10 Educational Toys Under $25 And Tips For Choosing an Educational Toy

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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Does your child make a holiday wish list? Growing up we always made them every year. I had my oldest son make one for years. Something all of those lists had in common was that they all contained toys. Toys are very hard for some people to buy, as they just aren’t sure what to look for or what is needed. Educational toys are generally a good bet, they’re safe and fun and help teach. There are lots of different types of educational toys available now, determining what type is  good fit is also a challenge for some. The folks at Kiddie Academy have out together a helpful infographic on how to choose an educational toy.

Kiddie Educational Toy Infographic

“Educational toys allow children to explore in their own style and at their own pace without a time limit or expected outcome.  Unlike a video game that requires a child to follow a specific path in order to play, educational toys such as dolls and train sets allow for creative play that supports physical, cognitive and emotional growth,” explains Kiddie Academy’s Vice President of Education Richard Peterson. “In fact, numerous scientific studies have proven that play is important to a child’s healthy brain development.”

For more tips and free downloadable activities, parents can visit the Kiddie Academy Family blog at: http://www.kafamilyessentials.com/.

I think the tips presented in the infographic make a lot of sense. I agree with all with the exception of the point about age appropriateness. Yes it is important to give age-appropriate toys when possible. Sometimes, such as is the case with my son who has developmental delays, you need to consider the toy and the recipient more closely then the recommended age.

Here are some of my favorite educational toys that are on the market right now. My own kids or other children in my family have had these or toys very similar to these.

10 Educational Toys Under $25

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Building Toys – At under $20, the Mega Bloks First Builders Funny Animals (Bag) is a sure winner, providing your little one the opportunity to imagine and build all at the same time.

Pretend Play – Coming in under $20, the sandwiches made while playing with the Melissa & Doug Wooden Sandwich-Making Set will be the best meal you’ve ever spent money on. At just over $10, the Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Sing-a-Song Med Kit will be the best money you’ve ever spent for consultations with an up-and-coming doctor that you’ll remember for years to come.

Puzzles – At just over $10 the Melissa & Doug Alphabet Sound Puzzle gives your child the opportunity to practice his alphabet and learn the sounds that go with the letters. The Melissa & Doug Wooden Bear Family Dress-Up Puzzle, just under $15, gives children the opportunity to play with a puzzle and put different outfits on the characters.

Sorting and Stacking –  Kids love blocks, and the stacking and the sorting encourages thought and gross motor. At under $15 the Fisher-Price Baby’s First Blocks and Rock Stack Bundle is a great value. The KidKraft Noah’s Ark Shape Sorter, just over $23, is also a sorter but it gives children the opportunity to practice animal and shape recognition.

Walkers – Modern walkers like the VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker help a child practice walking skills, after starting out as a floor-based activity center encouraging an interest in music, numbers, shapes and colors.

Learning Toys, including Activity Sets and Arts & Crafts kits are always a hit. The ALEX Toys Early Learning, Little Hands Ready, Set, School Set is a big value for under $20, giving children the opportunity to have fun, be creative and practice preschool skills. The VTech – Touch and Teach Turtle, also just under $20, encourages learning of numbers, letters, music and shapes.

What factors do you consider when purchasing a toy?


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Debbie Denny December 15, 2014 - 5:55 pm

I love finding learning toys. Thanks for the list.

Robin (Masshole Mommy) December 15, 2014 - 6:24 pm

I have loved building toys. My kids love puzzles, too!

Liz Mays December 15, 2014 - 6:50 pm

These are all great gifts ideas. Kids need a good mix of toys that inspire creativity and ones that teach them.

Pam December 15, 2014 - 7:01 pm

I always loved finding toys that my kids could have fun with AND learn. These are some great gift ideas.

Jaime December 15, 2014 - 8:14 pm

I like to look at how long a toy is going to grow with my son. I have most of the toys listed here. I feel pretty good about that!!

Dawn December 15, 2014 - 8:21 pm

I love these. It’s so nice to see toys that encourage learning.

Jennifer December 15, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Toys like this are wonderful for helping little minds grow. My niece and nephew played with things like this all the time when they were little.

Catherine S December 15, 2014 - 10:07 pm

Thus is a great toy list and tips on how to choose them. This gives me ideas for my friends little one.

Shell December 15, 2014 - 10:16 pm

Learning toys are so great. Not only do kids like the, but parents too. You can’t beat that!

Ann Bacciaglia December 15, 2014 - 10:39 pm

It is important to check the age rating on a toy before buying it. I love to get educational toys.

Jeanine December 15, 2014 - 11:04 pm

Wow great list! I’m for sure going to be getting some of these for my littlest guy. These are great, educational is most useful!

Theresa December 16, 2014 - 12:23 am

I look for toys that my children can play with independently. I also want it to encourage creative thinking as well. These are all great suggestions!

pat. marsden December 16, 2014 - 6:38 am

Classic design, durability, washability, batteries or not, and similarity or not to other toys in the toy box plus of course $$$$.

Christie December 16, 2014 - 10:39 am

Great tips for finding the perfect educational toy. I definitely look for long lasting educational value!

Amber C. December 16, 2014 - 1:19 pm

I love educational toys and I love them even more when my son loves them! Right now we’re working on counting and learning our ABC’s so that’s what I would love to find a toy to help him learn!

Chrystal @ YUM eating December 16, 2014 - 2:20 pm

When it comes to buying toys for kids I try to reach out to the parents and ask them what they want/need. It helps and reassures me that my gift wont end up in the return line.

Angie | Big Bear's Wife December 16, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Love getting ideas for our future kiddos! I love the Sorting and Stacking toys!

Chrysa December 16, 2014 - 11:13 pm

I LOVE educational toys! They make the best gifts. Thanks for your ideas.

Emily December 16, 2014 - 11:57 pm

I miss those toys! My kids are older now, but we definitely utilized educational toys like that during the younger years.

Veronica December 17, 2014 - 1:10 am

I love toys that serve the purpose of also teaching kids. there are great options available these days

Kiwi December 17, 2014 - 4:29 am

This is a great list of educational toys. I know some parent will be more prone to get kids cool gadgets and such but educational toys should also be given!

Donna December 17, 2014 - 8:39 am

I think my son had every one of these, or at least something very similar. I love educational toys!

Amanda December 17, 2014 - 12:26 pm

Such a great list! I think my kids have most of these toys. Perfect gifts this time of year!

Felicia December 19, 2014 - 10:09 pm

I love puzzles for the kids. Wooden toys are also a great idea because they last so long.


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