We, like so many of you, try to spend some time each day teaching our kids something- sometimes alphabet, sometimes counting, sometimes how to properly capture ladybugs, as long as they are learning something, we tend to feel as though we are doing our job as parents. We have recently found a great line of toys which is tricky and teachy, in as much as it is fun to learn things like upper and lower case letters, numbers and counting, shapes and colours and other important things that toddlers need to learn. So, without further ado, I present to you our top picks for learning fun for kids 3 and under:
This Learning Resources Rainbow Cones Set is a family fav. It comes with 8 different coloured ice cream scoops and 2 cones, so kids can stack, and mix and match. The colour is written on the inside of each scoop, great for early literacy skills and these slightly mallable cones have offered tons of quiet time play for us! These have been a huge hit with both our kids (1 1/2 and almost 4)
Another great learning toy for the very young, these cupcakes are great for fine motor skills. Our 1 1/2 loves taking the cupcakes apart and looking at the different shapes inside, and putting them back together. There are 8 two-part cupcakes which pull apart to reveal a circle, square, triangle, rectangle, oval, hexagon, star and heart. Match the shapes to put them back together. Then match the shape to the pan bottom. Hours of shape and colour entertainment, and great for building those imaginations!
Alpha-pops by Learning Resources is yet another great tool. Match the lower case letters to the upper case letters and check by colour to make sure you’ve got the right letters! This is a great toy, for kids over 2.
Another great toy for counting and number recognition, this bowl of fruit features numbered pieces with embedded magnets (orange, apple, plum) and friction fitting (banana) that make fruits easy to put together and pull apart. Explore numbers and fractions while having fun! Want more ideas? Check out our early learning section on our website, or come on in for more great summer learning activities for toddlers and preschoolers!