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Ideas for Educational Toys at Every Age

It's such a joy to watch your little one's eyes light up when learning and mastering a new skill, and playthings play an important role in that type of development. Age-appropriate educational toys offer a great way to support and encourage your child's learning and motor-skill development. At Walmart, our wide selection of learning toys makes it easy for you to stock up on some fun items for your child that also assist in fostering a curious mind and a wide number of essential life skills.

Newborns Through One Year Old

While newborn babies aren't able to physically play with toys, they still enjoy visual stimulation and fun sounds. Our collection of plush and musical toys is perfect for entertaining infants and offers stimulation that leads to learning as your baby grows, and a hanging mobile that lights up or plays a soft song also encourages curiosity. These items are also ideal when your baby starts to explore different textures.

As babies move into the second six months of life, motor skills start developing, so it's a good time to start offering new types of learning opportunities. Look for toys that fit your little one's hands and that offer a bit more interaction, like bright nesting and stacking toys, busy boxes and chunky picture books.

One to Two Years Old

Every moment of watching your child grow and learn is fun, plus it gets more exciting as they become more mobile. This is a great age to introduce push and pull toys, foot-propelled ride-ons and toys that tap into a child's natural tendency to mimic adult activities, such as appropriately sized play kitchens or mini lawnmowers.

Browse through our selection of children's tablets and interactive books at Every Day Low Prices to encourage pattern recognition. Or, choose electronic toys that dance and sing to get your little one dancing along with the music. Child-safe musical instruments let your child groove along with favorite songs to encourage creativity, or you can embrace quiet times with books and learning accessories.

Three to Six Years Old

The preschool and kindergarten years bring the chance to encourage make believe games like dress-up to let children act out adult roles. Support fine motor skills by introducing puzzles and craft supplies, and introduce the concept of following rules and the importance of taking turns by bringing out simple board games. Large action figures with accessories, such as pirate ships or trains and rebuildable tracks, help children at this age harness their imaginations and process the world around them.

Other activities children in this age group enjoy include riding a tricycle or bike, climbing on outdoor play equipment and creating with building toys. For indoor play, math and science games boost cognitive skills, colorful story books make reading fun and chunky timepieces help you teach your child how to read a clock.

Seven to Nine Years Old

Educational toys for school-aged children support the topics introduced at school and reinforce core learning concepts, like math, science and spelling basics. Flashcards, detailed board games and electronics combine fun and learning. Wake up your child's understanding of STEM concepts with science and magic kits, or bolster reading and logic skills with classic stories, models and jigsaw puzzles.

When you make learning fun for your little one, you set the stage for a lifelong appreciation of acquiring knowledge, and our offerings of age-appropriate learning toys provide a way for you to combine pleasure with education for your child, no matter their age.

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