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Learn-while-you-play TOYS
  Educational toys don’t have to be boring. The best ones turn topics such as reading, math and science into fascinating playthings that kids can’t put down. They learn real-life skills like critical thinking, problem solving and communication – all while having fun. Here is a round-up of great learning toys we love. We think the kids in your life will love them too.
 Power Blox E-Blox are not your ordinary building blocks. Not only can they be used to build imaginative and awesome structures,
but they also come to life with LED lights! The block set contains over 70 parts and is great
for stimulating young minds with creativity, imagination and science. For ages 8 and up. Visit myeblox.com.
     Abacus The Melissa & Doug Abacus is a classic wooden “calculator” that helps teach math skills, patterning and color recognition. Counting and moving the beads on this wooden frame develops a visual and tactile relationship with numbers and early math concepts – but to a child sliding, sorting and counting on this colorful abacus, it just feels like
fun! Comes with eight additional extension activities that help kids develop math, counting and logical thinking skills. For ages 3-5 years. Available locally at Classic Toys or visit melissaanddoug.com.
HABA Ball Track Who would think problem solving could
be so much fun? This exciting marble rolling building set is both educational and fun. Hardwood blocks with grooves and holes are combined in a variety of ways with the end result of having the six marbles ringing the bell to signal success. Helps educate kids on the laws of structural engineering and stimulates spatial thinking. This ball track includes 42 pieces and is made of solid, natural, untreated beech wood. This classic toy is the recipient of several prestigious toy awards. For ages 4-10. For a list of local retailers, visit habausa.com.
Grow n’ Glow Dino Habitat This dinosaur-
themed activity combines art with science and history for a STEAM activity that both big
and little paleontologists will enjoy. The “just add water” kit includes everything needed for kids to plant and grow their own dinosaur habitat: dinosaurs, a dinosaur fossil, light up volcano, lava paint, glowing stones, planting container, potting mix, quick grow chia, wheat grass and bean seeds, a soil scoop and plant mister. Glow-in-the-dark paint and accessories, along with the light up volcano, will add WOW to this garden craft. For ages 6 to 96. Available at Classic Toys or visit fabercastell.com.
    Super Sorting Pie The Learning Resources Super Sorting Pie is a fun, visual way to teach pre-K kids about colors and shapes. It is also a great way to help introduce and work on other skills such as grouping, sorting, patterning and addition/subtraction. Jumbo tweezers reinforce fine motor skills, especially fine motor pincer grasp. Comes with sorting cards that provide visual cues and an activity guide. For ages 2-4 years. Available at Target, or visit learningresources.com.
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