Our Educational Christmas Toys Guide gets top marks for fun and entertainment.
The selection of play driven educational toys and puzzles we’ve curated for our guide will keep them occupied as well as growing their brains!
Fire up their imaginations with this interactive playset with 44 pop-out pieces. If you’re not Gruffalo fans (pardon?!) you can choose from farmyard, house, astronaut and many more worlds. £14.99
My Busy Bots
This bundle focuses on literacy, looking at letter sounds, CVC words and then compound words. Lots of fun, hands-on activities to enjoy for children who are in (or going in to) reception upwards. £26.99
Learn to sort, stack, make patterns, identify colours and create pictures. Also includes an activity guide for learning ideas.£22.99.
Wee Gallery Large Floor Puzzle
This 24 piece puzzle teaches about nature and encourages problem solving. £30.
Galt Marble Glow Run
An old favourite toy but great for motor skills, organisation, planning and STEM basics. £19.99
Take inspiration from Turing himself to build mechanical computers powered by marbles to solve logic puzzles. Use ramps, crossovers, bits, interceptors, gears, and gear bits to build marble-powered computers that can generate patterns, do logic, count, add, subtract, multiply, divide, and much, much more.
Lego Make Your Own Movie
Christmas isn’t Christmas without some Lego, but this gets them thinking beyond the prescriptive instructions. £14.99
FAO Schwarz Discovery Construction Fort
With 72 pieces to connect, this should keep them occupied and test their STEM learning.£22
Earth and Constellations Globe
Earth by day and space by night. In daylight, the 22.8 cm world map shows geographical features and by night the illuminated star map shows 88 different constellations. A light sensor automatically turns the globe to the illuminated night view when it gets dark.£39.99
Leapfrog Number Lovin Oven
Some toys just make you smile. Yes, it’s plastic, but we reckon it can be enjoyed by several families over a few years. There are 30+ songs and phrases for counting, sharing and vocabulary skills. Little ones can move the number slider to learn about time and temperature, cut food into 2, 3 or 4 equal pieces to build maths skills, and press the chef’s hat to count and sing along to lively songs. £22.
Who Do I See in the Mirror?
This colour-illustrated book contains a strong message that it’s what is on the inside that counts. A wonderful finishing touch is that it ends with a certificate that each child can hang up on their wall.
Kids Can Cook
Once they’ve got the hang of pretend cooking, introduce them to the real thing with this book of wondrous nostalgia by Esther Coombes. £11.99.