Toys play an essential role in the growth and development of a child. However, the influx of so many commercially hyped-up toys that offer no real learning value had insulated our children from real educational toys. That said, it's very important that we, as parents, have to be smart in choosing the kinds of toys that not only are enjoyable for our children but also are great aids in fostering their cognitive skills, social skills and creativity. To help you get started in the right direction, I've created a short but useful list of the best designer toys and collections for children and toddlers that not only are innovative and popular but also bring real educational value to our greatest treasures - our children.
1. VTech InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet - This WiFi-enabled, scaled-down version of a standard tablet is recommended for children aged 36 months through 9 years. Notable features of this innovative toy include a 5-inch colour touch screen, a video player, a rotating video camera with recorder, a photo viewer, an e-reader, exciting motion games, and an MP3 player. The interactive e-books, added with voices and vivid and colourful graphics, will help your child develop a strong foundation in phonics and reading comprehension.
2. LeapFrog Touch Magic Counting Train - Your toddler's learning starts in this all-new, innovative toy from Leapfrog. Designed to be fun and educational, this touch-enabled magical train is filled with interesting farm animals, numbers and songs that keep your toddler's interest. Each touch, tap or slide on the touch-sensitive buttons brings out interesting animal sounds, number sounds and vocabulary sounds that help your toddler learn how to associate sounds with animal names, words and numbers. The LeapFrog Touch Magic Counting Train is recommended for children aged 24 months through 4 years.
3. Bristle Blocks Twirlie Tots - You'd be surprised at the long hours your children will spend with these fun-filled, colourful learning blocks. The Bristle Blocks Twirlie Tots toy set comes with 75 pieces of connecting blocks that fit together in so many ways to create a wide variety of interesting shapes and textures. This helps build up and strengthen your children's motor skills and creativity at an early age. This set of blocks is recommended for children aged 18 months through 3 years.
4. LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer - educational toys make wonderful gifts, and it's no wonder why the innovative LeapPad2 Explorer is amongst the hot-selling toys in the United Kingdom and United States. The LeapPad 2 is a great improvement over its predecessor, the LeapPad. The LeapPad 2 is featured with a faster processor and is packed with more high-quality educational apps, learning games and interactive e-books that will unlock your child's creativity and potential. You'd be surprised at how your child will love this educational toy. Your child will love it so much that you'll have to make sure that it doesn't interfere with bedtimes. The LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer is recommended for children aged 36 months through 9 years.