12 Interactive Gifts That Encourage Learning & Play
It seems like just yesterday your little bean came into this world and now, here they are, celebrating yet another birthday. You’ve watched them grow, learn new things and played witness to their heartwarming milestones (remember the first time they tried real food?).
As they continue to develop their fine and gross motor skills, introducing them to fun, interactive and educational toys from VTech® and LeapFrog® can help them during this process. Unsure of where to start? We’ve created an easy-to-follow guide of the best gifts, categorized by price, to help you decide which toys will make them smile—and fire off those neurons!
Gifts Under $15
VTech® Click & Count RemoteBUY NOW
Little ones will love mimicking mom and dad with the Click & Count Remote from VTech®. With nine different channels to explore, tots can learn numbers, colors and shapes, while also singing along to adorable songs, listening to fun melodies and watching the pretend news and weather.
VTech® Learning Lights Sudsy SoapBUY NOW
Say goodbye to a bathroom sink overflowing with water. VTech's play soap dispenser lets your kiddo wash their hands without all the mess. They can practice pump-pressing, which will project a musical light onto their hands, and learn healthy hygiene habits with a catchy 20-second song that teaches them the five steps to handwashing—the perfect amount of time for scrubbing away icky germs!
VTech® Spin & Learn Color Flashlight®BUY NOW
This interactive flashlight not only functions like a real flashlight (fully loaded with six vibrant color settings!), but it also shines a light on how fun learning can be. Your little one will be informed when the flashlight has been turned on and off to introduce them to opposites and when they spin the magical color-changing ring, they'll learn about different colors and animals. They can also press the buttons on the side to listen to upbeat tunes and nature sounds, sing their ABCs or play an interactive game.
Gifts Under $25
LeapFrog® Ironing Time Learning SetBUY NOW
Who said ironing clothes can't be fun? LeapFrog's motion-activated iron set features over 10 educational activities that'll encourage your child to count to five, sing the alphabet and discover different colors, fabrics and heat settings as they iron out the wrinkles in the play clothing.
VTech® KidiBeats Drum SetBUY NOW
Let your toddler's inner rockstar shine with the VTech® KidiBeats Drum Set, which features three drum pads and a cymbal that each play its own unique sound. Your little drummer can jam along to nine different styles of music, including rock, pop and dance, and also learn their letters and numbers along the way.
LeapFrog® Learning Friends® 100 Words BookBUY NOW
According to experts, parents should introduce their children to a second language as early as possible. With this interactive book, your kiddos can get a leg up on practicing over 100 words in both English and Spanish, including word categories such as animals, pets, colors, food, mealtime, activities, opposites, and more.
Gifts Under $35
LeapFrog® LeapLand AdventuresBUY NOW
Your early learner's imagination can run wild with this video game that takes them on a quest for keys to unlock Clever Castle. The adorable adventure introduces early learning through the exploration of over 150 educational prompts, including letters, numbers, shapes and colors. Insert the plug-and-play HDMI game stick and USB power cable into the television and start playing the video game immediately using the wireless controller—no web connection, downloads or account setup required!
VTech® Pop-a-Balls Push & Pop BulldozerBUY NOW
The Pop-a-Balls Push & Pop Bulldozer will boost your little builder's movement and motor skills, as they roll the toy across your living room floor. The colorful balls pop up through the chimney and fly back into the bucket as it moves to keep your toddler active and engaged. Plus: the fun buttons on the side will help them repeat colors, numbers and words for an educational spin.
LeapFrog® Pick Up & Count VacuumBUY NOW
In need of a helper around the house? With the LeapFrog® Pick Up & Count Vacuum, your child can join you during a deep clean by picking up ten colorful pieces. As your kiddo works to vacuum each pretend dust bunny, the smart toy will say the color aloud and count each one to encourage your kiddo to do the same.
Gifts Under $50
VTech® Sit-to-Stand Learning WalkerBUY NOW
As your bundle of joy goes from crawling to walking, the VTech® Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker will grow right alongside them. Start off with the easy-to-remove learning center for ground-level play, which features five piano keys that play music, three shape sorters and three light-up buttons, two colorful spinning rollers and a pretend phone. Once your explorer is ready to make some moves, turn the panel center into a walker so your baby can be on the go.
VTech® Smart Shots Sports CenterBUY NOW
If you have a budding athlete in the family, this 2-in-1 kids basketball hoop sports center is the perfect gift. Plus: The animated light-up scoreboard counts baskets up to 10 and plays encouraging animations, sounds and phrases.
LeapFrog® Scoop & Learn Ice Cream CartBUY NOW
Forget about owning a lemonade stand when LeapFrog® will let you run your own ice cream cart. Watch your mini confectioner create imaginative and mouth-watering ice cream combinations with the adorable Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart. Toss in extra sprinkles for us, please!