Great toys that help kids learn

And they're available at Hudson Valley stores!

Not all kids learn the same way. Some understand concepts better by reading about how things work, while others thrive on hands-on learning. If you're looking for some fun ways to help your child learn, you'll find some great ideas right here – and where to find educational games and toys throughout the Hudson Valley.


Social Games by Didax

These games teach kids how to be socially aware, be themselves, stand up for themselves, deal with emotions and have good manners. Games include “6 Social Games,” “Socially Speaking,” and “Bullies, Victims and Bystanders.”

Grades: 1-12

Cost: $30

Ariel’s Child, 318 Blooming Grove Tpk. (Rte. 94), New Windsor. 845-565-2235.


Sound Puzzles by Melissa and Doug

Put the pieces together to make different sounds: animals, vehicles, and more! Education Station also has floor learning puzzles, such as alphabet, numbers, fire trucks and castles.

Ages: 3 and up

Cost: $9.99

Education Station, 1209 Rte. 17K, Montgomery. 845-457-4501.


Root View Farm by HSP Nature

Kids plant vegetables and can see the whole plant from root to above surface grow through a viewing window. Also features Puzzle Cards that teach the alphabet, and skill boards that teach kids to tie, zipper and button!

Ages: 8-12

Cost: $28.95

FNB Toiz, 153 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro. 845-888-5118.


Egg Decorating Kit by Aitoh

Learn the art of egg decorating with chiyogami washi papers that are decorated with traditional Japanese patterns.

Ages: 3 and up

Cost: $14.95

Catskill Art Supply, Woodstock (845-679-2271), Kingston (331-7780), Poughkeepsie (845-452-1250).

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