Whether your child is starting physical school or stays home with you, we’re all facing a lot more time at home with our little ones. Time at home is not bad, of course, but it’s a lot right now when going to the playground and play dates are out of the question in some areas. If you’re looking for toys to engage your kids while also providing educational value, these are some good ones that won’t break the bank.
Try these educational toys under $20 to help engage your little one and challenge their mind without leaving your home:
Your toddler will enjoy honing their imagination, creativity and motor skills with this train set made of calming colors in water-safe paint.
Perfect for any Montessori-inspired playroom, this set made of ecological wood from the Carpathian Mountains, helps little ones develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
Help preschoolers learn preschool shapes and colors while exploring independent play.
These math-focused cards feature 16 number games, with difficulty levels designed for 3-8 year olds. The games are fun, but simple enough that siblings can play together once they get the hang of it, buying you some much needed time to get things done.
This 3D wooden puzzle stacker helps children develop logic and dexterity by carefully placing each piece where it belongs. This fun toy is also great for road trips.
Kids can practice patterns, logical thinking, and problem solving, all of which are precursors to early math. You can choose to use the timer or not, depending on how you think your own child will best enjoy the challenge.
If your child is practicing numeral recognition and ordering the numerals, this puzzle is a fun way for them to hone the skill.
Kids pickup on our anxiety no matter how hard we try to shield them from what’s going on. These wooden dolls are perfect for kids to use to play out real life scenarios and process their feelings.
They are also great for story writing inspiration for older kids. Kids can act out a story with the dolls before writing and illustrating it.
Puzzles are always an excellent choice as they challenge spatial and visual discrimination skills. They’re also especially good for when we’re all stuck at home because kids will play with the same puzzle many times.
Lacing beads are excellent for developing fine motor control and focus in young kids. You can also use these to practice patterns. The five distinct shapes are also easy for little hands to grasp.
Pattern blocks encourage children to learn the names of shapes and practice spatial awareness as they work to recreate the images shown on the wooden cards.
A fun extension is to invite a child to trace and color the shapes on paper after they’ve created a design. An older child could also write the names of the shapes on their picture.
The Melissa & Doug see and spell puzzle is self-correcting, which means your child can tell on their own whether or not they’ve spelled the word correctly. This is key when you’re trying to get work done alongside your child.
This set includes potting mix, seeds and everything else for your child to create their own little world in a jar. Bonus–it includes glow in the dark stickers to decorate with, which makes exploring in the dark more fun.
Sums in Space helps kids practice addition and subtraction with numbers 1-9. We love that players can either compete against each other or play cooperatively.
Can you ever really have too many games?This math game encourages kids to practice addition and subtraction, but through little number puzzle cards. Who needs worksheets?
This bingo-based game helps little ones practice their early reading skills. It’s designed for kids 4 year old and up and up to seven players can play at a time.
Globes give young children a concrete understanding of the world and where different continents are in relation to each other. This 3D puzzle globe is perfect for children curious about continents and the animals indigenous to various areas.
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