Tuesday, April 5, 2016

My favourite educational toddler toys from Kmart

If you follow my facebook page or know me in person then you'll be well aware that Kmart is like my favourite shop of all time, well maybe its on par with Ikea, but Kmart is closer so I go there more often. I'm pretty certain I could go there every single week and still find more awesome things to buy. I'm totally obsessed with their homewares and craft items and lately they've been bringing out some pretty awesome kids toys as well. Now that bub is a toddler I've been incorporating learning into her play as often as possible and Kmart seems to have hit the nail on the head with a great range of educational toys for toddlers. I'm all for handmade and high quality toys, but sometimes the cheaper ones have their place too {and lets face it sometimes cheaper is better for the budget too}. So here's my favourite toddler toys from the current range and how we use them for learning.


MY FAVOURITE EDUCATIONAL TODDLER TOYS FROM KMART




THREAD THROUGH BEADS $5


I love threading beads in general because they help improve concentration, co-ordination, dexterity and fine motor skills all in one. I specifically love these ones because they're chunkier making them great for toddlers {as opposed to a lot of beading sets that have really tiny beads}. These beads also have a variety of colours and shapes so they can also be used for colour and shape recognition. I found the string and needle were still a bit fiddly for bub {she's only 2} so for now she threads the beads onto pipe cleaners because they're sturdier and easier for her to control.


BALANCE PYRAMID $12


colourful wooden balance pyramid toy from Kmart

The balance pyramid is a relatively new item to Kmart and is on my wish list for bub's birthday {if I can't sneak it into the house before then without daddy noticing}. Its such a great little toy with so many teaching possibilities. The premise is to balance the 22 coloured blocks to create a pyramid without knocking it over. This introduces the concept of balance whilst also using fine motor skills, cognitive skills and improving hand eye co-ordination. In addition to this the blocks can also be used for colour recognition and sorting, number recognition and sequencing, shape recognition and sorting and also for building individual towers during imaginative play. 


CHUNKY ABC PUZZLE $8


The chunky abc puzzle is hands down my favourite kids item I've bought from Kmart in the last few weeks. We use it everyday, every single day. Quite obviously we're using it for bub to learn the alphabet, but there are many more ways to use it than just as a puzzle. We made a game putting all the letters in an empty wipes container where bub pulled out a letter and then said what it was and found the spot on the puzzle. We use it to match up with letters in her abc book. We also use the letters in sensory tubs and I've got a heap of other ideas on my list to try with these. There are so many possibilities beyond using it as an actual puzzle. Seriously the best $8 I've ever spent.


WOODEN BLOCKS $12




You really can't go past a good basic set of wooden blocks. There are so many open ended play opportunities. We often build towers, houses, rockets, trees, bridges and castles with our blocks. I also originally taught bub colours while we were playing with wooden blocks and we started introducing basic shapes this way too. They're also great for stacking, sorting and counting.


3 IN 1 BLACKBOARD AND MAGNETIC WHITEBOARD $12


I bought this 3 in 1 blackboard for my niece at Christmas and have it on my list to buy for bub for her birthday. This product is great because one side is a magnetised whiteboard and the opposite side is a blackboard so there are many different ways for kids to be creative. It also includes chalk, pens and a set of alphabet magnets. The board can be used to learn the alphabet and practice letter recognition, to learn spelling and also for free drawing. I also love that its portable so it can be taken to appointments, restaurants and play dates.


SHAPE SORTING EGGS $12




Bub has long been fascinated with "surprise eggs" ever since she started speech therapy and they used stacking eggs during her sessions. When I saw these shape sorting eggs I knew she would absolutely love them, and she does. The thing I love about these ones is that they also include shapes and colours on the inside rather than just yellow yolks. They're great for developing fine motor skills as well as shape and colour recognition. They're also good for making breakfast in a play kitchen.

I couldn't find these listed online, but they're a relatively new product and the keycode is 42303848

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Disclosure - this post is not sponsored by Kmart in any way, I just spend most of my money there so thought I would share the things I've been buying lately.

20 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, I haven't seen shape sorting eggs since I was a kid. I want to buy them just for the nostalgia value! I'd like to get those threading beads too. Punky loves threading (although she is a bit beyond the chunky ones now, she loves to thread really small stuff) but they would be perfect for Zee. And a little tip, not only are the blocks good for all of those things you mention, but I also got a set of plain, unpainted ones, which we use to paint with. Mine and Punky's favourite thing to do is use the butchers paper or art paper to stamp shapes on to with the blocks and paint, and then we use that paper to wrap gifts for people. I blogged about it here if you're interested...
    http://www.kyliepurtell.com/2014/08/toddler-craft-ideas-block-painting.html
    (I hope you don't min me sharing the link here)
    #teamIBOT

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    1. I definitely bought the eggs partially for the nostalgia value haha. I've never thought of painting with blocks, we'll have to try it!

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  2. My nephews have those eggs. I'd never seen them before. They look really cool. The girls still use their old blocks. These days though we go to Kmart for their great art and craft supplies for kids.

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    1. I could do a whole other post about the awesome art and craft stuff! So many cool things, I stock up on more goodies every time I go there.

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  3. Oh wow! Love them. LOVE that puzzle and the balancing pyramid. And we have the building blocks. When did the department stores start making good quality wooden stuff? And so affordable? Seriously excited!

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    1. I have a feeling some of their other stuff is imitation of bigger {more well known} wooden toy brands, just quietly, but I'm loving that they have so many affordable toys. We are a little in love with wooden toys so its awesome. Except that my house looks like a toy shop, but I can deal with that.

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  4. gosh I love kmart :) I think I need to get one of those ABC magnet boards, that looks really great and I think my girl would love it!

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    1. When we got it for my niece my daughter didn't want to give it to her because she wanted to keep it haha so I know it'll be a hit here.

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  5. They are so cute! Colorful educational toys make babies and mommies happy. I love the 3-in-1 chalkboard and the eggs! Great find Toni!

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    1. Yep educational toys make us both happy. The eggs are awesome, totally remind me of my childhood.

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  6. Oh Kmart, how I love thee. I have been avoiding going in for a while trying to save some cash. I'm not sure how I will go once Ikea and Kmart open new stores within 10 minutes from my house. Argh! I best get saving!

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    1. Yea I'm so screwed when they open they're ten minutes from my house too. I will be soooooo broke {but so happy}.

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  7. I loved shape sorting eggs!
    Thankfully we are past all of this now. Mind you birthdays are a lot more expensive these days :/

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    1. Shape sorting eggs are the bomb. Oh yes I'm not looking forward to when she wants technological stuff for birthdays. I can get all her presents for the price of one thing at the moment thankgod.

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  8. My girlfriends and I have been known to go on Kmart dates because we LOVE it and isn't the whole home wares range now just marvelous?? They're definitely staying up with the times and I do rate their toys range which are so affordable. I think the alphabet blocks are totally where we are at right now. I could go a set of them.

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    1. We once had mother's group at a shopping centre with Kmart just so we could all do a Kmart shop lol. The alphabet puzzle is so awesome we use it all the time.

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  9. Our boys love the blocks from Kmart too! Going to have get some of those threading beads :)

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    1. The threading beads are so cool, nice and chunky for toddler fingers :)

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  10. Wooow and Great!! While it may seem that toys are just fun and games, they are also extremely valuable learning tools that will shape your child for years to come. To children, toys are more than just objects, they are companions, teachers, and best friends that help guide them through a big and confusing world.
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  11. These toys are too good to have by your toddlers especially that they can somehow improve their thinking skills from it and be able to apply some necessary techniques on how can they make their output to become effective and valuable.

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