By Rachael Summers –

Play is vital in any child’s development, as it helps them explore the world around them and learn in a relaxed setting. The toys you give children to play with will play a large role in this. Many parents and educators feel down on modern toys, as they feel they have no educational value. However, this is far from the case.

Here are some of the best modern toys that will assist your child’s learning.

Alphabet Acorns Activity Set

Everyone remembers having alphabet blocks as a child, and the fun they’d have building with them, as well as creating words. This set of acorns, all emblazoned with a letter of the alphabet, takes this idea a step further.

This set includes 26 acorns, all with a letter of the alphabet printed on them. The letter is included in both its upper case and lower case forms, improving recognition for childrLearn ABC Acorn educational toyen playing with them. They’re even colour coded, so your child can easily learn which letters form the vowel sounds, and more.

The best part is the surprise found in every acorn. If the child opens them up, they’ll find a surprise toy that begins with the sound found on its acorn.

What Teachers Say:

“The Acorns with the letters and objects are great for letter sound recognition.” – Teacher Washtenaw Community College

What Kids Say:

“I like the toy inside” – Joshua age 4

“Opening acorns is the best fun”  – Martha  age 5

“ABCD surprise!”  –  Bebbe Age 3

counting dino education tCounting Dino-Sorters Math Activity Set

‘This toy is perfect for teaching counting, patterning, and matching’ says education writer Danny Javier at Huffington Post. ‘Any child will have hours of fun matching up the dinosaurs in these eggs and learning as they go.’

This set includes 10 dinosaur eggs, that break apart into two different pieces. All the eggs are printed with a number, and inside you’ll find an amount of dinosaurs that correspond with the number. Your child will love opening up the eggs to find a surprise, and they’ll learn about counting and patterns as they go.

What Teachers Say

“The counting dinos are great for one to one correspondence and general counting” – Teacher Washetnaw Community College Children’s Center

What Kids Say:

” I like to count the colors” –  Renee’, Age 3

“Zoom. zoom 1 -2-3 ” – Allan Age 5

“Fun playing, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8–9-10” – Josie , Age  4

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Rachel Summers is a freelance writer whose passion is helping students get the most out of their learning journey. She started out as a writer and journalist in the newspaper industry, including UK Top Writers, before breaking out to go freelance and follow her own passions. Her writing is designed to help you get the most out of college from sites.

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