How to Buy the Right Learning Toys
If you've ever sat and tried to teach your child...anything...then you know how frustrating that can be, but when you teach through play it's actually fun. That's where learning toys can help. The hard part is picking the right ones. Below you'll find some easy steps that will help you choose the best learning toys that will make it easy to teach your child age-appropriate lessons.
Be Aware of School Lessons
The first step to choosing learning toys is to find out what it is that your child is learning in school. If you have a preschooler, your child might be in the beginning stages of learning what things are called and being introduced to colors, shapes, numbers etc? If your child is in the first few years of elementary school then he'll be learning how to spell simple words and doing easy mathematics. If your child is in the second half of elementary school then he will be learning how to spell more difficult words, do math problems, experience simple science lessons, geography and more. So, if your kid is in preschool ask the preschool teacher what she is teaching. If your child is older then ask your child all about what he's learning in school and look for age-appropriate toys that can enhance the learning he's already getting.
Understand Your Child's Play Interests
It's important to know your kid. Some kids love active playtime where lots of stuff is going on and others like to sit and play at a table. Observe your child at play to see if he'd prefer a bigger, more activity related toy or a simple learning toy. If he likes both that's even better!
Wee Blossom Learning Toys are for Active Kids
As an example, Wee Blossom offers tons of very colorful play mats, balancing paths, textured fake, stone paths, Air Cushions and more to teach kids how to balance and enhance coordination, while also helping them learn colors. The Wee Blossom learning toys are perfect for kids who like to be active.
Melissa & Doug and GuideCraft for the Chilled-Out Child
For the more laid back child consider getting shape, number or object sorters, colorful stackers, puzzles, blocks and more. Melissa & Doug and GuideCraft have tons of these types of learning toys for kids of all ages. These are toys that take some focus and can be used while sitting at a table.
Make Space in the Playroom
Once you know the lessons you want your child to learn and have picked the learning toys that work best then you'll need to make a space for them in the playroom. I'd recommend keeping the learning toys out in the open. If it's a mat, set it up in the corner on the floor. If it's a puzzle or sorter place it on a kid's table. If you leave these learning toys out where your child can easily get to them they'll be played with a lot and your child will be learning during every playtime.
The Easiest Way to Pick Learning Toys for Your Kids
If you want even more guidance on picking the best learning toys for your kids, consider using our toy finders that allow you to search by gender or search by age. Once you pick the gender or age then you can select the learning toys list and viola...you'll instantly have all the learning toys that are perfect for your child right there in front of you.