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We at BUB love to support educational toys for our wee ones.
The impact on their little growing minds is fascinating to watch as those chubby fingers grasp onto fun learning tools. Not only do these recommended toys engage them for lengthy periods of time, but I find myself entertained as well.
Here is our list of 10 dynamic educational toys for ages up to 5 years and even older that are bound to engage, inspire and encourage your grandchild to increase his/her knowledge about the world around him/her.
- Hape Country Critters Play Cube ~ This wooden play cube has a different activity on every side, providing hours of play. The Cube features a shape sorting puzzle, a ball roller coaster, rotating maze and a tracking panel, all topped with a brightly-colored, unique floating wire maze. Boredom will not be a problem with the various fun adventures little ones can engage in. My grandson learned to pull himself up and stand next to it, using it for balance while he played. At 13.8 x 13.8 x 19.7 inches and 13.4 pounds, it provides a good, solid support. Made of quality wood construction and finished with non-toxic details, this is a piece that is sure to be in your family for years to come.
2. Djeco / First Puzzles, In the Jungle ~ This set includes four different very colorful puzzles of various sizes. It includes one each of 3pc, 4 pc, 5 pc and 6 pc animal puzzles. They are thick, durable, brightly colored and entertaining. Each puzzle animal comes with a very small completed version, so kids don’t need to keep looking at the box cover. It certainly takes and improves hand coordination, and once your toddler figures out how to join two pieces, he/she can move on to joining three and so on. Piecing puzzles together is a good activity for toddlers developing their concentration and fine motor skills.
3. Janod Story Box Safari Set ~ Janod Story Box Safari is an adventure ready to go! We’re off on a safari day to discover savannah animals! Includes 19 wooden pieces sold in a box in the shape of a hut to complete the setting. Great quality, highly entertaining for preschoolers. 19 pieces include elephant, hippo, giraffe, lion, zebra, alligator, antelope, ostrich, monkey, safari explorer, safari nurse, cruiser and trailer, 2 palm trees, 4 fence sections. The storage box becomes the play scene. Designed in France, the chunky pieces are great for little hands. Because some of the pieces are small, this is recommended for ages 3 and over.
4. Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Bella Butterfly Tea Set ~ A granddaughters dream! With rosy colors and charming decorations, this 17-piece butterfly-themed set sweetens pretend-play tea parties. The durable, food-safe plastic components are usable at snacktime, too, and sturdy enough for outdoor play! This set is made of food grade plastic and includes teapot with lid, creamer, sugar bowl with lid, 4 cups, 4 saucers and 4 spoons. The pieces are BPA-free, PVC-free and food safe. The set also includes ideas to inspire hours of games and imaginative play.
5. Green Toys Fire Truck ~ Put out 3-alarm blazes. Rescue kittens from treetops. Protect the environment from harm. This is just a typical day in the life of the Green Toys Fire Truck, the world’s greenest emergency vehicle. Solidly constructed from 100% recycled plastic milk containers that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Green Toys Fire Truck has no metal axles, so it’s safe for both the earth and the Good Green Fun seekers who call it home. Sturdy roof ladder pivots vertically and rotates 360 degrees. Two removable side ladders. Additionally, they are Manufactured in the USA, meets FDA food contact standards, are easy to clean and dishwasher safe. The packaging is made from recycled materials and printed with soy inks.
6. Wipe Clean: Early Learning Activity Book (Wipe Clean Early Learning Activity Books) ~ Children can practice writing and number skills, spelling, math and many more. There are 4 basic themes, i.e. letters, animals, time & numbers. The letters segment teaches kids how to trace and write the letters out, with each letter represented, and words for each letter. The colors are bright and the illustrations/pictures are vivid and fun to look at. The animals segment is really fun as kids have the options of tracing out animal shapes, counting them, identifying, matching, drawing or connect the dots. The time segment provides a variety of fun activities to teach/tell time and similarly for the numbers segment. What makes this a worthwhile buy is the variety of activities contained within it…there are so many fun ways to keep a child meaningfully engaged.
7. Set of 3 Construction Utensils with Construction Plate~These construction utensils and companion plate are guaranteed to reward you with productive meal times filled with smiles! Taking the taboo away from “playing with your food”, Constructive Eating has combined fun and function with its Construction Plate and Set of 3 Construction Utensils. Different construction machines decorate the outer rim of the award-winning Plate and internal divisions keep food “materials” separated. The patented connecting ramp and loading dock are designed to work with the Construction Utensils to help little ones push, scoop and forklift their way through a healthy meal! Perfect for going out to eat, it provides productive time at the table, encouraging those not-so-favorite foods, or just for fun! Made in the USA, dishwasher safe and BPA, PVC, Phthalate and lead free. The Construction Plate is also microwave safe. The Plate and Utensils are fully compliant with CPSIA, EN71 and FDA Food Contact requirements.
8. Lamaze Clip & Go Moose Mortimer ~ For the littlest one, Mortimer the Moose will keep baby amused for hours with his many colors, textures, and sounds. His antlers are teethers, his feet are colorfully patterned and make a variety of sounds, and he chimes when you pick him up. From birth on up, Mortimer is a cute toy that will hold your baby’s attention. The Lamaze Mortimer has a soft and cuddly body. His antlers are a soft and textured teether, perfect for chewing. His tail has 2 textured rings, that make clackety sounds when baby shakes him. His hooves are multicolored and festively patterned, which attracts baby’s eyes. When your little one grabs the bright colors, the sounds the hooves make will produce even more delighted giggles!
9. Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy ~ Promote music appreciation and auditory development by introducing your little one to baby-friendly versions of classical masterpieces by Mozart, Vivaldi, Chopin and Rossini with the Baby Einstein take along Tunes. A large, easy to press button allows your baby to toggle through 7 high quality and enjoyable classical melodies at home, or for on-the-go fun. This baby’s version of an MP3 player has colorful lights that dance across the screen to enhance each entertaining melody and promote visual perception.
10. Hape – Quadrilla – Round About Marble Railway in Wood ~ This nifty design is well suited to beginners, but provides a fun challenge for advanced builders as well! The marble run can be leveled or built up with add-ons for more advanced builders. The sturdy design is built with wood from sustainably sourced forests and finished with kid friendly lead free paint. Built to last and be passed down for generations, this is a family favorite that will delight time and time again. Hape’s toys stimulate children through every stage of development and help nurture and develop their natural abilities. All Hape products sold in North America meet or exceed all applicable safety standards.
Well, there you have it. Happy shopping Grandma! Oh, and be sure to seal your grandchild’s gift with a kiss.
Merry Christmas from BUB!