Learning toys for little ones

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Toys and games that inspire learning are a great way to help your grandchildren grow and develop while having fun.

Whether you have an infant grandchild or toddler developing their motor skills, or a school-age grandchild working to improve their reading, science or maths, there are excellent educational toys and games out there that kids actually want to play with.

Here’s a look at a few of our favourites…

Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Laptop
For children aged 6-36 months


What it is: This interactive toy supports three different stages of baby development with songs and phrases about numbers, letters, colours and more. An LED screen displays images and patterns and 9 buttons make it easy for your grandchild to interact with the toy and learn along the way. Small and portable, this is ideal for travelling to and from different homes or for play in the car or on a train or plane. The Smart Stages system is designed to help babies develop at their own pace, so you can adjust from stage 1 to 2 and 3 when they’re ready without needing a new or different toy.

Where to buy it: £29.39 at Amazon


Water Experiment Set
For children aged 8+


What it is: This fun and inexpensive water experiment set introduces children to the joys of science and experimentation through water. There’s a full instruction manual of more than a dozen experiments you can carry out using the kit’s series of apparatus, including test tubes, thermometer and magnifying glass.

Where to buy it: £15 at John Lewis 


Brio Railway and Train Set
For children aged 2+


What it is: This fun and interactive train set is a classic toy for all ages and a great way to promote creativity, imagination and spatial awareness. Magnetic trains and separate add-ons mean this is a toy that’s flexible enough to grow with your grandchild and is a great one to keep around the home as it can be played with again and again.

Where to buy it: £29.99 from Brio


Volcano Making Kit
For children aged 7+


What it is:  There’s few things better than building your own explosion to get children interested in chemistry. This fun kit gives you the tools you need to make your own volcano, decorate it and create lava for your very own volcano explosion. It’s also easy to clean, so you can make eruptions over and over.

Where to buy it: £9.99 from Bright Minds


Alphabet Crocodile Puzzle
For children ages 12 – 36 months


What it is:  This large wooden puzzle makes it easy to teach young children the alphabet in an interactive way – as they learn to put together the shape of the puzzle they can also learn colour patterns on their way to understanding the alphabet from A to Z.  

Where you can buy it: £19.99 from Bright Minds

What are your favourite learning toys and games for little ones?

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