“Children learn more when they’re having fun,” LeapFrog says. The company’s toys “help your child learn about reading, writing, numbers, colors, matching, shapes and manners.”
“Read With Me Scout” is a “cuddly companion that provides the perfect interactive introduction to reading,” LeapFrog says. “The plush puppy pal” reads from 5 included books, and then asks questions to engage kids and deepen their comprehension. “This adorable introduction-to-reading experience is designed by our learning experts to inspire and entertain early readers everywhere.”
You can also switch the puppy into sleepy-time mode for relaxing stories, and 8 minutes of lullabies. It’s $24 here.
Don’t think it will give your kid an English accent, but it should help them learn letters: the Little Gadget Letter Friend from Vtech uses English voices “dispatched from the UK.”
The 7-inch talk robot “is sure to get your little one excited about learning!” Vtech says. “He shakes, dances and responds to your child with funny voices and sound effects.”
The toy helps kids learn letters, phonics, words, objects, telling the time, and more. It’s $65 here.
“Little ones can play with the standalone activity panel on the floor while discovering animals, colors, music, shapes and numbers,” VTech says. “Attach the panel to the walker as babies grow and they’ll continue to learn as they move along.”
The walker has 5 piano keys that play music notes, 3 colorful spinning rollers, 3 shape sorters and light-up shape buttons, and even a telephone handset, spinning gears, and an open/close barn door.
It’s $30 here
Puppy plays to learn
Jan 2, 2014 by Paul W.
Baby’s best friend? You child can start learning A-B-Cs and 1-2-3’s with this toy dog, which “invites baby to learn through singing, dancing and playing.”
The Laugh & Learn Love to Play Puppy comes with a CD of tunes, and also plays ten sing-along songs and games. “The cuddly pal enhances baby’s sense of security, inviting baby to hug and express friendship,” says maker Fisher-Price.
It’s $22 here. (affiliate link)
“Soft, flexible plastic with bright primary colors make this Ball fun and easy for little fingers to bend, squeeze, grasp, and roll,” says Baby Einstein.
The Bendy Ball also has a rolling Rattle Ball inside inside to add additional sounds and visual stimulation to the toy.
It’s $7 here. (affiliate link)
Chewing and Winking
Jan 2, 2014 by Paul W.
Looking for something a bit simpler for that brand-new baby? Manhattan Toy says its Winkel is a slightly sophisticated chew toy, a “mesmerizing maze of safe, soft, continuous tubes perfect for a teething baby to chew on.”
Not only will babies “be engaged and amused by the responsive rattle,” the company adds, but caregivers can “safely refrigerate this pliable plastic toy to produce a soothing teether.” One customer review says it helped her baby “develop two-handed play (an early developmental milestone) well ahead of time.”
It’s $13 here. (affiliate link)
Robot teaches tots
Dec 18, 2013 by Paul W.
“With his quirky personality, rockin’ dance moves, and funny responses,” developer Vtech says, “your child will love interacting” with its robot toy. Cogsley has an animated LCD screen, as well as mechanical moving parts, and “is the perfect learning robot friend.”
Moving parts on Cogsley include twistable ears, spinning nose and eyes, moving arms, twisting body, and moving eyebrows and mouth.
Cogsley comes with 30 “chips” — round plastic tokens with letters, words, and pictures, each of which trigger a variety of responses including movements, sounds, images, and fun animations on his LCD screen. Cogsley’s sound detector is activated by clapping, talking, and singing.
Cogsley also has “surprise responses” to enhance interactive play, the company says. “The robot will help tots learn about letters, counting, words, manners, and more.”
It measure about 5x9x12 inches, and is $72 here. (Affiliate link.)
Kids can do more than just play with new electronic gadgets — they can also learn how these things work. Snap Circuits by Elanco is a series of kits with simple circuit boards on which project components simply snap into place: no soldering or alligator clips required.
The Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 starter kit is $34 here. (Affiliate link.) It has 30 reusable color-coded parts to build 100 projects and experiments such as a dual-speed fan, periodic doorbell, photo sensor police siren, flashing laser light and more.
The kit has won the Seal of Approval from The National Parenting Center, as well as other awards.
As your baby grows into a toddler, those first few steps can be precarious. Now you can make them a little less dangerous with these new “Walking Wings” that help a baby learn to walk while experiencing fewer falls.
The simple padded vest fastens around the baby, and helps maintain an easy natural balance.
It’s a lot easier on babies than holding them up by the arms.
It’s also easier on you, as you can walk around with the child without stressing your own back by hunching over.
It’s $25 here. (Affiliate link.)
Lights and Learning
Oct 18, 2013 by Paul W.
Babies crave stimulation, and this little device delivers plenty. It’ll also help teach basic numbers with songs and color.
The Spin and Learn Color Flashlight combines animal sounds, changing color lights, music, and more than 50 songs to sing along with.
“With its easy-to-grip handle, your toddler will want to take this learning toy flashlight with them on every adventure,” maker Vtech says.
It’s $12 here. (Affiliate link)