If you live in a small house like I do, you quickly realize there’s only so much room for toys. To make sure that every toy my husband and I brought into our house was worth the space, we decided that each toy had to have educational value and be fun. Finding this magical combo isn't always easy, but once we figured out what to look for, we honed in on toys the kids learn from – which helps them and makes us feel like good parents – and that they love playing with often. Here are four types of toys that we found do the trick:
With construction toys, kids learn to build something from the ground up while problem solving along the way. Once done, they can jump for joy (my kids literally do this!) over what they’ve accomplished and have fun playing with it. Plus, they’re happy do it all over again the next day.
By acting out everyday life through dolls, dollhouses, play kitchens, lawnmowers and tools, toy cars and more, kids learn key things about relationships, different points of view and their place in the world. Pretend play helps kids start to figure “it all” out.
Toys and apps with flashing lights, action and noise can be educational and fun (and, in the case of toy fire engines, much like real life!) when they lead kids to interact and play. When are they not so great? When the “on” button turns kids into audience members rather than participants.Storytime Toys makes educational toys for kids that are fun too! Shop our playsets!