5 Baby Toys You Didn't Know Were Educational

By: aBaby


We will forgive you if you thought toys are just for entertainment or to merely keep children occupied. They play a huge part in the development of your little one! There are a vast range of skills (both physical as well as mental) that your child can develop just by playing with the right toys.

Let’s take a look at a few basic toys that you would have never pegged as educational baby toys!

1. Rattles

Yep. Rattles aren’t just entertaining noise makers. They do a lot more than that! Rattles fall into the category of “cause and effect toys,” simply because there is an immediate response from the toy (in terms of sound) when the child shakes it. At this stage, all babies want is an immediate response from a toy when they touch it, shake it or push a button. This response can be a sound or a flashing light. Learn more about cause and effect toys.

What do rattles teach my child?

- Sensorial stimulation (visual, auditory and tactile)
- Learning sound discrimination (which is a crucial skill for learning phonics later on)
- Learning hand-eye coordination (which you need to master to be able to complete any task efficiently!)

2. Bead mazes

Bead mazes are lovely colorful windy things that get a child immediately excited because they look like there’s so much going on! They have the ability to keep children engaged for long expanses of time.

What do bead mazes teach my child?

- Hand eye coordination
- Fine motor control (without which a child wouldn’t be able to hold a pencil and write properly)
- Pattern recognition
- Color and shape discrimination
- Developing spatial sense.

3. Blocks

Blocks, wooden, plastic or plush, are a winner with every child. They encourage creative play and are among the most preferred learning toys for educators all over the world.

What do blocks teach my child?

Blocks encourage and reinforce:

- Hand eye coordination
- Creativity and imagination
- Shape recognition
- Spatial reasoning
- Size discrimination
- A range of geometric concepts

4. Play Dough

Play dough is an absolute essential when you are trying to collect educational toys for babies or children. As an added bonus, it is super easy to make at home!

Is play dough good for my child?


Play dough can:

- Improve finger muscle strength
- Drastically develop fine motor control
- Significantly improve pencil grip
- Teach color discrimination
- Encourage creativity and imagination
- Encourage role play
- Develop inborn artistic talents

5. Puppets

Puppets are great for telling stories and using as dolls to play house. But what most people fail to take into account is the psychology behind puppets. Puppets are a fantastic tool to aid in a child’s emotional development. Children will often respond to puppets more openly than to an adult or a peer during times of emotional trouble.

What do puppets teach children?

Puppets can:

- Teach empathy
- Encourage creative role play
- Provide comfort and companionship
- Remove inhibitions that children may have about speaking in public
- Serve as a medium to resolve emotional conflict in a child

The truth is all toys in one way or another do provide some sort of learning. The trick is knowing the right age to introduce different types of toys. Giving exposure to your little ones is never a bad thing but always be careful about overstimulation as it can frustrate a child just as easily as boredom or being under-stimulated would.

Check out our educational toys section if you want to delight your little one with some fun learning toys and puzzle games. Whoever said learning couldn’t be fun!

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