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For Small Hands - Montessori Child Size Tools, Learning Toys, Educational Games

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At the age of three, children begin to develop imagination and logical thinking. The musculoskeletal system, nervous system continue to form, attention and endurance increase. The kid becomes more and more independent, he wants to explore the world, to discover something new. He asks a lot of questions and learns to analyze the received knowledge. Help the child in this toys.

Thanks to them, logic, fantasy, memory, motor skills, creative and individual inclinations develop. Plots appear in the game, the baby can try on different roles. When solving a problem, the child tries to think about his actions.

It is believed that preference should be given to toys that involve the imagination in the game. It is best if the child can invent stories and change them.

Based on expert opinion, customer reviews and value for money, we've ranked the best educational toys for kids aged 3+.

Editor's Choice


" Cookie Shop" Play-Doh "Cookie Shop". Photo:

Modeling helps the child to develop the strength of the fingers and promotes the development of fine motor skills, imagination and concentration. The mass gets dirty a little and is easy to clean, the consistency is soft enough for children's hands.

In addition to motor skills, perseverance, accuracy and purposefulness develop. Thanks to the various tools in the kit, the child will be able not only to sculpt figures, but also to use all his imagination. You can play role-playing games where the baby will be the cook, and the parents 一 "tasters". The mass for modeling quickly hardens in the air, so after playing it must be put into jars, and the finished products can be allowed to harden and play like with full-fledged toys created by oneself.

The editors consider the toy the best in the rating. It is suitable for any child, develops the necessary skills. And the made figures can be played in the future, which saves the family budget.

The main characteristics 9005
Type Medication
Complex 5 Bands with plasticine, press shinder, tray with forms, 4 separate forms, rocking ramp and bastard, illustrated instruction
What develops fine motor skills, imagination, fantasy, perseverance, accuracy, determination, ability to work in a team, take different roles
Features Plasticine easily freezes at
Pros and cons

Develops fine motor skills and imagination, teaches how to use the tool

Not suitable for creating complex shapes, quickly freezes in air

Top 10 best educational toys for kids aged 3+ in 2023 according to KP

In stores you can find soft educational toys, plastic and wood options, and even metal models. Some are more for boys or girls, but many toys are suitable for children of any gender and even different ages. We have selected the most versatile options.

1. Azbukvarik

" Teddy bear storyteller" ABC book "Mishutka storyteller". Photo:

Educational toy is made of environmentally friendly materials. The bright color and pleasant to the touch material will surely attract the baby.

Bear tells fairy tales and poems, sings songs, reproduces melodies. To select a particular function, you need to press the paws of the toy. Also, the teddy bear will help to put the child to bed, performing lullabies. The built-in program facilitates the study of the alphabet, colors and numbers.

Do not wash the toy as water will damage the battery.

The main characteristics
Type Soft interactive toy
Employment Textile toy with buttons
What develops Logic and City, speech and reading, lifes. counting and math, motor skills and dexterity, learning colors
Features Can be used just like a teddy bear
Pros and cons

Soft, bright, pleasant to the touch

Cannot be washed, small size, short songs and fairy tales

Cube labyrinth 7 in 1. Photo:

On each side of the cube there are exciting games and puzzles that develop various useful skills in a child, from fine motor skills to logic and attentiveness. Almost all elements are made of natural wood and painted with special materials, which do not contain harmful substances.

A large selection of toys and puzzles will attract the attention of the child for a long time and free up parents time to do their own thing. The cube is equipped with a toy clock and an abacus, which can be strung with five multi-colored wooden beads. Thanks to these toys, the child will be able to learn how to count and tell the time correctly.

The walking board game will keep several kids busy at the same time. It helps develop logic and other useful skills.

Key features
Type Bizikub
Complex Cube itself, chips for boarding players, geometric volumetric figures
Study of flowers, account, logic, spatial thinking, work, work, spatial thinking, work team, fine motor skills
Features Lots of fun in one toy
Pros and cons

Big size, fun to play, bright details

No instructions for games, high price in the segment, some parts too small

3. Geoboard

" Magic Square" Geoboard "Magic Square". Photo:

Educational toy made of wood and quality materials with safe dyes. Designed for children from 3 to 7 years old.

Develops perception of form, eye, imaginative thinking, imagination and motor skills. Helps in the formation of mathematical representations - teaches to divide the whole into parts. Drawing up various figures contributes to the development of the child's thinking. In addition, with the help of the game, the baby will be able to learn or fix in memory the names of geometric shapes.

The main characteristics 900
Type Puzzle
Complete and Details of wood
Features Compact - can be taken on the road, guests, etc.
pros and cons0027

Bright colors, eco-friendly materials

Can quickly bore a child

4. Board game

Strawberry paths Strawberry paths. Photo:

An educational board game to introduce children to numbers, the basics of mathematics and counting skills. Two to four kids can participate. With the help of this game, the learning process turns into a pleasant experience, fun and exciting leisure.

The rules are simple: you need to open cards with bears and string the required number of berry beads (according to the image on the card) onto a string.

It develops fine motor skills, attention and counting skills. Other images on the cards (bear with berries looking left or right) encourage the child to give the right amount of berries to the neighbor on the right or left, developing communication skills, logic and teaching the simplest mathematical functions (addition, subtraction).

The game is made of environmentally friendly materials: cardboard, textiles, wood. This ensures the safe use of the kit.

Key features
Type Board game
Employment in box: beads, cords, cards with images
What is developing fine motor skills, attention, skills, logic skills
Features Must have at least two players
Pros and cons

Thick cardboard, short games, learning to count

Reviews point out the low-quality material of the laces, some figures look unbelievable.

5. Balancer "Jungle" Woodland

Woodland Balancer Jungle. Photo:

An educational toy for children from 3 years old is designed for the child to learn to feel his body. To play, you need to put the balancer on the floor and, holding the baby by the hands, help him stand on the image of the steps. The main task is to guide the ball through the maze, slightly changing the slope first in one direction, then in the other. The game can be diversified with light exercises: at the same time maintain balance on the balance bar and raise your hands in front of you, up, to the sides, catch and throw the ball, sit down.

Balance is the basis for the harmonious development of a child. Exercises with a balance bar are not only good for the body, but also for the brain. Physical activity aimed at developing coordination, accuracy of movements, dexterity turns into an exciting game. Bright design and colorful design of the balancer adds positive emotions.

Main features
Pluses and Minures

Good quality of materials, the possibility

Small ball that small children can swallow, parental supervision is required during play


" Interactive Puppy" "Interactive Puppy". Photo:

A small puppy that can perform different functions will be a great toy for a child. " pet" has movable legs and tongue. If you stroke him on the back, music and funny sounds will sound. When feeding from a bottle, the puppy will happily stick out his tongue and make sounds. And the toy quadruped has glowing eyes.

The kit includes a basket where you can put the puppy and take it with you. The toy helps to develop a sense of responsibility and love for animals. Of the minuses, it can be noted that the toy cannot be washed, as this will harm the electronics.

The main characteristics
Type Balance board
Contents Balance board and ball
What is developing Coordination, ability to maintain balance, dexterity
Features implies activity - it is not everywhere it is convenient to engage in
Type Interactive toy
Textile toy with electronics inside
What is developing Responsibility , LOVE OF LIFE Can be played like a regular soft toy
Pros and cons

Interesting for children of different sex and age, develops love for animals, high-quality performance

Unrealistic size, no batteries included


Digiart interactive tablet Draw with lights” Digiart interactive tablet “Draw with lights. Photo:

The toy is designed to develop creative skills in drawing, motor skills, learning to play independently. The interactive tablet recognizes the stencils included in the kit and gives drawing tips: highlights the lines and areas for coloring with lights, and also accompanies creative play with fun phrases.

The child will be able to learn how to draw and color pictures. During the game, children will learn colors, shapes, animals and much more. The toy contributes to the development of creativity, motor skills and observation.

The main characteristics Employment
Type Interactive toy
Plastic tablet, stencils, crayons
What develops shallow Motor, Cleaning0032
Features There are voice tips
Plus and minuses

High -quality assembly, Bright toy

does not always recognize sounds, not realistic voicing


" Musical steering wheel" Music steering wheel. Photo:

An educational steering wheel toy will make your child feel like a real driver. All actions are accompanied by sound effects. There is a signal, the sound of a starting engine, gear changes, and three cheerful melodies will not let you get bored on the road. The rear view mirror is rotatable and the steering wheel angle 一 is adjustable.

Handlebar attaches to any surface with a suction cup. The sound volume cannot be adjusted, which may be inconvenient.

The main characteristics
Type Interactive toy
Empire Plastic steering wheel
What is developing fine motor skills, logic and thinking, accepting a role in the game. , sense of rhythm
Features There are parts that move
Pros and cons

Good quality, bright design, can be attached anywhere with a suction cup

Sound volume is not adjustable


" Umka Bear Cub Storyteller" "Umka Bear Cub Storyteller". Photo:

A bright, cheerful storyteller bear cub is made of durable plastic with a wide smile on its muzzle. There are three buttons on the bear's stomach, by pressing which the child will hear popular songs and nursery rhymes, three fairy tales by Korney Chukovsky and more than 50 poems and riddles that introduce the baby to the alphabet.

You can also adjust the sound volume with the switch. The toy is equipped with a light module, so during the game, multi-colored bulbs light up. The baby will be able to adjust the backlight by himself, using a separate button.

The toy helps develop memory, speech, imagination and ear for music, broaden the child's horizons.

Key features
Type Interactive toy
Contents Plastic bear cub with buttons
What develops Fantasy, speech and memory, musical hearing, rhythm feeling
Features The backlight can be selected using the button, the volume is regulated by
pluses and past

Durable materials, wide range of songs and poems, backlit buttons0003


" Musical cat" "Musical cat". Photo:

Bright toy with nice design. "Musical cat" will teach the child to communicate with pets, help develop a sense of rhythm and contribute to the formation of an ear for music.

The toy is presented in the form of a cat on wheels, on the side there are several buttons for turning on music and lighting. There are tunes from popular cartoons, songs that teach counting, introduce shapes, colors and animal voices. And the cat can turn its head.

There is a rope with which the cat can be rolled at home and on the street.

The main characteristics Employment
Type Interactive toy
Plastic kitten, lace
The ability to take care , shapes, colors, animal voices
Features Can be used as a simple rolling toy
Pros and cons

Can be played with a rope or play tunes, colorful design

More suitable for young children for children

90 3 years old

When choosing educational toys for children from 3 years old, it is important to consider certain criteria.

  1. Aesthetic appeal . The toy should evoke positive emotions, bring up good feelings. It is advisable to choose bright and rich colors.
  2. Use . A toy can promote physical development, broaden one's horizons, or improve fine motor skills. When choosing, it is important to consider the benefits that the toy will bring to the child.
  3. Simplicity . You should not buy multifunctional toys that will be difficult for the baby to understand. It seems to adults that this way the child will develop faster, but this opinion is erroneous. It is better to purchase several toys that are understandable to the baby with different functions.
  4. Security . Do not choose toys with small parts that a child can swallow. Also, the product should not have sharp corners.
  5. Quality . Toys must have special marks: PCT 一 Russian standard or EAC 一 security mark of the Eurasian Economic Union. These icons indicate the environmental friendliness of the product. Therefore, the risk of allergic reactions is reduced.

Popular questions and answers

The most frequently asked questions of parents were asked to answer Anna Teplova, Ph.D.

How to choose educational toys for a child over the age of 3?

First of all, you need to understand that at preschool age, the development of a child occurs unevenly, spasmodically and very individually. In addition, this is a period of intensive development. Children at three, five or seven years old are very different.

Anna Teplova believes that, firstly, parents need to understand the specifics of the child's age and take into account the particular development of their child. Often parents are in a hurry, which does not lead to a good result. Secondly, we need to understand what exactly we want to develop in a child. Usually parents focus on intellectual abilities, strive to prepare the baby for school. And what will help here, for example, a doll? It is not perceived as an educational toy. And it helps the formation of emotional intelligence, social representations, teaches the baby to love and care.

Or a nesting doll - a real educational toy. In the game with the matryoshka, the concept of more-less develops, the skills of opening and closing, building the correct order, counting, speech development.

According to Aleksey Kozlovsky, at the age of 3 children still "taste" objects, so the toys should contain only hypoallergenic and safe materials.

It is better to give preference to goods without sharp corners and many small details. For outdoor games, you can expand the child's arsenal and buy a jump rope or a bicycle. For the formation of new skills, thematic sets, constructors and simple board games are the best helpers.

What educational toys does a child need?

A child needs a variety of toys. The main thing is that they provide an opportunity for independent activity, imagination, awaken the imagination of the baby. In this sense, the best educational toys are: rope, pebble, stick.

Modern toys fully contain everything necessary for their use, leaving no opportunity for the child to come up with something of his own when manipulating them.

- This is called the hyper-setting of a toy, when it is not the child who plays with the toy as he wants, but the toy requires the interaction algorithms set by the child. As a result, the child simply has nowhere to show initiative and independence - everything is ready for consumption and use, - says Anna Teplova.

Today's children need to develop fine and gross motor skills. Therefore, they need mosaics, constructors, hand cubes and balls, balancers, balance bikes to develop ideas about their own body and its relationship with space. According to Alexei Kozlovsky, in order for the child to move more, rocking chairs and wheelchairs are needed.

Interactive tables and pyramids are suitable for developing fine motor skills, attention and memory. With the help of tables, children learn letters, numbers, songs and rhymes, and pyramids will help to learn animals.

— For a child of this age, the expert says, thematic cards with professions, plants, vegetables and fruits will also be useful. Educational musical toys: guitars, drums, xylophones are necessary for the development of musical ear and rhythm. For older children, you can buy a bicycle or a scooter, as well as sets of a young chemist, designers.

At what age do boys and girls need to buy different toys?

According to psychologists, girls and boys can play with the same toys at any age. The stereotypes that cars are just for boys and dolls are for girls are outdated. Alexey Kozlovsky believes that dolls are suitable for emotional development and communication and empathy skills. Constructors, transport and other mechanisms are responsible for the development of logic and thinking.

Are educational musical toys suitable for all children?

The best way to develop a child's musicality is to play music and sing together with educators. Any musical toy is, firstly, an electronic sound, and secondly, a limited set of musical material. Children like singing toys, as they constantly play their favorite song or motive, but then they get bored. And the quality of the musical material is often not up to par.

Therefore, Anna Teplova recommends that when choosing a musical toy for a child, pay attention to the possibility of improvisation, independent music-making by the child. And, of course, it is worth studying the purity of sound and intonation.

Aleksey Kozlovsky believes that musical toys are suitable for all children, but the age of the child should be taken into account when choosing. At 4 years old, children are interested in playing pipes, whistles, drums and a children's piano. In order to teach your child to read, parents can also purchase music books. Such an item is more interesting than the traditional paper version.

How to use interactive educational games?

Most often, interactive toys can talk, imitate interaction with a child, sing a lot and play music. Such instances are overloaded with didactic possibilities, which does not correspond to the age of 3+. The development of the child is presented as the "sum" of the formation of various skills (understanding and discrimination of shapes, sizes, sounds, colors, etc.).

In this case, the adult is replaced by a toy that addresses the child in a strange, artificial voice, unfamiliar to him, which is essential for the development of the baby. Such toys are claimed to teach the child words and speech. But mastery of speech occurs in live, direct communication, when the baby not only listens to other people's words, but answers to another person, when he himself is included in the dialogue. Moreover, he is turned on not only by hearing and articulation, but by all his actions, thoughts and emotions. But speech coming from an electronic device, in this case from a toy, does not become "one's own", says Anna Teplova.

Speech sounds that are not addressed to the child personally and do not imply a response do not affect him, do not prompt him to action, and remain an "empty sound". Toys try to teach children something that has no meaning and personal significance for them. As a result, an attempt to accelerate intellectual development with the help of such a toy, on the contrary, slows down, and sometimes blocks the formation of the child's personality. Knowledge and skills that are not included in the interests and practical fabric of children's lives remain alienated, not assimilated and do not lead to the mental development of the child.

According to Anna Teplovaya, any activity with a toy in an interactive mode requires the presence of an adult and a time limit. Therefore, when choosing such a toy for their child, parents should understand that, leaving the baby alone with it for a long time, they do not develop him, but tire him and scatter his attention.

Are educational computer games suitable for three years old?

It is widely believed that computer games that reproduce the actions of children with real materials (collecting pictures, transforming characters, building from blocks, etc. ) have the same developmental effect as traditional types of children's activities. Studies by domestic psychologists led by E. O. Smirnova showed that electronic programs and games, even with external similarities, cannot compensate for the lack of real practical and gaming activities.

Anna Teplova is sure that in the electronic version of the game the child is extremely limited in showing his initiative and independence, his motive is the “reaction of the program” - the encouragement or reprimand coming from it. This does not contribute to the development of the personality and activities of children. However, digital games are increasingly replacing traditional children's activities.

Is it possible to make an educational toy for a child with your own hands?

Store toys can be replaced with homemade ones. To create them, improvised means are used: cardboard, boxes, scraps of fabric, tubes, boards and even socks. For children from 3 years old, homemade puzzles, designers and board games are suitable.

Busyboards are popular - boards on which various objects are attached. Parents add household items to the playing field: locks, sockets, light bulbs and switches. Children not only play, but also develop motor skills, mindfulness and everyday awareness.

- Such a board can be created taking into account the interests of the child. The business board is designed as a car repair shop, a spaceship, a fairyland with fairies or a house for animals, says Alexei Kozlovsky.

Fine motor toys

Speech therapists and psychologists keep repeating how important it is to practice fine motor skills - first of all, for the development of speech, and also for coordination of movements, preparing the hand for writing, drawing, needlework, etc.

Dexterous, skillful fingers are a guarantee full intellectual development (attention, thinking, imagination, visual and motor memory). And in order to make the process fun and interesting, a lot of special games and toys have been invented.

For the youngest - from 0 to year

Approximately from three to four months, the baby turns into a real Hvatayka - the grasping reflex helps him in exploring this world. Tiny fingers strive to grab everything they come across along the way, squeeze, let go, and see what comes of it. Therefore, rattles are perfect for this age, and it is better if they are not only made of plastic, but also made of fabric, wood, wicker, etc.

After six months, the child will surely be interested in soft books fabric. A handmade mother can sew such a book on her own, while a less handmade and more busy mother will find a similar work in the store.

An analogue of a soft book, but in a larger version - educational mat . Usually it is equipped with various interesting details - an unbreakable mirror, soft springs, rustlers and tweeters, which the baby will be happy to press, exploring a new sound.

From about 9-10 months old, your young tracker will definitely need developmental center - it can be fixed on the bed or played with it on the table. It is a panel with various knobs, buttons, disks that can be turned, pressed, rotated, etc. Now there are both imported and domestic versions of such toys. They are able to distract babies even from their father's cell phone and TV remote control.

From one year and older

We deliberately do not indicate the upper age limit, because with many toys a child can play for a long time, training, for example, accuracy and speed of movements. If for the first experiments the task is simply to assemble a simple designer or to get a cord into at least one hole, then later the child can do it at speed, with his eyes closed, etc. So educational toys are a profitable investment, a toy not just for one time, but for several years.

Blocks and blocks

Building a tower is not an easy task. Especially for naughty fingers. But this, it would seem, is a simple task, it perfectly develops coordination of movements, a sense of balance, and introduces simple physical laws (for example, by experience, the child is convinced that it is better to put the largest and heaviest cube at the base of the structure, and the small and light one is useful for its completion). By the way, another version of the elementary constructor is the well-known pyramids.

It is better to choose the classic version - with a gradual decrease in the diameter of the circles. Material - preferably wood, painted in pure, saturated colors.

Older children will be happy to assemble houses, castles, appliances and even animals - special prefabricated wooden and plastic models are designed for children from 5-7 years old.

Frames and inserts

The famous Maria Montessori introduced these toys into pedagogical practice. They are flat and voluminous (for example, cups or boxes nested in each other, or nesting dolls). Another option for bulk inserts is the so-called sorter , or a logical cube (it is a rather large cube with holes of various shapes, where you need to put the corresponding figure).

The child trains the accuracy of movements, gets acquainted “by touch” with the basic geometric shapes. They are made of wood, plastic or foam rubber.

Soft constructors

They are figurines made of various fabrics (from chintz and silk to carpet) with Velcro fasteners. Again, they are planar - when you need to assemble a little man, an animal or a geometric structure on a one-color field, and there are three-dimensional, three-dimensional (snowman, clown, tower). For the development of fine motor skills, Velcro is used here.

Figures with magnets

Are you tired of the boring white surface of the refrigerator? In this case, you can entrust its design to your baby and give him a magnetic mosaic (it comes in the form of multi-colored letters, numbers, geometric shapes). While the child will train coordination and spatial thinking, you will just have time to cook dinner.

Seguin boards (collapsible pictures)

The simplest version of puzzles, accessible even to one-year-old toddlers. They are plywood boards with pictures, which are cut into several parts. A small handle is inserted into each part - so that the part can be easily removed from the frame, and then inserted into place. For the smallest parts, there should be a little - no more than 2-3. Then, of course, their number gradually increases.

It is desirable that the cut of the picture does not pass through the figurine or at least through the head of a person or animal. Firstly, the head of the character serves as a semantic center of the composition for the child, and secondly, some sensitive children are very upset when the dog or man is “cut”.

Three years and older


Truly lacing up a boot is a bit tricky. You can first practice on a flat hedgehog, a house or a toy shoe. If the child managed to get into the hole, be sure to praise him and do not demand that he immediately "as expected" lace up the entire toy up and down. This will come later, but for now it is important to consolidate the first success.


Translated from English, this word means “puzzle, difficulty”. But we are not looking for easy ways! Moreover, puzzles can turn into entertainment for the whole family. In addition to fine motor skills, this game also forms a spatial representation, color perception (sometimes you need to choose a very accurate color shade). The resulting paintings can be disassembled and then assembled again, or you can stick them on a closet or on a wall, thereby obtaining a stylish mosaic decoration for a child's room.


This game was in our childhood (at least something familiar and recognizable, not counting, of course, nesting dolls and pyramids!) based on your own imagination.

Finger puppets and glove puppets

Finger puppets can be wooden (a small toy with a notch for a finger) and soft (a tube is sewn from fabric or knitwear, on which the head and other details are attached). A glove doll (bi-ba-bo) is put on the whole hand at once. Such a simple theatrical prop will help not only to arrange a home puppet show with the participation of your baby, but at the same time to train your fingers.

Perfectly develops fine motor skills and various creative activities - modeling, drawing, appliqué, sewing, knitting, etc.

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