buying guide learning toys

use age as your gauge.

Kids will be kids: Please keep in mind that all children develop at their own pace.
  • early development (ages 0–2).

    So many changes take place from birth to 2 years old that we've compiled a separate guide to toys for this age group. Check it out for ideas that help babies discover their world. baby toys buying guide shop all learning toys ages 0–2

  • ages 3–4.

    Preschoolers' little hands and feet are busy as their coordination improves. And while they're strengthening problem-solving skills and imaginative play, friendships are also starting to develop. shop all learning toys ages 3–4

  • ages 5–7.

    Know a budding mini-musician? Now is the perfect time to introduce music and instruments. Memory is stronger now, as is their athleticism and ability to complete puzzles and follow rules. shop all learning toys ages 5–7

  • ages 8–9.

    3,000 new words a year–yup, that's what kids this age are learning. Pretend play is now often associated with real-life situations, and toys help foster their growing sense of independence. shop all learning toys ages 8–9

  • award-winning toys.

    From "best of" to "most loved," these toys have earned top honors from industry critics, parenting magazines, and moms and dads just like you. Find top picks to inspire, teach and entertain babies and kids of all ages. shop award-winning toys

play. it takes skill.

  • art.

    Creative, artistic activities encourage kids to express thoughts and feelings while building fine motor skills. Brighten a corner with an easel, or put together a fun jewelry-making kit with string, beads and charms. shop arts & crafts

  • counting & math.

    A quirky clock, play money and even a game of Go Fish are ways children become familiar with numbers. Math activities connect kids with the world and provide daily opportunities for learning. shop teaching tools

  • geography.

    Encourage kids' exploration of the world and their local environment with an interactive globe or map, or a fun trivia game. Math, language and even art can all be learned through geography. shop more learning toys

  • music.

    Encourage musical musings with a child-size guitar or keyboard. A colorful radio or other music player also makes music fun—and the benefits of music, rhythm and tone can even help in the classroom. shop musical toys & instruments

  • reading & writing.

    Through reading and writing, children learn essential language, social and research skills. Personalize a gift with age-appropriate workbooks and fun pencils, or help a toddler learn their ABCs with a board book. shop learning books

  • science.

    Fuel interplanetary adventures with a solar system set, or ignite a little scientist's imagination with a circuit kit or microscope. Children learn about the principles of science while strengthening fine motor skills. shop more learning toys

  • social skills.

    Sharing, taking turns and patience are all learned through play. Look for board games, sports equipment and pretend play items—any toy that inspires interaction helps kids learn essential skills for toys

electrify learning.

  • tablets.

    With the interactive touch screen on products like the LeapPad and InnoTab, kids will feel as tech-savvy as mom and dad. Interactive academic content is complemented by fun apps like an art studio and a built-in camera, which take kids beyond the basics. shop all kids' tablets

  • readers.

    Electronic readers like the Tag, Tag Junior and V.Reader put the fun in reading fundamentals. Older kids can reinforce classroom basics like phonics and comprehension, while younger kids can sound out letters and sounds with the help of their favorite storybooks. shop all readers

  • handheld learning systems.

    Learning is disguised by video games with handheld learning systems like the Leapster Explorer, Leapster2 and MobiGo. Favorite characters help prepare kids for the classroom, and features like touch screens and slide-out keyboards make learning fun.

    shop all handheld learning systems

fun. unplugged.

  • board games.

    Traditional board games build memory and encourage playful interaction. Counting skills, learning to share and fine motor skills are also greatly helped with board games. shop all board games

  • building toys.

    Kids get creative when assembling their own structures, and they learn to follow directions when using the instructions. The fun continues when kids interact with their creation. shop all building sets & blocks

  • musical instruments.

    Encouraging a child to play an instrument provides them with a lifelong outlet for creativity. Regular practice encourages children to work through challenges and provides structure and discipline. shop all musical toys & instruments

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