20 of the best educational toys that are great for toddlers

Raluca Loteanu October 25, 2017
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If you are looking for some of the best educational toys for toddlers, here is a list of our favorite recommendations!

I can still remember that morning. My son was a young toddler with lots of energy and a never-ending desire to discover everything around him.

As usual, he woke up early in the morning. Way too early for me! He got out of bed and went happily to his room. I followed him and I was so sleepy that I just laid on the carpet, next to him.

He looked at the toy shelves and started to pick a few toys and put them on the floor. I was expecting him to ask me to play with him and I was secretly hoping to get at least a few more minutes of rest.

But he had other plans!

He started to build a little tower of wooden blocks. Then he took out some puzzles and began to put each piece in its place. When he finished I saw that big smile on his face and I was so proud of him!

After a while, he discovered a box with magnetic train cars and he built a train on the wooden tracks in his room. I couldnt believe that he was so quiet and focused!

He played on his own for more than an hour. I just laid there, watching him and I couldnt believe that this was happening! It was the first time when he was playing independently for so long.

Not only that I was having the most relaxing morning in a long time but I was so glad to watch him enjoying his toys!

This was something that I wished ever since he was a baby: to offer him toys that will make him want to explore, that will challenge him to be creative and learn new things, that will encourage his independence.

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And the fact that in time I was able to see the benefits of these choices convinced me even more that  smart toys can really make an impact on kidsdevelopment.

Along the time we discovered many toys that my son loved and that offered him both fun and learning opportunities! This is why I decided to great a toy guide for parents who are looking for the best toys for their kids.

I wanted to make this list as inspiring as possible so I invited two other moms to help me select some of the best smart toys for toddlers

I hope that youll like these ideas and that youll find here some awesome toys for your toddler!

1. Maple Wood Kid’s Building Blocks in Assorted Shapes and Sizes

This set includes 50 brightly colored wood blocks and it’s a perfect way to develop the child’s creativity! The blocks promote dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills.

Recommended age: 1 year+

2. Stack and Sort Board – Wooden Educational Toy With 15 Solid Wood Pieces

This toy invites toddlers to match the pieces by color and shape. It’s a great way to start sorting activities and it develops hand-eye coordination.

Recommended age: 2 years+

3. Rainbow Whirls Pegging Game

This is such a fun game! The colored pegs and rings offer many different plug-in options and are great for free play time.

Recommended age: 2 years+

4. Wooden Farm Train Set – Classic Wooden Toy (3 linking cars)

If your child likes to play with trains and animals, this toy is a good choice! This train can offer hours of play!

Recommended age: 3 years+

5. Latches Wooden Activity Board

This is an awesome toy for little learners! It builds dexterity and coordination as the child discovers how the different latches work.

Recommended age: 3 years+

6. Mighty Mini Band Wooden Percussion Instrument

This all-in-one music set includes a xylophone, a drum, a cymbal, a guiro, a clapper, and drumsticks. It helps kids develop their rhythmic and audio skills and it also brings a lot of fun!

Recommended age: 2 years+

7. Shape Sorter Wooden Pull Turtle Toy

This sorter allows toddlers to develop logical thinking skill and hand-eye coordination. And it looks really cute!

Recommended age: 12 months+

8. Knob puzzles

These puzzles are a perfect activity to encourage hand-eye coordination and visual perception skills. My son liked them a lot!

Recommended age: 12 months+

House Pets Jumbo Knob Puzzle – 3 Piece

Large Shapes Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzle (8 pcs)

9. Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag

The Mega Bloks are a good alternative to Legos, especially for young children because they are easier to handle. They are also more affordable than the Lego sets.

Recommended age: 12 months+

10. Hape Color and Shape Wooden Block Sorter

Sorting was one of the favorite activities in our house when my son was a toddler. And this toy was used over and over again!

Sorters are great for toddlers because they help kids develop their dexterity, hand-eye coordination, matching, and spatial relationships.

Recommended age: 18 months+

11. Musical Eggs – 5 Wooden Eggs with Acoustic Sounds 

If your child loves music, these wooden eggs are really awesome! The kids have a lot of fun with them and they learn to distinguish sounds and develop a feel for rhythm.

Recommended age: 24 months+

12. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding Bench Wooden Toy With Mallet

Almost all young kids like pounding benches because they are intriguing and fun! They offer the child the chance to learn about cause and effect and can keep little ones busy for a long time!

Recommended age: 2 years+

13. LEGO DUPLO Deluxe Box of fun 10580 Preschool Creative Play Toy

Legos can give kids hours of entertainment! They are great for fine motor skills and problem-solving skills.

Recommended age: 18 months+

Here is another Lego set that was one of our favorites: LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train.

14. Hape Gourmet Kitchen Kid’s Wooden Play Kitchen

This is an awesome toy for pretend play and can keep kids busy for hours! It encourages kinesthetic development and develops the child’s cognitive skills through role play.

Recommended age: 3 years+

15. Melissa & Doug Service Station Parking Garage With 2 Wooden Cars and Drive-Thru Car Wash

This is a great toy for any child who loves cars! My son used it for more than a year and he enjoyed it a lot!

Recommended age: 3 years+

16. INNOCHEER Kids Musical Instruments

This set contains many musical instruments that provide a wide range of sounds. Kids will have fun and will explore rhythm and music!

Recommended age: 3 years+

17. Little Tikes Go and Grow Lil’ Rollin’ Giraffe Ride-on

If you want to keep your toddler active, this toy is perfect! It helps build coordination, balance, and gross motor skills.

Recommended age: 12 months+

18. Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube – Classic Wooden Toy With 12 Shapes

The sorting cube brought us hours of play! This toy promotes color and shape recognition and problem-solving skills.

Recommended age: 2 years+

19. ALEX Toys Little Hands String A Farm

This toy develops fine motors skills, sequencing and counting skills. I like it because it can be easily packed and used to keep the child busy in the car or at the restaurant.

Recommended age: 3 years+

20. Little Tikes Spiralin’ Seas Waterpark Play Table

If your child likes playing with water,  this play table will bring them hours of play! The toy develops the child’s fine motor skills and imagination while providing a lot of fun!

Recommended age: 2 years+


I hope that you liked these ideas and that they will inspire you to choose some awesome toys for your toddler!

At the end, I want to invite you to discover a full collection of nice activities for babies and toddlers on my Pinterest board: Activity ideas for babies and toddlers.

I wish you a lot of happy playful moments with your kids!

More play ideas from Playful Notes:

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Toys for toddlers: If you are looking for some of the best educational toys for toddlers, here is a list of our favorite recommendations! They are really awesome and can bring hours of play! | Toys for toddlers | Gift guide for toddler | Christmas gifts

Toys for toddlers: If you are looking for some of the best educational toys for toddlers, here is a list of our favorite recommendations! They are really awesome and can bring hours of play! | Toys for toddlers | Gift guide for toddler | Christmas gifts

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