It’s always win-win when you discover FUN learning toys for your kids, right? Like the toys from Learning Resources® that appeal to and engage with all children as well as the diverse group of learners on the autism spectrum. These toys and products are wonderfully open-ended, marvelously educational, and very long-lasting.
See if you agree about these fantastic learning toy choices for kids.
10 Top Learning Toys for Kids (Including Diverse Learners)
1. Gears, Gears, Gears® Robot Factory Building Set
My testers LOVED this building set SO MUCH. If I hadn’t stopped them after an hour, they would have played for hours and hours! I’m so impressed, this kit is on the 2017 Coolest STEM Gifts for Kids list.
Builds STEM skills especially engineering.
Develops a child’s understanding of sequential thought and problem-solving.
Diverse Learners: Features spinning to self-soothe and help kids stay calm.
- Includes stickers.
- Combines with any other Gears! Gears! Gears! sets.
2. Primary Science Deluxe Lab Set
Hands-on science learning.
- 20 activity cards with step-by-step directions.
- ￼Diverse Learners: The tactile objects give children important physical input. It provides sensory stimulation without leading to overstimulation.
- 2 Flasks (round- and square-bottomed), 2 large test tubes and stand, eyedropper, 2 funnels, safety glasses, tall stand with adjustable holder clips, 2 twisty connector tubes, 3 stoppers, sensory tube with solid and vented lids, plus primary science view scope with observation dish. Includes 20 activity cards with step-by-step activities.
3. Color Cubed Strategy Game
My testers were immediately engaged in this learning strategy game. They were so excited when I donated this game to their school so they could play it more.
Diverse Learners: The game requires little language, but encourages interaction with turn taking.
Incorporates strong visual skills into game play
Strengthens spatial and strategic thinking skills
4. Farmer’s Market Color Sorting Set
Doesn’t this learning toy look SO FUN?! Practice color matching, addition, sorting, different foods, and critical thinking. (And pretend play, right?)
- Diverse Learners: Allows for order and prediction to be incorporated into play.
Helps kids make the connection to symbolic play with realistic, familiar objects.
Includes enough items to provide parallel play opportunities.
5. Tumble Trax™ Magnetic Marble Run
This award-winning learning toy captures attention with motion and gets them problem solving and thinking creatively. Your kids will be engaged for hours.
Promotes STEM thinking with engineering opportunities.
Diverse Learner Benefits: Provides sensory stimulation.
- Includes 14 magnetic foam pieces, 4 marbles, and 10 Activity Cards.
6. Super Sorting Pie
￼My own kids played with the Super Sorting Pie for YEARS and in many different ways.
Develop your child’s ﬁne motor skills with this fantastic learning toy.
- Learn sorting, counting, and colors.
- Diverse Learners: Helps kids on the spectrum stay focused and in control with small pieces that can double as ﬁdget items.
- Includes 60 soft, rubber counters (7 fruits in 5 different colors), plastic pie plate with cover, jumbo pinchers, and removable divider.
Offers a visual, concrete means to learn mathematics
7. Ruff ’s House Teaching Tactile Set
- Kids just love this fun search and grab game! Me, too if I’m being honest.
- Practice counting, addition, subtraction, matching, and tactile awareness.
Diverse Learners: Provides different textures for kids who require more stimulation. Helps kids self-soothe with small pieces that can be used as ﬁdget toys.
Assists kids with learning adjectives when they feel and see textures and colors.
8. Froggy Feeding Fun
This makes developing fine motor skills into a fun game that asks kids to squeeze the frog and pick up colorful flies.
Highly recommended by occupation therapists to help develop fine motor muscles.
Diverse Learners: Encourages bilateral coordination—children can grasp the frog with one hand and feed it with the other. Helps establish a dominant hand and support cognitive organization and helps keep tight fists open.
Flies can be used to create AB patterning (e.g. red, blue, red, blue).
Reinforces both numbers and counting skills using the number symbol (e.g. “2”) together with a representation – (e.g. 2 flies).
9. Avalanche Fruit Stand
Kids love this multi-faceted game with both learning and pretend play opportunities.
Fine Motor Development: Tweezers guide proper finger placement to practice pincer grasp and engage hand muscle strength needed for daily living activities like brushing teeth or using a pencil. Eye-hand coordination and depth perception are engaged while precision and control are promoted to pluck or place fruits on the stand
Social & Behavioral: Encourages pretend play opportunities with peers through turn taking, patience and cooperative play.
10. Primary Science Sensory Tubes
Encourage scientific exploration.
Diverse Learners: Provides different tactile objects without a child needing to physically touch them. Offers sensory stimulation without leading to overstimulation. Presents kids with a way to calm or self-soothe during stressful situations
- Fill tubes with interesting objects to observe and explore.
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DISCLOSURE: I worked with Learning Resources on this article. They also sent me several products to test with kids. All opinions are my own.