Toys are the quintessential gift for Christmas, but you can use it to help encourage learning and meaning instead of just another thing to add to the toy box. Here are some ideas of educational toys for kids.
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#1. Pathfinders Design and Technology: Canadian. This company specializes in wooden model kits. Designs include working hydraulics, to good old-fashioned catapults, to movable characters like dragons, to recreating Leonardo DaVinci’s creations. Check out our review.
Where to Buy: Many educational stores carry this company’s products, or you can order straight from the company website, http://www.pathfindersdesignandtechnology.com/
#2.Wooden Knitting Tower. Learning to do some knitting is a great way to develop fine motor skills. These little wooden towers are a great way to start.
Where to Buy: Ava’s Appletree – a Canadian company. They have a lot of other natural and wooden toys as well – such as beeswax crayons, wooden weaving frames, and even tree slices for crafts.
#3. Bloco : Canadian. Building blocks made out of high-density foam. You can create all sorts of 3-D creatures and monsters by pushing small connectors between the pieces. There are a variety of different sets that you can mix and match: ogres, knights, dragons, dinosaurs, wild animals, reptiles, insects, pets, and more!
Where to Buy: You can buy many of their kits on Amazon.
#4. Straws & Connectors: Canadian. Created by Roylco, you can bring out the inner engineer in your child with this creative building set that uses a simple straw and connection idea to allow your child to build whatever they can imagine. From elaborate structures to 3D shapes to tunnels and arches. There are several options of sets that include different amounts of pieces – the smallest includes 185 and the largest over 700!
Where to Buy: Find their kits on Amazon, and many educational toy stores.
#5. Slap SHOTZ: Canadian. This toy takes the game of ball hockey and brings it to its knees. Instead of mini sticks, the paddles are actually plastic hockey blades that you hold onto. Helping kids with their physical activity and hockey skill development, these combine fun with unrealized learning.
Where to Buy: Many stores seem to carry them, but you can also buy them on Amazon.