These smartypants toys will bring your kids straight to the head of the class. Don't worry, they will thank you in their Ivy League valedictorian speeches.
Ah, the answer for the kid who's always asking "how" and "why." These interactive and totally see-through vehicles show kids how they work and include a book that breaks it all down. Available in several versions including a sports car, helicopter and firetruck. The coolest way to learn about how things quite simply: go.
Touch this interactive talking map and it teaches kids about animals around the world: where they're from, how the animals live, what sounds they make and more. Then, it'll quiz your whiz kid to make sure he was paying attention.
Here's the ultimate in multi-tasking: These waterproof mix-and-match cards teach kids all about animals, matching, memory and more—all in the bath!
Learn letters, spelling language, logic, storytelling with these handy tube-like toys. For the budding alphabet master, flip a letter and them twist and find five items that start with that letter. Already an ABC pro? Choose the Storyteller and create your very own once upon a time. So ideal in the car, while shopping, wherever.
Sure, there are hundreds of science experiment kits out there, but how many were designed by a kid himself? Connor's Kits For Kids (started when science buff Connor was in fourth grade) contain everything kids needs for the experiments and no dangerous stuff (read: these won't take the paint off of your kitchen table.) Choose from a variety of kits including making your own crystals, slime, pets or plants.
This wipeboard activity book lets kids use 'em over and over and over and...you get the idea. They can practice counting, draw shapes, find hidden pictures and more. We think they're perfect for car rides, waiting at the dentist's office, sitting in restaurants, wherever.
Toddlers can start to master the ABC's and 123's with the spinning wooden tiles on this abacus-like apparatus. One side of each little square has a letter and number; the other side's got a picture of a first word. Big whoop you say? How about the fact that you can dazzle your in-laws by showing them how junior can spell and count up to ten and back down to one? Whoop whoop to that!
Get ready for a real, live blast! Let your young scientist learn about the layers of the earth, study tectonic plate movement, make real pumice float and, of course, create and watch a volcano erupt. Don't worry, goggles included.
Now when you drop the kids at Grandma's and Grandpa's you no longer have to pack a bag full of everything! Grandcamp Adventures let grandparents and grandkids bond over creating their own stores and adventure. Yeah, our hearts melted a bit too!
Project a 3D galaxy on any ceiling. Seriously. We're not trying to put planetariums out of business, but this just might do the trick.
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Your little explorer will have hours of fun learning about every sort of rock under the son. The Field Kit comes with everything you kids need to hunt for gemstones, minerals, fossils and more. They can chip away samples with their trusty rock hammer, and not to worry, safety goggles included!
Calling all storm chasers, or future Storm Fields! Wind, rain, snow, sleet, hail—now your future forecaster can learn how to expertly collect data on all kinds of weather. With three extendable legs for support, this portable weather pod is a great gift to teach about nature, seasons, and what different types of weather mean.
Just when you thought encyclopedias were as extinct as dinosaurs, here comes the Encyclo-saurus! This electronic fountain of knowledge teaches your future paleontologist fascinating dino facts. Switch it into quiz or game mode for over 1000 questions that'll keep kids engaged and informed!
Kids can build 18 light-up bugs (or, really, anything they can dream up!) with this LED construction set. And if you dread changing lightbulbs as much as we do, you'll be happy to hear these LEDs last for about 100,000 hours. We'll do the math: That's 11 years.