As a teacher, I feel that it is my duty to encourage you to purchase educational toys this holiday season for a variety of reasons. It just so happens that one of my favorite sites for toys and gifts has given me the perfect opportunity to highlight some great options.
Disclosure: I am writing this post as part of my Fat Brain Toys Partners in Play partnership. I will be receiving toys and a gift card for participating.
The clock is ticking away your time to find the perfect gift(s) for your loved ones. I know that it can be difficult to find a great present for some people. Shopping for children’s gifts can be hard if you don’t know exactly what is cool this year or your child already has too many toys that go unused. That’s one of the many logical reasons to opt for educational toys this year. Additionally, they will ensure that your gift will be enjoyed and put to good use all year round.
You can find holiday toy gifts that teach all year long by doing a bit of research. For starters:
- Pick gifts with expansion packs. Take the ASTRA Best Toys for Kids 2013 Award Winner, Squigz for example. It can encourage children to use their imagination to build things while inspiring them to think more strategically. It also has different sets you can purchase to enhance the experience of playing with them. You can get the 24 piece starter pack to get kids going. Then, you might purchase the 50 piece deluxe set later in the year to give them more play time. You can even get the Add on Set or Squigz Benders to add even more fun.
- Go with multi-project gifts. I like that Snap Circuits Jr. for this option. It can be used to build more than 100 different projects! Wow! I can imagine a child trying to build all 100 circuits over the course of several months. You can take it apart and accept the challenge to build something different the next time. It’s like starting your favorite game over again!
- Make the child the teacher. I know for a fact that to teach something, you must first fully comprehend it. That’s why I love the Pretend & Play School Set. It comes with several items to help little teachers get started. For instance, they can go over the calendar, how to tell time, or the 50 states. Then, once they’ve mastered those things, they could use the dry erase board in the middle to practice anything! They could teach about anything they’ve learned, from letters to what a dime looks like.
To me, the holidays are a perfect time to get loved ones what they need and want. I believe that educational toys that help children learn all year long are the way to go as they keep kids entertained and learning. It’s certainly a win-win and Fat Brain Toys has lots of other options to help you out. Although, you must order asap to receive your gifts in time for Christmas. So, check them out now!