Older toddlers and preschoolers are in a very special part of their lives – everything is a toy, it is always playtime, and everywhere is an opportunity to learn. Being this age is so much fun, and learning through play is the best way to build young minds. What are the best toddler toys? Toys that help with toddler development of course!
Giving toddlers and preschoolers educational toys also keeps them occupied longer as these are active toys that engage their imaginations and they don’t get bored as quickly as with passive toys. So not only is the little one learning and benefiting, mom gets a break, too. Win-win! I love learning toys for toddlers! They are also the best non electronic toys for toddlers and preschoolers since they typically encourage open-ended play.
Here are some wonderful educational toys and STEM toys to help enrich the minds of toddlers and preschoolers while giving their little bodies something fun to do.
STEM and Educational Toys for Building
Building toys, such as blocks, are wonderful for little minds and tiny hands. Not only do they help build motor skills, but these activities develop critical thinking as well. STEM for the win!
You know I’m a huge fan of STEM toys for toddlers. Check these out! These are gears like blocks in a rainbow of various shapes and colors to sort, count, stack, build & create with their imagination.
Educational Toys that are Active
Toys that promote movement and active play time are great for tiny people. They not only help build coordination and motor skills but are also good for fitness.
Educational Toys for Pretend Play
Pretend play is very important for tiny minds. They mimic us adults so much at this stage, and it is fun to watch them invent realities to act out. Toys such as play kitchens, dress up, puppets, play medical kits, etc. are wonderful for preschoolers. These activities also help build language skills.
Educational Toys that Inspire Thinking
Board games and puzzles help build critical thinking skills. Plus, they can be fun to do together with our children! Here are some ideas.