5 Educational Toys For Growing Minds

Educational toys help children grow and develop in many different ways. Kids love a challenge. They enjoy tackling something new and working at it until they figure out how it works or how to accomplish the desired outcome. They crave developmentally challenging toys that allows them to use their imaginations to build things, solve problems and complete tasks. Exercising the mind is as important as exercising the body.

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Here are 5 educational toys for growing minds that are developmentally challenging and fun:

1. MindWare Imaginets – Kids are fascinated with magnets, which is one of the reasons why MindWare Imaginets is such a great learning toy. Children three and up can arrange these magnetic blocks on the board to make all kinds of designs from funny faces to animal shapes. The board is also a dry erase board so kids can draw a background for whatever they decide to create. The magnets are brightly colored and the set even comes with 50 design challenges to make things more interesting. MindWare Imaginets enhances both visual thinking and fine motor skills.
2. LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer – LeapFrog is known for having excellent learning toys and LeapPad2 Explorer is no exception. It has many wonderful features that help kids three years of age and up learn and grow while keeping them happily entertained for hours. Special features include 4GB memory, front and back cameras, video recorder, five apps and a faster processor. With this developmental toy, the learning opportunities are limitless!
3. Melissa & Doug Wooden Project Workbench – Do you have a little builder in the family? Some kids love to build things and then take them apart again. The Wooden Project Workbench is just the right size for little hands and it’s safe for kids three and over. It comes with nuts, bolts, tools, hardware, tool rack and even a vise grip that really works. This toy is designed for old fashion fun that comes direct from the imagination!
4. Anatex Deluxe Mini Play Cube – Kids three years old and up can learn math, colors, hand/eye coordination and visual tracking with the Deluxe Mini Play Cube. This activity cube has five different challenging features to captivate your child’s imagination. Sit it on a table or the floor for hours of stimulating fun!
5. LEGO Duplo Basic Bricks – LEGO Duplo Basic Bricks are perfect for toddlers, 18 months and older, to use their imagination to build all sorts of things. This set has 80 brightly colored assorted pieces that fit’s small hands perfectly. They’re safe for toddlers and sturdy so they hold up to the rough handling kids this age will put toys through.

Kids need toys they can interact with and learn from. The first few years of a child’s life is a critical time when they learn mostly from play. The more challenging a toy is, the more it motivates them to try a little harder to accomplish the task they’re faced with.

All kids learn at a different pace but that’s one of the reasons why the 5 educational toys for growing minds above are such good choices. They allow kids to grow and develop at their own speed while providing them with the tools needed to stretch their imaginations.

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50 Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Preschool Scientists

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Do you find it hard to come up with new stocking stuffers for your children? Fear no more! Here is a list of 50 stocking stuffer ideas that will inspire you.

Time is short, and if you want to avoid the craziness and long lines at the stores this coming week, you can buy all of these things online, from the comfort of your easy chair, maybe after your little one went to bed. Of course, if you like going to the store, most of these items can be found at your local stores.

  1. Science Legos
  2. Paper dolls
  3. Silly Putty
  4. Flashlights
  5. Science puzzles
  6. Bubble bath
  7. Play Visions Super Mondo Inside-Out Ball
  8. Toysmith Fossil Discovery Putty
  9. Scientific Explorer Jr. My First Outer Space Science Kit
  10. Be Amazing Toys Grow Snow
  11. Playskool Alphie Booster Pack – Music and Sounds
  12. One Hexbug Nano Glow-in-the-Dark Micro-Robotic Creature (colors may vary)
  13. Wonder Stars Super Kit
  14. Learning Resources Primary Science Magnifier & Tweezers
  15. Wild Science Lip Balm Lab
  16. 5″ Glow in the dark neon Lizards -12 pc toys
  17. Schylling Classic Tin Kaleidoscope
  18. Sid the Science Kids Why Do I need A Jacket?
  19. Safari Ltd Wild TOOB, Set
  20. Dress up accessories
  21. Crayon roll
  22. Markers
  23. Pipe cleaners
  24. Small craft kits
  25. Coloring book
  26. Small stuffed animal
  27. Chalk
  28. Bouncy balls
  29. Scientific Explorer My First Water Wonders Kit
  30. Insect Lore Watch-A-Bug
  31. Dowling Magnets Simply Science Magnet Mania Kit
  32. Melissa & Doug Sack of Snakes
  33. Rubber Band Paddle Boat
  34. Big Bunch O’ Bugs
  35. Connor’s Kits for Kids: Crystal Explosion
  36. Painless Learning Periodic Table Placemat
  37. Insect Lore Praying Mantis Life Cycle Stages
  38. Insect Lore Ladybug Life Cycle Stages
  39. Toysmith Glow in the Dark Planets and Supernova # 5234
  40. Nature Series: Science on Tracking Expedition
  41. Fascinations Solar Butterfly – Colors May Vary
  42. Toysmith Princess Kaleidoscope
  43. Uncle Milton – Rainbow In My Room
  44. KidKraft Doctor’s Take Along Kit
  45. Insect Lore Frog Life Cycle Stages
  46. Toysmith Optic Wonder
  47. Ultimate Fossil Kit – Set of 15 Real Fossils – Includes Rare Specimens!
  48. Sid the Science Kid: Sid and His School Friends 24 Piece Puzzle
  49. Toysmith Flingshot Parachute Monkey
  50. Connor’s Kits for Kids: Polymer Power