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40 Children's Toys That Give The Gift Of Learning

Because they don't need another video game.

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10. Hear Myself Rhyming Sound Phone Center, $15

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Helps kids learn rhyming skills as they talk into the phone receiver and hear back every sound they make. Great preparation for reading and writing. Get it here. 3+

11. Wee You-Things Blocks, $65

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"Solve three different puzzles, or stack the mix-and-match blocks to build a whole new crew of quirky, colorful friends." Beautifully designed and made from replenishable basswood — this is definitely an "artisanal" toy.

12. Pop! Pop! Piano, $24

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How adorable is this toy piano? When you press a key, a star pops up. Develops cognitive learning, sensory development, emotional development. For ages 12 months +.

16. LeapPad2, from $79.99

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These award-winning tablets for kids teach a wide variety of subjects with fun educator-approved apps, games, and eBooks. Parents can even track their child's development with the Learning Path app. Get it here. For ages 3-9.

19. Storytelling Flashlight, $18

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"This little LED flashlight projects 24 adorable and dynamic images onto whatever canvas you choose: a sheet, a wall or just a simple piece of paper." For the child with an active imagination. Ages 4+. Get it here.

32. LEGO Architecture – The White House, $45

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LEGO loving kids learn about history and design when building this exact replica of the White House. Other landmarks available in the series include The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Sydney Opera House, and Big Ben. Get it here. 12+

36. Spot It! Party Game, $11

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It's a high-speed, frenzied game of visual perception for the whole family. Playing this game will help to develop focus, visual perception skills, speech-language skills, and fine motor skills, while encouraging family bonding at the same time! 7+