Favorite Educational Toys

by Eden Godsoe, posted to Parenting


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Perplexus

My daughter (along with my husband and I) have recently become obsessed with our Perplexus.

http://www.amazon.com/Perplexus-BL300-Epic/dp/B004H1V5RU?tag=theskin02-20

Perplexus My daughter (along with my husband and I) have recently become obsessed with our Perplexus. You've mastered the Original - can you beat the new Perplexus Epic? Navigate the steel ball along the tracks, through 125 barriers of varying difficulty as you try to defy gravity. With gnarly new twists, turns and barriers, Perplexus Epic provides...

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Magna-Tiles

http://www.amazon.com/Magna-Tiles-Clear-Colors-Piece-Set/dp/B0093LSWIE?tag=theskin02-20

Magna-Tiles Clear colored Magna-Tiles pieces, but with additional unique pieces that have holes, are curved, a magnetic door and a wheeled piece. This product provides more pieces for a classroom, and are a great addition with the special pieces. Idea guide...

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Memory Matching Game

You can't go wrong with a good old game of Memory. It's actually kind of sad that by age 4 my children were beating me.

http://www.amazon.com/Eeboo-Life-Earth-Matching-Game/dp/B000ELV3ZG?tag=theskin02-20

Memory Matching Game You can't go wrong with a good old game of Memory. It's actually kind of sad that by age 4 my children were beating me. The Once Upon A Time Matching Game is a classic game of matching pairs with beautiful brightly colored illustrations of fairy tale images. This game is perfect for sharpening recognition and building memory skills.

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Mad Libs

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Mad-Libs-Roger-Price/dp/0843126981?tag=theskin02-20

Mad Libs Over the last 50 years, Price Stern Sloan has published hundreds and hundreds of Mad Libs stories. Come fill out over 125 of the funniest ones in this deluxe oversize edition. This book also includes a history of the game as told by the creator...

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Spot It

http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Orange-410-Spot-It/dp/B0039S7NO6/ref=sr_1_22?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1372184627&sr=1-22&keywords=educational+toys&tag=theskin02-20

Spot It There is always one, and only one, matching symbol between any 2 cards in this party game. Spot it and you win! A sharp eye and a little bit of speed is all it takes to become a Spot it! master.

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Qwirkle Board Game

I love playing this game!

http://www.amazon.com/MindWare-M32016-Qwirkle-Board-Game/dp/1933054395/ref=sr_1_33?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1372184754&sr=1-33&keywords=educationa&tag=theskin02-20

Qwirkle Board Game I love playing this game! Qwirkle is as simple as matching colors and shapes, but this game also requires tactical maneuvers and well-planned strategy. Earn points by building rows and columns of blocks that share a common shape or color. Look for opportunities to score big...

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Sorry

http://www.amazon.com/Milton-Bradley-Parker-Brothers-Sorry/dp/B002BL2UXG/ref=sr_1_2?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1339433944&sr=1-2&keywords=sorry&tag=theskin02-20

Sorry A game that all ages can enjoy together. 

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Melissa & Doug Magic Set

http://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Doug-Deluxe-Magic-Set/dp/B0001YNLLK/ref=sr_1_72?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1372185024&sr=1-72&keywords=educational+toy&tag=theskin02-20

Melissa & Doug Magic Set Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magic Set

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Uno Card Game

Our family loves to play this game. Great to take on roadtrips too.

http://www.amazon.com/Mattel-42003-Uno-Card-Game/dp/B00004TZY8?tag=theskin02-20

Uno Card Game Our family loves to play this game. Great to take on roadtrips too. America's No.1 brand of family game. See why this color coded card game is such a popular brand of family game. Be the first player or team to score 500 points. Points are scored by being the first to rid yourself of all the cards in your hand before...

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Snap Circuits

http://www.amazon.com/Elenco-SC-300-Snap-Circuits/dp/B0000683A4?tag=theskin02-20

Snap Circuits This educational kit is loaded with more than 300 projects to build. For example, kids can learn how transistors and capacitors function, and how to make time-delay circuits. In addition, this version includes circuits showing how oscillators and...

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Talking Globe

I've always felt a little guilty that we didn't get our kids a talking globe. Maybe something for this year's Xmas.

http://www.amazon.com/Educational-Insights-Geosafari-Talking-Globe/dp/B000I62L9Y/ref=sr_1_12?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1372185747&sr=1-12&keywords=&tag=theskin02-20

Talking Globe I've always felt a little guilty that we didn't get our kids a talking globe. Maybe something for this year's Xmas. GeoSafari Talking Globe Jr. guides young children on an exciting learning adventure to introduce geography basics. Two game modes and variable subjects allow children to learn geography with spoken and visual clues, then quiz them on each lesson....

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Math War Game Cards

http://www.amazon.com/Math-War-Multiplication-Game-Cards/dp/0887432875?tag=theskin02-20

Math War Game Cards Math war is an exciting way for children to learn their multiplication table while having fun. Players take turns laying down cards and giving the answer to the problem on their card.

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Rory's Story Cubes

These really helped my son open up and be more creative.

http://www.amazon.com/Gamewright-318-Rorys-Story-Cubes/dp/B003EIK136?tag=theskin02-20

Rory's Story Cubes These really helped my son open up and be more creative. There are infinite ways to play with Rory's Story Cubes. You can play solitaire or with others. Here are some suggested uses: Party game or ice-breaker, Literacy development, Speaking & listening skills, Creative inspiration, Mental...

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Scrabble

http://www.amazon.com/Winning-Moves-1143-Tile-Scrabble/dp/B004BHWFUG?tag=theskin02-20

Scrabble Your Scrabble words won't be slip slidin' away, thanks to this board's clever "tile-lock" design. There are also soft pads on its bottom that allow you to effortlessly slide the board across a table or rotate it for a better view. And, the compact...

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Teaching Cash Register

http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Resources-Teaching-Cash-Register/dp/B0006N8X3M?tag=theskin02-20

Teaching Cash Register The Learning Resources Teaching Cash Register is a stimulating, interactive learning toy for kids ages three to nine. Through imaginative play with this responsive cash register toy, kids learn basic math skills and gain familiarity with currency....

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Fascinations Ant Farm

http://www.amazon.com/Fascinations-ANTW2-AntWorks-Illuminated-Blue/dp/B000F6F8CY?tag=theskin02-20

Fascinations Ant Farm The Antworks Habitat and the Antworks Illuminator are all in one box. It includes a removable LED Illuminator with power adaptor, nutrient gel, magnifying glass, extreme zoom lens, ant catching/tunnel starting tool, and instruction booklet with...

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Stargazer Telescope

http://www.amazon.com/MY-TT-1000-Stargazer-Telescope/dp/B0002L5142?tag=theskin02-20

Stargazer Telescope TT-1000 Features: -Telescope.-Magnification: 18X to 90X.-Aperature: 50mm(2").-Hybrid diagonal: 90o.-Equatorial mount with setting circles.-Slow motion controls on R.A. and Dec. Axes.-Standard 0.965".-Accessories include: Eyepieces H6mm.-H20mm 1.5X...

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Marble Run

http://www.amazon.com/Marbulous-Translucent-Marble-pieces-plus-marbles/dp/B000XA80XG?tag=theskin02-20

Marble Run 4 years & up. Transparent pieces allow children to visually track the entire course of their marble. 48 transparent pieces, plus 16 marbles.

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ThinkFun Zingo

http://www.amazon.com/Think-Fun-7700-ThinkFun-Zingo/dp/B00006408Q?tag=theskin02-20

ThinkFun Zingo ThinkFun Zingo

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Classic Wooden Abacus

We went old school with this exact abacus to teach the kids counting by 10s and soforth

http://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Doug-Classic-Wooden-Abacus/dp/B00005BVRQ?tag=theskin02-20

Classic Wooden Abacus We went old school with this exact abacus to teach the kids counting by 10s and soforth Melissa & Doug Classic Wooden Abacus

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LEGO

http://www.amazon.com/LEGO-Ultimate-Building-Set-Pieces/dp/B000NO9GT4?tag=theskin02-20

LEGO Get busy building! This jam-packed tub features an extensive assortment of LEGO bricks and other fun elements. It includes a building plate, mini figure, windows, doors and wheels. New container allows for easy clean-up and efficient storage. The...

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Sun Art

Both my son and daughter love doing this. And it's a fun way to teach them about photography, shadows, etc.

http://www.amazon.com/Tedco-Sun-Art-Paper-Kit/dp/B002KSKTG0?tag=theskin02-20

Sun Art Both my son and daughter love doing this. And it's a fun way to teach them about photography, shadows, etc. Use the magic of solar energy to create artistic prints. Proudly Made In the USA Encourage an interest in the photographic process through sun, water and imagination! To Male a "Photogram" or a "Shadowprint": Place any object (a fern, leaf, key etc.)...

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Blokus

http://www.amazon.com/Mattel-R1983-Blokus-Classics-Game/dp/B001P06GX4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339434648&sr=8-1&keywords=blokus&tag=theskin02-20

Blokus Grades K & up. Develops logic and spatial perception while kids learn to be tactical. Players take turns placing pieces on their board, each starting from their corner.

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Mastermind

http://www.amazon.com/Pressman-Toy-3018-06B-Mastermind/dp/B00000DMBF?tag=theskin02-20

Mastermind 8 years & up. The classic game that brings together a codemaker and a codebreaker. Includes MASTERMIND(R) game console with built-in storage tray, 108 code pegs in 6 colors, 30 key pegs in 2 colors, and rules. For 2 players.

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Tag Interactive World Map

http://www.amazon.com/LeapFrog-Tag-World-Jumbo-Puzzle/dp/B0089U3VN6?tag=theskin02-20

Tag Interactive World Map

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Jigsaw Puzzles

http://www.amazon.com/Ravensburger-Wild-Jungle-Piece-Puzzle/dp/B001R1PTKW/ref=sr_1_13?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1343676373&sr=1-13&keywords=childre&tag=theskin02-20

Jigsaw Puzzles

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Uncle Milton Earth In My Room

http://www.amazon.com/Uncle-Milton-Earth-In-Room/dp/B007CJJZTE?tag=theskin02-20

Uncle Milton Earth In My Room Imagine seeing an awe-inspiring view of Earth from space ... in your room! With Earth in My Room, watch Earth's city lights illuminate from east to west in brilliant detail. It's a real wonder of our world! From the makers of the original Moon in My...

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Connect Four

http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-4430-Connect-Four/dp/B00000IWI1/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1311119536&sr=1-1&tag=theskin02-20

Connect Four The rules are simple: try to build a row of four checkers while keeping your opponent from doing the same. Sounds easy, but it's not! The vertical strategy creates a unique challenge: you must think in a whole new way to block your opponent's moves!...

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Rush Hour

http://www.amazon.com/Think-Fun-5000-ThinkFun-Rush/dp/B00000DMER?tag=theskin02-20

Rush Hour ThinkFun Rush Hour

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Classic Tangoes

http://www.amazon.com/Tangoes-T100-Classic/dp/B00000K3BU?tag=theskin02-20

Classic Tangoes Tangoes Puzzle Game No Batteries Required--Works on Brain Cells ! Tangoes. Based on the ancient Chinese Tangram puzzle, Tangoes is a learning tool that combines artistic and mathematical elements to enhance visual perception ability; develop problem...

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Monopoly

http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-00009-97-Monopoly/dp/B00000IWCT?tag=theskin02-20

Monopoly Monopoly

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Metaforms

http://www.amazon.com/FoxMind-5512646-Metaforms/dp/B0015MC2TO?tag=theskin02-20

Metaforms 5512646 Features: -Metaforms game.-Seal of Excellence - Creative Child Magazine - USA 2010.-Best Pick - Dr Toy - USA 2009.-6/6 Recommended - Consumer Guide - Canada 2009.-Spiel Gut - Germany 2008.
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