Top 10 Educational Toys 2014-2015

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2014-2015 Best Educational Toys for Kids

 
Young girl with abacus toyThe educational toys for kids available today include quite a range of subjects, some pretty amazing forms and are actually staggering in number – so when it comes to sorting through what might be the “best of” these toys, it’s not a simple task to tackle! However, I believe I managed to nail down a fantastic list, and had quite a bit of fun in the process. :)

What’s here: On this page is a “top 10″ list of the best (non-digital) educational toys for boys and girls during the Christmas holiday season of 2014 and into 2015. List rankings are based on a couple of criteria – consumer popularity and overall ratings.

For shoppers: For each of the kids’ educational toys on this list, one or more trusted shopping resources are hand-picked and recommended for low pricing, safe and convenient shopping as well as product availability. Links to consumer reviews are also provided, where available.

What’s Here:

1. Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100
2. Ababy Child’s Personalized Primary Name Puzzle
3. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot
4. Melissa & Doug Monster Plush Bowling Game
5. Spirograph Deluxe Design Set
6. Melissa & Doug See & Spell
7. Perplexus Epic
8. Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit
9. Melissa & Doug Vehicles Sound Puzzle
10. LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set

1. Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100

Ages: 8-15


Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Kit

First among the top 10 educational toys for 2014 and into 2015 has been an increasing favorite for years – the Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 electronics kit.

When I was a kid, Science was my favorite subject in school. There was simply so much mystery and awe-inspiring brilliance that went into the inventions and classroom projects. Nowadays, kiddos can do those projects at home, and Snap Circuits make it easy. Snap together and power 100 exciting systems!

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Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Kit

$29.99
End Date: Sunday Jan-18-2015 19:57:14 PST
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Snap Circuits Jr 100 in 1 Student Training Program by Elenco #SC-100 Educational

$24.99
End Date: Sunday Jan-18-2015 19:44:26 PST
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Elenco SC-100 Snap Circuits Jr 100 experiments

$29.34
End Date: Sunday Jan-18-2015 12:52:17 PST
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2. Ababy Child’s Personalized Primary Name Puzzle

Ages: 1-8


Child”s Personalized Primary Name Puzzle- Up to 9 Letters

Next up among the best educational toys for kids this year is Ababy Child’s Personalized Primary Name Puzzle.

Kids love customized everything because it makes them feel super-special, which is always a positive experience. This puzzle is personalized, spelling out a child’s name in bold, beautiful colors. The name length can be almost anything, and the letters are an easy-grasp construction and size from wood. Encourages reading comprehension!

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3. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot

Ages: 8-15


OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot

OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot comes in 3rd on the list.

Solar-powered toys are awesome because they require no batteries, as it only takes the sunshine to turn them on. This amazing feat of science is an educational project that allows kids to build 14 versions of a unique, real-working robot. There are 2 levels of personalized building – experienced and beginner.

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OWI-MSK615 ROBOT KITS 14 in 1 Solar Robot Kit --FREE UPGRADE TO PRIORITY MAIL

$69.97
End Date: Sunday Jan-18-2015 18:59:20 PST
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NEW OWI 14 in 1 Solar Robot FREE SHIPPING

$253.20
End Date: Sunday Jan-4-2015 2:10:09 PST
Buy It Now for only: $253.20
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OWI 14 in 1 Solar Robot

$151.99
End Date: Monday Dec-29-2014 22:03:27 PST
Buy It Now for only: $151.99
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4. Melissa & Doug Monster Plush Bowling Game

Ages: 3 years and up


Melissa & Doug Monster Plush Bowling Game

Also making it to the “best of” list in educational toys for 2014-2015 is a rather well-known pick from Melissa & Doug – the Monster Plush Bowling Game.

I love the Plush Bowling Game because the character monsters look so odd and quirky. They are beautifully, brightly colored in an array of bold, chunky hues, and most of them are super-furry for sensory fun. Kids literally set these monsters up to knock them down in makeshift bowling games.

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Melissa & Doug Monster Bowling - 6 Wacky Plush Pins Stuff Animals & Ball Game

$13.99
End Date: Thursday Jan-15-2015 7:50:51 PST
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Melissa & Doug Monster Bowling Set Plush 6 Pins 1 Ball Original Case

$14.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Dec-20-2014 22:15:58 PST
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MONSTER BOWLING FRIENDS MELISSA AND DOUG LOT OF 5 MONSTER BOWLERS PLUSH PINS

$7.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Dec-22-2014 14:51:45 PST
Buy It Now for only: $10.00
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5. Spirograph Deluxe Design Set

Ages: 8 and up


Spirograph Deluxe Design Set

And a “blast from the past” also tops the educational toys for kids this year – Spirograph Deluxe Design Set.

Spirograph sets are a must-have classic in the household of any child because they encourage imaginative, artistic thinking. They are creative knickknacks that are simple to use – as many of you will well remember. Simply place them on sheets of blank paper and color or draw in stunning spiral designs.

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New The Original Spirograph Deluxe Design Set - Great Gift w/FREE SHIPPING

$45.95
End Date: Sunday Dec-21-2014 22:18:22 PST
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Spirograph Deluxe 45-piece Design Set 2014, 8+, Boys & Girls, and Kahootz NEW!

$45.50
End Date: Saturday Jan-17-2015 19:00:09 PST
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Spirograph Deluxe Design Kit 45 Piece Set Art Drawing Creative Work Artist Toy

$89.99
End Date: Sunday Dec-28-2014 15:16:48 PST
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6. Melissa & Doug See & Spell

Ages: 4-7


Melissa & Doug See & Spell

And another wonderful educational toy for the kiddos from Melissa & Doug – See & Spell.

See & Spell is one of those classic educational toys that make an impact on the way kids think and do things. These are colorful, bold, and brilliant with sight words and corresponding images, such as bird, pig, and fish. Kids match the letters to the cutouts, recreating vibrant words.

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Melissa & Doug See & Spell #2940 Brand New

$19.99
End Date: Sunday Jan-18-2015 15:21:39 PST
Buy It Now for only: $19.99
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See Spell Educational Toy By Melissa and Doug

$23.27
End Date: Sunday Jan-18-2015 8:10:09 PST
Buy It Now for only: $23.27
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Melissa and Doug See and Spell Puzzle

$1.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Dec-20-2014 16:45:13 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.00
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7. Perplexus Epic

Ages: 8 and up


Perplexus Epic

Hitting #7 among the best kids’ educational toys for 2014-2015 is Perplexus Epic.

Named the Perplexus Epic – this is a challenging puzzle of awesome perplexity and elaborate outcomes. Kids can flip, twist, and turn the containing sphere, making a silver ball ping and pong around the walls, stairways, and inner workings of their own labyrinth. The objective? Solve the puzzle! Sounds simple, right?

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Perplexus Epic Puzzle/ Brain Teaser Game- new in original packaging!

$35.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Dec-26-2014 6:58:30 PST
Buy It Now for only: $46.00
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PERPLEXUS EPIC TOY GAME FLIP TWIST TURN FUN FOR ALL CHALLENGE DEVELOP MOTOR SKIL

$28.00
End Date: Saturday Jan-17-2015 14:23:53 PST
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Perplexus Epic 3D Puzzle Ball and Perplexus Original 3D Puzzle Ball

$25.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Dec-25-2014 13:44:14 PST
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8. Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

Ages: 4 and up


Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit 11-Activities 0SA221

A favorite for several years in a row now among educational toys – Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit.

Did I mention Science is amazing? Because it is! Sets such as Mind Blowing Science are testament to the awesomeness of creative, inventive, free-thinking projects. Young scientists can cause chain reactions, make their own crystals, and discover the whys and hows of nature. This super-cool set teaches basic scientific concepts!

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POOF-Slinky - Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit, 11-Activiti

$21.49
End Date: Sunday Jan-18-2015 10:03:23 PST
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Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit (B2)

$4.99
End Date: Wednesday Dec-24-2014 9:56:31 PST
Buy It Now for only: $4.99
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Poof-Slinky Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

$16.00
End Date: Monday Dec-22-2014 18:52:53 PST
Buy It Now for only: $16.00
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9. Melissa & Doug Vehicles Sound Puzzle

Ages: 2-5


Melissa & Doug Vehicle Sound Puzzle

Next up – the Melissa & Doug Vehicles Sound Puzzle.

Sound is one of the greatest sense we have, and many people take this sense of granted. Starting from a young age, you can teach your kiddos to appreciate and recognize their ability to hear. This set features a plethora of cool on-ground and in-air vehicles, each with unique sounds.

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Melissa & Doug # 725 Vehicles Sound Puzzle Brand New

$12.99
End Date: Sunday Jan-18-2015 15:21:39 PST
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Melissa & Doug Vehicles Sound Puzzle

$27.09
End Date: Sunday Jan-18-2015 1:33:05 PST
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Melissa And Doug "Vehicles" Sound Puzzle~Self-correcting!

$23.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Dec-25-2014 16:20:01 PST
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10. LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set

Ages: 2-5


LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set

And finally, the final pick to make the list of top educational toys for kids for 2014 and into 2015 is LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set.

The Fridge was the place to be when I was a kid. Everything went there – artwork, good grades, stories – everything. If your kiddo seems to constantly be hovering around the kitchen when you’re cooking, give them something to do. Fridge Phonics is a magnetic reading system for unique learning fun.

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Leap Frog Fridge Phonics Scout Dog Complete Magnetic Alphabet Set ABC Letters

$9.25 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Dec-26-2014 15:15:45 PST
Buy It Now for only: $16.95
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Leap Frog Fridge Phonics Set Upper Case Letters Magnetic ABC Alphabet Toy

$13.99
End Date: Friday Dec-26-2014 7:23:23 PST
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Leap Frog Fridge Phonics Sun Magnetic Letter Set, Complete Magnet Uppercase

$14.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Dec-22-2014 7:21:05 PST
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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 10/23/14.

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