Top 10 Educational Toys 2016

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2016 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 for the spring and summer 2016. 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. Scientific Explorer Magic Science Kit for Wizards Only
2. Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Kit
3. Coggy
4. LeapFrog Scribble and Write
5. Alphabet and Numbers Foam Puzzle
6. VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker
7. Squigz
8. Laser Maze Logic Game
9. Animal Planet’s Big Tub of Dinosaurs
10. Wonder Workshop Dot Robotics Kit

Price: $11.99
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1. Scientific Explorer Magic Science Kit for Wizards Only

Ages: 8 and up

The first pick of the top 10 educational toys for kids 2016 is Scientific Explorer Magic Science Kit for Wizards Only.

For science-loving kiddos (with adult supervision). This set-up is awesome, for little magical ladies and gents, because it shows the science behind magic. Kids mix “potions” and wave “wands” to complete 9 magical, but scientific, projects. Extensive instructions booklet included.

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Scientific Explorer Magic Science Kit for Wizards Only CLASSIC 1

$22.69
End Date: Saturday Apr-30-2016 13:07:48 PDT
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Scientific Explorer Magic Science Kit for Wizards Only

$18.19
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Scientific Explorer Magic Science Kit for Wizards Only

$0.99 (0 Bids)
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Price: $20.99
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184 new from $19.230 used

2. Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Kit

Ages: 8 and up

A long-term favorite comes in 2nd of the best educational toys for 2016 – Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100.

Snap Circuits are the greatest! There are over 30 elements, each snapping together with other circuits to create 100 unique projects. Curious engineers-to-be will love putting the circuits together to see what they do. No tools, other than hands, required.

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Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit

$28.95
End Date: Saturday Apr-30-2016 9:49:44 PDT
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Snap Circuits Jr. by Elenco SC-100 Winner of Dr. Toy Best toy products age 8-108

$10.72
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NEW Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit Crazy Gift

$27.60
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Price: $13.95
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3. Coggy

Ages: 6 and up

Coggy makes it to 3rd on the list.

Let me point out the brand name first…Fat Brain Toys. Ha! So cool.

It means intelligence, intellect, and education. All things that go into giving your kiddos “fat brains.”

Coggy is a challenge game where kids match cog designs with card pictures. Did I mention the cogs are stuck together?

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Price: $22.22
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4. LeapFrog Scribble and Write

Ages: 3 and up

Hitting the next spot of the best kids’ educational toys this year is the LeapFrog Scribble and Write.

Scribble and Write is a favorite of mine because it gives kids the chance to learn to read and write at their own pace. Literacy is super important, and this “tablet” features two customizable levels of reading, writing, learning fun. Think Hooked on Phonics, only way better and more engaging.

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LeapFrog Scribble and Write Standard Packaging

$23.46
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Leap Frog Scribble and Write Scout Learning System Toy Game Electronic

$13.76
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LeapFrog Scribble & Write for Ages 3 - 5 - Writing Shapes and Educational Games

$8.99
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5. Alphabet and Numbers Foam Puzzle

Ages: 3 and up

The Alphabet and Numbers Foam Puzzle is always a hit among basic educational toys for kids – again in 2016.

Another reading favorite of mine. This Foam Mat doubles as a puzzle with 36 connecting tiles. Kids can read and learn as they piece the puzzle together. Then, when the mat’s complete, they can strew out their other playtime toys.

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36Sq Ft Alphabet and Number Floor Mat Foam Puzzle Play Kids Educational Soft New

$39.99
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Foam Floor Alphabet and Number Puzzle Mat for Kids, 96-Piece

$43.97
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NEW 36Sq Ft Alphabet and Number Floor Mat Foam Puzzle Play Kids Educational Soft

$38.02
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Price: $29.99
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6. VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

Ages: 6 months – 3 years

A great pick for the tots – VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker comes in next on the list.

How nifty! The Learning Walker is a sit-to-stand must-have for toddlers who are just learning to interact with the world around them. Kids as young as 7-8 months will love pressing the musical buttons. When they are ready, they can pull themselves up and walk with the help of wheels.

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Toddler Learning Walker Sit-to-Stand VTech Baby Educational Interactive

$32.39
End Date: Saturday Apr-30-2016 8:36:53 PDT
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VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker (Frustration Free Packaging)

$31.04
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Learning Walker, Sit-to-Stand, VTech, Pink

$65.99
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Price: $21.95
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7. Squigz

Ages: 3 and up

Also making its way to the best educational toys for 2016 is Squigz.

One more Fat Brain Toys favorite. Squigz are interesting, interactive toys with suction cups on either end. Some are longer than others, but they all fit together somehow to make unique, colorful designs. Kiddos can build anything, anywhere with 24-pieces.

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Fat Brain Squigz - Doodle Addon Set of 001455

$8.50
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Squigz Kids Toys Deluxe Set Suction Construction 50 Pieces Fun Suckers Top Gift

$62.59
End Date: Monday May-2-2016 10:43:58 PDT
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Squigz Kids Toys Starter Set Suction Construction 24 Pieces Fun Suckers Gift Kit

$36.93
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Price: $23.99
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8. Laser Maze Logic Game

Ages: 8 and up

Laser Maze Logic Game makes its way to the 8th spot among the top educational toy picks for 2016.

The Laser Maze is a logic game where players are faced with the task of getting through a laser labyrinth unscathed. Cards show players how to set up over 60 challenges, ranging from beginners to experts. Helps strengthen problem-solving skills.

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Laser Maze - Beam-Bending Logic Game By Think Fun - Excellent

$12.99
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Laser Maze Beam-Bending Logic Game by Thinkfun

$25.49
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Laser Maze Think Fun Beam Bending Logic Lazer Game

$11.50 (0 Bids)
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9. Animal Planet’s Big Tub of Dinosaurs

Ages: 3 and up

Always a hit – Animal Planet’s Big Tub of Dinosaurs comes in at #9 on the list.

I love the Big Tub of Dinosaurs! Dinos are cool anyways, but this Animal Planet must-have includes almost 40 plastic dinosaurs, each scaled down to playtime sizes. However, they may be pint-size, but these dinosaurs are detailed. Includes tote-around tub.

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Animal Planet's Big Tub of Dinosaurs 40+ Piece Set

$43.66
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Animal Planet Big Tub of Ocean Creatures

$24.99
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Animal Planet's Big Tub of Dinosaurs, 40+ Piece Set New

$39.85
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Price: $48.99
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10. Wonder Workshop Dot Robotics Kit

Ages: 5 and up

The final item on 2016’s list of the top ten educational toys is Wonder Workshop Dot Robotics.

Meet Dot. She is an adorable, interactive robot, brimming with challenging and adventures that your kiddos can embark on from their own bedroom. The app features hundreds of amazing things Dot can do or become, like a Fortune Teller, quirky alarm clock, high-flying spaceship, or any electronic, playable musical instrument.

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Wonder Workshop Dot Robotics Kit

$64.46
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Wonder Workshop Dot Robotics Kit

$63.00
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Wonder Workshop Dot Robotics Kit

$69.99
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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 04/27/16.

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