What are the Best Educational Toys for Toddlers?

What are the Best Educational Toys for Toddlers?

There are many toys available for sale in the retail market. With so many choices available is hard to know what are the best educational toys for toddlers.

Toddlers learn about the world around them through their play. The play is the child’s equivalent to and adults occupation. Learning about the world around them is what the toddler age is all about. The toddler is taking in information through their senses. The brain will then process and store that information for later use. The toddler age is very critical for brain development. During toddler years the brain is forming the thousands of connections that will be used for their lifetime.

There are four areas of development: Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Social. All of these areas of development are interrelated and will work together in developing the child as a whole. All areas will develop through child’s play.

A variety of toys are needed for proper development

Sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch are the senses that the toddlers use to take in information. It is important to stimulate each sense in gathering information. Choose a variety of toys to stimulate your toddler’s development.

When the word educational is spoken, brain development comes to mind. Developing the brain to make children smarter becomes the main focus. What is most often missed, is that intellectual development works together with social, emotional and physical development. Toddlers grow in all four areas at the same time. If their development is behind in one of the four areas there is an impact on the remaining three areas of development.

Toy Examples

Physical Development

Push and Pull toys are a great choice for developing large motor skills.Best Educational Toys for ToddlersBest Educational Toys for ToddlersBest Educational Toys for Toddlers

  • A walk behind push toy
  •  A pull animal toys
  • Push cars and trucks
  • Monster Bowling


Emotional Development

Toys that allow children to feel or show their emotions are toys for emotional development. Toys that will allow children to act out or express feelings is also an excellent choice for toddlers.Best Educational Toys for ToddlersBest Educational Toys for Toddlers

  • Animal Puppets
  • Dolls and stuffed animals
  • Art Activities
  •  Kitchen Toys


Social Development

Toddlers begin to socialize with others around them. It is important to have toys that encourage social development. Toys should encourage toddlers to interact with others. Games and acting out roles will encourage good interaction with others.Best Educational Toys for ToddlersBest Educational Toys for Toddlers

  • Costumes
  • Playhouse
  • Games
  • Train or Car Set


Intellectual Development

This category is often referred to as educational toys. You want toddlers to use their thinking skills when interacting with toys. the development in cognitive and will also include opportunities for speech development as well.Best Educational Toys for ToddlersBest Educational Toys for ToddlersBest Educational Toys for Toddlers

  • Activity Books
  • Sorting Toys and Games
  • Digital Tech Toys
  • Counting Caterpillar



There is not the best toy for all children. There are many toys that will encourage all areas of development in toddlers. Parents know their children best. Choose toys that your child is interested in. If your toddlers like animals then choose toys that involve animals in some way. Maybe your child likes bright colors, be sure that you are providing toys with many bright colors. When your toddler is interested in a toy they will interact with the toy for a longer period of time. They will have more opportunities for learning as well.

The best educational toys for toddlers are the ones that they enjoy. They explore that toy and use it in many different ways to development in all four areas.

Best Educational Toys for Toddlers

I hope this article was helpful to you.
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  1. Marc

    I am so glad to have found your blog! I travel, a great deal, and I know that bringing my kids is challenging. Challenging doesn’t actually begin to cut it. 11 hours with a 1.11 year old who doesn’t qualify for a seat (just yet) is a rough experience.

    I love how you managed to break the toys down into categories suited for development. Not only do I travel a great deal, my wife and I are teachers as well.

    I have to ask though, can you share more information about specific toys that are good for air travel?

    1. Janice

      Thank you Marc, for your visit and comments to my site.

      I share your concern about traveling with a toddlers for an extended number of hours. It can be challenging!

      In general you want to look at toys that have movement without noise. Colorful toys with many textures work well also. Books are great for traveling as well. Something that your toddler cam interact with works well. As I am sure you know you need a bag of tricks and not just one toy or activity

      I am in the process of writing a new blog on toddler toys for air travel. Check back in.

      Best regards, Janice

  2. sarahsalina

    As someone who works with kids myself, I can definitely agree that there are many areas of a toddler’s development that are important, not just the cognitive side. In fact, I believe toddlers need to learn how to interact socially more than any other skill at this age! I like your toy suggestions. Do you have any suggestions for toys that are easy to travel with? Do you have links to your toy suggestions?

    1. Janice

      Thank you Sarah for your visit to the site.

      I do agree with you about the need for socialization at this young age. Socialization is an important developmental area throughout childhood.

      I am developing an article on air travel toys for toddlers. Check back in for that post.

      Please sign up for the newsletter and that will provide you with updates on new articles.

      I will link the toys posted in the article. thank you for the suggestion.

      Best regards, Janice

  3. shrey

    If you have to gift something to your nephew and have no experience with kids choosing a gift becomes extremely difficult and it is indeed a great post that narrows down my options.
    I want something that would be educational and that is the reason I think going with your suggestions seems like the best option and hopefully, I get the best gift this year.

    1. Janice

      Shrey, i’m happy that you found the information helpful. The lure of the toy department in a store or the all the options online can be over whelming.

      Not all toys are created equal! They all do not have real value for children. It is important to know what to look for.

      Thank you for reading and happy shopping!


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