Learning Toys, Games and Puzzles

The Top Toy Guide is your resource for finding the latest innovative games and new toy releases. This classic form of play has been around for centuries and as each year passes more games are introduced. Find creative learning toys and fun family board games too.

Tacto Classics by PlayShifu | Board games for gen alpha
Tacto Classics by PlayShifu | Board games for gen alpha
Hamleys

£44.99

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Hasbro Risk Board Game
Hasbro Risk Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£40.99

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Talking Tables Island Edition Escape Room Board Game
Talking Tables Island Edition Escape Room Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£35.00

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Talking Tables Sinking The City Board Game
Talking Tables Sinking The City Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£35.00

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Ravensburger Alien Board Game
Ravensburger Alien Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£34.99

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Hasbro Trivial Pursuit Board Game
Hasbro Trivial Pursuit Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£33.99

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Dont Panic! Board Game
Dont Panic! Board Game
Hamleys

£29.99

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Wildcard Games Who Knows Where? - Global Location Guessing Board Game
Wildcard Games Who Knows Where? - Global Location Guessing Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£29.99

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Disney 100 Vilainous Introduction to Evil Board Game
Disney 100 Vilainous Introduction to Evil Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£29.99

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Hint Board Game
Hint Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£29.99

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Hasbro Cluedo Mystery Board Game
Hasbro Cluedo Mystery Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£29.99

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Hasbro Trivial Pursuit: Family Edition Board Game
Hasbro Trivial Pursuit: Family Edition Board Game
very.co.uk

was: £38.99

£28.99

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Adrenalyn Xl Panini Adrenalyn Xl Official Board Game
Adrenalyn Xl Panini Adrenalyn Xl Official Board Game
very.co.uk

was: £34.99

£27.99

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Ravensburger Jaws Board Game
Ravensburger Jaws Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£27.99

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Gutter Games Beat That! Board Game
Gutter Games Beat That! Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£26.99

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Goliath The Traitors Official Board Game
Goliath The Traitors Official Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£26.99

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Monopoly Board Game
Monopoly Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£25.99

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Laurence King Publishing The Shakespeare Board Game
Laurence King Publishing The Shakespeare Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£25.00

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Ginger Fox Ant & Dec Limitless Win Board Game
Ginger Fox Ant & Dec Limitless Win Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£25.00

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Wildcard Games Ski Run Board Game
Wildcard Games Ski Run Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£24.99

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TOMY Word Poppers Board Game
TOMY Word Poppers Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£24.99

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Mattel Games Pictionary Vs AI Board Game (8+ Yrs)
Mattel Games Pictionary Vs AI Board Game (8+ Yrs)
Marks and Spencer UK

£24.00

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Disney Drawsome Board Game
Disney Drawsome Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£24.00

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Mattel Pictionary vs AI Board Game
Mattel Pictionary vs AI Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£23.99

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Monopoly Knock Out Board Game
Monopoly Knock Out Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£23.99

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Monopoly Cats Monopoly Board Game
Monopoly Cats Monopoly Board Game
very.co.uk

was: £34.99

£22.99

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Monopoly Dogs Monopoly Board Game
Monopoly Dogs Monopoly Board Game
very.co.uk

was: £34.99

£22.99

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Drumond Park The Logo Board Game - Second Edition
Drumond Park The Logo Board Game - Second Edition
very.co.uk

was: £32.99

£22.99

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Scrabble 2 in 1 Board Game (8+ Yrs)
Scrabble 2 in 1 Board Game (8+ Yrs)
Marks and Spencer UK

£22.00

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Talking Tables Wine Board Game
Talking Tables Wine Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£22.00

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Disney Think Fast Board Game
Disney Think Fast Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£22.00

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Battleship Classic Board Game, Strategy Game
Battleship Classic Board Game, Strategy Game
Hamleys

£21.99

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New Phone, Who Dis? Family Edition Board Game
New Phone, Who Dis? Family Edition Board Game
very.co.uk

£21.99

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Harry Potter Magical Beasts Board Game
Harry Potter Magical Beasts Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£21.99

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Scrabble and Scrabble Together Board Game
Scrabble and Scrabble Together Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£21.99

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Junior Scrabble Board Game
Junior Scrabble Board Game
John Lewis & Partners

£21.99

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MIKO Mini: AI Robot for Kids | Fosters STEM Learning & Education| Purple
MIKO Mini: AI Robot for Kids | Fosters STEM Learning & Education| Purple
Hamleys

£119.99

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MIKO Mini: AI Robot for Kids | Fosters STEM Learning & Education| Blue
MIKO Mini: AI Robot for Kids | Fosters STEM Learning & Education| Blue
Hamleys

£119.99

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VTech Genio My First Laptop, Silver, Educational Laptop for Kids with 80+ Activities and Games & Challenger Laptop, Blue, Kids Laptop with Vocabulary, Maths and French Learning Games
VTech Genio My First Laptop, Silver, Educational Laptop for Kids with 80+ Activities and Games & Challenger Laptop, Blue, Kids Laptop with Vocabulary, Maths and French Learning Games
Amazon

£118.98

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Early Learning Centre Sand And Water Play Table (2-5 Yrs)
Early Learning Centre Sand And Water Play Table (2-5 Yrs)
Marks and Spencer UK

£89.99

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Early Learning Centre Wooden Diner Kitchen
Early Learning Centre Wooden Diner Kitchen
The Entertainer

was: £169.99

£84.99

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Early Learning Centre Water Play Table (2-5 Yrs)
Early Learning Centre Water Play Table (2-5 Yrs)
Marks and Spencer UK

£79.99

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Learning Resources Artie 3000 Drawing Coding Robot
Learning Resources Artie 3000 Drawing Coding Robot
John Lewis & Partners

£75.00

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Early Learning Centre Wooden Sparkle Lights Mansion Dolls House
Early Learning Centre Wooden Sparkle Lights Mansion Dolls House
The Entertainer

was: £249.99

£74.99

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GLOBBER Learning Bike 3 in 1 - Pastel Pink, One Colour
GLOBBER Learning Bike 3 in 1 - Pastel Pink, One Colour
very.co.uk

was: £79.99

£69.99

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Early Learning Centre Large Orange Water Slide (H104cm)
Early Learning Centre Large Orange Water Slide (H104cm)
The Entertainer

was: £99.99

£69.99

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Early Learning Centre Happyland Fantasy Palace Playset (2-5 Yrs)
Early Learning Centre Happyland Fantasy Palace Playset (2-5 Yrs)
Marks and Spencer UK

£59.99

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Early Learning Centre Wooden Garage Playset
Early Learning Centre Wooden Garage Playset
The Entertainer

was: £74.99

£59.99

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Early Learning Centre Sand and Water Table with Lid & Accessories (H42cm)
Early Learning Centre Sand and Water Table with Lid & Accessories (H42cm)
The Entertainer

was: £89.99

£59.99

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Early Learning Centre Pink Sand and Water Table with Lid & Accessories (H42cm)
Early Learning Centre Pink Sand and Water Table with Lid & Accessories (H42cm)
The Entertainer

was: £89.99

£59.99

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Early Learning Centre Extendable Double-Sided Easel
Early Learning Centre Extendable Double-Sided Easel
The Entertainer

was: £89.99

£59.99

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Early Learning Centre Happyland Pirate Ship (2-5 Yrs)
Early Learning Centre Happyland Pirate Ship (2-5 Yrs)
Marks and Spencer UK

£59.99

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Early Learning Centre Little Cooks Kitchen
Early Learning Centre Little Cooks Kitchen
The Entertainer

was: £89.99

£59.99

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Learning Resources Numberblocks Step Squad Mission Headquarters And Friends One To Five Bundle
Learning Resources Numberblocks Step Squad Mission Headquarters And Friends One To Five Bundle
very.co.uk

£57.99

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Learning To Build Big Blocks - 100 Pcs
Learning To Build Big Blocks - 100 Pcs
Hamleys

£49.99

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Plugo Tunes by PlayShifu - Piano Learning Kit
Plugo Tunes by PlayShifu - Piano Learning Kit
The Entertainer

£49.99

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Globber Learning Bike - White/Mint
Globber Learning Bike - White/Mint
The Entertainer

was: £59.99

£47.99

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Fisher-Price Little People Light-Up Learning Garage
Fisher-Price Little People Light-Up Learning Garage
BARGAINMAX LIMITED

£44.99

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Learning Resources Geosafari&Reg; Jr. Talking Microscope
Learning Resources Geosafari&Reg; Jr. Talking Microscope
very.co.uk

was: £54.95

£44.99

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Fisher-Price Little People Light-Up Learning Garage Play Set
Fisher-Price Little People Light-Up Learning Garage Play Set
John Lewis & Partners

£44.99

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Early Learning Centre Pop-Up UV Frog Pool (12+ Mths)
Early Learning Centre Pop-Up UV Frog Pool (12+ Mths)
Marks and Spencer UK

£44.99

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Fisher-Price Linkimals Narwhal Musical Learning Toy, One Colour
Fisher-Price Linkimals Narwhal Musical Learning Toy, One Colour
very.co.uk

£40.99

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Fisher-Price Linkimals Learning Narwhal
Fisher-Price Linkimals Learning Narwhal
John Lewis & Partners

£40.99

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Learning Resources STEM Gears! Gears! Gears! TreadMobiles Building Set
Learning Resources STEM Gears! Gears! Gears! TreadMobiles Building Set
John Lewis & Partners

£40.00

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Early Learning Centre Wooden Double Decker Bus Toy (12-36 Mths)
Early Learning Centre Wooden Double Decker Bus Toy (12-36 Mths)
Marks and Spencer UK

£39.99

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Early Learning Centre Singing Animal Keyboard Toy (6-24 Mths)
Early Learning Centre Singing Animal Keyboard Toy (6-24 Mths)
Marks and Spencer UK

£39.99

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LeapFrog Rainbow Learning Lights Mixer
LeapFrog Rainbow Learning Lights Mixer
John Lewis & Partners

£39.99

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Early Learning Centre Lights And Sounds Ambulance (2-5 Yrs)
Early Learning Centre Lights And Sounds Ambulance (2-5 Yrs)
Marks and Spencer UK

£39.99

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Early Learning Centre Water Play Table & Accessories (H58cm)
Early Learning Centre Water Play Table & Accessories (H58cm)
The Entertainer

was: £79.99

£39.99

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Early Learning Centre Ride on Motorbike - Pink
Early Learning Centre Ride on Motorbike - Pink
The Entertainer

was: £49.99

£39.99

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Early Learning Centre Mini Sizzling Kitchen
Early Learning Centre Mini Sizzling Kitchen
The Entertainer

was: £59.99

£39.99

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Fisher-Price Little People Light-Up Learning Garage, One Colour
Fisher-Price Little People Light-Up Learning Garage, One Colour
very.co.uk

was: £44.99

£39.99

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Educational Big Blocks - 40Pcs
Educational Big Blocks - 40Pcs
Hamleys

£24.99

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PAW Patrol Educational Laptop with 124 activities
PAW Patrol Educational Laptop with 124 activities
BARGAINMAX LIMITED

£29.99

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Pathfinders Lift Bridge Educational Wood Kit
Pathfinders Lift Bridge Educational Wood Kit
Hobbies

£14.00

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UGears Counter Educational Wooden Model Kit
UGears Counter Educational Wooden Model Kit
Hobbies

£13.50

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UGears Differential Educational Wooden Model Kit
UGears Differential Educational Wooden Model Kit
Hobbies

£19.99

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Pathfinders Strauss Bascule Bridge Educational Wood Kit
Pathfinders Strauss Bascule Bridge Educational Wood Kit
Hobbies

£14.00

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burgkidz 188 Piece Pipe Tube Toy, Sensory Water Tube Locks Construction Building Blocks, Educational Building Learning Toys with Wheels and Baseplate for Kids Boys Girls Age 3+
burgkidz 188 Piece Pipe Tube Toy, Sensory Water Tube Locks Construction Building Blocks, Educational Building Learning Toys with Wheels and Baseplate for Kids Boys Girls Age 3+
Amazon

£23.99

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Ravensburger Animal Babies Memory Game - Matching Picture Snap Pairs For Kids Age 3 Years Up - Educational Todder Toy
Ravensburger Animal Babies Memory Game - Matching Picture Snap Pairs For Kids Age 3 Years Up - Educational Todder Toy
Amazon

£11.90

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DINORUN Montessori Toys Busy Book for Toddlers 30 Themes Toddler Toys Preschool Learning Books Educational Toys for 2 3 4 5 Year old Boys and Girls
DINORUN Montessori Toys Busy Book for Toddlers 30 Themes Toddler Toys Preschool Learning Books Educational Toys for 2 3 4 5 Year old Boys and Girls
Amazon

£16.99

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BMTOYS Wooden Educational Montessori Threading Learning Toys For 3+ Year Olds Toddler Preschool Activities Stringing Toys For Toddlers Boys Girls
BMTOYS Wooden Educational Montessori Threading Learning Toys For 3+ Year Olds Toddler Preschool Activities Stringing Toys For Toddlers Boys Girls
Amazon

£11.29

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Batman Lexibook Educational Laptop - 124 Activities (French/English)
Batman Lexibook Educational Laptop - 124 Activities (French/English)
very.co.uk

was: £34.99

£29.99

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Disney Lilo & Stitch My Educational Stitch Sleep Companion
Disney Lilo & Stitch My Educational Stitch Sleep Companion
BARGAINMAX LIMITED

£39.99

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Janod Dino Magneti Book Educational Game
Janod Dino Magneti Book Educational Game
John Lewis & Partners

£18.99

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Educational Insights The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game
Educational Insights The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game
John Lewis & Partners

£24.95

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Barbie Bilingual Educational Laptop
Barbie Bilingual Educational Laptop
BARGAINMAX LIMITED

£29.99

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Disney Lilo & Stitch Stitch Bilingual Educational Laptop
Disney Lilo & Stitch Stitch Bilingual Educational Laptop
BARGAINMAX LIMITED

£29.99

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Disney Princess Educational Laptop - 120 Activities (French/English)
Disney Princess Educational Laptop - 120 Activities (French/English)
very.co.uk

was: £34.99

£29.99

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VTech 155403 Pre School Laptop Interactive Educational Kids Computer Toy with 30 Activities Suitable for Children 3, 4, 5+ Year Olds Boys & Girls, White/Orange
VTech 155403 Pre School Laptop Interactive Educational Kids Computer Toy with 30 Activities Suitable for Children 3, 4, 5+ Year Olds Boys & Girls, White/Orange
Amazon

£21.99

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TOMYOU Kids 140pcs Set Building Blocks Construction Toy - Learning STEM Toys Educational Kit Child - 10 Colors Building Toys for Kids Ages 3+, Blue,green,purple,red
TOMYOU Kids 140pcs Set Building Blocks Construction Toy - Learning STEM Toys Educational Kit Child - 10 Colors Building Toys for Kids Ages 3+, Blue,green,purple,red
Amazon

£19.99

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Jigsaw Puzzles 1000 Pieces for Adults jigsaw puzzles for adults 1000 Piece Puzzle Educational Games-Safari Animal World
Jigsaw Puzzles 1000 Pieces for Adults jigsaw puzzles for adults 1000 Piece Puzzle Educational Games-Safari Animal World
Amazon

£11.99

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Color Sorting Toys for Toddlers 3-6 - Counting Dinosaurs Color Learning Toys for 3-5 Year Old Boy Girl, Educational Toys for Toddlers 3-6 Years, Color Matching Toys for Toddlers 3-6 Years
Color Sorting Toys for Toddlers 3-6 - Counting Dinosaurs Color Learning Toys for 3-5 Year Old Boy Girl, Educational Toys for Toddlers 3-6 Years, Color Matching Toys for Toddlers 3-6 Years
Amazon

£13.99

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Disney Frozen Bilingual Educational Laptop
Disney Frozen Bilingual Educational Laptop
BARGAINMAX LIMITED

£31.99

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UGears Gearbox Educational Wooden Model Kit
UGears Gearbox Educational Wooden Model Kit
Hobbies

£22.50

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UGears Pendulum Educational Wooden Model Kit
UGears Pendulum Educational Wooden Model Kit
Hobbies

£22.50

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Lexibook Bilingual Educational Laptop With 170 Activities (85 In Each Language) 4.3' Screen En/Fr
Lexibook Bilingual Educational Laptop With 170 Activities (85 In Each Language) 4.3' Screen En/Fr
very.co.uk

was: £49.99

£39.99

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Dolu Educational Potty - Pink
Dolu Educational Potty - Pink
BARGAINMAX LIMITED

£24.99

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DOLU Toddler Infant Educational Potty Aid Toy
DOLU Toddler Infant Educational Potty Aid Toy
The Entertainer

was: £29.99

£24.99

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Early Learning Centre Educational Games 5 Pack
Early Learning Centre Educational Games 5 Pack
The Entertainer

was: £30.00

£24.00

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koolbitz® Kids Barber Shop Toy Set for Boys Girls Educational Toy Pretend Play Toys Realistic Play Hairdresser Barber Salon Role Play Hair Dressing Accessories Barber Shop Hairstyle Play Set Kit
koolbitz® Kids Barber Shop Toy Set for Boys Girls Educational Toy Pretend Play Toys Realistic Play Hairdresser Barber Salon Role Play Hair Dressing Accessories Barber Shop Hairstyle Play Set Kit
Amazon

£14.99

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Mickey Mouse Interactive And Educational Mickey Robot With Sound And Light Effects - English/French
Mickey Mouse Interactive And Educational Mickey Robot With Sound And Light Effects - English/French
very.co.uk

was: £49.99

£44.99

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Barbie Bilingual Educational Laptop French/English 124 Activities
Barbie Bilingual Educational Laptop French/English 124 Activities
very.co.uk

£34.99

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Imaginary Feast: 100-Piece Pretend Play Kitchen Set with Realistic Food Toys - Educational and Interactive Playset for Kids Aged 3+ Inspired by Healthy Eating Habits
Imaginary Feast: 100-Piece Pretend Play Kitchen Set with Realistic Food Toys - Educational and Interactive Playset for Kids Aged 3+ Inspired by Healthy Eating Habits
Amazon

£19.99

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LeapFrog 2-in-1 Touch & Learn Tablet, Kids Two-Sided Tablet, Electronic Toy with Stories and Activities, Educational Play for Children Aged 2 Years +,Multicolor,22.1 x 28.5 x 33.5 cm
LeapFrog 2-in-1 Touch & Learn Tablet, Kids Two-Sided Tablet, Electronic Toy with Stories and Activities, Educational Play for Children Aged 2 Years +,Multicolor,22.1 x 28.5 x 33.5 cm
Amazon

£19.99

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LeapFrog 601503 Learning Friends 100 Words Baby Book Educational and Interactive Bilingual Playbook Toy Toddler and Pre School Boys & Girls 1, 2, 3, 4+ Year Olds, Multi-Colour, One Size
LeapFrog 601503 Learning Friends 100 Words Baby Book Educational and Interactive Bilingual Playbook Toy Toddler and Pre School Boys & Girls 1, 2, 3, 4+ Year Olds, Multi-Colour, One Size
Amazon

£16.99

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King Sport Kids Toys Backpack 39 Pcs Pretend Play Food Set Creative DIY Kits for Kids, BPA Free, Plastic Play Food for Toddlers Educational Toy Children Play House Series (Ice Cream Set)
King Sport Kids Toys Backpack 39 Pcs Pretend Play Food Set Creative DIY Kits for Kids, BPA Free, Plastic Play Food for Toddlers Educational Toy Children Play House Series (Ice Cream Set)
Amazon

£11.99

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Ravensburger Junior Memory Game - Matching Picture Snap Pairs For Kids Age 3 Years Up - Educational Todder Toy
Ravensburger Junior Memory Game - Matching Picture Snap Pairs For Kids Age 3 Years Up - Educational Todder Toy
Amazon

£11.99

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Ravensburger Harry Potter Hogwarts, 540 Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzle
Ravensburger Harry Potter Hogwarts, 540 Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzle
Hamleys

£79.99

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RMS Titanic Easy Click + 3D Iceberg Puzzle Model Kit (1:600 Scale)
RMS Titanic Easy Click + 3D Iceberg Puzzle Model Kit (1:600 Scale)
Iwantoneofthose.com UK

£61.99

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University Games Star Wars Imperial Star Destroyer 3D Puzzle
University Games Star Wars Imperial Star Destroyer 3D Puzzle
very.co.uk

was: £74.99

£59.99

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Ravensburger Harry Potter Hogwarts Astronomy Tower, 540 Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzle
Ravensburger Harry Potter Hogwarts Astronomy Tower, 540 Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzle
Hamleys

£59.99

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Star Wars Imperial AT-AT 3D Puzzle
Star Wars Imperial AT-AT 3D Puzzle
Hobbies

£55.00

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Star Wars Millennium Falcon 3D Puzzle
Star Wars Millennium Falcon 3D Puzzle
Hobbies

£55.00

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Revell LED Coca Cola Truck 3D Puzzle
Revell LED Coca Cola Truck 3D Puzzle
Hobbies

£49.99

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Ravensburger Solar System 3D Jigsaw Puzzle, 522 Pieces
Ravensburger Solar System 3D Jigsaw Puzzle, 522 Pieces
John Lewis & Partners

£47.99

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University Games Star Wars R2-D2 3D Puzzle
University Games Star Wars R2-D2 3D Puzzle
very.co.uk

£34.95

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Star Wars BB-8 3D Puzzle
Star Wars BB-8 3D Puzzle
Hobbies

£34.95

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Star Wars R2-D2 3D Puzzle
Star Wars R2-D2 3D Puzzle
Hobbies

£34.95

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Cubic Fun USA 3D LED Puzzles Deal
Cubic Fun USA 3D LED Puzzles Deal
Hobbies

£34.95

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Ravensburger Light Up Children'S World Globe, 180 Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzle
Ravensburger Light Up Children'S World Globe, 180 Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzle
very.co.uk

was: £34.99

£31.99

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Harry Potter - Hogwarts Castle 3D Puzzle
Harry Potter - Hogwarts Castle 3D Puzzle
Hobbies

£30.00

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University Games Harry Potter - Hogwarts Castle 3D Puzzle
University Games Harry Potter - Hogwarts Castle 3D Puzzle
very.co.uk

was: £34.95

£29.99

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Game of Thrones 3D Puzzle of Kings Landing
Game of Thrones 3D Puzzle of Kings Landing
Hobbies

£29.99

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Diagon Alley Collection Ollivanders and Scribbulus 3D Puzzle (295 Pieces)
Diagon Alley Collection Ollivanders and Scribbulus 3D Puzzle (295 Pieces)
Iwantoneofthose.com UK

£29.99

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University Games Harry Potter Wizarding World Hogwarts Castle 3D Jigsaw Puzzle, 197 Pieces
University Games Harry Potter Wizarding World Hogwarts Castle 3D Jigsaw Puzzle, 197 Pieces
John Lewis & Partners

£29.99

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Types of Board Games

Choosing the right game for a child takes a lot of thought so first consider the age and then decide what type of board game. Types of games fall into categories like educational, strategy, quiz, card games, team playing games etc.

Educational Board Games

The collection we have here includes an array of games for all ages and abilities. Games are foremost an enjoyable activity however, more and more games are used as an educational tool. Key components of games are goals, challenges, rules, and interaction which can be of a physical nature or involve some form of stimulation of the mind.

Learning Toys

There are board games, computer games, ball games, learning toys and games of skill and games of chance. All requiring the player to have a certain amount of skill, strategy or luck on their side. This can soon improve with practice, that’s why games never go out of fashion and remain a popular choice for families.

Wi-Fi Interaction Toys

Playing games not only entertain us it keeps the mind active and healthy. There are many attributes and advantages of playing different types of games. From an early age upwards learning toys can shape and build our social skills. More importantly, they improve our memory and concentration plus sharpen certain academic skills.

The age of the digital era has led to the rise of gaming and the highly successful video game market. Wii and Nintendo DS Lite cater to everyone with great learning toys and games for preschoolers. In addition to keep-fit and interactive games for the whole family with Wii sports and games including new releases from the latest films.

Updated Monopoly and Cludo

Old fashioned games are as popular as ever and Monopoly, Cluedo, Snakes and Ladders, Bingo, Connect 4, Twister and Scrabble still hold the same appeal as they first did. They may look different and have had revamped make-over but the rules are the same and the guarantee of great family fun.

TV Show Games

Games taken from popular TV shows has been a growing trend over the years with TV favourites Deal or No Deal one of the top sellers. Others include: Who wants to be a Millionaire, Family Fortunes, Catch Phrase, Golden Balls, Britain’s Got Talent, High School Musical DVD Game and more.

These TV favourites are ideal at Christmas time when families get together. It doesn’t take long to pick up the rules because everyone is probably familiar with the TV programme.

Gadget games, on the other hand, involve a little more skill and are usually a one on one experience. Hamley’s are predicting the Rubik Cube to be as successful as it was last year; there is a new version out for 2009 the Rubik 360 that looks set to just as addictive. This 3-D mechanical puzzle is like the original in that it can not be broken until you solve it and is suitable for 8 years upwards.

Hand-Held Smart Control Games

Bop it! Extreme 2 is one you can play alone or with others and suits 8 years old upwards. It sold very well last year and looks to do the same this year. This handheld device from Hasbro first came on the scene in 1996 since then there have been numerous variants. This is a reaction game where you have to act fast and follow the commands by bopping, pulling, and twisting your way to victory.

There are plenty of toy ideas for preschoolers and games to help them focus their attention and learn important life skills. They can have fun with games involving counting, colour matching, and early learning goals. Games can encourage observation and fine motor skills and also develop social communication.

Pre-school Learning Laptops

Today the digital world has reached the Preschool learning stage with games such as Vtech V.Smile, Leap Frog Leapster 2 and Tag reading system.  Leapster 2 won a 2008 Gold Practical Pre-School Award and is aimed at 4 years old upwards. This advanced educational gaming system allows parents to monitor their child’s progress with the Leapfrog learning path.

The digital revolution has not so much taken over the way we play instead it has opened up another world of recreational enjoyment. Traditional board games have lasted the test of time and have been updated as each generation comes around that’s why at Christmas time grandparents excel at board games because they have had many more years playing the game!