12 Brilliant Educational Toys That Kids Will Love

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Looking for the perfect children’s gift this Christmas? Educational toys for kids are not only excellent for their learning and development, but super fun, too! Here’s our pick of 12 of the best educational toys for kids they’re sure to love.

The Yoto Player, £79.99

The Yoto Player is more than a game – it’s a speaker! Offering an endless range of stories, songs, sounds and educational activities, there’s no camera, microphone or ads, so you can control exactly what your kids interact with. Its clever card system works like a contactless card, containing links to content that offer everything from learning about visionary women around the world to learning words in different languages and word building using letters and sounds, with a whole range of options available. It’s suitable for babies all the way up to 12 years old.

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Suitable for: 3 months-12 years

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Orchard Toys Shopping List Game, £8

Are there any kids who don’t love playing supermarkets?! This lotto-like educational game for kids holds children’s attention using uses quick and simple play, helping to develop their matching skills as they turn over cards and work out if the images match. This is perfect for kids between the ages of 3 and 7; older children can use strategy and their memory skills by remembering where their cards have been placed.

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Jaques of London Wooden Memory Game, £11.99

This puzzle – crafted from sustainably sourced wood – is designed specifically for little hands to help with children’s memory development as they memorise the sequences, colours, and positions of the pieces, great for either independent learning or playing with the family. Plus, it comes in Jaques of London’s gorgeous signature packaging, making for the perfect gift.

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Janod Set of 4 Dinosaur Puzzles, £11.99 

Help develop your child’s problem solving skills with these fun dinosaur-themed puzzles in progressive difficulty, great for children aged 3 and above. The puzzles come in options of 6,9, 12 and 16 pieces, perfect for challenging your child as they get older.

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Mori Kids Concept Neo Bead Frame, £37.90

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This wooden activity frame is perfect for helping with hand-eye coordination for babies from the age of 12 months. Made from solid sustainable wood, this educational toy – which features adorable bird and a mudskipper animal shapes – will be a keepsake for years to come. Plus, its gorgeous muted pastel colour will look stylish in your playroom.

Suitable for: 12 months+

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In the Book Personalised Encyclopedia – Just For Kids, from £19.99

This personalised kids’ encyclopedia is a wonderful educational toy and gift for young children who are inquisitive about the world. With hand-drawn artwork, this encyclopedia covers a wide range of topics in a book any child will love learning from, with the chance to explore the letters together for both a fun and educational experience. It also makes for the perfect gift, with the option to add a special message, an image to the back and a luxury gift box.

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My 1st Years Personalised Wooden Farmhouse Shape Sorter, £28.80

Budding zookeepers will love this interactive farmhouse shape sorter set, made from solid wood. With its bright colours, textures and shapes, it helps children develop their fine motor and cognitive skills as they learn about the nine different animals. Plus, the option to personalise the roof of the house makes it an excellent gift option this Christmas.

best-educational-toys-for-kids-myfirstyearsfarmhouseSuitable for: 12 months+

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Wicked Uncle Archi.Tech Smart House, £29.95

This super-cool experiment kit for budding architects is an excellent education toy for kids aged from 8 years old. They’ll be able create up to 20 electronic projects with the wire-up circuits that create lights, sound and motions as they design houses, castles and treehouses with 10 different electrical gadgets including flashing LEDs, a speaker, motor and light sensor.

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The Works Bing Wooden Memory Game, £7

This excellent-value wooden Memory Game – seen on CBeebies – is perfect for developing your little one’s cognitive skills, and is excellent for teaching children how to take turns as they play with friends.

best-educational-toys-for-kids-BingMemoryGameSuitable for: 2 years+

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Jaques of London Wooden Shape Sorter, £12.99

A wooden shape sorter is a classic Christmas gift, and this Jaques version helps to develop childrens’ motor skills as it needs precise hand movements. Ideal for children over 1, this 100% FSC approved wood sorter helps kids recognise shapes, sizes and patterns while matching the shapes to the correct slot, while the vivid hues help your little ones to develop colour recognition.

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Suitable for: 12 months+

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Bright Minds Logiblocs Smart Circuit, £14.99

This Bright Minds Smart Circuit is a fantastic educational toy to help your little one become interested in basic coding and cause and affect logic, with chunky blocks that are easy to assemble. There are over 10 projects for your child to work on, based on electronic blocks called Logiblocs that create rain, moisture and metal detectors.

best-educational-toys-for-kids-LogiBlocsSuitable for: 4 years+

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Janod Bath Explorers Map, £12.99

Make bath time fun – and a learning experience! This Janod Bath Explorers Map will delight your minis as they fit the pieces together and you help them learn about the people and animals found in each continent.

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