Toys

LearningRx Reviews the 2017 Smart Mom’s Toy Box – the BEST Brainy Toys for the Whole Family

What it is: 2017 Smart Mom’s Toy Box Brain Benefits: logic & reasoning, visual processing, attention, auditory processing, memory, processing speed What We Love: Every year this annual list of brain-boosting toys helps parents mine some gems from the thousands of toys lining the shelves at the big-box stores. This year’s list is particularly fun because it contains… read more

Rory’s Story Cubes

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: Feeling creative? Not feeling creative? Either way, Story Cubes can help! Story Cubes are dice with images (e.g., a turtle, a castle, a hot air balloon) printed on each face. They’re designed to spark creativity, and can be used by individuals, families or business groups or in the classroom to… read more

Magna-Tiles

Reviewed by Katie What it is: [Magna-tiles website description] Magna-Tiles® were invented in 1992 to teach children about shapes through play! Each tile has magnets along it’s edges. The secret is the unique ability to attract even when the tiles are flipped. They always connect! Sized just right and easy to use, Magna-Tects develop fine motor skills… read more

Electronic Blocks

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: [Amazon product description] EDUCATIONAL: Electrical components provide children ages 8+ with hands-on experience designing and building models of working electrical circuits 120 EASY TO FOLLOW ALONG PROJECTS: Illustrated manual included with over 120 projects to keep kids learning and busy for hours STEM CURRICULUM BASED PROJECTS: A fun way to peak… read more

B. Zany Zoo Wooden Activity Cube

Reviewed by Katie What it is: [Target product description] The B. Zany Zoo Wooden Activity Cube changes the playing field for wooden blocks. Not just a solid cube with carved sides, this activity cube is filled with fun activities, brilliantly colored animals and a roller coaster on top. Tons of toddler toys are packed into this 1 cube… read more

Battat Bristle Blocks

Reviewed by Natalie What it is: [Amazon product description} The Battat Bristle Blocks 112-Piece Basic Building Set is ideal for building hand-eye coordination and stimulating young, curious minds. Bristle blocks feature soft, interlocking bristles that stick together at any angle for frustration-free building. This basic building set includes 112 pieces in assorted sizes and vibrant colors for hours… read more

WEDGits

Reviewed by Suzi Donovan, LearningRx Santa Rosa What It Is: [Amazon Product Description] Nest! Stack! Wedge! This educational building toy encourages creativity, stimulates spatial thinking and teaches geometric patterning. Five different sizes of building shapes and expansion bridges fit together to build almost anything or use the design guide to create 3-D sculptures, futuristic space craft and towering… read more

Wimmer-Ferguson Mind Shapes

Reviewed by Brittany What it is: [From Amazon product description] Mind Shapes is an award winning infant development toy designed with a variety of multi-sensory activities to engage and stimulate your baby. Each shape makes a unique chime when rolled or rattled, introducing baby to the cause and effect world of sound. A variety of textured fabrics… read more

2016 Smart Mom’s Toy Box

What it is: 2016 Smart Mom’s Toy Box Brain Benefits: logic & reasoning, visual processing, attention, auditory processing, memory, processing speed What We Love: This annual list of brain-boosting toys helps parents sort through the muck that is the Christmas Wish List. This year’s list includes all award-winning toys and games that build one or… read more

Squigz

Reviewed by Katie What it is: [from Fat Brain Toys product description] Squigz are fun little suckers! Apply pressure to two Squigz. Air rushes out and the fun rushes in! Connecting to each other and to any solid, non-porous surface – Squigz are a species all their own. They flex. They stick. They suck people into creativity. Brain… read more