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Christmas shopping for a lovely toddler on your list? These educational gifts for toddlers are sure to help you find one that is loved!

Although the bright, flashy, battery operated toys are fun (NOT for parents lol), trust me when I say us moms would LOVE to have our toddlers receive some thought provoking educational gifts for Christmas (that are still fun!).

They are going to be overloaded with crap, why not be the stand out gift giver that gave something fun and educational?

Toddlers are SO curious, they naturally want to explore and find out HOW things work and WHAT happens when they do certain things. They have no shame or worry of ‘failing.’ They just try and try again.

So why not give them something that allows them to do that and is fun and safe?

As a mom who is becoming more wary of the toys that do the thinking for my children, I’m always on the lookout for ones that will last for a long time and encourage the use of their imagination!

This list is for toddlers ages 1-4. Keep an eye out for ones that are perfect for the toddler you’re buying a gift for!

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Please note, some of the gifts listed are still battery operated but they are educational and encourage thinking. 

1. FIRST BUILDERS BUILDING BLOCKS

We got these given to us for a gift when my first child was a toddler. They lasted through 3 kids and are still going strong!

They’re big enough for uncoordinated hands to manipulate and easily pull apart and stack together. They’ll provide hours of block building fun!

AGES 1-5

2. LIKEE WOODEN PATTERN JIGSAW PUZZLE

Kids can use hand eye coordination by looking a picture and recreating it with the right shapes. These are made from real wood and are non toxic! A perfect gift for developing fine motor skills. And it comes with a handy tin carrying case making it great to bring along.

AGES 3+

3. SOFT ALPHABET CARDS – ZOO ANIMALS

These alphabet cards have animals corresponding with the letters with a picture on one side and the word on the other. They are made from a durable cloth material and are completely washing machine safe!

Comes with a carrying case so your toddler can take them anywhere.

AGES 1+

4. MELISSA AND DOUG WOODEN BUILDING BLOCKS

My kids have these and LOVE them. My son is 3 and my daughter is 5. I think my daughter is more capable of building more intricate designs but my son still has a blast building towers and he likes to ‘balance’ the blocks and takes pride when he creates something that stays up.

These blocks are castle themed with doors, draw bridges and towers. Super cool!

AGES 3-8

5. JASONWELL MAGNETIC TILES MAKE GREAT GIFTS FOR TODDLERS

These might be the best toys for toddlers and young kids EVER. If you haven’t seen or tried these yet, I can assure you they will be a hit!

Both my son and daughter love building things with these. There are a ton of Youtube tutorials on how to make some super cool stuff.

Even just sticking them together is satisfying for my 3 year old. And they will last forever!

AGES 3-8

6. DREAMPARK WOODEN JIGSAW PUZZLES

Made from high quality wood with rounded edges, these are perfect for small hands. They come in a pack of 6 cute animals (crab, owl, bee, bear, butterfly, and ladybug) and are perfect for small toddlers.

AGES 1-3

7. WHEELYBUG

These things are seriously awesome! My kids love our Wheelybug. (Dare I say… TOO much. It gets fought over a lot.) 

This is perfect for some screen free physical activity for toddlers!

AGES 3+

8. EDUCATIONAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

This set comes with 18 pieces. Some that are included are a tambourine, maracas, wrist bells and more! They’re made from wood and won’t break easily.

A perfect gift for a curious toddler! Let them explore a whole new world of sounds.

AGES 3+

9. SPIKE THE FINE MOTOR HEDGEHOG

Looking for something that will help develop fine motor skills? Try fitting chunky spikes into Spike’s back for endless fine motor play!

AGES 2+

10. MELISSA AND DOUG  LEARN TO PLAY PIANO

This piano comes with a color coded songbook so that your toddler can actually learn to play the piano! Made from colorful wood and high quality materials.

AGES 3+

11. LEAPFROG SCOOP AND LEARN ICE CREAM CART

Toddlers can learn memory and sequencing skills with the included instruction cards of which flavors and toppings to use in a specific order.

Warning- This one is battery operated and plays songs.

AGES 2-5

12. BOX OF CRAYOLA ART SUPPLIES

This is actually one of my favorite things on this list. You cannot go wrong with art supplies! This is giant box packed to the brim with crayons, markers, pencil crayons, drawing paper and some lined coloring sheets.

They won’t run out of crayons for years!

Every time I’ve ever gotten or given an art supplies gift- it’s a hit!

13. ART DESK/EASEL

This is SOOOO cute!! It comes with all sorts of storage, a place to stand and paint or sit and draw with cute places to hang up and showcase their art!

Little sitting bench included. What a perfect gift for a toddler!!

AGES 3-6

14. FRIDGE PHONICS

This is something that has been in our house since my daughter was around a year old. It has been through the ringer with 3 kids and held up GREAT.

It sticks to the fridge and has all the letters as separate magnets that plug in to it to play a song about that particular letter.

It’s such a good learning tool for the alphabet. The parents might get sick of hearing the songs but it’s totally worth it for their kids learning.

AGES 2-5

15. MELISSA AND DOUG WOODEN FARM PEG PUZZLE

These are just so perfect for toddlers. They would get so frustrated with a puzzle that’s too advance for them. This guarantees them a win and helps build confidence!

AGES 2-4

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Did you find any educational gifts for toddlers on your Christmas list? Please leave a comment and let us know if you have any other gifts for toddlers that are total hits!

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