Looking for the perfect holiday gift for infants and toddlers that inspire learning? This year, we put together a handy educational toys gift guide to help with holiday shopping for the little learners in your life.
These educational toys focus on developmental milestones for both infants and toddlers. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) emphasizes that play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of young children. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them. Learning through play is the best way to learn—in the home or in the classroom!
Educational Gifts for Infants
Children are never too young to learn! Learning toys make the perfect gift for infants and we’ve chosen some below that we think make great infant gifts (birth-12 months) this holiday season.
Baby mirror toys are a good learning toy for infants. First, babies love mirrors. Mirrors are a great way to help babies explore and to get a new perspective on their own movements.
The colorful textural baby sensory balls are perfect for developing an infant’s tactile senses and gross motor skills. Infants will have fun playing with them and rolling them around.
Soft blocks for babies are always a safe toy for infants. They’re colorful and textured which will appeal to the senses.
Soft toy cars are always a great gift for babies. Infants will never get tired of pushing and pulling them all around the floor. They’re also great for interactive play with other children.
Infants and young children will love this cuddly play pal with whimsical colors and interesting fabrics. It's a fun hands-on sensory activity soft toy that stimulates little minds and supports early cognitive development.
Educational Gifts for Toddlers
We always say the best way to learn is through play! We’ve handpicked some learning toys for toddlers (13 to 36 months) to consider as a holiday gift.
Toddlers love dinosaurs! And dinosaur toys are a perfect gift for toddlers who want to learn more about dinosaurs. Young children will have a blast mixing and matching these dinosaur parts.
The doctor is in! Imaginative games and role-playing games make great learning gifts for toddlers. Young children will love pretending to be a doctor with this pretend and play set.
Memory games for toddlers make a sound gift. It helps them build thinking skills, recognition, vocabulary, and fine motor skills. This memory match game makes a delightful first memory game for children ages 2+.
Cooperative games make great gifts because it’s essential for toddlers to have games and toys that promote cooperative play. Cooperative games help develop toddlers develop early problem-solving and social-emotional skills. This game set includes three cooperative games: Where's Bear, Monkey Around and Acorn Soup.
Toddlers will love learning ABCs with this playful Alphabet Building Blocks game and you’ll feel good knowing they will have fun while learning the alphabet.