The best way for children to learn is through play, and educational toys encourage the development of essential skills while the child is having fun.
Why Educational Toys?
Educational toys are the best, not only are parents happy (as their child is learning) but kids are happy too. Children get a sense of achievement when they have completed a level on their educational game.
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Any toy can offer value to a developing brain, but educational toys, learning games are so much better.
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Benefits of Educational Toys
The use of educational toys can help children learn many different skills they will need in their life such as:
- Problem solving
- Learning how to share
- Development of fine and gross motor skills
- Creativity and imagination
- Increases a child’s IQ
- Positive self-esteem
We have started our home education journey and we integrate educational toys into our weekly routine. Freddie loves playing and I find that he learns so much more when he is playing than when he is sitting behind a desk.
These educational toys are perfect for all children, not just for those who homeschool.
We have always been a fan of educational toys and I will list below our favourites.
The Best Educational Toys for 9 year olds
FReNeTiC Board Game
This is our favourite educational board game. It covers science, maths and English in one amazing fun word game. To learn more read my Frenetic Board Game Review
This beginner chemistry set contains 30 pieces and contains enough information to perform 125 simple, exciting and instructive experiments in your own home. Along with this comes an 80 page experiment manual. This is not just a typical manual though, there is so much information in this booklet and is broken into the following sections:
- What is chemistry?
- Work area and equipment
- Magic Blue and secret inks
- Test papers and changing colours
- Some physics for hobby chemists
- Carbon dioxide – a familiar old friend
- Iron and Copper – Two heavy metals
- Water and its elements
- Old and new cleaning guys – the surfactants
- A first look at food chemistry
- Where do I dispose of waste?
This would be a great educational gift for a child over the age of 10.
Young scientists can investigate everything from cells to crystals with power settings from 50x to 600x. The built-in light and focusing help deliver bright, clear images. The kit has professionally prepared slides and everything they need to make their own specimen slides.
This is a great microscope and we love the samples that are already provided. This is a great educational gift for a child over the age of 8. It is of excellent quality, and the built in light is a must. We tried using this on a bright day and we still needed the built in light to see the slide.
Brain Box Maths
Brain Box have so many educational games, but we particularly like Brainbox Maths level 4. This is so much fun, especially for Freddie who is lots better than me at this. Although some of the questions as an adult you would know easily, for example in currency what is p short for. A lot of it is memory based, ie. what colour was the triangle!
A Few Minutes of Design Cards
This pack of cards contains 52 activities that spark creativity. 52 x 15-minute challenges. All deceptively simple, fun and designed to help to jump-start your creative juices, free you from creative block, start a new project, or finish an existing one. Suitable for kids and adults.
Encourage kids to start programming from the age of 5 with Play Osmo. We have reviewed this amazing coding game previously and we are massive fans. Freddie loves it because he is playing on the IPAD, I as a parent love it as he is learning how to code.
These are our favourite educational toys for 9 year olds, let me know which your kids love in the comments below.
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