At Learning Toys, there are a ton of amazing fun and educational products for children of all ages. They’ve brought together high-quality toys and games from around the globe and made them simple for us to shop for right here in Canada, from the comfort of our own homes.
After thoroughly scouring the site it’s pretty obvious to me that these guys have high standards when it comes to what they sell, and I don’t think you can go wrong buying any gift from them. (You can browse selections on the website based on a child’s age, so there’s no need to worry about going wrong there either.)
Here are the items at Learning Toys that we’re excited to give to kids this Christmas
Michelle’s Picks for Babies (ages 0- 1 year)
Ambie Toys Lock A Block: This colourful toy is sure to provide hours of entertainment for your baby as they figure out which shape goes into which hole, and learn to turn the key to open the door.
Sensory Shapes 6 pack: These colourful blocks are perfect for encouraging tactile exploration. Your baby will love to explore the different textures and shapes, as they develop gross and fine motors skills.
Plan Toys Sensory Blocks: These blocks are excellent to help develop baby’s sensory needs, with nine colourful blocks that have different textures and sounds.
Michelle’s Picks for Toddlers (ages 1 – 3 years)
Plan Toys Number Set 1 – 10: This is a twenty piece wooden playset, with double-sided coloured tiles; great to help children learn to count, match patterns, and trace with their fingers.
Garden Fresh Fruits & Vegetables: These are so fun for pretend play. They are velcro and are “cuttable” and “peelable”. They will help to develop the fine motor skills and putting them back together encourages problem-solving. These fruit and veggie toys get hours of play in our house.
Topanifarm: These are sturdy cardboard cubes that come with six little animals. These are also great for fine motor skills, as well as learning how to stack, and encourage imaginative play by allowing children to chose a home for each animal.
Plan Toys Alphabet Set A to Z: This is a set of twenty-six wooden capital letters. Each block is double-sided with a picture for the corresponding letter. They are great for introducing your child to the alphabet, and for practising matching and letter sounds.
Jenn’s Picks for Preschoolers (Ages 3-5)
Tent: Little kids love to climb in, through, and under! I had a play tent for my girls when they were smaller and it was very well loved. The best part (for parents) is that these tents are super simple to fold up and tuck into a closet when not in use.
Geoform Magnetic Shapes Case: (For ages 4+) Wooden puzzle pieces tend to withstand rough handling very well, and magnetic puzzles (in my experience) tend to last longer without pieces going missing because the most fun part of playing with them is in sticking the pieces to the board where they belong. With a convenient handle, little ones will have fun carting this gift through the house or on the go.
Puppet: High quality puppets are a gift of creative play that can last a lifetime, and Learning Toys offers a variety of them in different sizes. There’s everything from mini finger puppets to a large elephant hand puppet that will fit over about half of a child’s arm.
Jenn’s Picks for Elementary Schoolers (Ages 6+)
Board Games: Board games are one of my favourite gifts both to give and receive. I’m currently eying up Mad Libs the Game, Number Ninja Math Game, and uKloo Riddle Edition Treasure Hunt Game.
Geomag Set: I just realized that I have a thing for magnetic toys. What can I say… They’re fun! And these magnetic building sets are a blast to play with even into adulthood. Geomag is a gift the whole family can enjoy (everyone except the baby that is – it has small pieces that pose a choking hazard).
Mixed by Me Glow in the Dark Thinking Putty Kit: Children love to mix, they love to create, and they love things that glow in the dark! This kit offers a bit of all those things.
About Learning Toys
Learning Toys was founded in 2007 by Judi Meade and Donna Klacza. The store is available to shop from online exclusively, and orders are fulfilled at a warehouse in Mississauga, Ontario.
At the time that they launched the business, the two women were both operating successful brick and mortar specialty toy stores as well, stores where they had a ton of fun raising their children. But in 2015 the two grandmothers decided to close the doors to their retail locations to focus exclusively on Learning Toys.
“Our selection remains the same”, says Judi Meade, “focused on the toys we know kids love to play with and that provide stimulation for them in as many ways as possible. As you can see from browsing the site, we stay away from electronic toys – not because we don’t like them or approve of them – but because we know they are readily available everywhere.”
“We work hard to keep our selection limited to toys we know well and can vouch for as high quality and educational”, she adds. “We now have our grandkids to provide toy testing services.”