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What Are Good Last Minute Educational Gifts for Toddlers?

Toddlers love a good stuffed animal—I mean who doesn’t? But if you want to help nurture your toddler’s development, there are plenty of great toys to choose from. There are toys that help motor skills, coordination, and even develop creativity.

There are some great tips out there for choosing the right educational toys for toddlers, which include buying toys that will grow with your child, spark their imagination, and encourage problem-solving.

But if you’d like some quick ideas, below are some great picks that could be a good choice for a last-minute gift for a toddler in your life this holiday season.

Ages 1+

  • Wedgits– These sturdy building blocks help kids learn geometric relationships as they lay and stack the blocks onto the building board. They also help kids with color/number/size recognitions.
  • Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Rock-a-StackRemember this awesome toy? Man I loved this thing. This toy works motor skills, visual development, and even builds imagination.
  • Books!It’s never too early for a child to have a book. For one year-olds, the books should be interactive—having textures to feel, music to hear, and even flaps to open and look behind.

Ages 2+

Ages 3+

  • LeapFrog My Own Leaptop– This mock laptop teaches toddlers a plethora of things—from the alphabet to music to vocabulary to reading. They can send and receive pretend emails, learn letters and animal names, and sing along with 16 songs and melodies.
  • Eeboo Pre-School Picture Dominoes– This great set can be played like real dominoes, but these bright pieces also teach building, matching, and counting.
  • EmbarK12: This fun, award-winning pre-K program offers both online and offline activities with rich multimedia and hands-on, minds-on engagement for children who are 3 to 5 years of age. The customizable lesson plans in this smart and engaging program include more than 450 online activities and more than 750 hands-on activities.

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Lauren Martin

Lauren Martin

Lauren Martin is a Writer for Learning Liftoff. Previously, she has written for nonprofits as well as marketing agencies. She's covered environmental issues, women's rights, world poverty, and animal rights. With a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Ithaca College, Lauren enjoys interviewing families about their experiences with online education.

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