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The Best Educational Toys That Kids Will Actually Love

Educational toys for kids

‘Tis the season for gift giving…and of course than means wish lists from kids a mile long.

If y’all are like me, you want at least a few of those presents to be practical (read: clothes or a new backpack) and a few to be frivolous (those are easy enough to come by, you don’t need any suggestions on that front).

I also want to throw in some educational items, but I don’t always want them to scream, “THIS IS FOR LEARNING!” Because toys that feel like school just. aren’t. toys.

So in that spirit I offer to you the following educational toys…they are chock full of fun and the kids won’t even notice that their brains are absorbing facts and knowledge and book-learnin’ stuff and the like.

Any one of these toys is sure to put a smile on the face of a child on your shopping list. And parents (and probably teachers!), too. :)

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  • Smithsonian Motor-Works lets kids build a real 4-cylindar engine…and then watch it function! 1 of 10
    Smithsonian Motor-Works lets kids build a real 4-cylindar engine...and then watch it function!
    Seriously, a lot of adults could learn about how spark plugs and pistons and belts and fans and valves all work together with this toy. *ahem*
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica US Presidents Interactive Learning Game 2 of 10
    Encyclopaedia Britannica US Presidents Interactive Learning Game
    Who was the tenth President? When was he born, who was the First Lady, how did he distinguish himself? This toy knows...great for when Mama doesn't!
  • Abacus Wooden Counting Toy 3 of 10
    Abacus Wooden Counting Toy
    Does it get more old school than a wooden abacus? They teach little kids counting, patterns, and colors, and older ones mathematics. Plus they just look cool.
  • Celestron 21024 FirstScope Telescope 4 of 10
    Celestron 21024 FirstScope Telescope
    Make that budding astronomer happy with this entry-level telescope. Easy to use, easy to tote around, easy to learn!
  • LeapFrog Scribble and Write 5 of 10
    LeapFrog Scribble and Write
    Learning to write letters was never so high-tech. Kids learn letter recognition and fine motor control while playing with this light-up toy. Yay!
  • Elenco Snap Circuits Green – Alternative Energy Kit 6 of 10
    Elenco Snap Circuits Green - Alternative Energy Kit
    Building electrical circuits + exploring green energy options = playing? Yes, with this hands-on learn-while-they-play system.
  • Quercetti Skyrail Rollercoaster with Elevator – a marble run suspension system. 7 of 10
    Quercetti Skyrail Rollercoaster with Elevator -  a marble run suspension system.
    Have a future structural engineer? This toy is for them!
  • HexBugs…crab stylin’ 8 of 10
    HexBugs...crab stylin'
    These guys behave like real crabs...retreating from sights and sounds, side-walking, and hiding in dark areas. Pretty cool.
  • InnoTab 2 Learning App Tablet 9 of 10
    InnoTab 2 Learning App Tablet
    This tablet for kids takes photos and videos, features educational apps, and has interactive eBooks. So much fun, and no more, "Mom, can I use your iPad?"
  • Learning Tunes Karaoke 10 of 10
    Learning Tunes Karaoke
    Karaoke for kiddies! This little karaoke machine has an educational twist...the LCD screen's animations help teach letters and numbers.

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