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Wise Buys: 7 Best Learning Tools Under $20 for Early School Age Kids

* Educational games make learning easy and fun for kids
* By incorporating colors, bold images and whimsical designs, kids will not tire easily
* Prepare kids for preschool, kindergarten, and grade school

Help turn playtime into learning time at home with our comprehensive list of the best learning tools and games. Each of these products incorporate elements of  technology to present basic learning concepts in an engaging way that will make your child excited to learn. These helpful tools make for happy, more confident kids so that when school time comes around, your youngsters just might be making it to the head of the class.

1. Write & Wipe Demonstration Clock


helps kids learn to tell time with their easy to read clock. This clock makes it easy to teach both analog and digital time with its movable plastic hands and a place to write the digital time.


2. Colors, Shapes & Counting DVD

Learning can never start too early, and with the

, your child can start getting ready for school with all the fun kindergarten readiness activities. Subjects include learning to count objects by color, shape or a combination of both. This DVD covers all the important lessons while making learning fun and something your kids will want to watch over and over again.


3. Self-Correcting Alphabet Wooden Puzzle

Melissa & Doug are known for creating toys that offer simple concepts that inspire children to come up with their own games. Their

is no exception. This set will help kids learn the ABC’s as they match letters to pictures in a self-correcting puzzle. The set includes 52 wooden pieces featuring both capital and lowercase letters and labeled images that can be used on their own for countless other letter games and activities.

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4. Smarty Pants Preschool Card Set

includes 120 cards featuring educational games and activities that allow children to learn new facts and have fun doing it. The cards are colorful, creative and packed with activities including picture puzzles, math challenges, tongue-twisters, mazes and more. Each set of these cards has also been developed with educators to support the curriculum of each grade level.


5. Explorer Box Educational Toy


is filled with educational STEM learning toys and games that combine physical game pieces with an interactive world to encourage curiosity and imaginative play. This box will provide hours of fun, letting your children build their own “story.” Then, read or listen along as the tale unfolds via the app. The augmented reality features in the app combined with the physical activities provides additional play value by combining real-world elements into a digital game with colorful 3D animation.


6. Kids Folding Binoculars and Telescope

This Binocular set for kids includes a folding spotting telescope that is perfect for bird watching, hiking and educational learning. Designed for easy use by children, these have 8x magnification, are portable and can be folded to easily match the eye distance gap for each child.

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7. Smart Snacks Alpha Pops


helps to teach and reinforce upper and lowercase letter recognition as your child matches together these frozen pops. In addition to letter recognition, these pops strengthen hand muscles and increase coordination while promoting imaginative play. Great for play by themselves, or with a friend, these Alpha Pops will keep them busy for hours.