materials are in one place for you, so working together with your little on the intended skills can be convenient and hassle free!
Littles will love getting the chance to be paleontologists as they chisel, brush, and dig to find the fossil buried within the “rock”.
Who didn’t spend hours playing Tetris when they were growing up? How cool is it that now you can share the game from your childhood with your kids in puzzle form?
This subscription box is seriously cool. It comes with activity cards, tools, and a mission for the whole family to join in on an outside excursion. What a great way to teach basic survival skills to your kids and enjoy quality time together!
These vehicles come in several different tractor and truck forms. The toy tools replicate real tools, and the skills needed to pull the vehicles apart and put them back together are great for little ones’ reasoning and motor skills practice.
This is the coolest gift for the little scientist in your life! This station comes complete with the supplies needed for several different experiments and is awesome for kids who love to explore and learn.
These MarbleSpark stories can be personalized with your child’s name as the main character. How cool is that?! There are several different books to choose from, all of which will make your kid feel like the hero.
This is another gift that is awesome for giving kids the chance to practice their motor skills. They can build a shape from the patterns provided, or they can get creative and make something entirely their own!
The possibilities are endless with what can be built with these pipes and joints. My kid would spend hours entertained by this set!
Kids can learn number sense and value while playing this game. Plus, it’s really stinkin’ cute!
“I Spy” is one of those games that can be played anywhere—and now, it’s in book form!
This cute light-up terrarium can double as a science experiment AND a sweet night light. Win/win!
Preschoolers are just about the most curious humans alive. This microscope gives them the chance to take a closer look at the world around them!
As a mom of a little boy who is SO curious about the world, I love this globe! Kids can choose a spot on the globe and virtually “travel” there. That’s a lot cheaper than a plane ticket, right?
“But whyyyyy?” is without a doubt the most common (and most exhausting) phrase that comes out of my 4-year-old’s mouth. Why this? Why that? This book will satisfy some of those curious questions (and probably prompt more).
Kids can learn the basics of coding with a hopscotch-style game. This is SUCH a cool and relevant game for the technology-driven world we’re raising our kids in. Plus, the exercise is an added bonus!
I spent HOURS as a young kid building marble runs all across our dining room and living room. My mom probably would have been wise to gift me this marble track set at the time. . . instead, she had to deal with massive amounts of unrolled toilet paper and paper towels strewn about so I could use the cardboard tubes. Sorry, mom!
I love this playset for curious little minds. It’s fun, and it’s would also be a great tool for getting a doctor-wary kid a little more comfortable before her next visit!
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