Educational Toys

Toys don’t just have to be fun, they can be educational too.


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LeapPad Explorer Goes Disney

by James


With studies showing that one of the main things kids want for Christmas is a tablet, LeapFrog has jumped into the deep end with their LeapPad2 series of learning tablets. And Disney has quickly jumped on that bandwagon by licensing a series of LeapPads themed after the Disney Princesses.

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LeapFrog to Upgrade the LeapPad

by James


LeapFrog has announced that a newer, faster, LeapPad will be coming out just in time for school. The LeapPad 2 will sport a faster processor, 4GB of Storage Memory, a higher resolution screen and longer battery life, making the LeapPad a serious tablet and not just a toy.

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Boba Fet gets scientific with new Star Wars toy

by James

I didn’t think it was possible for fans to get more geeky than they already have with properties like Star Wars, Star Trek and Transformers. Now they can get get downright nerdy as well thanks to a new Star Wars toy that teaches kids more about science.

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Take Anywhere Chalkboard Cloth great for doodlers

by James


Whether you have a doodling child who will draw no matter where you are at, or are always prepared to teach your kid something, this Take Anywhere Chalkboard Cloth may be the best think to have in your car.

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Toys for Tots needs your help …

by James

The Marines have been collecting Toys for Tots since 1947. Semper Fi!


Just a reminder that the US Marine Corps Reserve is in full swing with their annual Toys for Tots drive. Created in 1947 by Marine Corps Major Bill Hendricks and a cadre of reservists in Los Angeles, Toys for Toys collected and distributed 5,000 toys for needy kids. Since then, the United States Marines across the nation and around the world have been collecting unwrapped toys worth at least $10 to distribute to needy kids at Christmas time. In the beginning, he Marines collected both new and used toys, but beginning with the Christmas in 1980, they have only collected new, unwrapped toys for distribution. And with time, the Marines courted famous names to further their cause, even Walt Disney has the honor of being the designer of the Toys for Tots train logo. But also big names like John Wayne, Doris Day, Tim Allen, and even former First Lady Nancy Reagan have devoted considerable time and clout to helping the Marines accomplish their mission of giving every needy child a toy for Christmas.

And it’s grown far beyond and extra curricular activity for off duty Marines. In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved making the annual Toys for Tots drive an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve. Over the last 62 years, the US Marine Corps Reserve have distributed over 400 million toys to more than 188 million needy children and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation has added to the toy collections by purchasing nearly a half billion dollars in toys to insure that no child gets left behind at Christmas.

And this year, as with any year, the campaign needs your help. You know the mission – pick up an unwrapped toy for a boy or girl and look for one of those dashing jarheads sitting next to a collection box near the entrance to the store. Or, you can Swing by http://www.toysfortots.org/ to make a cash donation to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation. While at the site, you can find more information on a toy collecting center in your area.

Semper Fi and Merry Christmas!

Cool toys that teach kids about electronics …

by James


There’s great snap together electronics kit toys that can teach kids all about circuits and electronics. Think of them as the next level above Lego MindStorms.

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Toys that teach about money …

by James


Toy Book has a nifty list of toys that are designed to teach kids about using money, and from a very young age. We think this is a great idea as economics seems to be a blind spot in our educational system and with less savings and more debt wracking the US Economy, teaching kids from the youngest age possible about how to use money properly is a great idea. And let’s face it, often the longest lasting lessons a child learns are through playing.

Check out the list after the jump …

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PBS Kids toy line launched

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PBS Kids has a great lineup of kids shows, including Wild Kratts, an animated series which stars the Brothers Kratt as they learn about animals in the Wild. One thing about PBS is that while they have great shows like Sesame Street, Carmen San Diego, and Reading Rainbow, they’ve haven’t had a dedicated toy line. Now, PBS is launching their own for PBS Kids.

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Cool toy: 4D CityScapes by Mastermind Toys

by James

4D Cityscape time puzzle is a very cool puzzle toy that teaches kids not only about architecture, but also history of a city. The puzzle includes puzzle pieces for the street layout, but also ads building pieces. But what really sets this toy apart is it incorporates the added dimension of time …

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Here’s how it works. After building the city layout with puzzle pieces, players can then use the included time reference sheet to add buildings according to when they were actually constructed. So the CityScape expands as you travel in time. It’s a really cool concept. The London set, for instance, begins in the year 1074 and builds out until 2014, when buildings that haven’t even broken ground yet are to be finished.

Other sets include, Chicago, Toronto, Rome, New York City, Washington DC and Las Vegas, (a challenge considering Sin City loves to demolish old hotels) This teaches kids city planning, history, architecture, and more. And it’s a very engaging way to pass the time and stimulate the mind. Sure beats a regular old puzzle!

Cost is around $30 with free super saver shipping.

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