7 holiday gifts for kids that make learning fun

Nov 15 2019, 5:19 pm

There’s no doubt about it ‚ÄĒ kids absolutely adore toys. They get hours of enjoyment out of the simplest things,¬†and when the toys provide fun interactive play, even better!

At a young age, children are curious about the world around them, and playing with toys lets them learn and develop their skills at the same time. In fact,¬†The Child Development Institute¬†says the best toys engage a child’s senses, spark their imaginations, and encourage them to interact with others.

It’s easy to pass the iPad over to the kids, but this doesn’t offer the same level of engagement or enjoyment as a toy that’s been developed with fun learning in mind. This holiday season, why not get the little ones toys you know they’ll love and learn from?

With that in mind, here are seven hot toys to put under the tree this year.

VTech Explore and Write Activity Desk

Explore and Write Activity Desk/VTech

How many times has your niece or nephew spilled food on your laptop? Well, to prevent that from happening again, you can get them an¬†Explore and Write Activity Desk¬†that acts as their very own tech setup. It’s got an interactive desktop and five pages filled with content including music, letters, numbers, and colours. To make it even better, the desk has a toy phone and transforms into an easel and chalkboard, so they can channel their artistic side.

LeapFrog LeapStart Go

LeapStart Go/LeapFrog

Get the kids excited about learning with the sleek and easy-to-use¬†LeapStart Go¬†stylus. The innovative system allows children to understand complex concepts with video, animations, audio responses when they interact with the adjustable LCD screen. Kids between the ages of four to eight will have plenty of fun with LeapStart Go. It’s perfect for little ones who love to read as it can hold up to 13 LeapStart animated books!

VTech Mix & Match-a-Saurus

Mix and Match-a-Saurus/VTech

You don’t need to be a pre-teen to appreciate how cool dinosaurs are ‚ÄĒ we’re all on the same page. If you’re looking for the most adorable gift for kids this year, look no further than the¬†Mix & Match-a-Saurus. This dino allows kids to create 27 different combinations of characters, emotions, and music styles. Each time a tile is placed on dino’s back, his movements, music, and songs change. At the same time, it helps kids understand emotions and build social skills.

VTech Kidi Star Dance

Kidi Star Dance/VTech

Looking for a toy that both you and the kids will enjoy? Let us introduce Kidi Star Dance. It comes with two motion-activated wristbands to create music with movement or challenge a friend to a dance-off. Suitable for children ages five to nine, it lets users play games, learn popular moves from an animated dance instructor, and move to their own music. The kids can also turn on the colour-changing lights to enhance the dance experience and feel like total stars!

LeapFrog RockIt Twist

RockIt Twist/LeapFrog

Video games continue to be popular among our age group, so why not give the kids their own unique experience? The RockIt Twist lets them get an exciting sense of gaming with their own single-player rotatable light-up game system. Kids can nurture virtual pets and choose between 12 preloaded games, with different levels of difficulty so they can advance as they go. Use all four sides of colourful, light-up controls including buttons, spinners, dials, switches, and a D-pad for hours of fun!

VTech Myla the Magical Unicorn

Myla the Magical Unicorn/VTech

Just when you thought it couldn’t get better than a dinosaur toy, there’s¬†Myla the Magical Unicorn. This robotic and incredibly colourful toy lets kids use a magic wand to give Myla a whole new look, changing the colour of her eyes, wings, and horn using the butterfly palette.¬†Style Myla‚Äôs hair with the comb, crown, and hair clips! Kids can also sing a duet with Myla on her microphone. How cute is that?

LeapFrog Smart Sizzlin’ BBQ Grill

Smart Sizzlin’ BBQ Grill/LeapFrog

Junior Master Chefs, where you at? The Smart Sizzlin’ BBQ Grill is suitable for kids aged two and up, and it lets them get creative in the kitchen by sizzling up a total of nine foods on their own non-heated grill. The toy introduces the little ones to numbers, music, colours, and it makes learning fun along the way!

Contest – Now Closed*

To enter for your chance to win a Blackcomb Helicopter Tour, a 2-night weekend stay at Nita Lake Lodge, dinner at Aura Restaurant, and a toy prize bundle ($4,600 value), do at least one of the following:

    • Follow VTech Toys Canada and LeapFrog Canada on Instagram ‚Äď @vtechtoyscanada¬†and @leapfrogcanada¬†and¬†tag 3 friends on the following IG post. (1 entry)


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Contest entries will be accepted from the time and date of publishing until 11:59 pm on November 29, 2019. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted through the platform they used to enter.

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