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Educational toys

Fill your baby’s day with fun, while helping them develop their early skills

What are educational toys?

Babies love to play, we all know that they love toys and toys today offer a lot more than just fun for the little ones who enjoy them. Most toys on today’s market offer some opportunity for little ones to learn whether it is engaging a child’s senses, learning how to interact with others or spark their young imaginations.

What types of educational toys are there?

Popular toys for very young babies include rattles and those that offer music. The sounds they make are great fun and help teach them to hold objects and listen to new sounds.

Other educational toys include building blocks that help little ones to improve their hand-eye coordination and help to build their motor skills.

There are a variety of educational toys for young babies available and usually they focus on different textures, colours and sounds to help babies learn their early senses.

Toys that talk can be very educational as their language development starts at birth and as soon as they are exposed to hearing sounds the more language they hear the earlier they start to develop these skills.

Top tips

All baby toys come with an age appropriate warning and it’s important to follow this as manufacturers follow strict guidelines to ensure all toys are safe for the age group they are made for.

Ready to buy?

Take a look at some of the popular educational toys below.


VTech – Moosical Beads

VTech – Moosical Beads

RRP: £11.99 - Buy now

  • A cute cuddly cow with all the bells and whistles to fascinate and teach your young baby.
  • The activities teach your baby about letters and numbers.
  • The toy is attached to a plastic ring making gripping the toy easy for young babies.
  • Beads which light up and spin.
  • The beads offer fun phrases and popular melodies

Age: Suitable from birth
Requires 4 x AA batteries

Why we love the Moosical Beads ....

  • We love that this cute and cuddly cow will be a fun friend for your young baby.
  • Everything about this toy combines fun with learning as not only can they learn the ABCs and 123s, but they can learn about shapes and colours while enjoying the fun songs.
  • The easy grip handle is probably our favourite bit as it helps young babies to boost their early motor skills and learn how to grip without getting frustrated they can’t hold on to their favourite toy.
  • Loving the different textures from the soft toy to the hard beads and squishy feet that your baby will love.

Fisher Price – Activity Lion

Fisher Price – Activity Lion

RRP: £16.99 - Buy now

  • This brightly coloured lion toy has a multitude of fun and learning opportunities for your young baby.
  • A soft cuddly lion which has a choice of extra fun toys and even a mirror in its tummy for your baby to gaze into.
  • The rattle toy will teach your baby about different sounds as will the cute turtle with beads in its back.
  • A teether is included to ease baby’s urge to chew anything and everything when teething.
  • The many textures within this toy will help baby to discover new things through touch.

Age: Suitable from 3 months
H22cm x W29.5cm x D0.91cm
Weight: 23.5 kg
Colour: Multi
Batteries: Requires 2 x AA batteries (usually included)

Why we love the Fisher Price Activity Lion....

  • This toy combines so much for baby in such a small toy.
  • We adore the funky colours of this toy and the variety of things for baby to learn.
  • Everything about this toy has new things for baby to learn but in such a fun way, the rattle and turtle teach the baby about different sounds and the mirror can help baby learn about self-discovery.
  • The price is possibly our favourite bit, although not particularly cheap, you do get a lot for your baby in this one toy.
  • Loving the soft and squidgy lion itself that baby will love cuddling up to.
  • The teething toy is an added bonus for babies to chew on when they need to.

Tomy – Lamaze Garden Bug Writst Rattle & Footfinders Gift Set

Tomy – Lamaze Garden Bug Wrist Rattle & Footfinders Gift Set

RRP: £12.99 - Buy now

  • These wrist and footfinder toys attach to your baby’s wrists and ankles so they can play without losing their toys.
  • Having the toys on their wrists and ankles help them discover their own hands and feet.
  • The rattles are brightly coloured to appeal to young babies.
  • There are different textures on the toys to teach young babies about touch and noise.
  • All the toys are safe for a little one to chew.
  • The toys are machine washable.

Age: Suitable from birth
Dimensions:  20cm x 20cm x 6.5cm

Why we love the Lamaze Garden Bug Wrist Rattle & Footfinders Gift Set....

  • We love that these brightly coloured rattle toys can stay within baby’s reach so they don’t get frustrated when they lose them.
  • We adore the baby-soft materials, bug wings and antennae.
  • Everything about this toy is attractive to a young baby, it is the size they can hold themselves, loads of different textures to feel and noisy to teach them about sounds and textures.
  • The brightly coloured ankle socks slip on easily and will fascinate a young baby.
  • It’s all safe to chew as babies do love to chew anything! The fact that it’s all machine washable gives you peace of mind too.

Sophie the Giraffe Toy

Sophie the Giraffe Toy

RRP: £12.99 - Buy now

  • A simple giraffe shaped toy that will keep baby entertained.
  • Sophie the Giraffe laughs when her tummy is squeezed which stimulates baby’s hearing and helps them learn about cause and effect.
  • Being a small toy, it is easy for baby to grip and hold on to.

Age: Suitable from birth

Why we love Sophie the Giraffe Toy ....

  • We love that this is a great early sensory toy that can help baby learn about texture, sounds, grip and they can chew it safely.
  • We adore that her flexible, renewable, rubber materials and non-toxic paint mean she is safe for your baby.
  • The contrasting spots on her back help baby’s early visual development and makes it easy to recognise as a toy they love.

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