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Best Learning Toys for Toddlers

I’m always looking for toys that are great for learning and pretend play. These are my favorite learning toys for toddlers that are durable and sparks their imagination.

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Top 10 Best Learning Toys for Toddlers

I’ve taught a lot of kids their basics. Shapes, colors, and letters. You want to make learning fun and easy for you the parent and the child. Learning toys for kids can be all of those things if you know what to look for. I’ve made a list of my Top 10 Best Learning Toys for Toddlers and where to get them.

In those 10 daycare years, I also learned which toys can stand up to children and which can not. All of these toys are perfect for a learning environment for your child

Here are my top 10 favorite picks!

What are the best learning toys for toddlers?

This question is asked to me a lot and it’s actually easier than most parents think. Children love to do what their parents do. They love to pretend to sweep, make food, wash dishes, and even grocery shop. Here is a list of the top 25 Pretend Play Toys for Kids.  When looking for the best learning toys you should look for durability, ease of use, and bright colors. Below I’m going to show you 10 best learning toys for toddlers including, color sort, alphabet match, shape sort, hand-eye coordination, and more. These toys are great for all of your kids to play with and learn. When they have outgrown them you can save them for your grandkids, give them to another parent, or let your kids pretend play.

10.CPSYUB Matching Eggs Color & Shape Recognition

This Egg set is so neat! Not only can you play store with these eggs but they also have matching shapes inside of them. My kids loved to put these eggs in our pretend play grocery store or in the playhouse kitchen. We even had a stuffed chicken that would sit on the eggs as we talked about baby chicks.

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9. Learning Resources Smart Snacks Rainbow Color Cones

One of my twin girls loves to play with this ice cream cone set. She stacks and restacks the ice cream trying to count them while doing so. She hasn’t quite learned all her colors but the ice cream set is going to help her get there!


8. Learning Resources Smart Snacks Stack ’em Up Doughnuts

My twin girls loved these stacking donuts. They are pretty and they loved the donut shapes. We talked about circles, sizes and the order they went back together. I gave this set to a family friend who is now making use of it with their toddler.

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7. Learning Resources New Sprouts Garden Fresh Salad Set

This salad set I used in my daycare for hand-eye coordination. The kids learning how to use the tongs and how to transfer each piece and then several pieces to a bowl without dropping. It became quite a game and the kids would challenge each other to see how many and how fast the big salad bowl could be emptied. This is a keeper for sure!

6. Learning Resources Avalanche Fruit Stand

Avalanche is a fun game of colors, numbers, and hand-eye coordination. Spin the dial and see which color or how many you have to take off the bottom. But be careful! Don’t let them all fall! Sooo much fun!

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5. Learning Resources Farmer’s Market Color Sorting Set

Great durable fruits and veggies that you can not only sort by colors but also by size, shape, and sort by fruits and veggies. This works really well with other pretend play toys. If you are looking for a few Pretend Play toy ideas click here.

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4.  Learning Resources Smart Snacks Alpha Pops, Alphabet Matching 

These alphabet popsicles are double sided with both the lower and uppercase letters. Lay them out and let your child find the match. Flip them over and you will find a different letter. This is something that can be played for a long time and when they know their alphabet well you can keep it for another child or let them pretend to have a popsicle stand.



3. Learning Resources Shape Matching Cookies

I had this set while teaching shapes to my daycare and gave it to a little girl who loved to pretend play that she was making cookies. Not only does this teach shapes and matching, but also great for the imagination.

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2. Learning Resources Smart Counting Cookies

These counting cookies have been in my house for a long long time. I have taught dozens of kids to count using these cute cookies. The numbers are on the back so they can match the chocolate chips to the visual number. I love the durability of the jar. It has been through so much and it’s one of the Learning Resources toys I kept when I closed my daycare.


1. Learning Resources Rock ‘n Gem Surprise

I don’t have the gem rocks yet but my goodness how cute is this? Be careful around smaller children, the gems are quite small. You be the judge for your child. My 7 year old wants a set of these and I think they will be a great toy for the girls when they get older.

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Bonus: Just because I love the bag.

Learning Resources Fresh Picked Fruit & Veggie Tote

I love the pictures on this bag. It’s in my Amazon cart to purchase for the girls. They are going to love sacking their groceries in this cute tote.  The ratings say it’s durable so I’m excited! This set also works great with these Pretend Play Toys.

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If you have a fun learning toy that you love and drop me a message I’ll add it to the list!

Kathaleen Kopf

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