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10 Best Vtech Toys For Education And Learning

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Picking out toys for your little one can be quite an enjoyable task, particularly when they're as fun and innovative as VTech toys.

It's gratifying to see how much thought is put into the design of each one, and pleasing to think how much your child will enjoy playing with them. VTech specialise in electronic toys with real educational value, with each possessing a number of inventive and thoughtful features that are designed to make learning fun.

VTech produce some of the best learning toys and the benefits of such toys are numerous. As well as providing the kind of sensory stimulation that is proven to aid cognitive development, the games, design features and interactive parts of each come with their own advantages. Some VTech educational toys help improve focus, logical thinking and problem-solving abilities. Others may teach babies about cause and effect, help develop fine and gross motor skills or promote cooperative play, social skills and language development. Many use numbers, letters and pictures to teach basic words and maths skills.

It's these kinds of benefits that make VTech toys among the best learning toys on the market, and immensely popular with parents as well as children. Whether your child is 6 months, 3 years or 5 years old, there are a huge array to choose from, many of which make great gift ideas. With some difficulty, we have researched and narrowed down the 10 we feel particularly stand out; take a look below and find your favourite.

Our Top Choice

VTech First Steps Baby Walker

This VTech baby walker is a truly multi-faceted toy. Firstly, it's a great walking aid, the perfect height and size for your little one to lean on and wheel as they find their balance and get to grips with walking. But its benefits don't end there; it's absolutely packed with interactive elements. There are animals hidden behind doors, numbered buttons that state their number aloud when pushed, blinking lights, turning dials and spinning wheels. In other words, it's a veritable feast of sensory stimulation. A rainbow of mini piano keys adorns the corner, providing further auditory stimulation and helping your baby to understand cause and effect, and a fun little play phone is affixed to one side (a feature that's sure to delight). All of the play features can be removed with the nifty detachable feature, so your tot can enjoy their little learning centre wherever they are. It's also super simple to assemble and easy to store. A versatile educational toy that supports movement and physical development; a clear winner.

  • Price: £30
  • Age: 6 months+

Best VTech Toys For Under 10s

VTech Kidizoom 5MP Camera‍

It may look like a toy, but the Vtech Kidizoom is actually a fully-functional dual-lens camera, capable of taking both photos and videos. It's the perfect toy for older kids (particularly those who envy the phones and other gadgets of their parents or older siblings), who'll get so much out of taking pictures of their friends, family and pets. They'll be doubly excited when they discover the many frames, stickers and special effects that can be applied to each picture, and the large colour LCD screen from which the pictures can be edited. The voice recorder is a fun extra feature which is capable of transforming each recording with a number of wacky effects. It's got a decent amount of memory for a toy cam (able to hold up to 150 photos), and as cameras go, it's pretty-kid-proof, certainly able to withstand a fair amount of rough handling. Perhaps the most appealing feature for parents is the Time Limit control, which allows you to monitor the time your child is allowed to use the toy. A useful addition.

  • Price: £42
  • Age: 3 years+

Best VTech Toys For Sensory Development

VTech Sort & Discover Activity Cube

This fun little cube is teeming with activities, all of which are designed to engage and entertain whilst providing the key sensory engagement essential for cognitive development. There are spinners and gears, beads and sliders, all brightly-coloured and appealing, and a number of individual shapes in the centre that can be sorted with the shape sorter on one side; a perfect way to improve hand-eye coordination and improve problem-solving skills. A small turning book containing nursery rhymes provides the opportunity for side-along learning with parents and the speaking piano teaches children to recognise notes, colours and numbers. In fact, there are tons of audio features to explore, including ten tunes, four sing-along songs and a number of interactive educational sound effects. The activity cube itself is nice and compact, making it great for sensory development on-the-go.

  • Price: £30
  • Age: 9 months+

Best VTech Toys For Under 5s

VTech Touch & Learn Activity Desk‍

This Vtech Touch and Learn Activity Desk is the kind of toy that will keep kids under 5 years old immersed for hours. It's particularly suited to those who love art and drawing, as it transforms in one swift movement into an easel/blackboard, with handy storage sections beneath for storing all the necessary pencils, crayons and chalk. In its desk form, it provides 4 double-sided touch pages, each of which is crammed with learning opportunities, introducing kids to everything from letters to animals, body parts to seasons to shapes.  The light-up writing pad allows kids to practise writing letters and numbers and the music player, complete with 20 songs, will have their toes tapping away as they work. It's a little pricier than the other toys featured here, but it's a really comprehensive educational toy that's sure to engage kids for years, and that, we think, makes it well worth the money.

  • Price: £50
  • Age: 3 years+

Best VTech Baby Toys For Encouraging Early Movement

VTech Crawl 'n' Learn Bright Lights Ball‍

This motorised ball is one of the best VTech toys for babies learning to crawl or walk. The internal motor causes it to jiggle, shake and roll, spinning tantalisingly just out of baby's reach and encouraging them to crawl to catch it. And there are plenty of extra entertainment features to boot: the sweet little animal buttons emit corresponding animal sounds and the light-up circle around the top is bright and attention-grabbing. We found the spinning turtle to be a particularly entertaining feature, but there are plenty of sound bites to further occupy your little one's attention. A versatile VTech baby toy that's great for encouraging movement - just bear in mind that it will roll better on smoother surfaces.

  • Price: £17
  • Age: 6 months+

Best Ride-On VTech Toys

VTech Push And Ride Alphabet Train Red

This Push and Ride Alphabet Train is something of a 4-in-1: a ride-on train, a walker to support smaller children just learning to toddle, a wagon that can be pulled behind and an activity centre for sit down play. In other words, it'll provide years of versatile entertainment and is great value for money. Featuring 13 double-sided letter blocks that interlock, each can be installed in a side panel to have the word inscribed upon it read aloud, then posted through an opening in the top to send it down the magic tunnel and into the wagon below. There's an interactive, kid-friendly clock on the front of the train to help kids learn to tell the time and a removable walkie-talkie with adjoining keypad for roleplaying fun. With plenty more lights, sounds, music and interactive parts, this train is one of the best educational toys to encourage movement in older kids.

  • Price: £35
  • Age: 1-3 years

Best VTech Toys For Car-Lovers

VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Super Racing Set

Toot toot toys are great for kids who love playing with cars, and this racing set will particularly enthral those who love the thrill of the chase. Featuring two launching pads, a high-speed spinning roundabout and two death-defying ramps, there's tons of fun to be had as your child sends their little race car scooting around the track. There are enough pieces to allow your kids to play around with different track formations and the little car plays all sorts of different sounds and music. As with all VTech toys, there's plenty of opportunity for learning, too: there are tons of fun interactive features and five SmartPoint locations that trigger extra educational phrases and melodies.

  • Price: £30
  • Age: 1-5 years

Best VTech Toys For Music-Lovers

VTech Safari Sounds Drum

Besides looking adorable (we guarantee you'll get a kick out of seeing your child installed at the helm of this beaming blue elephant), this drum kit is an excellent educational tool that teaches through music. There are five light-up drums, a cymbal and a bass drum for your little one to bash away on, each of which emits a fun sound when pressed and helps teach your child about cause and effect. You can choose which style of sound you want to play around with from the panel buttons above the drums and there are over a hundred sounds and melodies for your child to discover. One of the best interactive toys on the market for music-lovers.  

  • Price: £40
  • Age: 3 years+

Best VTech Toys For Early Years

VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Baby Driver

This is one of the best Vtech baby toys for particularly young children, who can engage in a little imaginative role play from their buggy or car seat. The little steering wheel really spins, whilst the light-up button at its centre plays tons of fun, imitative car sounds. Slightly older tots will particularly love copying their parents in the car by using the ignition, gear stick and indicator, each of which triggers realistic sounds, educational phrases or music.

  • Price: £18
  • Age: 3 months+

Best VTech Gadget

VTech KidiCom

In a world increasingly reliant upon technology and awash with different gadgets, screens are becoming an ever-more familiar and enticing presence in kids' lives. It's hard to keep kids away from them when we're so dependent on ourselves, but an adult phone is far too expensive and fragile a device to give to children. Enter, the VTech Kidicom, a fully-functional handheld device designed specifically with kids in mind. Featuring a five-inch touch screen, this 'phone' can send messages, take photos and play music, films and TV. It also offers a range of interactive games and can even browse the internet (though, crucially, with parent-controlled limitations in place). The design and app-focused layout will please kids looking to imitate their parents, though it's much bigger than a real phone - ideal for little hands. If you're looking to give your child the benefits of a screen without investing in a proper phone, this is the next best thing.

Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you liked our suggestions for best VTech baby toys then why not take a look at our guide to the best headphones that are safe for kids? Or, for something different, take a look at our pick of the best kids' electric cars.

  • Price: £40
  • Age: 3+

<p>Originally from Manchester, Olivia has recently returned to London after spending a couple of years between Toronto and Vancouver. She has a Bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature from King's college, London. As a writer, she is passionate about literature, and she has a particular love of travel and trying out new sweet treats. Her experience working as an au pair in Paris ignited her love for spending time with children.</p>

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