Sinclair Cares: Fun and educational toys
Finding the perfect gift for the little ones is not easy.
Especially when you're trying to find a gift that's fun and educational at the same time.
For Sinclair Cares, Joy Lambert shows us a few educational toys the child on your list won't put down.
This year the hottest toy isn't one item.
Claudia Towles, owner of aMuse Toys says it's a category. "What's hot right now is math stem, anything teaching science," said Towles.
Towles says toy companies are reinforcing science, technology, engineering and math in their products... filling toy aisles with education. "The reactivity of the magnet is a very interesting idea for kids," said Towles.
Even though MagnaTiles are nothing new to store shelves Towles says it's a classic favorite that promotes early math concepts, as a child ages add to the collection so they can build more complex structures.
Towles said, "Think about it, with Legos the more pieces they have the more they can build. These don't hurt though when you stand on them."
It's never too early to start learning.
The Noggin stick is one of the hottest toys for babies. "This changes color every time you shake it, it helps with visual tracking," said Towles. "It's educational. Now does the baby know they're being educated? Of course not, but it teaches cause and effect."
Even Barbie is hopping on the STEM wagon. "Barbie is something very familiar to kids, but stem and engineering concept may not be. So this is trickery," said Towles.
And don't forget family game night.
This Holiday season the emphasis is on anything that fosters critical thinking and problem solving.
Sinclair Cares is sponsored by Kaweah Delta Healthcare District.