Most popular Japanese educational toys
you should buy when you visit Japan!
Japanese loves buying educational toys for kids as most Japanese moms include myself are very educational minded.
Children learn by playing, and educational toys encourage the development of essential skills like creativity, thinking outside the box, and problem-solving.
The toys we provide for our kids can make a difference in their development. During your child’s growing years, it is important to provide them with educational toys that allow them to learn while they play. Different types of toys require children to use different skill sets and tap into different learning areas of the brain.
While any toy can offer value to a developing brain, there are certain toys, usually referred to as educational, learning or instructional toys that provide specific value to children. The beauty of educational toys is double fold, as they appeal to both children and parents. At their core, they are still toys, so they don’t seem like homework or a burden to children, yet they conveniently, almost secretly, provide learning benefits.
The Benefits of the Educational Toys
- Innovative and creative thinking: When playing with educational toys and games, children can develop perception, intuition, and reasoning as they partake in a creative activity.
- Cognitive skills: Educational toys can help children connect to their thought processes and further develop their capabilities to think freely. Common toys that help boost cognitive skills include puzzles and number games.
- Motor skills: With the right educational toys and games, children develop their motor skills in conjunction with their cognitive skills.
- Soft skills: By giving children a well-guided play experience, children develop what are considered softer skills such as appropriate social interaction (dictated by social values, principles, and sentiments), language skills, and emotional development (i.e. handling certain situations, such as losing a game, helps them learn to accept challenges, to overcome them, and to gain mental strength)
I would like to introduce some of the best educational toys in JAPAN, especially the ones my two daughters LOVE.
Kids can memorize Japanese Prefectures while they are having fun playing with this plastic puzzle. My 3 years old daughter loves this puzzle, she does plays over and over!
About KUMON (From Wikipedia)
Kumon Educational Japan Co., Ltd. is an educational network created by Toru Kumon which uses his Kumon Method to teach mathematics and reading for young students.
Kumon is an afterschool program for reading and math that has over 4.5 million enrollments all over the world. It does not follow the normal school curriculum but follows the student’s pace. Kumon is an independent program, and the teachers help the students individually.
Anpanman is a Japanese picture book series written by Takashi Yanase, running from 1973 until the author’s death in 2013. The series has been adapted into an anime entitled Soreike! Anpanman (Let’s Go! Anpanman), which is one of the most popular anime series among young children in Japan. The series follows the adventures of Anpanman, a superhero with an Anpanman (a bean–jam filled pastry) for a head, who protects the world from an evil anthropomorphic germ named Baikinman.
Heavily merchandised, the Anpanman characters appear on virtually every imaginable children’s product in Japan, ranging from clothes to video games to toys to snack foods.
Kids can learn how to say times in Japanese and English, and each greeting words.
I recommend you to visit bookstores when you visit Japan. They sell small educational toys(KUMON toys, LaQ blocks, Origami, Clay toys and so on) and sounds and musical books. Japanese Shinkansen or Japanese Vehicles books are very popular among boys. Kids can also Learn Japanese nursery rhymes with those books.
LaQ is one of the most popular building blocks in Japan.
The “Q” in LaQ is for the Japanese word “kyuu” which means sphere, and LaQ is completely unique in how the blocks can create spherical geometric shapes using a minimum number of parts. A sphere is the infinite shape of all polyhedral objects, and LaQ is the ultimate block to explore the possibilities in creating from a child’s imagination.
LaQ is an ideal toy to LEARN through PLAY, and PLAY is FUN!
LaQ encourages a child to use his imagination and creativity to the fullest by discovering ways to physically build what he sees in his creative mind.
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