Valentine's Day Gifts for Toddlers That Challenge Their Brains

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Let's be real, toddlers don't ​really​ care about Valentine's Day, but they do love presents. Instead of heart-shaped chocolate and other heart-shaped candy for your toddler, we put together a list of educational and fun toys to help challenge their growing brains. All of the toys on the list can be found on Amazon.

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So, here are a bunch of learning toys to get your little ones for Valentine's Day (or any day, really). And maybe throw in a little chocolate too, just because.

This toy from Learning Resources is great for preschoolers, as it helps them build their social-emotional learning skills with the faces they create. All 26 facial expression pieces are stored inside the pineapple to make your cleanup life easier.

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Mixaroo - $24.99

A cuddly creature that lets kids explore expressions through imaginative play. Toddlers can mix and match the 11 easy-stick pieces to give the Mixaroo different creative looks.

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A wooden peg board for sorting shapes, colors, and numbers. It's a great tool to help toddlers develop colors, shapes, and numbers recognition, as well as hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

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Busy Board - $19.99

A busy board that will keep your kids, well, busy. It'll also help them develop their hand-eye coordination and ability to practice essential dressing skills. It includes buckles, shoe laces, a snap pocket, velcro, a zipper, and buttons.

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This interactive chair from Fisher-Price that comes equipped with over 59 sing-a-long songs, tunes, and phrases that teach first words, numbers, shapes, and colors. It's cute and educational, but it's also a chair. And we all know how much toddlers love chairs.

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Alphabet Apple - $13.49

VTech's Alphabet Apple teaches kids the alphabet in a fun and interactive way. The letters light up, and there's also a clock so your kids can start to dabble in telling time.

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An egg carton with 12 eggs that have geometric shapes and colors inside for kids to match and put back together—or for ​you​ to put back together when your child doesn't feel like cleaning up.

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Counting Cookies is a toy from Learning Resources that comes with 11 cookies with numbers 0-10 printed on the bottom and the corresponding number of chocolate chips. The only thing better than a chocolate chip cookie toy is a real chocolate chip cookie.

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VTech's Learning Carrier includes a cute little plush dog and an interactive pet carrier to give your kids the chance to role play as a pet owner. The carrier plays over 100 songs, melodies, sounds, and phrases.

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This Melissa & Doug Take-Along Tool Kit is perfect for toddlers who love fixing things—or at least pretending to fix things. It comes with 24 toddler-safe pieces, including a child-size play hammer, wrench, screwdriver, wooden nails, screws, nuts, and bolts.

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