Best Educational Toys for Toddlers 2022
Wednesday, 13 April 2022 | Charis
As our little ones enter the toddler phase, their minds are more open to learning new things, skills and tasks! They want to explore the world around them and ask all the questions in the world! And while they’re only toddlers for a little while (sobs quietly…) they have so many developmental milestones going on during this period! This is a great time to incorporate educational toys into their playtime! Watching our little ones enjoying the magic of childhood, play and imagination is so rewarding, but it’s even better when we know they’re also learning at the same time! Pssst we’ll let you into a secret… our little ones are always learning (yes all the time!). So you won’t always need ‘specialist’ toys! Lots of typical toys have educational elements to them!
What are educational toys?
Types of educational toys
Helping your little one on their journey to discover the world around them is such a fun experience not just for them but you too! At the toddler stage learning should all be about fun with an emphasis on learning through play! To get your little one on their learning journey, we’ve put together a guide of our favourite educational toys for toddlers…
As our little ones move from their first 12 months to the next, their play gets more fun and involved. At this age children are learning how objects are used together, their fine motor skills are developing are they are able to use their fingers to grasp items, put objects in and out of containers and love to stack toys together! Here's some great toys to incorporate into their play!
This award winning wooden sensory toy from Le Toy Van is full of sensory stimulating activities, that will explore sight, sounds and touch! Shake to hear a jingling bell, look through the kaleidoscope, touch the fluffy fabric! This set also encourages colour and shape matching too! As with all our Le Toy Van wooden toys, this sensory toy is made from sustainable FSC wood.
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Children are never too young to learn about emotions! These tactile emotion stones depict common emotions allowing your children to learn the names of different emotions and recognise what they may look like! The stones can be used to help your little one communicate their own feelings easier and teach them about empathy!
A classic children's toy, this wooden cutting fruit set can help improve their dexterity and fine motor skills all while pretending to be like the grownups! This set can be used to build on language skills through repetition and question prompts.
Another award winning favourite here at The Kid Collective, The Wee’Un is a folding Pikler inspired indoor climbing frame which can be used as an aid for learning to sit, crawl, stand, cruise and climb and so much more. Perfect for that active 2-year old in your life! This piece is a great investment toy which can be added to as your child grows, with a slide and games!
At three years old, children are more able to understand the concept of counting and may recognise several numbers. They're more interested in role-play, and will engage in more independent play but are open to playing with other children and learning the concept of sharing! They are also refining the motor skills they learnt as a two year old - its tough being three!
A well-loved toy here at The Kid Collective, this Plan Toys beehives game is creative and unique take on a fine motor skills toy - match the bee to it's hive using the pincer grip or the tweezers. It's also great for colour recognition and counting! The fun hive shapes make it great for children to work out how to balance the hives on top of each other too! Also available in rainbow colours.
Puzzles are great for toddlers as they begin to learn the idea of something being 'whole' and how the puzzle pieces make up the bigger picture! The beautiful illustrations on the Londji puzzles also make them great for storytelling, colour and shape recognition and problem solving! This fun pirate themed puzzle has four smaller puzzles that build up to make one larger one - great for making stories up about finding the hidden treasure at the bottom of the sea!
This extensive role-play hairdresser set from Little Dutch has everything your little one needs to play stylist to the entire family! This fun set is great for developing social and communication skills, as they interact with whoever they are playing with be it family, friends or dolls and teddys! As well as being super fun, role-play toys are great for helping children to get into a character and acting out real life situations, which can also boost their confidence too!
Letter learning has never been more fun with this super tactile alphabet puzzles from Yellow Door. Known for their great range of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) learning resources and toys, Yellow Door make learning, creative, fun and engaging. These letter pebbles are great for letter recognition, early word building, sorting and counting! Made from a tactile stone and resin mix these letter pebbles can be used both indoors and outdoors to!
We are all constantly learning, and that's no truer than for our little ones! They are constantly taking on new information, learning and mastering new skills and tasks! This is the most magical time! With any of the above toys they'll definitely reap the benefits of learning through play! Browse our entire range of educational toys here! Or send a query through to our customer service team or chat to us on socials we're more than happy to help!