If you find yourself watching Sponge Bob Square Pants for the fiftieth time, it is definitely time to have a clean out and update your kid’s toy box with some fun educational toys. Much more entertaining than the educational toys we had as kids, the learning toys and games of today are bright, colourful and most importantly fun so our children learn without even realising it! Take the fabulous tea sets in the Egmont role-playing collection for example. Made of tin and highly decorated with a range of different designs these fun tea sets will occupy the kids for hours when combined with some juice and sandwiches. Complete with a teapot, cups and saucers and a tray that all pack away into the decorative case when not in use, this wonderful set encourages role-play and improves both hand-eye coordination and language skills. I am a firm fan of board games as they provide us with the wonderful opportunity to bond with our children and play at their level. The Little Observation board game by Djeco is easy to play and perfect for smaller kids aged 2+ years. Containing a range of cute butterflies and chunky dice, this is a great set for tiny hands and will help you kids learn colours, shapes and sizes as they play. Even simple toys like the bags of animals in the Wild Republic collection can be classed as educational toys as they teach our children about the different animals, insects and sea life that live on our planet. Our kids will have plenty of opportunities to learn once they reach school age but if we encourage education at an early stage, we may just help their school years be that little bit easier.

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