The Most Popular Toys This Holiday Season That Nurture Learning and Education

Updated: March 2, 2021
After scouring the lists of the top toys for 2018, we've found the top five toys that nurture both education and learning in kids. These are our picks.
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Play is a wonderful thing. It is literally the work of childhood and it enables our kids to grow and evolve and navigate the world at their own pace. Children are often having so much fun in play that they don’t even realize that they are also learning. Toys that cater to this kind of learning through play are always wonderful gifts to give the children in your life during the holiday season.

More: 11 Awesome STEM Toys to Get Kids Into Science and Math

Here are five toys that foster learning through play to be on the lookout for this season:

Little Passports

This monthly subscription service offers kids ages three to twelve a chance to tour the world. With activities, postcards, souvenirs, and stickers, curious children won’t be able to resist the opportunity to see the world right from the comfort of their own home. They also offer a Science Expeditions options for kids ages 9 and up that reveals the mysteries of the world through science experiments.

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Adopt an Animal via World Wildlife Federation

adopt an animal from WWF

Do you have a little animal lover in your life? You can choose a favorite wild animal for your child to adopt and learn about. By making a donation to the World Wildlife Federation, you will receive a plush animal, a photograph, an adoption certificate, an educational species card, and a gift bag. This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to feel good about helping others, learn more about their favorite animal, and have a very unique opportunity to support a good cause.

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Smart Globe

smart globe toy

Oregon Scientific’s Smart Globe is such a fun way for kids to interact with the larger world and learn all about it in a way that feels like play. With games, songs, fun facts, and history, this is an educational toy that can keep school aged kids of all ages busy for hours learning geography and culture.

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Evo Coding Robot

evo coding robot toy

Coding is hot right now. It’s a skill that will only become more important every year, and luckily it’s extremely fun - especially for those STEM lovers in your life. There are many ways to learn how to code, but using these little robots is especially exciting. This is a great option for kids ages 9 and up, and it works for everyone from beginners to master coders.

Buy it here.

littleBits Electronic Music Inventor Kit

littlebits music inventor toy

Aspiring musicians will love to build, customize, and play their own synth guitar. This toy is a unique mix of creativity with science and the arts. Kids ages 8 and up will be able to build confidence as they put the instrument together without the help of an adult and then enjoy rocking out through various creative games.

Buy it here.

‘Tis the season to play and learn and explore the world in new ways! With options like these, you’ll have as much fun picking out learning toys as your children will using them.

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