Top 5 Learning Games for Children: The Best Games to Explain Your Kids the World ​

Learning Games For Children

Learning about the world we live in is important to any kid’s education. I found these top 5 learning games for children that help to explain the world to your kids.

These games are targeted at older kids than I usually talk about, typically 8 years old and up. But there’s no harm in introducing some of the concepts found in them at an earlier age, depending on your child’s curiosity about the world. Rules in these games are typically quite simple. And let’s be honest: Rules are there to be bent 🙂 Why not adjust the rules a bit here and there so that you can enjoy these games even with much younger kids. Benni and I would usually leave out a few rules and just PLAY for the sake of it! Having fun together is all that matters. The education part happens naturally!

I’ve ranked the games on educational merit, fun factor and price range. We will start with my favorite.

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Best Musical Toys for Toddlers And Their Dads

Best Musical Toys for Toddlers And Their Dads

Numerous studies have shown a positive relationship between music and brain development in children. So, if you had a chance to positively impact your child’s development while enjoying music and spending time with them, wouldn’t you do it?

For Benni and me, music has always been a great way to have fun together! Hence, I would like to share with you my experience on the topic and give you a top 5 list of the best musical toys for toddlers and their parents.

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Hubelino Marble Run Review: A Lego Duplo Compatible Marble Run System

Hubelino Duplo Compatible Marble Run

Last Christmas my wife and I decided to get our 3-year old son Benni a Hubelino Marble Run Set and since then my son and I are having a blast with it!

I have already mentioned this system in my list of top 10 toys for 3-year-olds and their dads, and with this blog post I want to dig a bit deeper and dive into all the bits and pieces the system has to offer; and why I think that it is the best marble run system out there that you can get.

If you know this blog already then you also know what my personal perspective on toys is. If not, let me give you a quick round up: I deeply believe that FUN is the best way in the world to learn new things and build relations. I look at toys from the perspective of a dad who feels that playing together with his 3-year old son is the best way to connect and bond with him. Hence, I judge toys from two perspectives: They need to be entertaining for both myself AND my son! If they do, they are great toys. Hubelino qualifies as such. Let me explain why…

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Top 10 Toys For 3 Year Olds And Their Dads

Ducks Floating In A River

I’m a toy maniac! I love toys! And if you are just a little bit like me, you’re probably a dad (or mom) who’s always looking out for great toys for his or her child. I certainly am!

At the time I am writing this blog post it is early Spring 2018, and our son Benni is about to turn three years old in just a couple of weeks from now, and I am already excited and looking forward to his birthday (and buying new toys for him (and me 🙂 ), obviously). With that being said I want to give you the top 10 toys for 3 year olds that I would recommend any Mom and Dad getting for their kids.

Why I chose exactly THESE toys?

Let’s be clear about one thing: There are thousands of great toys out there, and a top 10 list can only cover so much. The toys I selected below are either toys that we already own and that Benni and I LOVE, or they are toys I am planning to get for me and my son as soon as possible. Either way: They are toys I am super excited about and I want to share with you why. They all have one thing in common: They are, in my opinion, the best toys to connect with your kid!

So, without further ado let’s get started…

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Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar 2017 – A Daily VLOG

Ah, December 1st! Time to get my yearly dose of Lego Star Wars 🙂 For the fourth or fifth time in a row, my wife was so lovely to surprise me with this awesome gift – again! I love these calendars, the models, the daily surprises. It’s just great!

Opening this post, I would like to take a look back at the recent years and give you a brief  overview of my Mini-Fig and Mini-Models collection that I have built so far (and which has earned a permanent spot in our living room cabinet). Check this out:

Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar Mini-Fig and Mini-Model-Collection

After collecting these for quite a few years now, here is a pretty cool diorama showing Santa Darth and Luke fighting while Santa C-3PO and Christmas Chewbacca are watching. I love it 🙂

Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar Xmas Darth Vader

Now, for this year, I decided to create little timelapse building videos of these models for my blog. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

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VTech Go Go Smart Wheels: Great Toy Cars For Kids And Their Dads

VTech Go Go Smart Cars Collection

When my son Benjamin’s first birthday approached back in July 2016 I found myself looking for a great toy that I could give to him as a birthday present, and that Benni and I could enjoy together. You know, when having a one year old toddler at home, it can become quite difficult to find toys that your kid will love and that you as a mom or dad won’t find boring right?

I was always into Lego, but let’s be honest: Even Lego Duplo is quite difficult to play with for a one year old. I tried it every now and then, but it always turned out to follow one simple rule: I build he, Benni destroys it 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, this can also be tons of fun, and I’ll probably describe my experience with that in another blog post soon, but it is not what I wanted to get as a first-birthday-present-experience!

So, as the toy obsessed dad I am I decided that this would be a great opportunity to go explore and visit a “real store” instead of just searching online. I love toys store anyways, so obviously I didn’t let this chance slip. I drove to Toys”R”Us near where we live and started looking around. There is tons of stuff for babies and toddlers, but I felt that for a one year old lot’s of these toys are either too simple (in terms of: they are made for babies) or simply too boring for me as Bennis Dad. And That Toy Dad does not like boring toys 🙂

Somewhere in the back of the store I found what I was looking for. There was a whole area with VTech toys, and they caught my attention. What I saw there were tons of colorful, well designed boxes with playing and laughing kids on them. Well, obviously, you shouldn’t make your buying decision based on smiling kids printed on a box by some company you’ve probably never heard of before; but what I’m saying that it caught my attention. Another great thing I remember was that if you want to, you can basically try out every toy, as the VTech boxes have cutout on certain positions, and you can press buttons etc. and really see what that toy does and sounds like before you actually commit to spending money on it, right?

So there I was, standing in front of talking crocodiles, singing dogs, plastic sheep, flashing trains and – nice one – colorful, exciting looking cars. Cars with  sound and light. And as we all know: Men and little Kids are ALWAYS attracted to sound and flashing lights, right?

I liked what I saw, so my next step was to look at the company’s age recommendation. It showed “Recommended Ages 1-5 Years” – Ding, ding, ding, I had a winner 🙂 Continue reading →