Top 10 Educational Toys 2015-2016

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2015-2016 Best Educational Toys for Kids

 
Young girl with abacus toyThe 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 (non-digital) educational toys for boys and girls for the Christmas season of 2015 and into 2016. 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 Electronics Kit
2. Perplexus Epic
3. LeapFrog Fridge Phonics
4. Melissa & Doug See & Spell
5. Kinetic Sand – Sandbox & Molds
6. LeapFrog Scribble and Write
7. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot
8. K’NEX Education – Intro to Structures: Bridges
9. Uncle Milton Star Theatre Pro
10. Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

1. Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Kit


Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit


Ages: 8 – 15

In first place among 2015-2016’s top ten educational toys is Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100.

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I am a huge advocate for exploring and learning, especially with anything science related. Snap Circuits is a cool device featuring 30 snap-together elements that connect to create over 100 challenging, exciting projects. Kids can build working alarms, beepers, doorbells, and other fun stuff to hone their scientific, engineering expertise.

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2. Perplexus Epic


Perplexus Epic


Ages: 6 – 13

Perplexus Epic makes its way to #2 among the ten best educational toys this year.

List Price: $29.99 USD
New From: $19.99 USD In Stock
Used from: $12.61 USD In Stock
The name of the Perplexus Epic fits. It is an epic maze of flips, twists, and turns that never has the same route twice. Plus, yes, it can be very, very perplexing, but all good mazes are. Using concentration, adults and kids alike can spend hours solving the challenging puzzles.

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3. LeapFrog Fridge Phonics


LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set


Ages: 2 – 5

Perhaps the perfect educational toy for little ones – LeapFrog Fridge Phonics.

List Price: $19.99 USD
New From: $11.26 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock
Perfect for when kids are hovering in the kitchen…you know, when you are making dinner, and they insist on being right there with you. Fridge Phonics is magnetized to accommodate all fridge, and other likewise magnetic, surfaces. There are 26 interactive tiles and a tile reader. Sings the Alphabet Song!

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4. Melissa & Doug See & Spell


Melissa & Doug See & Spell


Ages: 4 – 7

At #4, Melissa & Doug See & Spell also makes the “hot list” of educational toys for 2015 and into 2016.

List Price: $19.99 USD
New From: $9.99 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock
Teaching kids how to read, write, and comprehend are abilities that rank high on my list of musts. The See & Spell incorporates fun and amusement with learning, giving kiddos sight words with thick, graspable puzzle pieces. The puzzles are wooden, and each word features a colorful picture for reference.

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5. Kinetic Sand – Sandbox & Molds


Kinetic Sand - Sandbox & Molds Activity Set (Colors Vary)


Ages: 3 and up

Next up on this year’s list – Kinetic Sand – Sandbox & Molds.

List Price: $19.99 USD
New From: $15.99 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock
Sandboxes are SO much fun, but with the holidays comes cold weather, which means kids are spending more time indoors. Kinetic Sand is a magical, moldable, artsy sandbox of awesomeness that kiddos can use inside, outside…or really, anywhere. The sand sticks to itself for simple, hassle-free clean up. Includes molds!

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6. LeapFrog Scribble and Write


LeapFrog Scribble and Write


Ages: 3 – 5

Another from LeapFrog makes it to the list of the top 10 educational toys for 2015-2016 – Scribble and Write.

List Price: $21.99 USD
New From: $21.59 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock
One more for the readers and writers among us. The Scribble and Write a neat-o method for teaching kids how to read, write, and gain self-confidence in being literate and capable. The letters light up and, with a handy stylus, tykes trace the letters for rewarding songs, compliments, and congratulations.

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7. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot


OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot


Ages: 8 – 15

Popular now for a few years in a row, OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot also hits the list of the best educational toys for kids this year.

List Price: $38.99 USD
New From: $24.08 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock
Another in the name of science. This educational, solar-powered robot can be flipped, switched, and transformed into 14 different models. There are panels that catch sunshine, giving your robot power for hours at a time. Kids can build on two levels, beginner or advanced, and some robots resemble mechanical animals.

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8. K’NEX Education – Intro to Structures: Bridges


K'NEX Education - Intro to Structures: Bridges


Ages: 8 – 15

One of my favorite lineups of educational toys for kiids is K’NEX Education – here is the Intro to Structures: Bridges set.

List Price: $39.99 USD
New From: $30.49 USD In Stock
Used from: $25.00 USD In Stock
Great for both public classrooms and homeschool environments. This Intro to Structures introduces Bridges in all of their colorful K’Nex glories. There is a common core CD that gives students (and kids, in general) ideas on building, as well as explains the history, function, and needs for different worldwide bridges.

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9. Uncle Milton Star Theatre Pro


Uncle Milton - Star Theatre Pro


Ages: 6 – 15

Uncle Milton Star Theatre Pro is one of the newer additions to educational toys this year.

List Price: $149.99
New From: $210.00 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock
I am head over heels in love with all Uncle Milton toys, especially the astronomy ones.

They are so soothing, mesmerizing, and amazing – the Star Theatre Pro is no exception.

This projector turns your bedroom into a planetarium, complete with option planetarium music.

It displays over 10,000 stars and moons.

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10. Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit


Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit


Ages: 4 – 13

Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit makes it to the final position among the best kids’ educational toys for 2015-2016.

List Price: $22.00 USD
New From: $9.05 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock
Being allowed to explore and create are two things that nurtures the imaginative, inventive, inquisitive minds of little scientists. The Mind Blowing Science Kit contains 20 simple, safe chemicals, and a hands-on instructions guide, that asks kiddos to hypothesize, and then experiment with science projects, to form colorful, science-based opinions.

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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 09/13/15.

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