25 Best Educational Toys and Games for Kindergarten

Because the best learning happens through play.

Examples of kindergarten gifts

Kindergartners are just starting to get excited about academic skills, but they still love to—and need to—learn by doing and playing. Give them materials that allow them to have fun and build with this list of our favorite educational toys for kindergarten learning.

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1. Rainbow Acrylic Blocks

Rainbow Acrylic Blocks with colorful glass

Kindergartners are master block builders, and they’ve got the imagination, patience, and spatial skills to make some pretty awesome creations. Up their block game with some fun additions to a classic set of wooden blocks like these colorful window blocks. They also invite science exploration of light and color.

Buy it: Rainbow Acrylic Blocks on Amazon

2. Guidecraft Arches and Tunnels

Tan wooden Guidecraft Arches and Tunnels 

These large pieces beg to be added to next-level block creations. Kids can start to investigate shape and balance too.


Buy it: Guidecraft Arches and Tunnels on Amazon

3. PlayTape Black Road Tape

Road tape with child sitting in middle of it

This stuff is amazing! Give kids free rein to create their own peel-and-stick road systems. Use it on the floor or table and inspire racetracks, block towns, map- and sign-making, and more.

Buy it: PlayTape Black Road Tape on Amazon

4. LEGO Classic Basic Brick Set

LEGO Classic Basic Brick Set 

Kindergarten fingers are ready to create with standard-size LEGO. Building sets with directions to follow are fun, but an open-ended, basic set of bricks has exceptional staying power. Add a couple of baseplates to keep things structured and organized. LEGO play encourages kids to explore math concepts like measurement and fractions too.

Buy it: LEGO Classic Basic Brick Set on Amazon

5. Magna-Tiles

Magna-tiles box

Magna-Tiles are an investment worth making. Kindergarten kiddos naturally explore geometry and engineering concepts as they make more elaborate structures.

Buy it: Magna-Tiles on Amazon

6. MindWare Marble Run

Colorful Marble play structure

Deceptively challenging but oh-so satisfying, setting up a successful marble run is an ultimate STEM challenge.

Buy it: MindWare Marble Run on Amazon

7. Green Toys Sandwich Shop

GreenToys Sandwich Shop fake burger and toppings

Kindergartners still love to pretend, especially where food is involved. Whether it is a restaurant, picnic, or grocery store, they’re usually down for it. This little set is fun for all ages, but we love how it encourages kindergartners to write down “orders” and think more carefully about ingredients and sequencing. Would you like extra pickles with that?

Buy it: Green Toys Sandwich Shop on Amazon

8. Learning Resources Pretend & Play Cash Register

Learning Resources Pretend & Play Cash Register 

The appealing but not overly annoying beeps and dings make this cash register a perfect pretend-play prop. Plus, help kids work on number recognition and begin thinking about monetary amounts. Cha-ching!

Buy it: Learning Resources Pretend & Play Cash Register on Amazon

9. Learning Resources Wooden Pattern Blocks

Wooden colorful pattern blocks in can

Beautiful in their simplicity, pattern blocks are a true multipurpose math manipulative. Use these sturdy blocks to investigate shapes, fractions, patterning, and design.

Buy it: Learning Resources Wooden Pattern Blocks on Amazon

10. Melissa & Doug My Own Mailbox

"Melissa and Doug My Own Mailbox"

Snail mail, both real and pretend, is the ultimate context for authentic early literacy skills practice.

Buy it: Melissa & Doug My Own Mailbox on Amazon

11. Plugo Count

Still of Plugo Count Game- educational toys kindergarten

This game allows students to work with counting and numbers in a new way! It turns your device into a gaming system, and children go through math adventures that are story-based. There are over 250 progressive levels.

Buy it: Plugo Count on Amazon

12. Hand2Mind 20-Bead Rekenrek

Learn with Rekenreks- educational toys kindergarten

The name of this awesome Dutch math tool means “counting rack.” It helps kids visualize and subitize (break down) numerical amounts into components of ones, fives, and tens using its rows and bead colors. Have kids use it to practice representing numbers, work on addition and subtraction problems, or even keep score during a game.

Buy it: Hand2Mind 20-Bead Rekenrek on Amazon

13. Wooden Geoboard

This classic classroom tool is a huge draw for kids. Stretch rubber bands to create shapes and pictures while exploring geometry concepts.

Buy it: Wooden Geoboard on Amazon

14. Letter and Number Pop-Its

Fidget toy- educational toys kindergarten

Merge their love of fidget toys with learning. Use these fidgets toys to work on kindergarten skills. Your students will not realize they are learning. Check out other ways to use Pop-Its in the classroom.

Buy it: Letter and Number Pop Fidget Toys on Amazon

15. Magnetic Letter and Number Set

Drawing board with letters - educational toys kindergarten

Alphabet manipulatives help kindergartners focus on spelling without the added burden of handwriting. Magnetic letters are useful for practicing sight words and working with word families. We like the straightforward colors and storage in this set and that it has numbers for representing math problems also.

Buy it: Magnetic Letter and Number Set on Amazon

16. Marbotic Deluxe Learning Kit for iPad

Learning Kit for iPad still

Understanding how a calendar works takes plenty of practice. An engaging, magnetic version encourages kids to manipulate a calendar’s components and create a personally relevant representation of each month.

Buy it: Marbotic Deluxe Learning Kit for iPad on Amazon

17. HUE Animation Studio

HUE Animation studio box

Stop animation in the classroom? Absolutely! From storytelling to working out math problems, your students can use this animation studio to bring their learning to life.

Buy it: HUE Animation Studio on Amazon

18. Smarkids Building Blocks

Stem building blocks- educational toys kindergarten

Incorporating engineering into everyday play is simple with these building blocks. Design, build, and play … all built in one.

Buy it: Smarkids Building Blocks on Amazon

19. Kinetic Sand Playset

Educational Toys Kindergarten

Scooping, squeezing, and creating are important for kindergarten hands. Use this beach-themed set for open-ended creation or for plenty of fun learning activities.

Buy it: Kinetic Sand Playset on Amazon

20. Colorations Lowercase Learning Stamp Set

Educational Toys Kindergarten

The only thing better than squishing dough or sand is stamping in it! Use one of these educational toys for kindergarten learning for kids to learn letter forms and practice spelling in a multi-sensory way.

Buy it: Colorations Lowercase Learning Stamp Set on Amazon

21. QZM Wooden Pegboard Bead Game

Educational Toys Kindergarten

Writing is hard work, and kindergartners’ fine motor strength and coordination have to be up to the challenge. This activity set offers so many practice opportunities. (Every kindergartner we know LOVES tongs.) Encourage spatial thinking by following the pattern cards.

Buy it: QZM Wooden Pegboard Bead Game on Amazon

22. Playstix Construction Toy Building Blocks

Building Blocks for kids still- educational toys kindergarten

This construction set uses color-coded pieces for building. It provides a great bridge between learning and play. Put this set in your STEM center and have the kids turn into little engineers.

Buy it: Playstix Construction Toy Building Blocks on Amazon

23. Tinkertoy

Still of Tinkertoy building tools

Tinkertoys provide the smallest engineers with the biggest imaginations the tools they need to bring their ideas to life! Add Tinkertoys to your morning tubs or for indoor recess to use as educational toys for kindergarten learning.

Buy it: Tinkertoy on Amazon

24. Fat Brain Toys Clip Cloppers

Educational Toys Kindergarten

Kindergartners are still figuring out how their bodies work, and the gross motor challenge of these rope stilts encourages risk-taking and persistence.

Buy it: Fat Brain Toys Clip Cloppers on Amazon

25. E-Know Giant Bubble Wand

Educational Toys Kindergarten

Giant bubbles are tons of fun no matter how you make them, but we love how this set encourages kids to wonder and experiment with changing the shape of the wand. Good clean fun!

Buy it: E-Know Giant Bubble Wand on Amazon

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