These are my favorite toddler educational toys that I’ve come across. We own each of these and they are all seriously loved by Jackson. They also make awesome Christmas gifts if you’re starting to look!
I’ve written about this product before, but it is amazing! I love everything about this toy; it’s educational, easy, located in the kitchen (bonus for playtime and cooking combined into one) and you can introduce as early as one and my son who’s 2 ½ still loves to play with it. I love how it teaches the phonemic sound each letter makes as well as the 3 levels of difficulty. Great product! I’ve recommended it to so many of my friends.
We don’t typically watch too much television or at least I try not to. But I do allow Jackson to watch some tv in the car (long story but he was a horrible car rider when he was little, so we got him a car tv to help) and he watched this DVD. If you’re looking for an educational movie for your toddler, this is the one to watch. I’d actually play this DVD the first month of school when I taught kindergarten during pack up time and it really helps to teach kids letter sounds.
When Jackson goes to my parent’s house, he loves to play on the computer and type with my mom- he’s actually gotten really good at it! I thought it would be cute to get him his own “laptop.” So far, he’s enjoyed it!
This is a tad early for Jackson, but we’ve been reading to him since he was a week old, so he really understands print and how to read books- left to right, tracking with his finger, etc. This is a pen that you touch with the words and it reads it to you, sounds out the words, and says the letters. Pretty cool! I used this when I taught kindergarten during literacy centers and the kids absolutely loved it!
This is by far my new favorite toy! It is so cool. It only took Jackson a few times to understand how it works. It’s a robot that you give commands to by pressing buttons and the robot does those commands (like go forward, backwards and to the side). It’s called “coding” which makes it even that much cooler- haha. It also has 3 levels that grow with him as he gets older- increases in skill and difficulty. This is one of my favorite finds.
We love all of their puzzles and they last forever. We have about 10 puzzles that we put in rotation. I’ll typically have 1-2 puzzles on the coffee table in the living room at a time and rotate them about every couple of weeks, so he doesn’t get bored with them.
#7: Books Books and More Books
This is definitely the best thing you can do with your child- read to them every day. One of my favorite quotes is “Children are made readers in the laps of their parents.” When I taught kindergarten, I really tried to encourage parents to read every night for at least 5-15 minutes to their child. By the end of the year, you would see so much growth in the kids whose parents read to them each night.
My Elementary Education Reading professor shared an amazing list of the BEST books for early childhood. I am going to work on editing the list and adding it to my blog! Get on my email list and snag a freebie so you don’t miss it when I release the list.
These are super cool but a tad pricey. Jackson goes through phases in which he is obsessed with them and then doesn’t play with them much. I keep this toy in rotation. They are super fun to play with and build things. Daddy loves to do this with him- I think Daddy likes to build with it as much as Jackson haha (sometimes more).
It’s a little red briefcase that can be carried around. The letters come out like puzzle pieces. Jackson has made his own little game with them and hides them around the room and then finds them. We’ve definitely lost a couple of pieces from this though lol. Need to look under the couch. But he loves to take it with him to his grandparents and play with it. Great car toy too.
#10: Kid O A-Z Magnatab
This was a really cool Atlanta kids’ shop find but apparently, they sell it on Amazon too. I love how it teaches kids the correct way to form letters. As a kindergarten teacher, it’s so important to teach kids the correct way to form letters. It’s really nice to have this to help teach the correct form so your child’s kindergarten teacher isn’t having to correct a lot.
I added this bonus one because I am not actually sure about it yet. We own it but it’s a Christmas present for Jackson, so I am saving it. I’ve heard amazing things. I can’t wait to try it out. I’ll be sure to let you know how good it is!
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