Top Educational Toys for Christmas 2020

Top Educational Toys for Christmas 2020
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Looking for great gift ideas for kids this Christmas? The elves at the Learning Resources workshop have had lots of fun making educational toys and games that give the gift of learning through play. From our newest coding robot toy the award-winning Botley 2.0, to friendly fine motor skills toys, let’s unwrap this year’s top educational toys for Christmas 2020.

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Learning Resources Top Educational Toys for Christmas 2020

Botley 2.0 The Coding Robot Activity Set (Ages 5+)

Award-winning Botley 2.0 is the fun coding robot toy for ages 5+ that introduces STEM and coding skills through fun, hands-on play. It’s easy to get going with coding and there’s no need for a screen. Kids use the remote programmer to programme a sequence of up to 150 steps in 6 directions, press the send button, and watch Botley 2.0 go!

New Botley 2.0 also comes with a night sensor so when the lights go out, its eyes light up. Kids can even programme Botley 2.0 to put on a light show and change its eye colour. Use the Activity Set to create STEM challenges and put the object detection function to the test.

New to coding? Read more on how to nurture a coding mindset at home by teacher and engineer, Tim Caird. Plus see him put Botley 2.0 through its paces!

MathLink Cubes Activity Set (Ages 3+)

This top-selling, award-winning maths learning set includes everything you need to support early maths skills development. Children use the colourful activity cards and stackable MathLink Cubes to develop several numeracy skills. These include patterning and sequencing, sorting and grouping, basic arithmetic (addition, subtraction, and multiplication), size recognition, colour recognition, ordering and measurement. The colourful activity cards offer engaging, hands-on activities that keep young learners engaged and having fun.

Look out for our new MathLink Cubes Numberblocks 1-10 Activity Set, launching soon!

Coding Critters Ranger & Zip (Ages 4+)

Meet the award-winning Coding Critters™ from Learning Resources – your first coding friends! These playful puppy pets introduce early STEM concepts to preschool learning through 100% screen-free coding. Kids code along with their new pets’ storybook adventure and help the brave Ranger and mischievous Zip have a playtime they’ll never forget! Each coding challenge in Ranger & Zip’s colourful storybook unfolds in the Coding Critters’ fun pet playset – can you code Ranger to play hide and seek, fetch a ball from the tennis ball launcher, or catch Zip after a ride down the slide?

In addition to following along with the storybook’s coding challenges, you can also use the pet playset to design your own code games and more. The Coding Critters also double as cute interactive pets – press Ranger’s nose to activate Play Mode, where you can feed, pet, and take care of your new puppy robot pal this Christmas! You can even make him dance and sing a silly song.

Design & Drill Bolt Buddies Rocket (Ages 3+)

Build, drill and play with Design & Drill Bolt Buddies the simple construction toy range that will inspire young minds. Kids assemble the brightly coloured snap-together rocket parts, insert the bolts, and drill them in place using the real working power drill. Then they pop in the Bolt Buddy Astronaut her co-pilot Space Dog Buddy Rover and blast off on an adventure! The Bolt Buddies range is designed to help young children learn the basics of 3D construction and practise fine motor skills and is an ideal Christmas gift for 3-year-olds.

The drill features a peekaboo window so children can see gears turning. Keep the box because the inside of the reversable eco-friendly packaging converts into a themed backdrop for hours of open-ended, imaginative play. Each Bolt Buddy doubles as a tool and can be used to twist, turn, and assemble the components.

Steggy the Fine Motor Dino (Ages 18 months +)

Award-winning Steggy the Fine Motor Dino helps toddlers develop fine motor skills and learn about colours and numbers along the way. Inserting the brightly coloured numbered spikes into Steggy’s back helps build hand strength, refine the pincer grasp, and improves hand-eye coordination. Spikes store inside when not in use for quick and easy tidy-up when play is done for the day.

Check out what Kate from Counting to Ten thought of Steggy the Fine Motor Dino and more Learning Resources home learning helpers.

Playfoam Combo 8-Pack (Ages 3+)

Playfoam is the award-winning sculpting, squishing toy that’s ideal for creative and tactile play. It’s great for keeping little hands busy, and young minds engaged and creating. Playfoam’s child-friendly formula never dries out so the squishing creative fun never ends. Playfoam Combo 8-Pack is the perfect stocking filler, has 8 shades in vibrant colours, including 4 shades of Sparkle Playfoam and is ready to use straight from the packaging. Keep them separate or squish them together to make one mega rainbow ball.

Find more ways to play with Playfoam! Check out our fun Playfoam craft ideas.

Possible colour transfer: Sparkle Playfoam® may transfer colour stain to fabric and plastic. Stains can be removed from tabletops using olive oil. 

Pretend & Play Cash Register (Ages 3+)

Our award-winning sturdy toy cash register is perfect for introducing early maths skills through fun pretend play. This real working cash register has a solar-powered calculator that lets children add and subtract numbers and comes with realistic-looking play UK currency that helps kids practise maths and learn money sense. The large buttons are perfect for little hands and the cash drawer makes a cha-ching sound.

Encourage your child to set up a shop with their favourite toys, complete with prices, and you be the customer! Check out more ideas for learning at home with Learning Resources toys.

Primary Science Lab Set (Ages 3+)

Perform amazing experiments using real lab equipment made just for kids! Made from robust plastic in child-friendly, chunky designs, Primary Science Lab Set introduces young children to STEM learning through play. This 22-piece set introduces kids to scientific concepts including common science vocabulary, observation, cause-and-effect, and basic science lab safety through fun experiments. The 10 Activity Cards wipe clean and the equipment can be cleaned with warm, soapy water.

BrainBolt (Ages 7+)

BrainBolt is the light-up memory game perfect for kids and adults. Challenge yourself to memorise the light sequence and follow along for as long as you can without breaking the pattern. It sounds easy, but this addictive memory game will keep young (and adult) minds challenged and engaged. It’s ideal for solo play, and can be used in two-player mode, timed mode for quicker games, and advanced mode for expert players.

GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope (Ages 3+)

Look, listen, and learn as wildlife warrior, Bindi Irwin, shares fascinating facts about nature. Take a closer look with this talking microscope for preschoolers packed with photo-quality images and audio about the amazing, up-close world of animals, plants, and everyday items.

The perfect Christmas gift for young children, the microscope has 5x magnification and a dual eyepiece which means kids don’t need to close one eye to view. Set includes 20 slides and over 100 facts and questions. Once play is done for the day, store the slides inside the microscope.