Although there is no substitute for playing with your child yourself in order to help them to learn and develop, there are times when you need some “me time”. Educational pre-school toys are a great way to keep your little ones occupied when you’re busy but which will help them to learn while having fun at the same time.
If you’re looking for effortless ways to help your little one to get to grips with the basics like letters, numbers, colors and shapes, these electronic toys are a great place to start.
LeapFrog Scribble & Write
If you have a curious pre-schooler who just can’t wait to go to school, this toy is the perfect way to help them to teach themselves the basics. Designed specially for little hands to practise writing letters, this electronic device gives little ones a grounding in their ABCs with a positive audio encouragement to help them to keep practising.
My Own Leaptop
Suitable from age 2, this child-friendly laptop is ideal for incorporating into pretend play games. It also allows your little one to explore music, the alphabet and animals while becoming more computer literate thanks to its six different activity stations. Hard-wearing and tough, this “laptop” won’t break easily and can even be connected to the online LeapFrog Learning Path so parents can keep up to date with their child’s progress.
Fisher Price Learn With Me Zebra Walker
It’s never too soon to start learning, and your little one can start from the age of 6 months with this interactive walker from Fisher-Price. Not only does it help toddlers to get up and on their feet, it is also a valuable learning tool featuring a cute zebra face as well as buttons which pre-schoolers can press to hear letters and numbers while honing their fine motor skills. There are dials to twist, switches to flip, and thanks to its sturdy construction, it will help them to stand and take their first steps while cheering them on with phrases and music.
Laugh ‘N Learn Learning Workbench From Fisher Price
Your child is never too young to start learning, and this activity table is suitable for babies from as young as six months. Helping to develop physical and well as mental skills, this workbench allows baby builders to drill and pound their way to learning letters, shapes, colors, numbers, actions and opposites through 3 interactive modes. There are over 15 sounds, phrases and songs designed to engage your toddler’s listening skills and they’ll also hone their large motor skills.
Alphie From PlaySkool
This updated version of the old-school Alphie robot is set to become your pre-schooler’s favorite friend. Its lifelike LCD screen shows its facial expressions while its playful personality and friendly voice encourages toddlers to learn about rhyme, numbers, letters, colors, animals, instruments, shapes and matching skills. With integrated space to store the included cards and an in-built carry handle to make it easy to transport, this is the perfect portable toy for pre-school learning.
LeapFrog Tag Reading System
Learning to read has never been more fun than with the LeapFrog Tag Reading system. Ideal for children aged four and over, this pen-like device can be used to recognize symbols, words and letters and to make pictures and words in the hardcover Tag books sing and talk whenever it’s pointed at them. Although nothing can replace reading with mom at bedtime, the Tag system gives your pre-schooler more independence and helps them to learn all of the early reading skills that they’ll need when they begin school. By being able to interact with the text, books will become more entertaining and even reluctant readers will be motivated.
While you don’t want your child glued to an electronic device at such an early age, educational tech toys have an important role to play in encouraging your little one’s independence and in boosting their reading and writing skills before they start formal education.
Taken from the December 2017 issue of Geek Parenting, out now!