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7 Educational Toys For Kids 3-5 Years Old That Boost Developmental Skills
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  • Toys are always on top of mind when looking for gifts for kids, but with so many options to choose from, parents have become more mindful of what to buy for their little ones. It’s easy to fall into the trap of having too many toys, so you’d want to choose something fun and exciting that also boosts your preschooler’s developmental skills.

    How to look for toys for 3 to 5-year-olds

    When it comes to preschool toys, it might be helpful to think about the “six C’s” before buying an item, according to Dr. Roberta Golinkoff, a professor of child psychology at the University of Delaware and co-author of Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Children, in an interview with New York Magazine.

    The six C’s are: collaboration, communication, content, creative innovation, critical thinking, and confidence. Below are 7 toys that can help unleash those skills in your child. (Some are on sale for Black Friday!)

    Crocodile Dentist (Php99)

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    This fun game challenges the kids to watch out for the croc’s sore tooth in order to win. While its mouth is wide open, players will have to take turns pushing down one of the crocodile’s teeth, until they find the one that triggers its jaws to snap. When you pull the croc’s mouth open, the teeth will reset and you can play again.

    The tension-filled play makes it more exciting and the whole family will spend hours laughing and counting down as the teeth goes one by one. Your kids will love it!

    Available at Lazada.

    Learn and Play Spelling Word Game (Php398)

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    Your child can work on their pre-reading skills, such as forming letters and building vocabulary, with this wooden toy. It also helps develop cognitive thinking and gross motor skills.

    These types of toys provide “directed, goal-oriented play that helps children celebrate each ‘win’ as they gain mastery, learning important sight words, and improving fine motor skills all the while,” says Lori Caplan-Colon, a speech and language pathologist, to NY Mag.

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    Available at Lazada.

    Better One Reversible Whiteboard and Chalkboard (Php361)

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    Let your little ones express their creativity with ease — the white side is great for drawing with markers and pinning magnetic letters, numbers, and symbols while the other side acts as a chalkboard. It also has a removable bottom tray to store their school supplies!

    Available at Lazada.

    Play Kitchen Sink (Php460)

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    Chores at a young age teaches a number of skills and values that can build your child up for success. Start them early with this play kitchen sink that comes with a working faucet!

    The sink comes with child-sized dishes that your little ones can wash plus a drying rack. They can engage in endless hours of pretend play, plus improve their hand-eye coordination, creative thinking, and organizational skills. You can also use this to teach them about grooming habits and the importance of handwashing.

    Available at Lazada.

    Baba Handyman DIY Tool Shelf Construction (Php473)

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    Another toy that encourages role play is this wooden tool shelf that comes with a hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, screws, nails, and more. Your budding handyman can improve his imagination and make up stories, plus it also helps develop his motor skills.

    Available at Lazada.

    Baba Woody Puddy Fruits Veggies Slicing Set (Php499)

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    Moms love wooden toys because it provides open-ended play and promotes sensory exploration. This wooden fruit, vegetables, and knife set will help develop your child’s hand and grasp development, hand-eye coordination, and other motor skills.

    After playing, they can store them back in the box. This teaches your kids to be more responsible and clean up after themselves!

    Available at Lazada.

    Hello Kimi 40 Pieces Magnetic Building Blocks (Php759)

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    Apart from developing fine motor skills, these magnetic tiles are a creative way to introduce subjects like shapes, colors, engineering, principles of magnets, symmetry, and more, according to Good Housekeeping. It also improves concentration and hones their creativity, logic, and problem-solving skills.

    Available at Shopee.

    Mega Bloks Mini Bulk Tub

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    No matter their age, kids will not get tired playing of building blocks. It provides open-ended play where the possibilities are endless.

    Letting them match, sort, and identify patterns form the foundation of math skills. It also teaches them how to communicate and cooperate when playing with others.

    Available at Toys R Us.

    Looking for brain-building toys for babies? Check out our guide here.

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