How To Find Educational Toys For Your Little One {Giveaway}


Having a hard time finding toys that are both educational and fun for your toddler? We have put together a list with some tips to help you find great toys that your child will love and will help him learn and grow while he plays!

  • First Durability and Safety: When choosing a toy for your child be sure to pick toys that are durable, shatter-proof, easy to clean, age appropriate and safe.
  • Creative Play: Look for toys that encourage imaginative and creative play. Getting toys that can be used in a variety of ways help them use their imagination while playing. For example, building blocks, dolls, puppets, play-dough, vehicles and little play people.
  • Interactive Toys: Toys that can help develop hand-eye coordination, teach shapes, colours, matching and sorting skills are all great ways for them to learn while they play. Some toys make sounds, have lights or repeat words that can also help with vocabulary and learning cause and effect.
  • Active Play: Physical activity helps with child development and motor skills, outdoor toys like tricycles and balls are all great ways to keep your little one active and healthy!
  • Long-Term Play Value: Find toys that can be used in many different ways to avoid boredom, if the toy will keep your child’s interest for a long time then it is a must-buy. Toys that can be used by more than one child at the same time are also great for teaching them how to share and take turns.

Playtime is very important and it often sets the foundation for a lifetime of learning!
fisher price farm giveaway


Win it: Fisher-Price® is offering one of my lucky Canadian readers the chance to WIN a Little People® Animal Friends Farm! ($40 value). This iconic toy has been around since 1978 and it is the perfect example of a fun toy that encourages creative play while helping develop matching and sorting skills. I bought the Little People® Animal Friends Farm for my eldest son when he was a toddler and he played with it all the time, the farm is now being used by my 1-year-old and he LOVES the animal sounds and opening the barn door and gate.

This is a toy that has definitively brought learning and joy to my little ones so I am super excited for one of YOU to win it as well.

Fisher-Price® is  also offering great saving coupons during April at Walmart and Toys“R”Us stores. Coupons are available in aisle for $5 off Farm & Home, $10 off any purchase of $55 or more, and $15 off any purchase of $75 or more!

Enter to win below via Rafflecopter. Good Luck!

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Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Mattel . All views and opinions are my own. 

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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56 responses to “How To Find Educational Toys For Your Little One {Giveaway}”

  1. Jonnie — April 12, 2015 @ 10:01 pm (#)

    My favorite childhood toy was a Punky Brewster doll, but you can’t find it in stores anymore 🙁

  2. Jeannie — April 12, 2015 @ 10:12 pm (#)

    My fav. toy growing up was the FP toy phone and I still have it. I have seen the same toy at chapters!

  3. Alayne Langford — April 12, 2015 @ 10:34 pm (#)

    With 5 siblings, we always seemed to have an abundance of Fisher Price Little People and I believe we shared the Garage with the drive thru as I recall. And then there were Barbies… 🙂

  4. Amy C — April 12, 2015 @ 11:45 pm (#)

    My favourite was my Fisher Price record player. I don’t think that it’s in stores any more but I have never looked, so I’m not 100% sure.

  5. Carol Denny — April 13, 2015 @ 4:00 am (#)

    A walking doll. I don think its made anymore

  6. nicolthepickle — April 13, 2015 @ 4:17 am (#)

    I had a little doll names Katy. I still have her and my kids play with her.

  7. Victoria Ess — April 13, 2015 @ 6:24 am (#)

    My favorite toy as a child was a clown that had a wind-up nose which played music,i dont think its still available in stores

  8. carolyn — April 13, 2015 @ 6:24 am (#)

    I actually remember playing with fisher price farm as a child! I loved it!

  9. Terry Maigi — April 13, 2015 @ 6:50 am (#)

    I loved Barbies! I played with them everyday!

  10. Suzanne G — April 13, 2015 @ 7:17 am (#)

    Powderpuff doll house. I don’t think this is something that is around anymore.

  11. Suzanne G — April 13, 2015 @ 7:39 am (#)

    my favorite childhood Fisher Price toy was the activity center but I have not been able to find that one anymore. wish my grandma would have kept it

  12. michelle tremblett — April 13, 2015 @ 8:18 am (#)

    I had a baby oopsie daisy doll, I loved her more then anything ! You cant find it in stores today but there are a lot of similar toys like her 🙂

  13. lynn clayton — April 13, 2015 @ 8:18 am (#)

    my favorite toy was the talking telephone and yes yoi can still find it

  14. lynn clayton — April 13, 2015 @ 9:12 am (#)

    My favourite FP toy from my childhood was the Sesame Street play set. Its definitely NOT in stores anymore, but can be found for extremely exorbitant prices on ebay lol. I wish I had kept it 🙂

  15. andrea amy — April 13, 2015 @ 9:14 am (#)

    My favourite was a pull along cow. You can not find that in stores anymore but I still have one! Its tail is missing, and the pull cord has long ago ripped off, but my youngest son still plays with it! Thanks for the chance.

  16. Maegan Morin — April 13, 2015 @ 9:43 am (#)

    My favorite toy when I was younger was actually my brothers and I was totally jealous of it. It was a giant Fisher Price castle that came with knights, a cannon and it had secret passages and great things like that. It begged you to use your imagination. My parents still have it and my kids play with it. Its not in stores anymore but you can buy one on ebay for small fortune.

  17. Stephanie LaPlante — April 13, 2015 @ 9:45 am (#)

    My favorite toys were my Fisher Price Little People garage, school and playground! I’m not sure if they’re still available in stores.

  18. jan — April 13, 2015 @ 10:09 am (#)

    I had a ride on toy I loved that is no longer around, but this farm was a huge favourite of mine. Not built the same at all compared to the one I had though.

  19. Elizabeth Matthiesen — April 13, 2015 @ 11:32 am (#)

    It’s such a long time since I was a child (sigh) but I do remember that I was more of a tomboy and didn’t play with dolls but rather climbed trees etc. My children loved all their Fisher Price toys, especially the farm, record player, sandpit toys and the chatter phone. 🙂

  20. courtney b — April 13, 2015 @ 11:41 am (#)

    probably my glow worm, I took it with my everywhere. and yes you can find them in stores but they are much different looking now- very updated.

  21. Susan Patterson — April 13, 2015 @ 11:59 am (#)

    My favorite toy as a child was a doll dress in a wedding gown – I’m not sure if it would be in stores now because I haven’t looked lately! My doll was quite old fashion looking about 57 years ago. Thanks!

  22. Louise Chapman — April 13, 2015 @ 12:33 pm (#)

    I used to love my Little People camping set!

  23. Marianne — April 13, 2015 @ 12:54 pm (#)

    My favorite toy was this space station that had little space guys and aliens. Alas, not available in store. I did fine one on ebay but they wanted a heck of a lot of money and it didn’t have all the stuff.

  24. Gloria Walshver — April 13, 2015 @ 1:50 pm (#)

    The only toy I had that I remembered was a doll.

  25. Dayna Wilson — April 13, 2015 @ 2:39 pm (#)

    I loved all the Playmobil I could get my hands on. And absolutely it’s still around, and better than ever!

  26. SweetPanda — April 13, 2015 @ 3:42 pm (#)

    My favourite is the corn popper and it’s still available in store

  27. Jenness M — April 13, 2015 @ 3:50 pm (#)

    My favourite was my Jem dolls. Not available anymore but I am looking forward to the movie!

  28. Linda Klages — April 13, 2015 @ 3:58 pm (#)

    Barbie is still available

  29. lori b — April 13, 2015 @ 4:55 pm (#)

    my holly hobby easy bake oven and I still have it.

  30. anna key — April 13, 2015 @ 4:56 pm (#)

    My fave toy as a child was actually a book! A really cool puzzle book that was actually given to my brother but I loved it soooo much! I wish I could remember the name of it…I would love to have a copy. My brother always got the coolest gifts! I got hairbrushes and stuff, lol.

  31. eleanor — April 13, 2015 @ 5:35 pm (#)

    My favourite was ballerina Barbie!

  32. Amber Y — April 13, 2015 @ 6:00 pm (#)

    My favourite toy from my child hood was poly pockets. I see them in the store all the time which is excellent.

  33. Silvia D — April 13, 2015 @ 6:04 pm (#)

    my favourite toy was my Barbie! Had so much fun with them!My mom made them clothes and my dad made all the furniture for them! Yes, Barbie’s are in stores! Overwhelming the different types now!

  34. Elva Roberts — April 13, 2015 @ 6:14 pm (#)

    My favorite childhood toy was the doll I received from Santa. I had 3 sisters and I think we all played with this doll. Back then, we did not receive the gifts that most children do now. I was always very happy with the doll I received each year from Santa until he decided I was too old for dolls.

  35. Florence C — April 14, 2015 @ 4:36 am (#)

    My favourite toy growing up was a doll and a cradle.

  36. Judy Cowan — April 14, 2015 @ 7:53 am (#)

    I loved Barbie when I was growing up! And yes you can still find Barbie in stores – I have to admit I still check out the Barbies from time to time!

  37. Sunshine G — April 14, 2015 @ 10:23 am (#)

    I used to love Popples- but I’m not sure if they’re around anymore!

  38. jane kramer — April 14, 2015 @ 1:10 pm (#)

    i really liked the telephone lol and yes i can still find it in stores 🙂

  39. Tanis — April 14, 2015 @ 2:01 pm (#)

    My favorite toy was my doll which I still have and I doubt is in stores!

  40. Jennifer P. — April 14, 2015 @ 6:29 pm (#)

    My favourite toy when I was little was the Fisher Price Little People hospital. You can’t find it in stores any more, but luckily my mom saved it, because my girls love playing with it too. I think that should be the next set they re-make!

  41. heidi c. — April 14, 2015 @ 10:26 pm (#)

    I loved the Fisher Price record player when I was little. Now, my own little ones play with the re-released version!

  42. Brenda Haines — April 15, 2015 @ 8:40 am (#)

    My Care Bears were my favorite and yes they still make them 🙂 Love it!

  43. InezbyDesign — April 15, 2015 @ 10:36 am (#)

    My favourite toys were my barbies, and of course they are still around today.

  44. Piroska — April 15, 2015 @ 7:44 pm (#)

    My favourite toy was a Barbie. And of course, they are still around!! :o)

  45. Maryanne — April 15, 2015 @ 8:56 pm (#)

    I loved the original little people. They aren’t in stores any more but I have a bunch of sets in my basement.

  46. Pam — April 16, 2015 @ 4:32 am (#)

    I had a Whoopsie Doll. When you pressed her tummy her pigtails went up. I don’t think you can buy her anymore.

  47. Rhonda W G. — April 16, 2015 @ 4:33 pm (#)

    I did love my easy-bake oven…

  48. Viv Sluys — April 16, 2015 @ 8:50 pm (#)

    I played with my fisher price house, people, and farm animals all the time! They sure look a lot different than they did when i was a kid! I also had these Quints (by Tyco) that I played with all the time

  49. Jeannie — April 21, 2015 @ 9:05 am (#)

    Hey Angela,

    I commented ( but can’t see my comment on your blog. When I came back to check, it put in someone else’s Name and Email (by default) in the “Leave a Comment” box.

    I entered a few of your giveaways and wanted to make sure that you got my comments.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  50. Linda — April 23, 2015 @ 9:25 pm (#)

    I played with teddy bears. Still plenty of them in stores.

  51. Tannis W — April 23, 2015 @ 10:50 pm (#)

    Lego! But in my day it was the plain Lego blocks that you had to use your imagination with, not all these fancy sets that are out these days!

  52. Betty S — April 24, 2015 @ 2:28 am (#)

    My favourite toy was my stuffed bear, I still have him

  53. Janet M — April 24, 2015 @ 4:14 pm (#)

    It was a log building set and i haven’t seen them in stores for years.

  54. ron — April 25, 2015 @ 10:43 am (#)

    It was the Slinky. Haven’t seen for a while

  55. kandi h — April 26, 2015 @ 3:25 pm (#)

    My favourites toys were dolls and I am sure they will never go out of style

  56. Alison K — April 26, 2015 @ 6:53 pm (#)

    My favourite toy from my childhood is the Fisher Price pulley dog & I think you can still buy it or maybe it’s the pulley telephone, I’m not sure. Either were fun.

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