Simple toys that help kids learn
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - If you still haven't figured out the perfect gift for the little ones this holiday season, we're taking a look at toys that are packed with education and tons of fun.
For Sinclair Cares, Joy Lambert shows us a few educational toys the child on your list won't put down.
Video games, action figures, princesses and ponies.
Toy store isles and online searches can get exhausting for parents like Kim Curtiss trying to find that perfect holiday gift.
"I'm always looking at mom blogs to see what they're giving and what they recommend," said parent Kim Curtiss.
This year the hottest toy isn't one item.
Toy store owner, Claudia Towles, says toy companies are reinforcing science, technology, engineering and math in their products, filling toy aisles with education.
"The reactivity of the magnet is a very interesting idea for kids," she said.
Even though magnatiles are nothing new to store shelves Towles says it's a classic favorite that promotes early math concepts as a child ages add to the collection so they can build more complex structures.
"Think about it," Towels explained. "With Legos the more pieces they have the more they can build. These don't hurt though when you stand on them."
It's never too early to start learning.
The noggin stick is one of the hottest toys for babies.
"This changes color every time you shake it, it helps with visual tracking," Towels said. "Its educational. Now does the baby know they're being educated? Of course not, but it teaches cause and effect."
Even Barbie is hopping on the stem wagon.
"Barbie something very familiar to kids, but stem and engineering concept may not be. So this is trickery.," said Towels.
And don't forget family game night.
Klask is a skill game with magnetic control.
This holiday season the emphasis is on anything that fosters critical thinking and problem solving.
As for Kim Curtiss, she's hoping a gift now will also provide Henry with skills he'll be glad to have later.