Is it just me or have you also noticed the swift shift in the kind of toys and games parents, as well as kids, pick out these days! We have moved from the kinds that used to give us time to have fun with our families and friends to the ones that make us think and apply strategies with our family and friends. I have listed below the best educational toys for kids from age 4 and above that cater to various skills like English, math, science, strategy, and many more.

RUBIK’S CUBE

Toys may come and toys may go, but the classic Rubik cube stays forever. Yes, the classic Rubik cube is first on the list because it is probably the one game that each one of has owned (sometimes too many. guilty!) It has stayed with us throughout. You twist, turn and rotate this best brain teaser puzzler.

Age range: 8 years and up

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PET ME

The cute Math game PET ME is the best mix of a loved theme and well-aligned skill put together in a playful story. The game focuses on division skill where kids need to divide food pieces between adorable pets and receive hearts in return. It is perfect for kids of age 7 and above. The game is a special division game because someone who does not know anything about division can also play this game. It is so well weaved in the interesting story that the practice happens so effortlessly.

Age range: 7 years and up

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APPLES TO APPLES

It is the crazy comparison game. Each round of play is filled with surprising and outrageous comparisons while expanding their vocabulary and thinking skills at the same time. The objective  of the game is to win most rounds with the noun cards.

Age range: 9 years and up

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USA MAP FLOOR PUZZLE

It is a puzzle and a map in one! Puzzle play is a wonderful way for children to have fun while developing physical, cognitive, and emotional skills. As kids work at solving puzzles, they are developing fine and gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination. They develop problem-solving skills and learn to think logically. Each state is shaped and brightly colored and features the state name and capital; the Great lakes are labeled, too.

Age range: 6 years and up

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OCEAN RAIDERS

This ocean adventure game is a treat to have. Kids beat the whirlpools and storm to find the hidden treasure sunk deep in the ocean. It comes with a unique nine face dice. The game comes with several variations and challenges. This game can also be played with Alexa. Along with addition, number recognition, and number sequencing, kids learn to play together as a team.

Age range: 4 years and up

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GEO SAFARI JR. MY FIRST MICROSCOPE

Can things get better than this! I wish from all my heart that I owned this as a child. It is a wonderful toy to have. Kids can see a magnified hidden world with ease, thanks to 2 extra-large eye-pieces and a chunky, kid-sized focusing knob! This fun toy encourages scientific exploration and observations. It encourages curiosity and introduces young minds to scientific tools.

Age range: 3 years and up

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RACE TO THE TREASURE

Build a path with your team and collect 3 keys on the race to beat ogre to the treasure! It is a cooperative game that builds decision-making skills, cultivates emotional development, and creative problem-solving. Kids love working together to beat the ogre. Players strategize, cooperate & build the path together.

Age range: 5 years and above

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GRAVITY MAZE

Gravity maze is a combination logic game, marble run, and STEM toy for kids. It is divided into various challenges from basic to expert level. It builds spatial reasoning, planning skills, and provide a great learning experience for young learners.

Age range: 8 years and above

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CODE AND GO ROBOT MOUSE ACTIVITY

This coding set for kids turn to code into hands-on analog activity for tactile and visual learners. It focuses on critical thinking skills, problem-solving, sequencing, and programming fundamentals. It uses a very simple method to explain coding. All you need to do is construct the path and program the mouse to take steps through the way accordingly. The sounds and cobly light ups make it more engaging and entertaining.

Age range: 4 years and up

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LEGO CHAIN REACTIONS

With the pieces that come in the pack, you can form 7 basic as well as advanced machines that begin various chain reactions. In chain reactions, one thing leads to another and that to another. Such setups make a very engaging and exciting toy for kids. It encourages kids to make decisions, perform events, and learn to play together.

Age range: 8 years and up

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These games are easy, fun and educational. They fit perfectly in the window that parents are looking for. These can serve as great gifts for young learners, especially in this Holiday season. If you would like to go much deeper into subjects like science, math, technology, etc. Read the blog on the best STEM toys to gift kids this holiday season. If you are looking for a specific age group, go ahead and check out the blog on best gifts for kids of age 10 and 13. It is a very wise decision according to me, to go for an educational toy for our children. These games and toys give them not just fun and learning but, many more benefits as well. I hope you come back to this to buy the best educational toy for your loved ones.