Toys for Learning
Without Making You or Your Child Cry
Tags: learning toys, spelling, math, map skills, puzzles, educational
Posted: 2010-12-14 20:28:17 By:

 

For example, puppets can help build children’s language and story telling skills. Blocks develop children’s spatial reasoning as well as math and problem solving skills. Craft kits involve reading, following directions, and honing their fine motor skills along with their creativity.

We could go on and on about the different learning opportunities built into children’s play. Here are a few of the newest learning tools on our list this fall.

 

 


2010 Award
eeBoo Animal Spelling Puzzles
(eeBoo $14.99 Score: )

There are ten three piece puzzles that are handsomely designed in this set. The background colors give kids the cues they need to fit the front, middle and back of the animals together. You do not need to know your letters or how to spell to play with these. The name of the animal is just an extra feature that older kids will enjoy. The pieces are large and thick and the storybook illustrations are by illustrator Kevin Hawkes. Also, see the Counting Animal Puzzles, by the same artist. These puzzles are marked for 3 & up, but they are really a better choice for somewhat older children. 3 & up.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 


 

 


2010 Award
LeapFrog Tag Interactive United States Map
(LeapFrog $19.99 Score: )

What a fun way to learn the names of the states, the capitals, products and a smattering of history! This two sides map is an "add-on" to be used with the electronic Tag reading system. You need the sensor stylus to explore, answer questions, and play games on the big 35" X 20" map. Along with the kinds of info and quizzes you would expect, they have also added distances and travel times between places, animals, cardinal directions and other map reading skills. There are kids who tell about what they like to do in their states as well as quiz games that give kids feed back. We could have done without some of the wah-who cheers on one side of the map, but unlike so many electronic globes, this map of the United States is programmed with less trivia and more info that kids really should get to know. Early school years children have a natural curiosity about maps and this toy can help foster that in an entertaining way. Marked 4-8 , we'd say 4 is way young for this. Bring this home for your school aged child. We know a lot of kids over 8 who could use this learning tool. There is nothing babyish about it.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 


 

 


2010 Award
eeBoo 100 Piece World Puzzle
(eeBoo $18.99 Score: )

A really satisfying world puzzle that makes a great parent/child project!  The puzzle is beautifully illustrated and made of sturdy pieces that aren't too small for school-aged kids (and their folks!).  A treat and a platform for talking about different parts of the world, travel and perhaps your ancestory! 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 


 

 


2010 Award
Hide and Eeek!
(Gamewright $12.50 Score: )

For kids who are learning about odds and evens and place value, this is a fun game that reinforces such concepts. The elephant playing cards, each with a numeral on it, are laid out as for a concentration game. But, that's where the similarity ends. Each player starts with one card face up. First player puts the mouse on one of the playing field cards and throws the dice. One die tells how many moves to make, the other tells if the number you turn up has to be higher or lower that your card, or an odd or even number. If the number is higher and the arrow points up, you can take the card and go again. You can keep playing each of the cards adjacent to the mouse. But watch out! If you try to take too many chances and the card you turn is worth less when it is supposed to be more, you must put all your winnings from that round back into the slush pile. The winner is the first to win ten cards. 8 & up.


The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 


 

 


2010 Award
Sumoku
(Blue Orange Games $14.95 Score: )

Finding games for older players is not always easy. This is not to be confused with Sudoku. It's nothing like it according to our testers. It's quick and easy to learn and travels well, too. It's an adding game played with numeral tiles in crossword-style combinations. Players arrange tiles in rows or columns that add up to multiples of a number shown on the die they toss. You can play this solo or with up to eight others. There are five different variations of the game included in the directions. 9 & up.


The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 


 

 


2010 Award
Make 'N Break Challenge
(Ravensburger $29.99 Score: )

This looks easier than it turns out to be. Two players compete to reproduce the structure shown on a card. The one who builds the structure first wins the round. Here's the catch. You can only use one hand and you have to lift the blocks and place them with a wooden tong. It's a good game for developing dexterity, problem solving, spatial relationships, and matching skills. 8 & up.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

 

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 
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