I'm looking for ideas for an educational toy for a 4-year-old girl. What factors should I look for?

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    The answer depends on what you want to achieve; what you mean by "educational". Alphabet? Geometry? Language? Physical education, like balance and motor control? Should it be in book form, or plastic stuff, or wood, or...? I've downvoted the question to motivate you to edit and improve it :-) then I'll turn the downvote into an upvote. Oct 15, 2011 at 17:03
  • This is too brief for a an answer - Will she actually play with it?
    – pojo-guy
    Dec 21, 2017 at 21:36

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I'll try to answer, although the question might get rephrased:

You need to take several factors into account. Consider these aspects, and they might help you narrow down your quest into something that is specific enough that you can search for items on Amazon and read some reviews.

  • What is the goal you want to achieve with this toy? Do you want to train the alphabet, or numerical skills, or musical abilities, or body control, etc.?

  • What is the level of interaction you're looking for? Should it be wooden building-blocks, or should it be a laptop-style kid's computer or other electrical/digital device?

  • How should your daughter use the toy? Should she be able to figure it all out herself, or are you planning to act as a guide and playmate?

Perhaps a small easel or blackboard is the thing. I think it encourages artistic play. I've also seen lots of wannabe-laptops for kids which I personally wouldn't buy, but obviously many people do. You could even be very advanced and get the child a small real laptop (a netbook costs around €250 these days) with childrens' programs on it (I think Ubuntu is a Linux flavor that is very well suited for this).

I do encourage you to clarify your question - perhaps this is way off the mark.

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  • +1 for taking into consideration "should she be able to figure it out by herself".
    – Sarato
    Oct 15, 2011 at 20:00

Educational toy is something which makes the child learn through play. A pre-schooler will not feel engaged if the toy only focuses on education. The type of educational toy which will be good for a preschooler depends on his or her age. There are a variety of educational toys which cater to different age groups. There are several factors to be kept in mind regarding educational toys :

  1. Aim of the toy: One should be aware of the need of the child. Whether the child should be learning alphabets or maths or motor skills.
  2. Directional or open-ended- Decide if you want the child to learn and play independently developing social skills. Or direction generated toys where he or she follows the rules.

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