Your Easter baskets don't have to be packed with unhealthy options or toys that are used once and then discarded. Including some educational, open ended toys in this year's Easter baskets ensures your child has a new game, toy or project that will entertain and educate them long after the holiday has passed. Choose a few nice chocolates, then complete your basket with one of these high quality learning toys; here are our top picks for Easter 2019:
Hape Eggspressions: These solid wood eggs fit the Easter theme perfectly, but will help your child learn long after you've packed away the Easter goodies and decor. Designed to support social and emotional development, these durable eggs by HAPE teach about feelings and can even be used to get insight into your child's own feelings. Some children can express themselves more easily than others; learning more about feelings can help your child better communicate his needs and become less likely to experience frustration. The set includes six eggs, colourful stands and a book to explore feelings and expressions and is the high quality you've come to expect from the brand.
Happy Bunny (New for 2019): Perfectly aligned with Easter, but playable after the holiday has passed, the new version of the Happy Bunny game is a delight for preschoolers and parents. This game is designed to be collaborative, not competitive, so players work together towards a goal. Cooperative games like Happy Bunny teach patience, taking turns and boost communication skills. The adorable art and characters make this an appealing game to play and a delightful addition to your Easter basket this year.
Peek-a-Doodle-Doo: Easter wouldn't be complete without cute chicks, and these charming birds are sure to please. This hands-on, three dimensional memory game can be played collaboratively and features a sweet lineup of characters that will be usable well after Easter has passed. Memory games like Peek-a-Doodle-Doo are ideal for playing with a wide range of ages, as even young kids can grasp the concept swiftly. Memory games can also help develop critical thinking skills; the addition of three dimensional pieces with Peek-a-Doodle-Doo can also help with fine motor skills for the youngest players.
Canvas Pop Art - Rabbit: Older kids need Easter toys too! This striking kit comes with everything needed to create a pop-art style piece and is designed for independent exploration. If you've been struggling to get your kids to drop the mobile devices and try a new activity, this one is tempting for all ages. In just a few hours, your child can explore colour, learn about materials and create a masterpiece they'll be proud to show off. You'll love seeing them learning something new, too!
Sewing Bunny Kit: Introduce your kids to a new skill they'll be able to use again and again -- and help them create an adorable Easter bunny, too! This all inclusive kit will allow your child to practice her fine motor skills, pick up some new techniques and allow them to explore the world of needle crafting without making a large investment. Best of all, the Sewing Bunny Kit comes with everything you need to make an Easter bunny of your very own, just in time for the holiday. Your child will love the process and display the finished toy with pride each year.
Adding one or more of these open ended, imaginative and educational toys and games to your child's Easter basket ensures they have a fresh new toy to play with long after the sugar crash has faded. Opting for hand's on playthings instead of screen time can help your child pick up important skills and teach them everything from collaborative play to turn taking. Commit to adding an engaging toy to your child's Easter basket each year and you'll soon have a collection of go-to educational and learning toys to play each day.
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