This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Children’s Courtyard. All opinions are 100% mine.
Educational toys for kids ages 1-6
‘Tis the season for making lists and checking them twice! Some of my favorite gifts are ones that combine fun with learning. No matter the ages of my kids, I’m always on the hunt for educational toys. It’s been a while since my kids were in child care, but when they were, I loved having them at an educational daycare like The Children’s Courtyard. Somewhere that was focused on preparing them not just for school, but for life.
At The Children’s Courtyard the teachers get to know the children and use that knowledge to develop personalized learning experiences, meant to help develop academic and life skills. At the school the teachers help children with literacy, math, communicating, and making friends. Through all of their early education programs they help children learn through direct, hands-on experiences with people, materials, and ideas. Childen’s Courtyard offers educational programs for infants through school-agers. This holiday season I wanted to share my own love of learning and some of my favorite educational toys for kids.
My Audio Pet While these come in a variety of different animals, I couldn’t resist the owl. Movement and dance is such a good way to learn with kids and get them moving. I feel so lucky that my Littlest gets to take dance classes as part of his curriculum at his elementary school. I picked up one of these bluetooth speakers for him so he can practice at home and create his own dance routines as well. He can take the speaker anywhere he wants in the house and perform for us. Dance is a fantastic way for kids to learn about their bodies and stay healthy.
Morphing Matter Dinosaur Kit I was able to get a sneak pick of some of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC STEM toys at the Dallas Toy Fair several weeks ago. I have to tell you, kids of all ages love this kinetic sand. It’s softer and fluffier than other kinetic sand we’ve played with and is great for imaginative play. As a Mom of boys I love that this also comes with facts about the dinosaurs included in the kit. Bonus for Mom, the sand is fast to clean up and doesn’t stain hands or furniture.
Augmented Reality Interactive Globe for Kids This globe has no borders and no names. It’s a fun, interactive, and educational way for kids to learn about not only geography but also history and even environmental Science. Kids learn over 1000 world facts across 6 categories including cultures, monuments, inventions, animals, maps and weather for various countries.
Coding Critters It’s a storybook that teaches early coding skills for kids! Kids get to play with their pet as they play fetch and hide and seek, but they also get real pet play as they need to feed and take care of their interactive pet. Kids can even design their own coding challenges.
Ollyball The Ultimate Indoor Play Ball Once, when Littlest was a toddler, he was playing ball inside the house. Long story short, he tossed the ball, it hit the TV, and then I needed to buy a new TV. I wish we would have had an Ollyball, or that it had even been invented. This is another toy I got to see at the Dallas Toy Fair, and even meet the creators. This ball is guaranteed to not break windows and is safe for all indoor play. The kids can even color their ball to personalize it. This ball is perfect for different ages to play together and can be used to teach motor skills by playing everything from catch to hot potato, or other games.
Squeezamals Bento Box One of my favorite things is when my son tells me he wants to play with his imagination. He loves ramen noodles, and I know he will love playing with this plush Bento Box. It’s a fun twist on a traditional food set for kids and can be used to appreciate foods from other places and practice serving and eating a meal.
I love the focus that The Children’s Courtyard has on achievement and school readiness.
Interested in enrolling at The Children’s Courtyard? They are offering free registration to new families who enroll between January 1 and February 28 of 2020! To claim, simply give the school director the code “WinterFreeReg.” (Some restrictions may apply – see school director for full offer details.)