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10 Ten Educational Toys For Ages 3 And Up – August 2018 Guide

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I’ve gathered this month’s list of my favorite educational toys geared towards children ages 3 and up. Many of these toys are appropriate for preschool and beyond. (For this month’s guide for children ages 3 and under, click here).

It’s August so we’re in back to school mode. Getting educational toys this month will help your child to get excited about learning outside of school. If they’re playing, they’ll forget that they’re learning!

Many of these toys come from respected brands and there’s a wide variety of toys to fit many different interests. So have fun exploring this month’s picks and let’s jump into it!

1. Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope

Recommended Ages: 36 Months-6 years.

Size: 10 x 7.5 x 6 inches, 0.8 pounds

Batteries: Requires 3 AAA Batteries (not included)

Colors: One unit available.

The Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope is a great way to help your child develop an appreciation for STEM. I remember my first microscope, and I wanted to look at everything. Your child will too! This microscope was designed by a scientist and mother so great care was taken in the design to make sure that its easy for a child to use and it will capture their imagination. Features include 8x magnification, 2 extra large easy-focus eyepieces, and an LED light for brighter viewing. Children can start examining leaves, coins, stamps, and more. Things become so much more fascinating when they’re bigger!

2. VATOS Take Apart Car Bulldozers Assembly

Recommended Ages: 3-6 years old.

Size: 13 x 5 x 6.3 inches, 9.6 ounces

Batteries: 2 AA Batteries for the drill, 3 AA Batteries for the vehicle (not included)

Colors: One selection.

Kids have a natural inclination to want to pull things apart. The VATOS Bulldozer and Truck Assembly kit allows for your child to foster that curiosity without breaking anything of yours. This toy will not only entertain them, but will help them to build manipulation skills, hand-eye coordination, distinguish shapes, and mold their little imaginations. Parents can work with their children to take apart and put together the pieces in the kit. Once it’s finished, your child will have a proud sense of accomplishment and will want to do it over and over again.

3. Joyful Premium Doctor Play Set with Lab Coat, Phone

Recommended Ages: 36 Months and up.

Size: 8.9 x 6.8 x 6.3 inches, 1.81 pounds

Batteries: None required.

Colors: One selection.

Paging Doctor! Paging Doctor!  I don’t know how many doctor sets I had as a child but it was one of my favorite toys. I loved the little stethoscopes, shots, and prescription pads. Your child will also love dressing the part by wearing the little white lab coat that’s included. Pretend play not only helps develop your child’s imagination, but they also learn communication skills with the included phone toy. Try taking pictures as your little one patches you up, makes for a great photo opportunity. Your child will also learn to develop ideal doctor qualities of kindness, empathy, and learning to work with others.

4. Moonlite Smartphone Story Projector Starter Pack Bundle

Recommended Ages: 4 – 6 years old.

Size: Varies

Batteries: None required.

Colors: One selection.

Now you have a brand new way to read stories to your child. The Moonlite Smartphone Story Projector allows you to turn your smartphone into a projector, and your child’s bedroom ceiling into a magical movie screen. Your child will develop a new appreciation for their favorite stories after seeing them on this fun device. The story projector just attaches to your smartphone and you shine the light to show vibrant illustrations and words. Get the starter pack bundle to have lots of different stories to read with your child. The starter pack includes the smartphone projector and stories like Goodnight Moon and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! New stories are constantly added so collect them as they’re released.

5. Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit

Recommended Ages: 6 years and up.

Size: 14.5 x 1 x 1 inches, 1.7 pounds

Batteries: None required. Does require tablet or computer to run app.

Colors: One selection.

Now your child can learn to code with one of their favorite characters. Children will follow the included instructions to build their very own wand. By building it themselves, they’ll also learn how it works. They will use the free Kano app to complete over 70 challenges to help them understand the world of computer coding. Over 200 sounds and characters will keep them engaged for hours. The kit includes wand parts, PCB with codable LED, button, batteries, step-by-step book, stickers, and a poster.

6. Happy Farm Velcro Cards

Recommended Ages: 36 Months – 10 years old.

Size: 9.8 x 6.3 x 2 inches, 11.7 ounces.

Batteries: None required.

Colors: One selection.

This is the educational toy that grows with your child. Your child can learn about dogs, cats, hens, cows, fish, mice and rabbits. The velcro cards allow your child to develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor abilities. It also encourages critical thinking, memory, social skills, and imagination. The cards are durable and waterproof to ensure they last for years. Two to three-year-olds will enjoy matching the cards by shadow images, 3-5-year-olds learn about what animals eat and drink, 4-6-year-olds learn about animal footprints, and children 6 years and up will develop communication skills by using each card to describe their favorite animals and telling stories.

7. Insect Lore Butterfly Garden Gift Set with Prepaid Voucher

Recommended Ages: 4 years and up.

Size: 8.9 x 8.7 x 3.5 inches, 12 ounces

Batteries: None required.

Colors: One selection.

Help your child develop a new appreciation for insects and metamorphosis by allowing them to watch the caterpillars turn to butterflies with this Insect Lore Gift Set. They’ll develop a love for science and living things while they care for the caterpillars and release them as butterflies. The kit includes the butterfly mesh habitat, flower-shaped butterfly feeder and cup holder, a guide, 3D stickers, and a prepaid voucher for a cup of caterpillars.

Note: Live insects are not included with this gift set. Use the included voucher or order them here. Enhance your child’s education by reading them books like the National Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to Butterfly.

8. Boogie Board Clearview eWriter

Recommended Ages: 3 years and up.

Size: 8.7 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches

Batteries: 1 Lithium Metal Battery required. (Included).

Colors: One selection.

This is a great school for homeschoolers, Montessori learners, or just practicing math facts or for the spelling test. This tablet allows your child to practice writing, drawing, or anything else they may want to do. Younger children will have lots of fun making marks on the tablet even if they’re too young to really write. Parents can download the free flashcard app that helps your child learn to write through tracing. You get the Boogie Board, 20 free flashcards, stylus with built-in holder, and a single touch erase button. You also get a one-year replacement and a 5-year replaceable battery. Help your child to develop writing skills along with concentration.

9. Lezhi Chinese Rings Puzzle

Recommended Ages: 6 years and up.

Size: 2.4 x 2.4 x 2.4 inches

Batteries: None required.

Colors: Choose from set A+B (pictured) or C.

The Lezhi Puzzle is the perfect game for developing minds. The Chinese puzzle is one of the oldest toys around and it encourages logic and creative thinking. Sixteen different styles of metal rings will give your child the challenge they crave and helps them to improve their IQ and concentration skills. Don’t worry about sharp edges. The metal rings are specially made where they won’t injure your child. This brain teaser will be great fun for them, and you too.

10. Jurassic World STEM Playleontology Kit

Recommended Ages: 5 and up.

Size: 3.8 x 10 x 8 inches, 7 ounces

Batteries: None required.

Colors: One selection.

Amazon’s number one new release! Based off the popular movie series, now your little paleontologist can dig up and create their very own museum display. They develop an appreciation for STEM skills while they assemble a small tyrannosaurus rex that comes to life when they’re finished! The kit includes three tools for digging (hammer, brush, and shovel). The set also includes a plaque with T-rex facts.

What are some of your favorite educational toys? Tell us in the comments below!

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Whitney Foster is an entrepreneur and educator from Cleveland, OH. She's a foodie and loves crafting, particularly crochet and cross stitching. She also loves children and learning about the world around her.

6 comments on “10 Ten Educational Toys For Ages 3 And Up – August 2018 Guide”

  • As a father of three I have always looked for long-lasting educational toys. Articles like these make my like a little easier.
    I do like your selection here; not only are such toys manipulative, they also help our kids develop early interests.
    I will benchmark your website and come back for future references. Thank you for such an exhaustive post.

  • Hi Whitney,
    I’m a mom of three kids (3.5, 6.5 and 8y old). My oldest daughter birthday is in the middle of September and I started to look for a present for her.
    Number 5 on your list looks like an interesting option, as she was already introduced to Scratch coding during the last year.
    Do you know if this coding is similar to Scratch, easier or more difficult?
    For the little boy, I might think about this cute doctors kit or a bulldozer, as he loves to take things apart.
    What would you recommend for a 6.5y old boy who dreams to become an engineer?

    Thank you for compiling this list. Most of the options are new for me and it’s great to learn about them


    • Hi Mary,

      Thanks for your comment! I would think that the Harry Potter Coding kit would be a great way to supplement Scratch. The challenges included with the Kano app vary in difficulty so a beginner can complete them or an expert looking for a challenge. The coding challenges are designed in a step-by-step style and the user can level up when they’re ready, kinda like a video game.
      For your 6.5-year-old, The K’NEX 100 Model Building Set might be a good option or similar products. It’s an 863 piece engineering educational toy with real working parts, and it’s designed with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) in mind. The parts would allow him to create a variety of structures.
      I hope this helps and I’m glad you enjoyed my post!

  • Hi Whitney, I love the selection of your toys. I wish I had the Clearview ewriter drawing when my sloppy hand writing boy was young. The goal is to get kids learning while playing and it achieves that. I hope Amazon have enough supplies because these toys will be a great gift on Christmas. Job well done.

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