Christmas is just around the corner, and if you don’t quite know what gift to get your kid (or your friend’s kid!), why not change things up this year and go for an educational toy? Not only will it be fun to play with, the kiddos can also learn something from it in the process, making it a win-win for both parents and children!
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For kids who are interested in arts and crafts, encourage them to pursue this passion by getting them a Weaving Loom Craft Kit from National Geographic. It comes with a wooden loom and all the tools you'd need for three cool projects. These projects include weaving a rainbow cloud, sunset, and waterfall! The loom is also reusable, so you can top up your own yarn and get the kiddos to do other patterns that they fancy!
Tangs, 310 Orchard Road Tang Plaza Singapore 238864, www.tangs.com/weaving-loom-craft-kit
An interesting educational game that's also very aesthetically pleasing, this set of cards lets children learn about what goes on under the earth, invisible to us. For example, how does a turnip look as it's growing underground? By matching the correct cards, the kids will be able to tell what goes on underground under the earth and get their answers. The visuals help them to absorb the answers better, and the game set also comes with a detailed booklet containing background information of all the plants, animals and scenery featured on their cards.
It takes a lot to get tots interested in books, but the Peek-A-Book from B. Toys is a good start! It's a simple book with colourful visuals and very few words, and contains lots of different shapes and textures for babies to touch and feel. Each page also makes a different sound, which they'll definitely love and might even cause them to squeal in delight! This soft book can even be clipped onto your car or stroller so that your kiddo can have fun learning on the go!
TOYTAG, 201 Henderson Rd, #06-02/03 Apex @ Henderson, Singapore 159545, www.toytag.com/b-peek-a-books
Let your little one learn more about the world with a Magic Adventures Globe from LeapFrog! Just learning and memorizing the different countries featured on the globe isn't fun and engaging at all, that's why this globe has an electronic side to it that makes it interactive for easier learning. Use the stylus to tap on parts of the globe to know more about the different places, cultures, habitats and more via videos that'll play on its integrated video screen. It doesn't get more interactive than this, and your kid will have fun for hours on end with all the content that this educational toy has in store for them!
Toys R Us, Multiple Locations, www.toysrus.com.sg/leapfrog-magic-adventures-globe
This educational game is so cool that your kids will be entranced in an instant! It uses augmented reality to take you on a trip around our solar system, letting the kiddos learn as they go along. The cards work in conjunction with a mobile app that allows them to have a 3D view of different celestial bodies and space vehicles. On top of that, they'll also get to discover planets, stars, space shuttles and more! The app that's meant to be used with the cards can be downloaded on your phone free of charge.
Tangs, 310 Orchard Road Tang Plaza Singapore 238864, www.tangs.com/octagon-studio-space-4d-flashcards
This colorful shape sorter allows your tot to improve their fine motor skills and color recognition pretty easily! It's a 15-piece wooden set that's meant for the little ones to stack on the pegged stand according to color, and if they get stuck midway, each piece also has a printed key on the wooden base to act as guidance when needed. You can even create your own games with your tot while using this educational toy, letting them learn how to sort, match, count and stack along the way!
Motherswork, Multiple Locations, www.motherswork.com.sg/sorting-and-stacking-board
If your tot has shown a keen interest in music, get them their own toy version of a grand piano so that they can grow the confidence to develop their musical ability! The piano comes with sound effects, demo songs and drum beats which provide an immersive experience for the little ones. It also has record and playback features so that your tot can listen and improve if they deem fit. It might also make them incredibly happy to hear a playback of the music they've created. The piano also comes with twinkling lights for a more authentic pop star experience!
Toys R Us, Multiple Locations, www.toysrus.com.sg/play-big-my-first-grand-piano
This is Sudoku with a twist! Instead of using numbers, this game features images of different habitats, but the rules are the same, meaning the same habitat can't appear twice in the same row. To make it more challenging, the habitats also can be repeated within the same color zone. This game helps kids develop different skills like problem solving, logical reasoning, flexible thinking, and more. There are also four different difficult levels, so your kids can choose the level that they feel challenges them best.
The Better Toy Store, Multiple Locations, www.thebettertoystore.com/crazy-sudoku-iq-puzzle-board-game
This is such a cute DIY gift! The Tooth Fairy Keepsake Box allows children to mold and paint a unique keepsake box for their lost baby teeth, making the experience a less daunting one. In the process, parents can also educate them about dental hygiene and dental-related issues, all while providing a fun and memorable activity that makes them less afraid of dealing with loose teeth in future. The kit even contains certificates so that children can record their name and the date that the tooth was lost.
My Toy Shop, 293 Holland Road, #02-11, Jelita Shopping Mall, Singapore 278628, www.mytoyshop.com.sg/4m-tooth-fairy-keepsake-box
Know any science whizz? They might enjoy this Amazing Chemistry set from Clementoni! It provides the kids with their very own mini laboratory to conduct over 180 different experiments, and don't worry, the chemistry set is extremely safe. The kit itself comes with a wide range of different substances that kids can use in the experiments, and they create different reactions which the kiddos can learn about! There's also an instruction manual that comes with the chemistry set and it contains images for more clarity.
Tangs, 310 Orchard Road Tang Plaza Singapore 238864, www.tangs.com/clementoni-amazing-chemistry
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