Educational Toys to Keep Your Toddler Entertained While Siblings are Online Learning

Tools for little ones to learn and play.

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July 30, 2020
By: Amanda Mushro

Puzzles, Books, Art and More!

As schools across the country begin announcing their plans for the fall, many parents are adjusting to their school-age children working on their lessons remotely from home with younger siblings in tow. While the sibling dynamic isn’t new, students trying to balance their work with distractions from little ones can be frustrating. So, if you are a parent looking for ways to keep your toddlers happy, entertained and learning while the big kids finish their schoolwork, here are a few of our favorite educational toys and games for toddlers.

LeapFrog Learning Friends 100 Words Book

When it’s reading time for your big kids, offer your little one his or her own book that will keep them engaged. The Learning Friends 100 Words Book encourages your child to touch each picture, hear the animals say toddler-appropriate words along with exciting facts and enjoy other sound effects. This is a great toy for word and sound recognition. There is also an option to switch each word to Spanish for bilingual lessons.

BUY IT: Target, $18

Magna-Tiles

Combine your toddler’s love of building with their favorite Magna-Tiles book. The tiles feature images from beloved Eric Carl books, including “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See” and “The Grouchy Ladybug.” So, not only do kids learn the stories through hands-on play, but they also develop skills in math, reading, language arts and science.

BUY IT: Target, $90

CozyBomB Wooden Puzzle

From practicing numbers and shapes, to stacking and sorting, this Montessori-style toy helps to develop color recognition, hand-eye coordination and encourage creativity and imagination. This puzzle is great for quiet when your big kids need help with their schoolwork.

BUY IT: Amazon, $19

Primary Lacing Beads

Your preschooler can work on fine motor, cognitive and visual perception skills while promoting hand-eye coordination with these lacing beads. It’s a great, independent activity that your preschooler can complete quietly by practice lacing, tracing and creative play.

BUY IT: Target, $13

Do A Dot Art! Markers

These chunky markers are great for little hands and your preschooler will love making large dots of color across their paper. You’ll love that these makers are washable and any “art” that lands on clothes and furniture can be quickly cleaned up.

BUY IT: Amazon, $17

Teach My Toddler

A favorite among parents and teachers, this learning kit contains everything you’ll need to help your little one learn the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colors. With books, puzzles, posters and flash cards, your toddler can have their very own school day alongside their siblings.

BUY IT: Amazon, $50

Duplo

While your elementary-aged kiddos may love playing with Legos, Duplo bricks are geared toward your younger kids. This set comes with plenty of bricks and their own carrying case for easy cleanup and storage.

BUY IT: Target, $30

VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk

Your preschooler can play school during the day with this activity desk that also transforms into a chalkboard and art station. This interactive desk includes five different activity pages with an option to add extension packages to the desk.

BUY IT: Amazon, $54

Peg Puzzles

These three classic puzzles from Melissa and Doug promote independent play by focusing on letters, colors and number recognition, as well as fine motor skills. Your toddler will love these puzzles and have hours of fun putting the pieces together and taking them off again.

BUY IT: Amazon, $17

Magnet Letters

This set comes with 142 magnets, a white board and it can be connected to an app for interactive fun.

BUY IT: Amazon, $16

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