I love educational toys. My son thinks he’s just playing but he’s actually learning! Right now he loves the alphabet, so he owns quite a collection of alphabet toys and alphabet books. Below you’ll find 10 of our favorites.
My son is a late talker. As with crawling and walking, he is taking his absolute time to get up to speed. He just seems to be one of those kids who is extremely tentative and will only start something once he’s absolutely 100 percent okay with it. While I can’t deny that I wish he would talk more, every day now he is saying more and more words and I love hearing his little voice. What’s funny, though, is that while he’s not keen on talking, he absolutely LOVES the alphabet. He walks around the house singing the alphabet song all day long. He knows his uppercase and lowercase letters by sight and can sound out some letters. Full words, though? Apparently, that’s for the birds!
Because he loves the alphabet so much, I’ve invested in a few alphabet toys already, and have added a couple more to his wish list. I love that he loves the alphabet and want to continue building upon the knowledge and skills he has already gained. Educational toys are a great way to encourage learning without being overbearing. I’m all about it. If you’ve also got a little alphabet lover on your hands – or want to turn your child into one – here are a few of my favorite alphabet toys and alphabet books.
Awesome Alphabet Toys & Alphabet Books
My son is absolutely obsessed with these Alphabet Acorns. For something so basic, there seems to be a never-ending assortment of ways to play with them. For instance, both the acorn base and the cap have different letters on them, so you can match up the letters. You can hide the little toys that come with the acorns inside of them. You can stack the acorns. Seriously, my son loves when I pull these out and they really are great for kids who are learning the alphabet. Word of warning, though: The little toys that come with the acorns are pretty small. This set is ONLY for kids who are past the age of putting things in their mouths.
My son received My Awesome Alphabet Book as a gift and it quickly became his favorite book EVER. In fact, I credit this book with him learning the alphabet as quickly as he did! Each page is cut to look like a letter. While this isn’t a board book, the pages are a little thicker than traditional paper, which makes them easy to grasp for little hands. In addition to each page being the shape of a letter, the back of the page is covered with items whose names start with that particular letter. This is our favorite alphabet book and I cannot recommend it more highly!
The ratings for this VTech Alphabet Apple are amazing and I’m not sure why we don’t have it yet. This alphabet toy provides an introduction to letters, words, phonics, music, and even time! It has a handle for easy portability, which probably means that my son will start carrying this all over the house, too, as soon as we get it for him.
Sesame Street Elmo’s On the Go Letters is an alphabet puzzle that comes in its own carrying case, so it’s perfect for travel! My son loves this plastic set. My only complaint is that the letters can be a little hard to get out of the case, which is great for keeping them in place, and less great for little hands that get frustrated easily!
When it comes to educational toys for toddlers, the LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set is a must! My son is absolutely #obsessed! I put up a magnet board in our playroom which is where this letter set lives. My son runs in there to put different letters into the slot all day long and he also loves that it will sing the entire alphabet song to him. FYI, there’s also a LeapFrog Fridge Numbers Magnetic Set. We have this one as well and it’s great for little ones learning numbers!
This TouchThinkLearn: ABC is one of the prettiest alphabet books I’ve ever seen. It’s truly a piece of art, which parents and caregivers will probably appreciate more than little ones. Another great thing about this book is that it’s incredibly tactile, which will help hold little one’s interest.
We don’t yet have the VTech Count and Learn Alphabet Bus, but it’s at the top of my son’s educational toy Christmas list. This bus sings and plays games that help kids learn their letters and numbers, and it can also be programmed to recognize the owner’s age and first letter of his/her name when they plug in that number or letter. The wheel’s on the bus do go round and round, I mean, the bus moves, so this is a great option for car-obsessed kids, too!
When it comes to alphabet toys, or educational toys for toddlers in general, for my son, the LeapFrog My Own Leaptop has been our MVP! My son plays with this all day long. It goes on car trips with us. It goes to bed with him at night. (Don’t worry – he only plays with it for a few minutes.) The computer helps kids learn their alphabet through songs, “typing,” and a few different games. I consider this the best $15 I have spent on my son.
There are a lot of children’s books that aren’t that fun to read, but Chicka Chicka Boom Boom isn’t one of those books! This book has letters and rhymes and tells a fun story. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, though, when you’re unable to get the book out of your head. I walk around saying, “Chika Chicka Boom Boom, will there be enough room” all the time now. Oy.
Finally, this BeginAgain Animal Parade A-Z Puzzle is also on my son’s wish list. We love puzzles, animals, and the alphabet around here, so I love that this puzzle covers all three! Also, it’s not a cookie cutter puzzle so I imagine that it also encourages imagination and flexibility.