Buying presents for kids can feel like throwing money at the wind, with gifts quickly tossed aside after a few moments of enjoyment. Thankfully, there are toys are there that are educational, stimulating, and won’t be forgotten after a day of play.
Like sneaking zucchini into a delicious chocolate cake, your kids won’t even realize their super fun new toys are also educational and good for them. Sneaky parenting for the win!
16 educational gifts your kids will actually want to play with
GOLDIEBLOX INVENTION MANSIONRuby and Goldie are the best coders in town, but they need somewhere to work! Little builders can help set up Ruby and Goldie's offices and help them code and make inventions in this customizable kit.
$69.95 at IndigoIndigo
SPHERO SPRK+™With Sphero's newest educational robot SPRK+ and its 150 lessons through its app, kids will learn real-life skills, like how to code texts and how to make the SPRK+ robot draw and build with blocks. The SPRK+ robot has lessons for all skill levels, making it a toy that will grow with your child's development.
$149.99 at Indigo or Best Buy CanadaSphero
WELCOME TO THE SYMPHONYUsing Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, kids will learn about classical music, how an orchestra is arranged, and what different musical terms mean. The interactive book teaches little music fans to identify instruments by their sound with 19 audio buttons.
$28.31 at IndigoIndigo
JIMU ROBOTOnce kids build their own Jimu Robot, they can learn to program a code that makes the robot dance! Using an Android or iOS phone, the code kids put together can be seen in Apple Swift programming in the app. Additional robot kits can be combined to make one giant robot and create a robot dance party!
$279.95 at IndigoUBTech
TOMY GENERATION BUILDING TOYYoung children can arrange their gears in a number of patterns on the fridge or any magnetic board, making the gears whirl and flip any way they like.
$17.99 US from TOMYTOMY
FISHER-PRICE® THINK & LEARN CODE-A-PILLARFor little coders that aren't quite ready for the SPRK or Jimu Robot there's the Code-A-Pillar, with nine easy to connect segments that children can arrange to 'tell' their Code-A-Pillar how and where to move, even wiggling and dancing its way to a target! $69.95 from IndigoIndigo
B GLOBAL GLOW BALLKids can take a musical trip around the world with the B Global Glow Ball without even leaving their room! With 39 songs from seven continents, kids can push on an area to hear music from that location or listen to 20 minutes of world music.
$34.95 from MastermindMastermind
KANOODLEPerfect for travelling in the car or on a plane, this pocket sized Kanoodle case comes with two solitaire games in one. Kids can make a 2D puzzle or twisted 3D pyramid using one of the many designs from the puzzle book, which provides hundreds of possible combinations and hours of brain-twisting fun!
$14.95 from IndigoIndigo
SNAP CIRCUITSKids can learn how to build electronics with their hands and create over 175 exciting projects with Snap Circuits. Plus, when they're done with a new project, simply connect an iPod or MP3 player and make each light display come alive with music!
$99.95 from Indigo
LITTLE PASSPORTSHelp your explorer find their travel bug with a subscription to Little Passports. Monthly subscriptions are available and can be customized by age, area of interest and more! Little Passport holders will get monthly letters, activity sheets, fun souvenirs, stickers, access to online games and more.
$11.95/month and up at Little PassportsLittle Passports
MAGFORMERS WOW SETWith the 27 piece Magformers Wow Set, little builders can snap together an endless number of creations and designs. The geometric shapes are magnetic, meaning each piece fits together, giving creative minds a new way to build their own toys.
$79.99 from MastermindMastermind
CRAYOLA MARKER MAKERIf you're buying for a child who is interested in both science and art, the Crayola Marker Maker is the perfect blend of both subjects. Kids can mix together liquids to create their own distinct colours, complete with labels and a box to store their customized markers.
$27.99 at Toys R UsToys R Us
GROOVY LAB IN A BOXEmphasizing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), monthly Groovy boxes will help kids eight and up learn, through hands-on projects and engineering design challenges, with extended learning through an online portal. One-time individual boxes also available.
$27.95/month and up from Lab In A BoxGroovy Shop
SEEDLING COLOUR THE EARTHKids who love to colour can design their own earth to put on display in their bedroom with this inflatable globe. Winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio for Best Toy.
$24.95 at Indigo Indigo
VTECH ALPHABET ACTIVITY CUBEChildren of all abilities will love the Alphabet Activity Cube. Little learners can practice their letters, numbers, fine motor skills, stacking, hand/eye coordination and sorting with this colourful and easy to use cube from V Tech.
$69.99 from Toys R UsToys R Us
KIDSTIR SUBSCRIPTIONJunior chefs will love receiving fun recipes, puzzles, shopping lists, cooking tools and more each month with a subscription to Kidstir. The monthly set will educate kids on nutrition and health while sparking a culinary interest that will be delicious for the whole family.
$12.95/month and up at KidstirKidstir