Top 10 Educational Toys 2016-2017

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2016-2017 Best Educational Toys for Kids

 
Learn play puzzleThe educational toys available for children today include an extensive range of subjects, come in some pretty amazing forms and are staggering in number – so, when it comes to sorting through what might be the “best of” this category of toys, it’s no simple task, especially since so many wonderful picks are available this year.

What’s here: On this page is a “top 10” list of the best educational toys for boys and girls of various ages for the 2016 Christmas holiday season and into 2017. List rankings are based on a couple of criteria – consumer popularity and overall ratings and reviews.

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. Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar
2. Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100
3. LeapFrog LeapStart Interactive Learning System (Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten)
4. Melissa & Doug Classic Wooden Abacus
5. Fisher-Price Dance & Move BeatBowWow
6. My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope
7. Personalized Name Puzzle for Children
8. VTech Write and Learn Creative Center
9. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot
10. VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

1. Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar

Price: $38.99
You save: $9.58 (20 %)
88 new from $38.9916 used from $30.02

Ages: 3 to 6

First up on our list of the top 10 educational toys for 2016-2017 is the Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar.

This connectable, tech-savvy bug is divide into light-up, interactive segments that send the worm wriggling and moving in all directions. Want him to move a different way? Pull him apart and put him back together in a different sequence. Play freeform or opt for wriggly, fun missions.

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NEW Fisher Price Think & Learn Code-A-Pillar Gift Set Coding Toddler Educational

$65.95
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$74.99
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Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar

$38.99
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2. Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100

Ages: 8 and up

Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 comes in second among the ten best kids’ educational toys this year.

Snap Circuits, my all-time favorite forms of science toys, are connectable, snap-together segments that do different things in different sequences. There are over 100 projects, like burglar alarms, photo sensors, and flash lights, for kids to make with 30 snap circuits.

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Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit Standard Packaging Elenco

$23.83
End Date: Sunday Feb-26-2017 15:01:55 PST
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Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit

$26.11
End Date: Monday Mar-13-2017 7:16:33 PDT
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Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit

$25.08
End Date: Tuesday Mar-7-2017 15:42:57 PST
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3. LeapFrog LeapStart Interactive Learning System (Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten)

Price: $29.99
You save: $10.00 (25 %)
38 new from $22.990 used

Ages: 2 – 4

Hitting third place on the list – LeapFrog LeapStart Interactive Learning System for Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten.

Interactive and fun. The new Interactive Learning System, or the ILS, is a tech-savvy “flip book” with 16 pages of educational activities. Using a stylus, kiddos will learn about geography, numbers, and problem-solving with sing-along songs, jokes, and exciting challenges.

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Leapfrog Leapstart Interactive Learning System Preschool Skills, Opened Box

$28.00
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LeapFrog LeapStart Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten Interactive Learning System

$33.99
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4. Melissa & Doug Classic Wooden Abacus

Price: $12.60
You save: $0.04 ( %)
51 new from $11.040 used

Ages: 3 – 5

Always a handy toy to have around – next up among the top children’s educational toys for 2016 and into 2017 is the Melissa & Doug Classic Wooden Abacus.

The abacus is a fun classic with colorful beads, perfect for teaching youngsters about counting, numbers, colors, and sequences. There are 100 beads in total and an instructions guide for 8 educational activities. Helps kids hone their fine motor skills.

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$15.71
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$10.20
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Melissa & Doug Classic Wooden Abacus Math Counting Learning Toy

$9.99
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5. Fisher-Price Dance & Move BeatBowWow

Price: $19.36
You save: $10.63 (35 %)
52 new from $19.2624 used from $14.91

Ages: 5 – 7

Fisher-Price Dance & Move BeatBowWow is a huge hit with little ones this year, and also makes it as a top educational toy.

So much fun and very interactive, the BeatBowWow is consider the pet pup of the adorable BeatBo pair. This dancing and nodding and too-cute canine comes with rainbow-colored, counting ears for color and number recognition. Also includes an LED light-up tail and numbered, educational feet for toe-tappin’, head-bobbin’, tail-waggin’ fun.

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Fisher-Price Dance & Move BeatBowWow

$22.50
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$26.79
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$24.72
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6. My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope

Price: $63.99
30 new from $59.3119 used from $45.35

Ages: 9 and up

Holding strong among the best educational toys for 2016-2017 — My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope.

I had a starter microscope when I was a kiddo, and it was awesome. Kinda like this one, but way less advanced. The Duo-Scope comes with lab-quality, real-glass optics, 3 magnification levels, and a battery-powered light. Accessories include blank slides, pre-loaded slides, cover slips, forceps, test tubes, and petri dishes.

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My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope - MFL-06

$50.78
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$7.50
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My First Lab DUO-SCOPE MFL-06 Microscope W/ ACCESSORIES & BOX EUC SUPER CLEAN !!

$24.95
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7. Personalized Name Puzzle for Children

Ages: 3 and up

Another favorite among educational toys for young kids, here is the Personalized Name Puzzle.

What a great idea!

The name puzzle spells out your kiddo’s name in colorful (primary or pastel) letters (up to 9 of them).

It is an awesome way for kids to learn how to recognize and spell their names.

And they learn how to recognize the letters from their names as well.

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8. VTech Write and Learn Creative Center

Price: $19.98
You save: $5.01 (20 %)
35 new from $19.981 used from $17.38

Ages: 3 – 7

Marking its own spot among the best educational toys at #8 is the VTech Write and Learn Creative Center.

The Write and Learn board is a fun method for teaching kiddos how to recognize alphabet letters, spell different words, and eventually write full sentences. The board is tablet styled with a light-up LCD screen where the letters appear. Kiddos can copy down the letters with a cool magnetic stylus.

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VTech Write and Learn Creative Center

$26.82
End Date: Thursday Mar-16-2017 8:56:29 PDT
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VTech Write and Learn Creative Center

$22.42
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VTech Write and Learn Creative Center

$24.85
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9. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot

Price: --
1 new from $29.990 used

Ages: 8 and up

Second to last up on the list – OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot.

I am diggin’ the Solar Robot because this one is a 14 in one with two levels of buildable fun, from beginners to advanced builders. There are wheels, whirligigs, solar powers, and all kinds of fun, sun-powered elements that make each robot “go.” Homeschool your youngsters? Awesome for science curriculums!

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OWI 14 in 1 Solar Powered Robot DIY Transformer Toy Educational Science Kit

$30.95
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OWI 14 in 1 Solar Powered Robot DIY Transformer Toy Educational Science Kit

$19.99
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$36.56
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10. VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

Ages: 9 months – 3 years

The final item on the top ten list of kids’ educational toys this year is a longer-term returning favorite – VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker.

The Learning Walker, my favorite for toddlers, comes with a colorful plethora of buttons for counting, shape-sorting, music-playing, and roller-spinning. The front is perfect for little crawlers and sitters who want to play and learn for a while. But the back features a handle that kids can practice walking with.

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VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

$23.32
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$23.24
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$32.99
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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 10/10/16.

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