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Learn to identify common birds plus ideas for attracting backyard birds.

Flower Power: Learn parts of a flower.
Includes a fun craft idea.
Inside Seeds: Learn parts of a seed.
 
An active simulation to
teach about why some
animals may become endangered.
Practice making change using math story problems.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Children Learn With Toys

Children have this natural character to learn. They have this ability to absorb new information and react to a stimulus almost like a sponge. Daily experiences, for instance, are excellent avenues in which children can learn. In this regard, games and play, and consequently the toys that they play with, are very helpful for this purpose. Children's educational toys therefore, are critical in every child's learning and development.

What does play do for a child? Contrary to what some people think, play is not just a waste of time and a means to pass it while waiting for important things to come. Play is a vital part of a child's emotional development and learning, and it presents a host of advantages.

Aside from being a source of joy, play feeds and develops a child's personality and helps him or her grow into a person that knows how to maximize his or her potential and make best use of his or her talents.

Perhaps this is why toy manufacturers have taken to producing a wide range of educational toys - to fill this need. Most parents nowadays rarely have time to spend with their children, as most households are living with both parents working.

Parents, therefore, try to go through great lengths to buy their children means of entertainment that would encourage not only enjoyment but also learning. They try to compensate for their absence during children's homework making time by providing them with the best educational toys there are - no matter the price tag.

Each child has a different development pace and should be tackled uniquely. One child might want to do the same thing and play with the same toy repeatedly for days, while another might be interested in a toy only for a moment and look for another one after a while. Thus, play should not be limited to a set of rules. Kids need to operate in flexible play environment to appreciate the virtues of freedom and independence.

Educational toys are very much in demand right now because of the variety of activities they carry in just one device. As opposed to the common toy, wherein the child is confined to just one activity, educational toys allow the child to explore different subjects and work with different types of learning paces and methods.

Children's educational toys are, right now, a little expensive. This is especially true of the wide variety of technology toys. But parents who have purchased one for their kids will tell you that it is worth every cent. Not only will their children enjoy their playtime, but they also learn a lot of new things that would feed their intellect and motor skills.

Children's educational toys come with a specific purpose, at least in terms of a child's age. Children up to the age of three will benefit greatly from creative play. Make-believe games are very common in this age-group, so it is best to provide appropriate educational toys. Costumes of their favorite cartoons heroes or heroines should be an opportunity to use as accompaniment for their educational toys.

Educational toys for this purpose can take the forms of teddy bears and other stuff toys, dolls, toys that reinforce arts and craft materials. Toys and other articles that somehow imitate the children's environment are also beneficial.

Children within the range of four to five years age are more cognitive and need toys that would help in the development of their thinking, problem solving skills, and decision making capability. Educational toys that would serve best this need are arts and crafts with considerable difficulty, like Lego and other construction toys. Puzzles also belong to this group of educational toys.

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Take a look at these types of educational toys. There are great gift ideas in each category below.

Toys To Encourage Learning

Electronic Toys

Science Toys

Unique Educational Toys

Toys That Teach

Educational Wooden Toys

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