How Carefully Selected Children's Educational Toys
Develop Essential Learning Skills

Leap Frog Leapster2 Learning Game System
Electronic learning game

Playing with the right children's educational toys is probably one of the best ways to learn... for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and older kids. In fact, specific groups of toys are known to stimulate development of specific skills. So, when you engage children's curiosity and desire to have fun, learning comes naturally.

Let's look at some of the skills you can develop and improve by choosing the right group of toys. Also have a look at these learning toys for kids aged 5-10 years old.

Motor Skills

Motor skills are some of the first skills that children learn.  Gross motor skills are those that involve using a large number of muscles to make big movements, such as rolling over, crawling, running and jumping.

Tiny Love Super Deluxe Lights and Music Gymini Activity Gym
Activity mat
Play n ride train
Ride-on train
Haba walker wagon
Walker wagon

 Gross motor skill development can be encouraged through play. Here you can choose from activity mats, crawling tunnels, push toys, pull gadgets and ride-on toys

Many children's educational toys are good for developing fine motor skills... that's developing smaller movements, usually those of the hands and fingers.

Melissa & Doug Deluxe 10-Piece Alphabet Nesting and Stacking Blocks
Stacking blocks
Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker
Geometric stacker
Verde Verde Color Wood Foam Blocks
Foam blocks

Construction, building and wooden blocks and toys, toy castles, stacking rings, soft blocks as well as puzzles are some of the simplest and best. In fact, almost any small toy can encourage the refinement of fine motor skills.

Cognitive Development

Many children's educational toys concentrate on cognitive development. This includes things like remembering, problem solving and decision making. These skills are essential for success in school and all other aspects of life.

LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table
Activity center
Learning Resources Math Mat Challenge Game
Math mat
Fisher-Price TRIO King's Castle
Toy castle

For developing these skills you can look at alphabet toys, board games, science toys, electronic learning gadgets, math activities, math games, toys and more challenging games… even things like toy castles.

Any activity that requires imagination has the potential to encourage problem solving and decision making skills. Board games such as Memory and Bop It can help a child develop his memory. Adults might even benefit from playing them with their children.

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Social Skills

Social skills are learned through play with other children. Sharing and teamwork are two examples. These skills begin to develop in the preschool years. Proper development of social skills lays the foundation for good relationships with family and peers.

100 Piece Wood Blocks Set
Wood block set
Castle building blocks
Castle blocks
Duplo basic bricks
Duplo basic bricks

The same blocks and puzzles that help children develop fine motor skills can be used by a group of children to promote the development of social skills. Children can work together to build something or solve the puzzle. They can share blocks with each other. They learn to enjoy one another's company.

Melissa & Doug Underwater 48-Piece Floor Puzzle
Floor puzzle
76" x 47" Whale Ride on
Ride on whale
Water Gear Dive Rings
Dive rings

Two more types of children's educational toys I like for encouraging social interaction are playhouses and pool toys.

If you're looking for even more great kid toys, have a look at out Top 10 evergreen ones.

Bottom line

Little Tikes Endless Adventures Tikes Town
Play house

I believe kids should be given every opportunity to develop all skills and talents. Surely one of the easiest and fun ways to achieve this goal is to allow playing with and using carefully selected children's educational toys. So, rather than merely choosing the next best toy, let's make an informed decision next time.

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