13 Best Preschool Activity Toys

List Updated July 2020

Bestselling Preschool Activity Toys in 2020


ALEX Discover Ready, Set, School

ALEX Discover Ready, Set, School
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Skill building set for pre-school children
  • Learn to cut, tie your shoe, and write the alphabet and so much more
  • Parents' Choice Recommended Award winner
  • Includes 3 wipe away books with marker, 8 finger crayons, safety scissors, 2 stencils, 15 activity pages, 179 stickers, shoelace, and instructions
  • Recommended for children 3 years of age and older

Skoolzy Peg Board Set - Montessori Toys for Toddlers and Preschool Kids | 30 Pegs for Learning Colors, Sorting Counting - 30pg Occupational Therapy Fine Motor Skills Activity Pegboard Download

Skoolzy Peg Board Set - Montessori Toys for Toddlers and Preschool Kids | 30 Pegs for Learning Colors, Sorting Counting - 30pg Occupational Therapy Fine Motor Skills Activity Pegboard Download
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020

LEEHUR Magnet Building Blocks, 118 Pcs Magnetic Tiles -100 Model- STEM Educational Toys Preschool Activities Supplies with Storage Bag Creative Fun Science Kit Gifts for Kids Boys Girls

LEEHUR Magnet Building Blocks, 118 Pcs Magnetic Tiles -100 Model- STEM Educational Toys Preschool Activities Supplies with Storage Bag Creative Fun Science Kit Gifts for Kids Boys Girls
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020

Skoolzy Shape Sorter Montessori Toys for Toddlers - Shapes Puzzles for Toddlers, Preschool Toys and Occupational Therapy Toys for Boys, Girls | Children Travel Peg Board Game Activity Toy

Skoolzy Shape Sorter Montessori Toys for Toddlers - Shapes Puzzles for Toddlers, Preschool Toys and Occupational Therapy Toys for Boys, Girls | Children Travel Peg Board Game Activity Toy
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020

Lewo Wooden Puzzle Toddler Toys Shapes Sorter Preschool Geometric Blocks Stacking Games for Kids

Lewo Wooden Puzzle Toddler Toys Shapes Sorter Preschool Geometric Blocks Stacking Games for Kids
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Shape sorter board toy includes a wooden base with 10 posts that hold colored shapes - circles, rectangles, triangles, and squares
  • Stacking Blocks Contains 16 pieces,detachable and removable blocks, can increase the baby's ability of creativity. Size: 5.9 x 5.1 x 2.1 inches
  • Build early shape, color and size differentiation skills,it can inspire children's imagination as well as promote their physical and intellectual development. Perfectly sized for toddlers' hands, also great choice as travel toys
  • Great brain stimulating toy, a brilliant All in 1 product that teaches about colors, shades, early geometry shapes, matching, logic, fine motor skills
  • The Geometric Toy is made of ABS plastic of non-toxic environmental material. BPA free. Recommended 3 years up

VTech Touch & Learn Activity Desk Deluxe 2-in-1 Preschool Bundle Expansion Pack for Age 2-4

VTech Touch & Learn Activity Desk Deluxe 2-in-1 Preschool Bundle Expansion Pack for Age 2-4
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • This online exclusive 2-in-1 pre-kindergarten expansion pack comes with two expansion packs intended for ages 2-4: preschool Super skills and phonics fun
  • Preschool Super skills: well-rounded curriculum helps prepare children for preschool and helps them practice basic preschool skills lessons cover popular preschool subjects and feature opportunities for pretend play and creativity
  • Phonics fun: help reinforce concepts such as beginning letter sounds and ending sounds with rhyming and word families with basic vocabulary words
  • Each expansion pack includes a cartridge and four colorful double-sided activity pages, which is for use with the VTech touch & learn activity desk deluxe and the explore & write activity desk (each sold separately) incompatible with the VTech touch & learn activity desk
  • Durable cards easily wipe clean and will not tear

Skoolzy Rainbow Counting Bears with Matching Sorting Cups, Bear Counters and Dice Math Toddler Games 70pc Set - Bonus Scoop Tongs

Skoolzy Rainbow Counting Bears with Matching Sorting Cups, Bear Counters and Dice Math Toddler Games 70pc Set - Bonus Scoop Tongs
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020

BUCKLE TOY "Bizzy" - Toddler Early Learning Basic Life Skills Children’s Plush Travel Activity

BUCKLE TOY
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020

Go On 123 Wooden Activity Letter and Number Sorter Montessori Toys Educational Preschool Shape Color Recognition Geometric Board Block Stack Sort Puzzle Toys for Kids Baby Toddler Boy Girl

Go On 123 Wooden Activity Letter and Number Sorter Montessori Toys Educational Preschool Shape Color Recognition Geometric Board Block Stack Sort Puzzle Toys for Kids Baby Toddler Boy Girl
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Let the baby develop his imagination,make the woods into different patterns,such as Letters,digital, geometry,things,shapes,etc.
  • The column is colorful,is a good preschool Early Learning Educational Shape Colour Sorting and Stacking Play Block
  • High quality wood,durable,Anti-impact,Safety grinding without burrs
  • Can develop children's intelligence very effectively and this educational toy is a perfect bithday, Christmas gift for any child
  • The jigsaw a perfect christmas gift toy for children aged 3 4 5 years old and up,This best alphabet puzzle provide fun when the infant is learning. Educative and creative games for their childhood. As Products are very easy to operate, will come with Chinese Package Only. Please Shape according to the packaging pattern.

Looching Pack of 6 Baby's Soft Cloth Nontoxic Fabric Book Set Early Educational Toy for Preschool Learning Activity Perfect Shower Gift for Boys and Girls

Looching Pack of 6 Baby's Soft Cloth Nontoxic Fabric Book Set Early Educational Toy for Preschool Learning Activity Perfect Shower Gift for Boys and Girls
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020

Looching Pack of 6 Baby's Soft Cloth Nontoxic Fabric Book Set Early Educational Toy for Preschool Learning Activity Perfect Shower Gift for Boys and Girls

Looching Pack of 6 Baby's Soft Cloth Nontoxic Fabric Book Set Early Educational Toy for Preschool Learning Activity Perfect Shower Gift for Boys and Girls
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020

Educational Insights Shapes Beanbags

Educational Insights Shapes Beanbags
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • Packaging may vary
  • Time to "shape up" with these toss and learn bean bags
  • Each is beautifully embroidered with its name
  • Perfect size for small hands
  • Each bean bag is a different color and shape

Peg Board Stacking Toddler Toys - Lacing Fine Motor Skills Montessori Toys for 2 3 4 5 Year Old Girls and Boys | Educational Matching Shapes Kids Toys with 36 Pegs, Activity eBook & Travel Backpack

Peg Board Stacking Toddler Toys - Lacing Fine Motor Skills Montessori Toys for 2 3 4 5 Year Old Girls and Boys | Educational Matching Shapes Kids Toys with 36 Pegs, Activity eBook & Travel Backpack
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020

The Importance of Preschool Centers: Manipulatives

Manipulatives are a critical learning center for preschoolers at home and in the classroom. Find out how to get the most learning from blocks and other manipulative learning toys.

Manipulatives are one example of critical learning centers in a preschool classroom. Like other play centers including housekeeping and dress up, manipulatives are not only fun but offer many opportunities for learning.

What are manipulatives?

Manipulatives are a category of learning toys that can be "manipulated" by little hands encouraging fine motor skills. Often the word is used interchangeably with blocks but can refer to an ever-widening group of toys that kids can build or create things from such as beading sets or magnetic building sets.

What are the learning benefits from blocks and manipulatives?

Blocks and many manipulatives are open-ended toys, which means that the possibilities for play are infinite. Being open-ended adds to their value as a learning toy. While the fine motor skills of playing with manipulatives are obviously inherent, manipulatives can address a variety of areas of learning development. Here are just a few simple examples.

Language:

Often more than one child can be playing in a block center whether they are playing parallel (simply beside one another) or interactively (working together).

"Look at my high tower!" a child may say or "Could you pass me a red block?" another may ask.

Cognitive:

Manipulatives can address several areas of cognitive concepts from colors, to counting to size.

A child may be a house from all red blocks with a green roof showing sorting skills.

Another child may be build a tower and count them as being eleven blocks tall showing measurement skills.

Yet another child may learn that putting large blocks on the top of small ones leads to a topple demonstrating science concepts and engineering skills.

Fine motor:

All aspects of manipulatives practice fine motor skills from picking up pieces to stacking, snapping together and even taking them apart. Little fingers are working hard and reinforcing those writing muscles.

Gross motor:

Not all manipulatives lead to gross motor play but large ones that require kids to stand, balance on their knees or reach to stack can.

Social and Emotional:

Social and emotional development can be encouraged in a variety of ways through manipulative play from sharing pieces to showing pride in a finished creation.

Reading:

How can manipulatives be related to pre-reading? Consider a set of colored wooden beads with strings and pattern cards for creating patterns. Creating patterns and putting things in order sets the pathways for putting letters in order to create words, words in order to create sentences and sentences in order to create paragraphs. It may seem like a far reach, but differientating (telling things apart) and sequencing (putting things together) are the first stops in the road to reading.

Another simple way to include reading in manipulative to play is label, label, label. A permanent block center should have a sign reading "blocks." A plastic bin of other manipulatives from beads to linking rings should also be labeled along with a picture for pre-readers.

Now that we understand the importance of manipulatives for learning in the classroom, let's look at a common mistake in creating manipulative centers and easy tips for correcting it.

Defining workspace is critical.

Mega blocks sliding across the floor all around the room is not only dangerous but also doesn't encourage learning. For large manipulatives that will be played with on the floor, like a Mega stacking blocks or wooden blocks, a rug can be a helpful way to define space. If this doesn't work for your preschool, a colored tape outline on the floor can visually say, "This is the block area." There can be reasons in a daycare that neither a rug or tape is the floor is a good idea, but teachers can still define space using small cones or something similar to show the learners that this is the block area.

Likewise for smaller manipulatives from Lego's, Lincoln Logs, Magnetics or Crazy Creatures with gears, defining space of a table is also important. Trays with an edge can help keep pieces off of the floor but even a spread of old newsprint can define space and help students see that "this is my area to work and play."

*Remember, scattered toys are dangerous to those walking, lead to pieces getting lost, don't encourage learning and make clean up more challenging.

*A defined play area encourages play and learning, helps kids learn to be organized and take care of toys, and makes clean up easier.

Manipulatives are not only fun toys but important learning tools in a preschool classroom or at home. Offering a variety of manipulatives and helping kids keep them organized adds to the learning and the fun.

You can find more helpful tips here from this Featured Yahoo! Lifestyle Contributor in The Importance of Preschool Centers: Housekeeping.

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