There is so much learning that can be done through play. This is a list of 100 Educational Toys for Kids of all ages. Some of the toys are explicitly educational while others allow the child to explore the world around them and use their imagination to express themselves. I hope that you find toys that would suit your own children among this list.

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Building Toys

Building toys help to encourage problem solving as well as motor skills, hand-eye coordination and creative thinking. They are great for pretend play as well as learning about basic architecture concepts. Below you will find building toys that are suitable for a wide variety of ages and interests.

Wooden Blocks 12 months +
LEGO DUPLO 18 months – 5 years
Magnetic Toys Building Tiles 3+
YOXO Creative Building Toy 4+
Lego Education Kit 4+ years
Crazy Forts 5-9 years
Laser Pegs 5+
Knex 7+
Young Architect 10-14 years
Da Vinci Catapult Kit 14+ years
Tengwang Pavilion Metal Building Puzzle 14+ years
Arckit Architectural Model Building Kit 14+ years
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Musical Toys

Musical toys have a wide range of benefits including boosting cognitive skills, encouraging creativity and the development of fine and gross motor skills. Below are musical toys to fit a wide range of ages.

Bright Beats 6 months – 3 years
Mini Band Wooden Percussion Instrument 24 months +
Rainbow Sound Blocks 24 months +
Learn and Groove Musical Mat 2-5 years
Band in a Box 3 -6 years
VTech Record and Learn KidiStudio 3-6 years
Konga Drum
Lap Harp
Diggin Wobble Deck 5-8 years
Compose Yourself Music Card Game 6-15 years
Learn To Play Ukulele Starter Kit
Electronic Drum Kit with Built-In Learning Tools


STEM toys help teach science, technology, engineering and math. These toys have many benefits including promoting creativity and divergent thinking. Many toys also help develop hand-eye coordination and spatial skills. Check out my picks below for STEM toys for a range of age groups.

Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar 3-8 years
Catch & Count Fishing Game 3+ years

Count Your Chickens! Game
3+ years

Design & Drill Activity Center 3-6 years
My First Microscope 3-6 years
Gears! Gears! Gears! Build and Bloom Building Kit 4+
Robot Turtles Game 4-15 years
Geology Game with Rock and Mineral Collection 5+ years
Code & Go Robot Mouse 5+ years
Osmo Coding Game 5-10 years
Kano Build Your Own Computer Kit 6-14 years
Mind Blowing Science 6+ years
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Code Master Programming Logic Game 8+ years
Makey Makey Invention Kit 8-10 Years
Ozobot 2.0 8+ years
Snap Circuits Light Kit 8-15 years
Discovering Stem – Newton's Laws 8-15 years
Meccanoid 2.0 10+ years
Prime Climb Math Game 10+ years
Water Rocket Kit 14+ y ears

Arts & Crafts

Art is an excellent way to encourage creative thinking and build confidence. It is also a great way to express feelings and collaborate with others. Use art as a way to teach your child to observe the world around him and interpret what he sees. Below is a variety of art supplies and art themed toys and games for a wide range of ages.

Little Hands First Scribble 2+ years
Play-Doh 3+ years
Lacing Beads 3+ years
Toddler Art Easel 3-8 years
Crayola Art Case 4+ years
Craft Simply Needlepoint 5+ years
Perler Beads 5+ years
SunPrint Paper 6-12 years
Beeswax Candle Making Kit 6+ years
Easy-to-do Crochet 8+ years
3D Doodler Pen 14+ years
Wood Burning Kit 14+ years

Pretend Play Toys

Pretend play offers so many positive benefits for children including language development, building self esteem and using their imagination. This list offers many pretend play toys for both boys and girls.

Camping Set 2+ years
Hat Collection 3+ years
Doctor Set 3+ years
House Cleaning Set 3+ years
Food Groups 3+ years
Cash Register 3+ years
Play Silks 3+ years

Macaw Finger Puppet
3+ years

Number Lovin’ Oven

Fishing Set 3+ years
Create A Farm 3+ years
Pretend School 3+ years
Cowboy Role Play 3+ years
Wooden Took Kit 3+ years
Cafe Play Tent 3+ years
Play Kitchen 3+ years

Literacy Toys

Toys in this category help encourage reading and writing skills including letter and number recognition. I am not going to pout ages on many of the toys in this category since kids are at different literacy levels at different ages. Look for toys that are appropriate for your child’s developmental level.

Animal ABC Flash Cards

VTech Write and Learn Creative Center

LeapFrog LeapStart

Sandpaper Letter Cards
Phonics Dominoes 6+ years
Magnetic Poetry
Digital Bookmark with Reading Timer
Draw and Write Journal
Reading Eggs – Free Trial
See & Spell Boards
Alphabet Stamp Set
Little Speller Phonics Station
Wordical Game 8+

Outdoor Toys

We all know that there are so many benefits to kids playing outside. They learn physical skills, explore their world, and even exercise in a fun way. The toys in this section are fun because I think that’s all you really need outside. Yes, some may be explicitly educational but others are just great for getting your kid off the couch and out the door.

Infant to Toddler Swing 6 months – 3 years
Hide and Seek Climber 12 months +
T-Ball Set 18 months +
Water Table 18 months – 5 years
Garden Table 18 months +
Bring the outdoor fun indoors with the Gorilla Gym 3-12 years
Balance Board 3+ years
Outdoor Science Discover Set 3+ years
Soccer Set 4+ years
Disc Golf Set 5+ years
Lawn Darts Game 5+ years
Spider Web Swing 6 years +
Rocket Launcher Set 6+ years
Boochie Ball Game 8+ years
Pogo Stick
Build Your Own Drone Kit

I hope that this list helps you find fun educational toys for the children in your life. There is so much learning that can be done through play! Thanks for having a look.

Love, Cassie

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