A look of alarm crossed my son's face when I suggested there would be only learning gifts under the tree this year.
"That's a horrible idea," he said, as visions of flash cards, "boring educational books," dictionaries and maps danced through his head.
I assured him he had nothing to fear — most of the items on his wish list, including Legos® (construction, problem-solving) and the Hot Wheels® Super Loop Chase Race set (velocity, gravity), are learning toys. He breathed a sigh of relief.
Toys that teach are gifts that keep on giving long after the decorations have been packed away. But remember: The packaging doesn't have to scream "learn something from this" for its contents to be educational. In fact, toys that obviously promote a lesson may be less appealing and have less play value than those that encourage a child to unknowingly explore and learn.