Your kids don’t have to play with lightsabers and an Xbox One to have fun (although, that is okay in small doses, too). In fact, there are plenty of great educational toys and learning games for kids that will keep them amused. So, get their head out of a tablet or smartphone and get them to have fun while learning at the same time.
Here are the top 10 best educational toys and games available right now:
1. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot Kit
If your child likes building things, you should check out the OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot kit. OWI has quite a few solar-powered toys to build with your kids, but the 14-in-1 Solar Robot kit is the most versatile and has the most bang for your buck. It’s powered by the sun, so you won’t need to worry about batteries. Each of the 14 possible robots that you can build contain a multitude of comical and functional movements. OWI’s kit will teach your kids the basic concepts behind alternative energies and how they work. And, they’ll be building cool robots in the process.
Price: $24.30 (38 percent off MSRP)
2. Educational Insights My First Microscope
Kids LOVE to look closely at things, and the Educational Insights My First Microscope helps them get an even closer look with up to 8x magnification. It also has an LED light to enhance smaller details of whatever they’re looking at, and large knobs so that their little hands can easily adjust the view. Give your child a rock, a leaf, a pencil, a piece of tree bark and watch the microscope fuel their curiosity about the object. It’s a great way to fuel their interest in science!
Price: $18.52 (16 percent off MSRP)
3. Wonder Workshop Dash & Dot Robot Pack
It’s hard to recommend spending so much on a toy, but the Wonder Workshop Dash & Dot is truly an interesting educational toy that can provide value for years to come. It is like the Ozobot, only way more advanced. It will teach your kids the basics of coding, as the robots interact with the world using sensors. These little robots can hear sounds, detect objects and know if objects are being moved. Your kids will be able to teach the Dash and Dot robots to navigate through an obstacle course, deliver a message to a friend and so much more. There are also accessories and attachments available to allow your device to do even more.
4. SmartLab Toys Squishy Human Body
SmartLab Toys Squishy Human Body might look gross at first, but it’s actually a great educational tool for your kid’s curious mind. It contains a visual human body toy tool as well as an informative yet colorful and well-designed fact book about the human body and how it works. Kids are able to remove nine squishy vital organs as well as see skeletal, vascular and muscular systems. It’s a great way to teach your kids the basics about the human body.
Price: $19.99 (29 percent off MSRP)
5. MindWare Imaginets
MindWare’s Imaginets is an educational toy that gets your child’s creative juices flowing while improving fine motor skills and visual thinking. It comes with 50 full-color design challenges that kids use on the magnetic board’s surface to create animals, vehicles, faces, and other objects. In fact, I’ve even seen MindWare Imaginets used in child therapy. And even though they’re actually learning, they’re also having fun!
6. Scientific Explorer Magic Science for Wizards Only Kit
The Scientific Explorer Magic Science for Wizards Only Kit teaches your children the basics of chemistry by safely showing them cool chemical reactions using citric acid, baking soda, vegetable oil, cross linked polyacrylate copolymer, red cabbage powder, color tablets and zinc sulfide. The kit includes 4 test tubes and a test tube stand, 1 clear tube wand with 2 caps, 2 measuring scoops, purple paper, star stickers and an activity guide that will walk you through each activity with your child. It’s a great way to get your kids to awe at science, and it’s less than $20.
Price: $15.25 (31 percent off MSRP)
7. LeapFrog LeapTV Educational Gaming System
Usually I stay away from LeapFrog things because they don’t seem to get my kids interested, but the LeapTV educational gaming system is a great way to get them active while teaching them at the same time. The system works with over 100 LeapFrog educator-approved LeapTV cartridge games, game downloads and videos so that your child will always have new things to play and learn. If you’re not quite sure what it does, think Educational Nintendo Wii. It has motion controls and a camera that are both used in different ways to get your child moving and learning while playing games. They’ll be having so much fun, that they won’t even know that they’re learning new things.
Price: $84.99 (43 percent off MSRP)
8. Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit
More science is always plus, especially with our world growing ever-more reliable on technology. Scientific Explorer’s My First Mind Blowing Science Kit is the #1 best selling chemistry science kit for kids, allowing your child to create a color changing volcano, a sunset in a test tube, and much more. The kit provides step by step experiments that create cool chemical reactions that will leave your child questioning how it all happens.
Price: $15.42 (30 percent off MSRP)
9. MindWare KEVA Contraptions
Kids LOVE to build things, and the KEVA Contraptions set is a great way to get them interested in engineering, architect and design. They’ll learn how to create ramps, funnels, chutes, bridges, and crazy contraptions without the need for any glue or connectors. The kit includes 200 identical wooden planks and 2 specially designed light weight balls (like ping pong balls) for your kids to create a track for. It’s like an erector set, but more about the teaching and learning. Your kids will be learning while having a blast not only creating new contraptions but destroying them as well.
10. MindWare Q-bitz
MindWare has other great educational toys and learning games, like the MindWare Q-bitz game. Why not make your family game night educational? Q-bitz has three fast-paced rounds of play that require different skills each time: quick thinking, lucky breaks or memory muscle power. You race other players to piece together patterns correctly, teaching kids to think quickly.
Price: $22.46 (10 percent off MSRP)