Toys That Teach
Kids learn while they play with these educational toys for toddlers and preschoolers.
The VTech Write & Learn Creative Center magnetic drawing board (ages 3-6; $24.99) gets preschoolers writing with step-by-step, animated demos that show how to make upper and lowercase letters. Avid doodlers can choose from drawing activities that range from simple lines & shapes to more challenging objects.
Little ones strengthen their vocabulary skills (in English, Spanish and Chinese) atop the “Under the Sea”-themed i-Mat by Creative Baby (ages 3 mos.+; $29.99). The play area is equipped with a voice pen, which kids point at the “word bubble” to hear an animal sound, new word or easy foreign-language translation.
Give kids space to learn and explore with American Plastic Toys’ My Very Own Study ‘N Play Desk & Chair (ages 3+; $24.99). The sturdy, compact set features a large writing surface, book & storage space and art supply compartment.