Investing in the right toys during the holidays can give your child months (or even years) of fun and learning.
Here’s our ultimate list of recommended educational gifts by age for the holidays!
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The holidays are a great time to get gifts that start building your baby’s skills to help him or her reach developmental milestones. From gross motor skills like crawling, standing, and walking, to speech and language skills like babbling and first words, here are some great toys that can help your baby stay on track!
As your baby drops a ball in the top of the box, then opens to find it is still there, he or she learns object permanence - an important cognitive concept.
This fun toy also helps develop your baby’s pre-language skills like understanding cause and effect.
A fun twist on a classic rattle, these maracas provide sensory input with different textures and sounds and bright colors. Hold one and give one to your baby as you shake and stop together to help him or her develop the concept of imitating!
When it comes to introducing books to your child, the earlier the better! The crinkle textures of the book keeps little eyes and ears engaged. Teach your child new vocabulary words by naming the simple black and white pictures. Encourage first words by saying words like, “peak a boo!” and “open!” repetitively.
Preschool: 3-4 Year-Olds
If your child started preschool this year, you’ll want to keep the learning going at home! These toys help teach early academic concepts. They also promote creativity, problem solving, and pretend play.
Kindergarten: 5-6 Year-Olds
7 Year-Olds and Up
Get your child’s critical thinking skills going during screen-free fun with these toys and activities!
Older children will love acting as geologists as they break open and study geodes. This STEM toy also includes a learning guide that your child can use to answer the “why” and “how” questions related to minerals!