Why Educational Toys Make the Best Gifts for Tots

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Children can receive a lot of presents at Christmas time – some that are useful and appreciated, and some that fail to engage kids and end up never being used.

As parents, we often fall into the trap of buying almost every new toy that hits the market in the months leading up to Christmas. But, honestly, how many of those toys end up in a cupboard or toy box and never get looked at again after Christmas Day? Or worse, the quality is so poor that they don’t even last until Boxing Day in one piece!

Giving a toy that is designed with education in mind, like the amazing range from VTech, will not only be valuable to the child receiving it but it also means that your hard-earned money is actually going towards something useful.

Why educational toys make the best gifts for tots

Playtime is integral for a child’s development as it enriches their emotional, social and cognitive development. So when selecting a toy for your little one, choosing one with educational benefits is not only giving them plenty of fun, it is also giving them the gift of learning.

When choosing toys for babies and toddlers, keep in mind the potential educational benefits including:

  • Senses: Colours and movement help to develop sight, music and sounds develop the auditory senses, and tactile surfaces and fabrics stimulate touch.
  • Fine and gross motor skills: Manipulation of buttons, levers, rattles, etc, helps to develop motor skills like grasping, sitting, standing and picking up objects and ultimately enhance co-ordination.
  • Problem solving: Children learn cause and effect from toys like shape sorters and puzzles.
  • Vocabulary and numeracy: Repetition is key to learning new words and can be introduced through rhymes and basic songs. Counting and the recognition of numbers is aided by toys that introduce the concepts in a fun way.
  • Co-operation: Toys which encourage sharing and taking turns can help children learn to play with others and learn empathy and compromise.
  • Creativity and imagination: Pretend play and role-playing are fantastic ways for children to learn about the world around them, spark their imagination, and develop their own playtime ideas.

Look for educational toys that can be played with in a variety of ways to help extend the lifespan of the toy and hold your child’s interest longer. Toys that grow with your child, offering activities that build upon their learning stages are the ones that will be used over and over again.

learn cube

Turn & Learn Cube

Explore and learn on every side!

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learning bug

Crazy Legs Learning Bug

Wobbly surprises await with the ultimate shape sorter!

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Play to learn, learn to grow

VTech believes that children learn more when they’re having fun! Recognising how children like to play, VTech combines fun with clever, age-appropriate toys that support children at every age and stage, from babies to primary schoolers. For example, VTech Baby products are specifically developed to stimulate the visual and auditory senses, whilst developing early language, sensory and gross motor skills.

As kids grow into the toddler stage, VTech products are designed to encourage mobility, coordination and stimulate their new found curiosity in the world. Then, as they grow into pre-schoolers, the focus shifts to developing language, literacy, creativity, problem-solving and more.

In addition to developing these inherent, subconscious skills, VTech toys also encourage learning in curriculum-based subjects. From vocabulary, colours, shapes, numeracy, reading and more, there is a VTech toy to support your child’s learning and inspire them to reach their full potential.

stripe zebra

Lights & Stripes Zebra

The perfect striped sidekick with playful sing-along songs!

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baby walker

First Steps Baby Walker

2-in-1 walker with detachable learning centre!

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Right for their age

It’s important to keep the notion of age-appropriateness in mind to avoid frustrations from children – frustration that it’s too hard, and frustration that it’s too easy. The key is to engage them and then challenge them so playing remains fun. If we’re constantly choosing toys that aren’t age-appropriate then kids are less likely to actually play with the toy.

Additionally, there are safety reasons to consider. Some toys have small parts and are not safe for babies or toddlers to play with, for example. Toy companies specifically set these age recommendations so that children can play safely, so it’s not worth putting them at risk because they are more advanced than others.

VTech toys are also designed with quality in mind to give long lasting, safe play!

For more information visit the VTech Website or engage with them on social media.

10 Comments

  1. MuddledUpMolly 01/12/2019 at 9:32 pm

    There is a great range here and a few good ideas for our baby who will be 11 months old on Christmas Day. Our daughter loves noises, lights and interactive experiences. She will love every one of these toys so will need to narrow them down.

  2. SarahBlair 01/12/2019 at 8:34 pm

    I love educational toys for kids and babies love the action/reaction rewards that these toys provide, as well as learning about shapes, dimensions and movement! Vtech toys look really great!

  3. Alezandra 01/12/2019 at 1:40 pm

    My son is past the age for v-tech toys but I do agree that we need to provide toys that are more educational and age-appropriate. However, I am more keen towards wooden type toys that don’t use batteries. Stem type of toys are a way to go nowadays.

  4. Loucyd3 01/12/2019 at 1:25 am

    My daughter had a fee vtech toys, they were very educational, bright,interactive and captured her attention. It’s great the different variety of learning toys they have for all different ages/stages.

  5. Micht 30/11/2019 at 11:42 pm

    My daughters have gained and learnt so much from toys like these that really challenged and stimulated them….and thats a pretty encouraging thing… would recommend giving them and using them.

  6. Jen_Wiig 29/11/2019 at 9:16 am

    This article is great and so so true…. I’ve always been fond of Vtech toys because their so educational but I will admit now as my boys are getting older educational toys are becoming a thing of the past for us 😔 but when I’m buying for a bday party or friends kiddos I’ll bee line it everyrime for Vtech and another toy brand who to me both do really good quality toys and so well priced too.

  7. Bevik1971 27/11/2019 at 4:09 pm

    My son who is now 26 (!!) had the good old shape sorter and loved it. We didn’t have too many toys for our daughter who is 6, they just don’t get used. We had a lot of hand me downs and most were educational which were great. We have given presents to friends/family with little ones and always make sure they are educational, and if not they are noisy!! Haha 🙂

  8. dawnblyth 26/11/2019 at 4:00 pm

    I really like the turn and learn cube. Its got so many different things on it to keep a little one entertained while keeping their mind active!

  9. Mands1980 20/11/2019 at 11:24 am

    These vtech toys look great for kids with the colours. Walkers to learn to walk but with heaps of additional gadgets to help a child’s learning. All the toys have different functions that they do like learning numbers, different sounds, using your hands to figure things out. These are excellent toys for any children if you are looking for toys for Christmas.

  10. Shorrty4life1 11/11/2019 at 10:46 am

    Vtech has always been the best brand for the best price and very educational. I always found as my children where growing up they learnt alot from VTech toys whether it was counting etc or walking or crawling their toys always made learning fun for my two children. This was a great read. Highly recommend.

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