Whilst Christmas might not seem to be the time to learn new things, it is a great opportunity to get the kids some education toys, that are fun and help them to learn new skills.
My First Bananagrams
Bananagrams is a huge family favourite in many households, with so many ways to play. Now, marking the 10th anniversary of Bananagrams, they have released the fantastic My First Bananagrams aimed at younger members of the family.
Suitable for little wordsmiths aged 4 and over, this version of Bananagrams is specifically designed to get little brains working and has many unique features to do this. Each of the tiles feature lower case letters and they are all brightly coloured to help capture the attention of children. There are also new tiles included that have double letters on them, helping the kids to make words quicker.
The standard Bananagrams games can of course be played with this new set, but included in the ‘ripening’ green banana are a collection of games that include 10 curriculum based mini games, designed to aide development, continually challenge your children, as well as aid them in building their vocabulary and their confidence.
My First Bananagrams is available from Toymaster, Ocado and Waterstones for just £14.99
Light ‘n Go 3-in-1 Activity Walker
This is one of our favourite learning toys this year, the Light ‘n Go 3-in-1 Activity Walker from Little Tikes. This is a fantastic way to get your little one on their way to walking, it is not just a support for walking, but has over 70 activities, songs and sounds to keep them interested and engaged.
As the name suggests, there are three ways for tiny humans to learn and have fun with the activity walker.
Projecting as far away as 8 feet, the walker has a dome that illuminates on the front of it, leading your child with an array of lights as they walk their way around the house.
On the front of the walker there is a board, it features the light dome that is used as part of the walker. This board cleverly slides up to the top of the walker. creating a table that is filled with various activities for your baby to use.
Sit and Play
Aside from being easy to fold down and store, the Activity Walker folds so that your child can sit on the floor and again play with the 70 plus activities.
As well as three different ways to use the walker, there are actually three play modes to choose from also. Your child can pick from Wild – which allows the buttons the make a variety of jungle animal sounds, Words – where the buttons then enable to walker to say what shapes and colours are being pressed, Music – as you may have guessed music mode plays tunes.
As if that wasn’t enough, the 70 plus activities include some incredible things for your little learning love to do. This includes a spinning drum that features the alphabet, numbers, flipping books, piano keys, gears that can be turned, animal clickers, a glowing light dome and even a peek-a-boo slider!
Aimed at children who are aged 6 months to 3 years old, the Light ‘n Go 3-in-1 Activity Walker is available from Little Tikes for £39.99
3D Tic Tac Toe
One of the oldest and most loved games for many children is Noughts and Crosses, or as it has become known as, Tic Tac Toe. The simplicity of a game that uses a 3×3 grid in which you need to create a line of either noughts or crosses, makes it so enjoyable. Of course, despite the basic nature of the game, it can be extremely difficult to attain a winning line and therefore means there can be hours of fun using just a pencil and paper!
Now an evolution of this incredible game has been released by British makers, Wild & Wolf, 3D Tic Tac Toe. That’s right, more complicated and involved, this beautiful wooden version of a childhood favourite is an absolute winner!
3D Tic Tac Toe is a wonderfully designed wooden take on the tradition version of the game. Presented on a chunky wooden playing board with nine pegs onto which each of the fun wooden pieces (circles and squares) are placed during game play and when stored. The playing pieces are brightly coloured in orange with a contrasting grey and are easy to grasp for even tiny hands!
The idea of 3D Tic Tac Toe is to get three in a row, in each direction, all at once. Of course if you are playing with younger children, you can always just use the top layer of pieces to play the more traditional way!
The Gruffalo Snap
Whilst you might not think a game of snap is educational, just take a moment to think about the skills that little ones need to take part in a fun, simple game. Recognising pictures that match each other, as well as tuning motor skills such as coordination, are integral requisites for being able to win at the game of Snap. It is a fantastic, enjoyable way to help kids access these skills, without them even knowing.
When you combine the much loved family game of snap with one of the world’s most popular and adored children’s books, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, you have a sure fire hit!
Presented in a stunning tin, The Gruffalo Giant Snap features 52 beautifully illustrated, oversized cards, depicting the favourite characters of children and quotes from the book itself. Brightly coloured, easy to hold and made of sturdy card, this game will give hours of fun on Christmas Day for children and adults alike, especially if they are fans of the book!
Pick up a pack of these delightful cards from Flamingo Gifts for just £8.99
With the advancement of technology, the last few years have seen some amazing kits come out to teach coding, a skill that will be invaluable to children as they grow up. The Mover Kit is an innovative offering from Technology Will Save Us, that teaches kids to code, be active and play!
For ages 8 and up, The Mover Kit will have kids coding in minutes, in fact just 15 minutes from opening the box. It looks like a watch, but it is filled with sensors and LEDs, that when programmed can react to how the wearer moves, setting off a number of different light patterns, depending on the code used.
The coding couldn’t be simpler, if your child can read and use a mouse, they can code using the Mover Kit. Use the USB lead included in the kit to connect the Mover to your PC, then open up the TWSU website and click on New App. Looking similar to a chat screen, simply drag and drop the different commands to program the Mover, right from your browser. There are a number of projects apps that can be completed including Moves, Rainbow Forever, Screen Time Reminder, Pokeball and more.
Inside the box you get everything needed to make, program and wear the Mover. Simple, fast and fun, your kids will have a blast Christmas morning with the Mover Kit. We would recommend having a look at the TWSU website before you give this gift, just in case you want to get a few extra bits and pieces ready so that the kids can make their own Lightsaber or Disco Jar!