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5 Great learning toys for toddlers

A ton of fun for your little one!

From SheKnows Canada
Let's face it, toddlers will play with anything from a Tupperware lid to a water bottle. Their thirst for knowledge knows no bounds. Make the most of their curious spirits by encouraging them to learn with these cool toys.

Baby's First Blocks

There's nothing quite like seeing your little one grow to understand how a shapes set works. At first they may randomly bang the shaped blocks against the top of the box, trying to force them in. But with time they'll start recognizing shapes, such as circles, stars and triangles, and carefully select which block goes where. It's truly a sight to behold! Fisher-Price's Baby's First Blocks is the perfect option because the set readily sees your child through their development. When they're too young to understand shapes, simply remove the lid and have them practice their hand-eye coordination as they work to place all the blocks in the bin. When they're ready, start working together to get the blocks in their respective holes, and before you know it, they'll be doing it on their own!

Baby's First Blocks
(toysrus.ca, $16)

Care & Learn Teddy

All kids are faced with sickness at one time or another, so why not help them understand it all a little better? Vtech's Care & Learn Teddy has a range of features that help teach your little one about their body and what it means to be sick. Pressing on different parts of the bear will teach them the names of body parts, and included are several accessories so they can check on the bear's health. Your toddler will have loads of fun taking care of teddy and learning in the process!

Care & Learn Teddy
(toysrus.ca, $25)

Super Soft Dough

Your toddler might not be able to sculpt Venus de Milo or David just yet, but a little bit of playdough will at least get him or her started. Scultping may not be on the agenda, but your little one will learn plenty about what their hands are capable of with My First Crayola's Super Soft Dough. They can pull, squish, roll and put it all back together again with ease. It's perfect for little hands and big imaginations!

Super Soft Dough
(toysrus.ca, $6)

Sesame Street Elmo Find & Learn Alphabet Blocks

Once your child starts developing their language skills, it's nice to have toys that can help them along. PLAYSKOOL's Find & Learn Alphabet Blocks are fun for kids and remind them of words along the way. When your little one places a block in Elmo's hand, he'll happily read out the letter. There's also a question mode that essentially asks your toddler to play find and seek and bring back the blocks Elmo asks for.

Sesame Street Elmo Find & Learn Alphabet Blocks
(toysrus.ca, $40)

Wooden stacking train

There's something special about seeing a toddler play with a more old-fashioned toy. Plenty of great modern toys that talk, sing and light up are out there, but a child can learn a great deal from a simple wooden train. Imaginarium's wooden stacking train lets your little one have all the fun of calling out "choo choo" while pushing around the vehicle, and it also comes with brightly coloured stacking cars that let them work on their dexterity. Plus, if you're playing with your child, you can do a fun review of the names of different colours.

Wooden Stacking Train
(toysrus.ca, $23)

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