The three and under crowd needs to have fun too! In putting together my list of educational toys for preschoolers, I found that many of the toys were best for children ages 3 and up. What about those on the other end? So I went back online and dug up 10 more toys specifically made for children ages 3 and under. I came up with ten educational toys for toddlers.
For July, I searched for toys that are great indoor and outdoors, because you’ll need something for those rainy days. You’ll also want something to bring with you to the pool. This list includes the newest toys of some of my favorite brands including Melissa and Doug and Playskool. These toys can withstand hard bangs and curious, slobbery mouths!
Recommended Ages: 12 months and up.
Your toddler will quickly recognize their friends Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Oscar The Grouch on this new Sesame Street Playskool Friends Singing Friends Piano. Toddlers can press the piano keys while exploring colors and shapes. Not only are they playing their very first instrument, but they are learning at the same time. The Sesame Street character’s mouth’s open when your toddler presses the corresponding key, adding more fun to their jam session. The piano plays 5 preschool songs.
Recommended Ages: 3-36 months.
Your toddler will love squeezing the Fisher-Price Groove and Glow BeatBo. It also helps them to develop fine motor and sensory skills. The stuffed animal design and feel makes it a great companion for your child to bring with them where ever they go. When they want to play, they can press his tummy for music and 5 songs. They’ll also enjoy watching him light up when the music starts. The lights play in sync with the music to help give them an understanding of rhythm and melody. By pressing his tummy, your toddler will develop hand-eye coordination.
Recommended Ages: 18 months-4 years.
Elmo’s back! The popular Sesame Street character wants to dance with your toddler. This toy gives your child an introduction to and appreciation for music while playing with their favorite character. The Sesame Street Playskool Friends Let’s Dance Elmo features 3 musical modes and teaches your child about animals and colors through song. The headphones double as a carrying handle and your child will love watching Elmo’s heart change colors and beat to the music. It features 10 songs including “La, la, la, la, Elmo’s World!”
Recommended Ages: 2-6 (under 3 with parental supervision, contains small parts).
While this toy does contain small parts, the activity cube early learning centre is a great toy for you and your toddler to enjoy together. It encourages your child to recognize shapes, colors, numbers, and letters. They also get an introduction to telling time with the colorful clock. This toy features 8 activities for your child to choose from. They include the bead maze, flying chess, numeral flip board, recognize clock, shape sorter, colorful counting beads, interesting maze, and rainbow gear. This is the perfect game for your toddler to develop cognitive abilities and fine-motor skills while having lots of fun!
Recommended Ages: All Ages.
What better way to introduce your toddler to the classic nursery rhyme than with their first book! The Itsy Bitsy Spider Soft Activity book is sold by Melissa and Doug. Your toddlers will love using their senses as they feel the soft pages and squeeze for the inside crinkle sound. It looks like a friendly, blue, spider with eight striped legs and features the classic, printed rhyme with colorful illustrations. The book’s interactive nature will ensure a fun story time for you and your toddler.
Recommended Ages: 9 months-3 years.
The VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker is just as flexible as your growing toddler. It features a handle and wheels to help your child get comfortable on their feet and practice pushing and pulling with adjustable speed control on the wheels. When it’s time to sit down and practice fine motor play, it has a removable panel that will lay flat. The panel comes with 5 piano keys to teach music and creativity. There are also two colorful spinning rollers, a pretend phone handset, shape sorters and light up buttons. The panel plays over 70 songs, phrases, and sound effects. The features on this sit-to-stand toy will keep your toddler entertained for hours.
Recommended Ages: 2 and up
One of my favorite toys was my kitchen set, and it will likely be your toddler’s too! The Step2 Best Chef’s Toy Kitchen Playset. This toy will give little boys and girls an introduction to the kitchen and food. The play set features real clicking knobs and a stove burner with lights and realistic cooking sounds. There’s storage space with knobs for hanging the play cooking utensils and little cabinets for the pretend food. The Best Chef’s Toy Kitchen Playset comes with a 25-piece accessory set. Want to make kitchen play time even more realistic? Add play food! Try the KidKraft Tasty Treats Play Food Set.
Recommended Ages: 6 months and up
The Seaside Sidekicks Squirters Water Toys are made especially for little hands. Your toddler can exercise their fine motor muscles as they fill these with water and squeeze it back out. They’re a great toy to bring with you to the pool or use right in your bathtub. The bright colors and budging eyes will quickly catch the attention of your toddler. Each package comes with 4 funny-faced squirter toys.
Recommended Ages: 1-3.
The book’s interactive nature VTech Spin and Learn Color Flashlight teaches your toddler about opposites, colors, animals, and letters. Their curious hands will love pressing the buttons and hearing the toy speak fun phrases. When they press the turtle button, it switches the toy to a real flashlight mode. The handle makes it easy for them to carry. When it’s time to play, they spin the color-changing ring to make it shine in six different colors. The three buttons on the side allow your toddler to listen to music, nature sounds, learn letters, or play a game. To give them an introduction to opposites, the flashlight will tell them when they switch it on and off.
Recommended Ages: 18 months to 3 years.
This basketball net grows with your child! Whether you’re raising a future basketball star or just burning some energy, this junior basketball net will allow your toddler to develop gross motor skills while exploring one of the post popular sports out there. The set has four adjustable heights and a removable Sure Score rim that guides the ball through the basket, which build’s your little one’s confidence and self-esteem. As they get better with the game, just take the rim off to give them more of a challenge.