This year more than ever, parents are scrambling to find learning toys and books for their children to play with and learn at home. Going back to school looks incredibly different in 2020 than in previous years with virtual learning being crucial for so many families. Whether you have a preschooler or a school aged child, this list was created to give you learning toys that will give your kids a break from schooling and contribute toward their education and growth.
20 Learning Toys and Books for the New School Year
There is no better place for imaginative play than the kitchen so this fall let your little ones join you in whipping up some favorite dishes with their very own kitchen from Step2! Children of all ages learn through play and a play kitchen can teach them everything from colors and shapes to practical skills such as scooping and sorting. Known for their durable and high-quality toys, Step2 is a leader in creating educational, engaging, and interactive toys that children and parents alike will love. Toddlers and preschoolers will be enthralled with the bright colors and fun lessons, while parents will appreciate the fact that Step2‘s toys literally last forever.
This fall we love the Modern Farmhouse Kitchen and the accompanying play food assortment from Step2. This adorable rustic farmhouse kitchen is perfect for boys and girls alike, with the added benefit that the neutral colors will fit seamlessly into any home decor. From the shiplap backsplash to the sizzling stove, this interactive playspace brings together realistic elements children of all ages will love! The Modern Farmhouse Kitchen offers everything from an interactive sensory experience with working lights, clicking knobs and faucets to an open-ended imaginative playtime that will last for hours while your littles chef cooks, cleans, and feeds the family from their very own kitchen. When paired with the Play Food Assortment, your budding chef will be able to “make” all of their favorite dishes with this 101 piece set.
In the world today, kids are inundated with screens and technology at an early age. Too often, the time children spend in front of screens is wasted without providing any educational benefit. Robo Wunderkind uses screens and technology to enhance how kids play and create. The company’s robotic kits and programming applications teach kids to code through playing. Robo Wunderkind offers modular robotics kits for children as young as 5 and applications complex enough for teenagers to enjoy.
The Education Kit is a perfect starter kit for any child looking for learning toys that will introduce him or her to building and coding. Simply use the 23 pieces to customize, build, and then program your robot to move around at your touch of a button. Programming your robot is available for iOS 10+, Android 4.3+, Windows 7, 8 & 10, Chromebooks on Android, and Fire OS 5+. Take STEM learning to the next level in your house by purchasing a robot from Robo Wunderkind. Your kids will thank you!
Learning toys are one of the best resources parents have to help children learn. This fall, get your child ROYBI Robot. ROYBI is the perfect learning toy for your child. Packed with 70,000 words and over 500 lessons, this robot is just what your child needs. ROYBI will keep your child in good company and also inspire her to learn more about language arts, math, science, geography, and more!
Recommended for children as young as three, ROYBI Robot will keep your toddlers engaged and entertained while helping them boost their vocabulary and even tell them when their answer is wrong. Parents will love the reports that ROYBI generates, providing them with their child’s progress and pointing out educational weaknesses. Learning toys have so many benefits to a child’s education. Give your child ROYBI Robot and watch them fall in love with learning!
Just as schools across the country have decided to start the school year off remotely, your preschool may have also decided not to open for the 2020-2021 school year. If your child would have been entering Pre-K this fall, you may be wondering how you’ll ever get them ready for Kindergarten. Teach My Preschooler has you covered.
This award-winning, all-in-one learning kit designed for preschoolers ages 3+, provides easy-to-follow instructions and all the tools you need to teach your child everything (reading, printing, numbers, and early math) they need to know before going to kindergarten, without a screen!
From readers and a magic drawing board to flashcards, posters, and counters, this 70+ piece kit is full of learning toys to give your mini scholar a head start from the comfort of your home. Teach My Preschooler will not only give you confidence in promoting your child to elementary school when they’re ready, but also builds fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, parent-child interaction, and self-esteem in just 20 minutes a day!
And if you’re worried that you won’t have the skills to effectively teach your child, have no fear. Each Teach My Preschooler packet includes an instructional guide that walks you through multiple ways to engage your “little Einstein.”
While many of us will miss the luxury of sending our kids to preschool this fall, let’s not forget that we as parents are the most important teachers and that this school year may be exactly what we all needed to reconnect with our kids.
Whether they are heading to school or simply taking off around the neighborhood, let your child zip around in style this fall with the all-new Mongoose React 2 Electric Scooter. Children everywhere love to get outdoors and back to school not only means outside afternoons with friends but also cooler weather and more enjoyable times outside with the family on the evenings and weekends. While the kickscooters of old are still tons of fun, and perfect for younger children, your older elementary-aged child will love the freedom to zoom with the Mongoose React 2 Electric Scooter.
Designed for children ages 8+ and up to 120 pounds, this scooter sports an ultra-quiet kick start motor that reaches speeds of up to 10MPH. The lightweight makes it easy to transport while the battery lasts up to 8.5 miles on one charge. Featuring a rear foot brake, durable wheels for a smooth ride, and the ability to easily convert to a kick scooter when the battery runs out, the React 2 will let your child hit the streets like the coolest kid in the ‘hood.
Open a child’s mind to a larger world of stories and books with an Amazon Kindle Kids Edition. Without the distraction of games and apps, children can explore a neverending supply of reading material in the Kindle Store. And with every Kindle Kids, Amazon includes a subscription to FreeTime Unlimited for a year. Early readers enjoy the tools like the Vocabulary Builder to help them learn new, challenging words, and parents love the Dashboard abilities like setting educational goals, adjusting age filters, and reviewing a child’s reading progress.
This year, focus on a child’s reading enhancement with some amazing new learning toys. Whether a child’s just getting started in their lifelong enjoyment of reading, or an older child is into timeless classics, the Kindle Kids will encourage a positive outlook on reading and be a great resource, inspiring great minds.
We may not love the amount of time our children spend in front of screens, but there are benefits to educational apps and time spent learning through technology too. This year back to school routines are different than ever before with more and more parents opting to homeschool or virtual school their children throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. For your preschool and early elementary age children, the Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition can be a fabulous resource for your back to school learning and peace of mind.
The Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition features a kid-proof case with a built-in stand, a 2-year worry-free warranty, and one full year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited which gives your kids access to over 20,000 apps, games, book, videos, and educational content from renowned sites such as PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney and more. Whether you plan to spend this year working and schooling from home, or plan to travel to see close friends and family during this unprecedented time, the Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition will keep your little ones occupied, entertained, and even learning through play all day every day.
Now more than ever, the educational future of children is in the hands of their parents. Help inspire and spark an educational curiosity in your child with a Wonder Crate. Wonder Crate is a subscription box that aims to inspire children through stories of real people who used their courage, perseverance, and passion to make the world a better place. Each monthly subscription box includes a book about one of these real people and activities that partner with the story.
Children 8-11 can choose to receive a Wonder Crate Kids that includes information around innovators, artists, sports heroes, black heroes, or activists. If unable to pick just one category, sign up for the Combo series and receive them all. Have younger kiddos? Sign your children ages 5-7 up to receive a Wonder Crate Jr. which includes a hard cover biography from a best selling book series, hands on activities, and a monthly guide for parents.
This fall all of our little ones will need a brain break from homeschooling from time to time and the all-new Itty Bitty Prettys Tea Cup Collection from Zuru is a great way to let them express their imagination and learn through play. Take this season’s tea parties to a whole new level full of itty bitty surprises for your itty bitty doll! Unbox layers of fun with dissolving teabags and glittery fizzing cubes that disappear to reveal everything from outfits to accessories for your doll. Comb and style her hair, dress her to the nines, and then mold and make your very own sweet treats with the included squishy dough for your tea party. When you’re all done, store the set in the teacup for easy cleanup.
Is there anything more important this upcoming school year than teaching children of ages about their emotions? During this difficult time of living through a worldwide pandemic, social/emotional development is key to our children’s future growth. As such, the Emotiblocks from miniland are the perfect way to teach toddlers and preschoolers about their emotions in a fun and engaging way. Mix and match these delightful characters while learning all about being happy, sad, or even angry and why it’s okay for everyone to express their emotions, grown-ups, and children alike. With the included activity cards there are plenty of teachable moments to be had and over 100 possible combinations while at play. Durable, versatile, and both fun and educational, the Emotiblocks from miniland are a must for your preschool collection this school year.
STEM and imaginative play come together as one with the new sets from Plus Plus. If your child loves building and creating then this set of manipulatives is perfect for your budding architect or engineer. Plus-Plus Blocks has now created entire sets of construction toys perfect for allowing your kids to build, shape, and mold the design of their dreams. With the all-new GO! Street Racing Super Set your little speed demon can design 2 street racer hot rods and a police cruiser with 900 pieces in a variety of bright and neutral colors including wheels, baseplates, and more. Perfect for developing your child’s fine motor skills, Plus-Plus are also a great way to let your child’s imagination and creativity blossom.
Distance learning is a whole other ball game! With so many children going to school virtually, make sure to check out these fun, over the ear, Trolls World Tour headphones. Earbuds tend to be a uncomfortable for kids…not to mention extremely hard to size. These softly padded and adjustable headphones make a custom and cozy fit a synch. Fun bonus…they glow in the dark! Need a cordless option? Try these Trolls World Tour Headphones with Bluetooth. The Trolls learning toys never looked so good!
This year, get one journal that will last so you can save the planet while keeping notes. Rocketbook has created reusable journals that give a classic pen and paper experience, but it’s endlessly reusable and connected to all your digital devices. Just use any pen from the Pilot Frixion line, snap a photo to save the notes if you want, and when finished with the page, wipe clean with water and begin again.
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When it comes to learning toys, get your kids a toy that’s more than meets the eye! Get your child a Transformer! This fall, don’t just send your kids back to school. Send them back to the future with Gigawatt! Complete with a flux capacitor, Gigawatt begins his adventure as a DeLorean before transforming into a robot.
Back To The Future turned 35 years old on July 3rd, and in honor of this special occasion, Gigawatt is being released later this fall. Gigawatt is 5.5″ tall and has opening gullwing doors. Don’t keep Marty and Doc waiting! Save the future by preordering Gigawatt today!
Searching for learning toys to help keep your children excited about learning can be hard, especially if those learning toys are books. Reading is such a vital role in our children’s development, but searching for new books once they’ve read through their library is completely exhausting. Luckily, Bookroo has given us the Monthly Book Club Subscription!
The Monthly Book Club Subscription arrives every month (or every other month depending on your preference) and includes 2-3 individually wrapped books based on your kids age! With over 14,000 books on their platform, you get a great variety at a discount that’s nearly 50% off of the retail price. Instead of spending hours with your little one choosing a book that they’ll agree to buy, they’ll be thrilled to have a surprise book in their own subscription box to keep their learning toys up to date! From board books to chapter books, the Monthly Book Club Subscription is completely customizable and an absolute must for this school year.
Do you have a child starting a new school? Nothing can be more frightening than trying to make a new friend on the first day. So for those kids who might struggle to make friends, consider getting them something special to help lift their spirits. We recommend the Skyrocket Blume 2 Pack for girls.
When it comes to learning toys, Blume has a talent for combining science and fantasy into one fabulous toy. Sprinkle a little water over the pot and watch what grows! The Skyrocket Blume 2 Pack features two Blume dolls that come with crazy, colorful hair and outfits that can be mixed and matched. It also comes with two playsets and over 20 extra surprises including sticker sheets and additional fashion accessories.
Founded in 2001 to provide better science education materials and resources for parents and children, Thames & Kosmos is offering fun and engaging learning toys for your kids as they go back to school. If you have any children in the home that enjoy experimenting with solar power and building, add the solar-powered rover to your list. With materials that can construct five different models, your children ages 8+ can learn how solar cells work, gear ratios, and more. Don’t get stuck at home without toys that make learning fun and let Thames & Kosmos help build your collection!
Searching for learning toys that can help encourage your child’s emotional growth can sometimes be difficult. Lucky for you, this Mother-Daughter duo has created a book that will give your kids lessons on how to be kind! Adventures in Kindness by Carie Fox and Sophia Fox has so many different creative and fun activities that will keep your little one entertained while educating them on the importance of being kind in today’s world. Lessons are broken down into different groups and focus on areas like diversity, wellness, charity, and personal growth.
With a world that is full of social distancing, it’s important to find learning toys that keep your kids connected with the world in and to remember that being kind is extremely important. Whether you plan on having your kids do these activities by themselves or working with them together, Adventures in Kindness by Carie Fox and Sophia Fox will have you going through this book time and time again!
Inspired by her son’s Down Syndrome diagnosis, Author Rebecca Wilson Macsovits wrote Guion The Lion, a wonderful book that teaches children to love and respect other’s differences. Told through Guion the Lion’s point of view, this book covers important themes such as empathy, curiosity, and adventure. If you’re looking for something to help explain diversity to your children, this book would make an excellent starting point.
After being home since this past spring, going back to pre-school or being left at a daycare or with a babysitter can be stressful for your little one. That’s why we recommend getting them huggable learning toys that will double as soft, brightly-colored friends to help them feel less alone and anxious. Why not get your little one a Care Bear, like Cheer Bear?
Since 1985, Care Bears have been putting smiles on the faces of children everywhere, and this year, they’re launching a new collection of 2020 Care Bears. Cheer Bear and his friends are each 14″ and plush making them super huggable for the tiny people in your life. So what are you waiting for? Get your little one a friend to make the first day back to preschool or daycare a breeze!
One of the easiest ways to get children to learn is through the aid of learning toys and books. Help grow their brains and contribute toward their propensity to play by purchasing one (or at least 10!) of the products on this list. Your kids may not think they enjoy to learn…so make it fun by surprising them with a new learning toy!
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