Preschool Toys

Best educational toy companies

Over the past 25 years we have experienced a revolution in the way information is exchanged and absorbed - a revolution that has also changed the way children learn. Today, there is a vast assortment of educational toys for young children to choose from that stimulate and enhance the imagination and intellect. The following is a list of some of the most popular and innovative toy companies who make educational toys and games geared to infants and preschool-aged children.

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LeapFrog

LeapFrog Enterprises is a leading producer of electronic educational toys, specializing in books that help young children develop reading skills. Their line of LeapPad books is a popular educational tool that makes learning to read interactive, stimulating the imagination with the use of touch-activated audio and visual aids. LeapFrog produces a wide range of products aimed at infants and older kids, all with the goal of making reading and learning fun.

VTech

VTech is a world leader in consumer electronics, manufacturing everything from cordless phones to single-use computers to educational toys. VTech produces a popular line of Slide 'N Learn books, educational telephones, educational globes and television video game learning consoles. VTech toys are targeted mainly toward developing reading and life skills, and are available for children of all ages.

LEGO

Danish toymaker LEGO continues to be one of the most popular manufacturers of children's toys in the world. While their line of building-related products at first doesn't seem particularly educational, building with LEGO helps children develop many important skills, such as problem solving and understanding building fundamentals and spatial analysis. LEGO products are often attached to popular entertainment franchises such as movies and TV shows, which further expands LEGO's appeal with children.

Learning Resources

Learning Resources produces toy replicas of real-life items and machines that are important in daily life. Children can learn to operate and handle items such as currency, cash registers, food, animals, clocks and other household items, all of which foster an understanding of common devices and situations that are important in daily life.

Baby Einstein

Baby Einstein produces a diverse line of DVDs and videos that introduce infants and toddlers to the world of arts and culture. Classical music, theatre, poetry and art are presented in video format in an easy to understand and entertaining way that is sure to stimulate the imagination and emotions of infants and toddlers. Baby Einstein also has a line of books with the same theme.