Finding the best ‘sneaky’ educational toys: A guide


>>>STILL TRYING TO FIND THAT PERFECT PRESENT FOR YOUR KIDS ON THE SHOPPING LIST, TONIGHT WE’RE TAKING A LOOK AT THE TOYS ALSO CALLED TEACH. BUT THERE IS A TWIST.>>SOMETIMES KIDS DON’T LIKE THE IDEA OF BEING FORCED INTO LEARNING WHEN THEY WANT TO BE PLAYING. SO DOCTOR FRANK McGEORGE SET OUT TO FIND THE SNEAKY EDUCATIONAL TOYS.>>>AT THE DELL HOSPITAL AND TOY SOLDIER SHOP, THE OPTIONS ARE SEEMINGLY ENDLESS. SO WE ASKED DOCTOR STEPHANIE HEINES AT THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL TO SHOP THE SHELVES FOR WITH EDUCATION IN MIND. FOR BABIES, STACKING TOYS.>>THEY’RE EXPLORING WITH THEIR HANDS. THEY’RE FIGURING OUT HOW THINGS FIT TOGETHER.>>Reporter: 810-24 MONTHS. SHAPES AND OPTIONS.>>THERE’S MORE TO KIND OF DO HERE. IN TERMS O TAKING APART AND MANIPULATING AND PUTTI BACK TOGETHER.>>Reporter: FOR TODDLERS, TRAIN IS RIGHT ON TRACK FOR PRACTICING HAND EY COORDINATION. BUT RESIST THE URGE TO GLUE DOWN THE TRACKINGS.>>PART OF THE PLAY IS THE CREATIVITY. IT’S THE TAKING APART. AND PUTTING BACK TOGETHER AGAIN.>>Reporter: FOR ELEMENTARY KIDS, IT’S ALL ABOUT BUILDING, FROM MAGNA TILES, TO MARBLE RUNS.>>IT’S MEANT TO BE TAKEN APART, AND PUT BACK TOGETHER AGAIN.>>Reporter: HE LOVES LINCOLN BLOCKS BUT INCREASE THE SOLVING POTENTIAL, SHE SUGGESTS KIVA PLANCKS.>>THESE ARE SOLID WOODEN PLANKS. THERE’S NO GROOVES. IT TAKES A LITTLE BIT MORE IN TERMS OF BEING CREATIVE HOW DO I GET THESE THINGS TO FIT TOGETHER? IF I MAKE THIS MOVE, CAN I MAKE THAT ONE MOVE.>>Reporter: LEGO BUILDING SETS OFFER BIG BENEFITS.>>YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW VISUAL INSTRUCTIONS. IT’S NOT WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS, VISUAL INSTRUCTIONS. THAT’S A DIFFERENT SIDE OF SORT OF A SKILL TO HAVE.>>Reporter: FOR TEENS, THERE ARE HORSE SETS THAT TEACH PATIENTS AND PROBLEM SOLVING.>>>>YOU CAN’T LEARN THAT FROM FLASH CARDS. HEINZ IS ALSO A FAN OF GAMES. FOR YOUNGER KIDS, THE CLASSIC CANDY LAND.>>Reporter: WHAT KIDS ARE LEARNING THERE IS HOW TO TAKE TURNS. HOW TO PLAY IN A GROUP. AND ALSO, THEY’RE LEARNING HOW TO BE A GOOD SPORT.>>Reporter: FOR OLDER KIDS, A PATTERN GAME CALLED SET.>>WE SPENT THE WHOLE CHRISTMAS EVE PLAYING THIS GAME.>>Reporter: ANOTHER FAVORITE TO BUILD MEMORY.>>THIS IS AN OLDY BUT A GOODY. I STILL LIKE SIMON.>>Reporter: DON’T OVER LOOK THE VALUE FOR PRETEND PLAY. DOLLS TO DRESS UP CLOTHES, IT ALL HELPS TO FAN THE FLAMES OF IMAGINATION.>>IT DOESN’T LOOK AT ALL EDUCATIONAL. CHILDREN ARE LEARNING INVITATION.>>YOU HAD ME AT.>>THAT WAS THE BIG SIMON.>>IT WAS SO COOL. I SEE THE COLORS AND YOU TRY TO MATCH THE COLORS LIKE SIMON SAYS.>>EXACTLY.

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