Educational Games

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Why choose educational games?

It is no secret that educational games are instruments which assist children in learning about themselves and the world around them. Educational toys in the early years lay a solid foundation for success in school and allow cognitive, physical, social, language and emotional skills to be explored and developed. They allow children to take risks and make mistakes in a safe environment and enjoy practicing skills in a hands on and engaging manner.

Selecting educational toys and games

Choosing the right educational games and toys can be mind boggling. We at Sweet Elephants have done the ground work for you and stock many products that are sure to challenge your child’s interest and abilities.
Birth to 1: children of this age group absorb the world through the 5 senses and are exploring cause and effect. Toys they may enjoy include:
-rattles
-wooden egg and cup puzzle
-teething glove
-sensory bags
1 to 3 years: toddlers love movement. Walking, climbing, pushing, riding you name it. Children of this age are curious in how objects fit together and work. Educational games and toys for this age group are:
-Wishbone Bike
-Wishbone Flip
-Grow Your Own Dino
3 to 5 years: This age takes pleasure in building relationships and playing with others. Activities that can be shared are ideal. Games such as the following are fantastic:
-Tanabata Stars
-Machi
-Wooden Pull-back cars
-Bird in Hand- counting game
-Great Escape- left and right game
-Eye Spy Bags
-Post Boxes
5+: Children of this age group favour activities and experiences which push creative boundaries. Activities that will expand and challenge kids of this stage include:
-Dear Little Letter Box
-Clip Circuits
-Story Stones
-Tanabata Stars
-Machi
-Wooden Pull-back cars and planes
-Bird in Hand- counting game
-Great Escape- left and right game
-Eye Spy Bags

  • smart games bunny boo is a fabulous 3D logical puzzlebunny boo peek-a-boo logical puzzle is a sturdy educational toy for kids by Smart Games
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    Where’s bunny, where did he go? Peekaboo, I see you!. A timeless classic that never grows old, and either does this cute little bunny boo! Watch them giggle as one of their favourite games is transformed into a real-life hide’n’seek adventure with Bunny Peekaboo. From as young as 2 years, kids are challenged to build a 3D structure with their furry little friend. Choose a challenge from one of the 60 cards, then using the bunny boo and one or more of the blocks try to build exactly what is shown on the card. The challenge cards are even cleverly colour coded in 4 levels of difficulty so little ones can proudly work their way through the pack as they get more confident. Features:
    • Recommended age: 2-6 years
  • camelot jr logical puzzlecamelot jr is a cool wooden logical puzzle for kids and adults to enjoy
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    Camelot Jr

    $39.99
    Camelot Jr is a beautiful 3D hardwood puzzle that is designed to get kids to think creatively as they build the right path to reunite the knight and his princess. Working individually or as a team, arrange the towers as indicated on the chosen challenge card and place the knight and the princess in position as shown. But remember, the knight and princess aren’t allowed to climb up or jump down the walls, they can only use the stairs and path along the top of the walls. Features:
    • Providing hours of brain-teasing fun
    • 48 challenges to choose from that increase in difficulty as your progress through the 4 levels (starter, junior, expert and master).
    • Stretch your brain, test your spatial and problem solving skills and leave even the big kids bamboozled.
    • Recommended 4-9 years but even the big kids will love this one!
  • wooden maths game for teaching early numberwooden game that teachers early maths
    Our Bird In The Hand wooden game is super fun and encourages positive attitudes towards Mathematics. Learning subitising, counting and addition this incredible educational game is a must for every house hold with an early Mathematical explorer. Features: *A game for 2-4 players *Length of game is approx 10 min Recommended Age: 3 years +
  • grow your own dinosaurdinosaur egg toy children can hatch and grow.
    Who said dinosaurs were extinct? Captivate your little palaeontologists as this little dinosaur egg toy is placed in and completely covered with water and hatches in just 48 hours. Don’t remove this prehistoric creature from the water just yet; he still has some growing to do. Move him to a large body of water and be amazed at just how big he will grow.  Once he has reached his adult size why not name him and introduce him to friends and family. Features: *Several surprise dinos to collect. *Develop language, curiosity in science and dinosaurs, expand observation skills. *A gift that keeps on giving as it grows and shrinks. *Jar height – 9cm. Recommended Age: 2+ years
  • Sale! time teacher watch purplekids watch that helps children to grasp the tricky concept of time

    Easy Read Time Teacher Kids Watch

    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $25.99$36.95
    At first glance, telling the time may seem a simple concept to learn, however when you consider the number of skills required to accurately read analogue time such counting, number identification, fractions, length, spacial awareness and ambiguous terms such as 'second', 'minute', 'hour' and 'past' it is easy to accept that teaching time is not only challenging but can cause children severe anxiety. Reading the time is without doubt an important life-skill, so how can we avoid the frustration and tears? With an Easy Read Time Teacher Kids Watch. A watch the teaches time in the matter of minutes in 3 simple steps. Features: *With a 33mm diameter it is the perfect size for a little one's wrist-but can still be used for adults. The glass face adds to its sophistication and clarity. *It is water resistant. *Recommended Age: Those identifying digits to 30 (approx 4 years) - the young at heart. See more information for additional features.
  • easy read time teacher is the perfect clock for learning to read the timetime teacher clock helps people to read the time on an analogue clock

    Easyread Time Teacher Kids Clock

    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $36.95$44.95
    Learning to tell the time is an abstract concept which many children find challenging. With the Easyread time teacher clocks, telling the time just got well…easy! For children who can identify numbers to 30, kids can read the time with just a few minutes of instruction with 3 painless steps. It is that simple! 1) Read the number at the end of the long/minute hand 2) Say ‘minutes to’ if the long hand is pointing to the red/pink side of the clock OR ‘minutes past’ if it is pointing to the blue/green side of the clock This time would read, “2 minutes to 8” Features: *Clear distinction between the size of the hour numbers and hand and the minute numbers and hand *No ticking equals less distraction *Recommended Age 5 years (or when child can identify numbers to 30) *Rainbow and Grey clock: 29cm *Classroom clock: 35cm Requires 1 AA battery (not included) Recommended Age: 5+ years
  • matador building blocks are super cool. Build ships, ferris wheels, cars, trucks, planes, ball runs, you name it you can do iteducational toys australia

    Educational Toys Matador

    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $12.90$529.90
    Pop in the pins, hammer, twist, chisel and create a new and exhilarating masterpiece over and over again-with Matador wooden construction kits there’s no time for boredom! Build a vehicle, an animal, a moveable windmill or even a ball run! Matador will open your child’s imaginary world where there are no boundaries. Combining three basic elements of play-movement, motor skills and higher order thinking, Matador embraces open-ended learning, stimulates communication between friends and parents and encapsulates the creativity innate in every being; is it any wonder that these educational toys delight all generations? Features: *A world of creativity waiting to be explored.  Each kit is slightly different so check out our longer description to work out which is best your your family. Recommended Age: 3+ years (small parts)
  • science for kids to safely explore elecronicselectronics kit for kids is safe and fun
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    Electronics Kit Clip Circuit

    $19.95$69.95
    Lights...Sound…Action! Get ready to fall in love with Clip Circuit electronics kit. Kits that capture young kids’ natural curiosity of electricity, provide a hands on approach to the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of systems; all without compromising safety. With an easy to follow manual- which progresses in task difficulty, kids are guided to build both series and parallel circuits with colour-coded and numbered pieces that snap together with ease; no soldering required. It is that simple. No fuss, no frustration and pieces can be used over and over again to construct jaw-dropping science experiments. Recommended Age: 5 years +
  • tic tac toe by blue orange games has never been more enticing than gobblet gobblersGobblet gobblers wooden game of noughts and crosses with a cool twist
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    Who doesn’t love a game of tic-tac-toe at home!? We have all seen many a page of scrap paper turned into a game of noughts and crosses. Gobblet Gobblers is based on the fundamentals of the ever-popular game with an added twist that extends kids thinking a little further. This easy to learn game will bring many laughs as children learn to strategise and hatch their plan to make their row of Gobblers.
  • hydrophobic sand makes a mesmorising science experiement
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    Hydrophobic sand behaves like normal sand, that is until you add it to water. Watch how your friend's and family's eyes widen in disbelief as you pour the sand into water, manipulate it into the shape of your choice and then scoop it out as though the sand and water had never interacted. I know right? It is hard to fathom! Magic sand is dyed and coated to repel water, so it's always dry.  Simply pour, play and discover. Recommended Ages: 3+ Years
  • wooden stacking toys can be challenging. Create your own challenges with Kiko tanabata star dominoskiko tanabata star dominos
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    Boys building toys are often talked about, but what about construction toys for girls? Kiko have designed the perfect educational toy for all kids-even the big ones, with Tanabata Star Domino set. Tanabata dominoes consist of 7 coloured stars (10 of each) and 30 natural beech stars numbered 0-9 incased in a funky gold bag. The activities you can do with these small wooden toys are only limited by your imagination. Recommended Age: 3+ years
  • thinkfun laser game is an awesome educational toy and should become a part of your familys games nightlaser maze game thinkfun a logic puzzle for the whole family to enjoy
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    Take a science-inspired game, add a little brain bending and voila, you have Laser Maze Game, the perfect logic game that teaches STEM skills while encouraging problem solving and independent thinking. Simply mention ‘Laser Game’ to any kid and their eyes will light up ready to have some fun. Using mirrors and beam splitters, players direct lasers through some clever maze challenges with the end goal to light up their target with the laser. Features:
    • Game Grid
    • 60 Challenge Cards from Beginner to Expert
    • 11 Game Tokens (1 Laser, 2 Beam-Splitters, 1 Mirror, 1 Cell Blocker, 5 Targets/Mirrors and 1 Checkpoint)
    For ages 8 to Adult
  • wooden toys for kids are not only fun but long lasting. Kukkia Kiko Machi London is a fabulous play set.kiko toys are wooden magnetic toy sets that kids can build
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    Machi London by Kiko Toys mix magnets, wooden blocks and chalk all into one awesome toy. Children will be spellbound by Machi London's charm as they draw roads, paths and flowers on the chalkboard base and place the magnetic wooden blocks in position to create a striking city. Ride on a double decker bus or whizz around in a stylish black cab exploring sites such as the London Eye, Big Ben or the British Museum; whatever your child decides there is bound to be hours of pleasure encounter. Recommended Ages: 3+ years
  • wooden eiffel tower by kukkia kiko is a part of the machi paris play setmagnetic toy machi paris by kukkia kiko is a fabulous play set
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    Magnetic toys and wooden blocks have been an all time favourite for generations. Kiko's innovative product Machi Paris- also available in Machi Tiny Town and Machi London, has entwined magnetics, building and chalk into one extraordinary toy that facilitates hours of fun and numerous learning possibilities. Witness the joy your child experiences being swept away in creative play exploring the magnificent monuments of France. Whether it be riding the metro, visiting the Eiffel Tower or L'Arc de Triomphe your loved one will love designing their own chic Paris magnet town. Features: -2 magnetic boards, 1 Eiffel tower (pull apart), 1 L'Arc de Triomphe, metro fit with a train, 4 rails and 2 metro signs and 1 piece of chalk. Recommended Age: 4+ years

     
  • pengoloo blue orange games memory gamesThe Pengoloog memory games from Blue orange games is a perfect game for 4 plus year olds.
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    Head on an Antarctic adventure with Pengoloo, a wooden memory games for children that will have them intrigued from the moment they lay eyes on the cheeky little penguins in the box. To play, simply roll the dice and lift up the penguins to try to find the matching coloured eggs sitting underneath the penguins. Using their memory skills, kids need to try and collect 6 penguins to place on their iceberg which makes them the winner!
    • Each game consists of 12 penguins, 12 coloured eggs, 4 iceberg score boards and 2 coloured dice.
    • Age: 4+ years
    • 2-4 players
    • Play Time: 10-15 minutes
  • traffic jam game thinkfun rush hour
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    Honk Hooonnk!! Where on earth is that little red car going, and how is he going to get out of the traffic jam? It’s going to take some clever thinking to get out of this one. This Rush Hour traffic jam game, teaches kids (big and small) to tackle the gridlock using their brain power to strategically slide around the other vehicles and make way for the red car to escape the traffic. Features:
    • Rush Hour Traffic Grid with card storage
    • 40 Challenge Cards from Beginner to Expert with Solutions
    • 15 Blocking Cars and Trucks and 1 Red Escape Car
    • Game-Go Bag to take the game with you anywhere
    Age: 8 and Up Players: 1 Player
  • around the world safari replicas are great for kids to learn about the worldsafari ltd has fabulous little replicas of famous world landmarks
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    The world’s greatest landmarks enflame awe- from lost cities to impressive houses of worship your child can embark on several adventures and wonderings with Safari Ltds Toobs Around The World and World Landmarks. Visit places from countries far and wide and discover civilizations across the centuries. With Safari Ltd the educational opportunities are endless. Watch as your loved ones are absorbed in the world around them. Features: *Miniature hand painted replicas between 4 to 7.5cm. *Lead free and thoroughly tested for safety. Recommended Ages: 4 + years
  • Sale! safari toobs mammal skulls are the best replicas for children to explore the world's mammalssafari toys are little replicas of common mammal skulls. Explore the insides of your favourite animals
    Safari toys recognises that a child of today is surrounded by technology and the imagination is at risk, thus Safari Ltd have designed magnificent miniature replicas to ignite curiosity and creative play. These life like mammal skull figurines can bring out the zooarchaeologist in the oldest of us. Who doesn't like unearthing treasures and exploring some of our favourite animals? Features: *Includes 8 skulls from a gorilla, dolphin, lion, giraffe, elephant, zebra, hippopotamus and rhinoceros. Recommended Ages: 3+ years
  • sensory mini bean bags to enhance your child's sensessensory bags can be used to develop baby's senses from birth. Explore the monochrome patterns, colours and different textures.
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    Sensory Bags

    $24.99
    Tired of spending a fortune on toys that just don’t last?  Not only can our sensory mini bean bags be used from birth to adulthood, they have been designed with Maria Montessori and Steiner’s theories of learning in mind-so they are ideal educational tools. Starting from birth newborns are drawn to black and white images, later as their visual skills develop flip the sensory bags over to introduce your child to the colours of the rainbow. As your child grows stack the sensory bags, sort them according to the texture of the fabrics (smooth, silky, fluffy), count them, discuss primary and secondary colours, learn the shapes on the contrasting black and white sides, catch and throw them or use them for games like hopscotch.  The ideas are endless! Features: *All seams come with our quality double stitching, made from only the best quality fabrics. *Approximately 10cm square the 6 mini bags are a great size for small hands and can be popped in a handbag to be played with in the car or at an appointment. *Washable *Ideal for kids with special needs such as those with visual impairment or Autism Recommended Age: Birth-Adulthood PRE-SALE AVAILABLE EARLY DECEMBER
  • day and night smart games is a great stack game for preschoolerssmart games day and night stack game is an awesome educational toy for preschoolers
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    Smart Games Day and Night is a clever stack game of concentration and problem solving which teaches kids to follow simple instructions and create a stacking puzzle scene by following the range of challenges provided. As a bonus, the intriguing concepts of day and night, shadows and silhouettes will also be explored as they play.
  • story stones should be included in every junior classroom to help kids create, alter, retell and extend stories
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    Story Stones Educational Tools

    $12.50$59.99
    Story Stones educational tools are perfect for developing literacy skills such as retelling, creating sentences, grammar and writing. Story Stones are magical hands on tools for aiding oral story telling,exploring/expanding sentence structure, assisting writing, developing retell and recall, igniting one's imagination and so much more. Features: *Choose from several kits to add to your story library to create even more adventures Recommended Ages: 5+ years
  • wooden number blocks can assist with computation especially when you use Sumbloxsumblox are wooden blocks that assist with maths. If the numbers add up, so will the heights
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    Sumblox

    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $219.99
    Sumblox are the latest mathematical tool on the market that are assisting and empowering children of several ages to develop a deep understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions. Sumblox allow kids to discover maths on their own terms through engaging hands-on play. The 43 hardwood building blocks are carved into digits from 1 to 10 and can be stacked on top of each other in multiple combinations to easily display the relationship between value and symbol. How cool is that? No matter how they are stacked, if the numbers add up so will the heights! Recommended Ages: 1-11 years
  • Sale! magnetic tangram travel game for kids. Tangoes animals by smart games
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    Tangoes Magnetic Tangram

    $19.99 $16.99
    Tangoes Animals is a fun, magnetic tangram travel game based on the ancient Chinese tradition of Tangrams. The travel sized booklet and magnetic tangram puzzle pieces makes it easy to take your Tangoes Animals out and about for short trips, long journeys, or even quiet play at home. So you can create Tangoes puzzles wherever you are! Features:
    • 24 awesome challenges
    • 7 puzzle pieces
    • Recommended 5+ years
  • preschool maths games for left and right
    As your sheep escape to the left and the right, who will have the most sheep in their paddock at the end of the game???  A quick, easy & fun game which teaches basic counting, whilst you learn your left and right. A brilliant family game for 3 or more players. Features: * 3 x 2.5cm wooden dice, 20 hand stamped sheep tokens, a drawstring cotton bag and instructions Recommended Age: 3 years +
  • three little piggies game australia is great for spatial awarenessthree little piggies game by smart games is a mathematics logical puzzle for kids
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    Help! These poor little piggies have some real piggie problems and need your help to safely build their houses and play outside. Can you protect them from the big, bad wolf? This fabulous single player, multi-level logic puzzle is a delightful brain teaser which is based on a favourite classic and is bound to be loved by your little problem solver. Features:
    • game board, 3 large easy to hold puzzle pieces, 3 Piggies, a Wolf and a story booklet with 48 challenges (24 with the wolf and 24 without)
    •  expand your child’s problem solving, fine motor and spatial skills, ability to follow simple instructions and cause and effect
    • Recommended Age: 3+ years
     
  • smart games trucky 3 is the perfect spatial awareness game for kidstrucky 3 is an amazing game by Smart games that tests your spatial skills. It is a must have for every family's wooden games for kids collection
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    Trucky 3

    $39.99
    Trucky 3 is a clever 3D puzzle game that will have even the big kids bamboozled. These truck games are fabulous tools for developing logical thinking and spatial reasoning skills through play. Toddlers can initially push these happy trucks from one destination to another until their clever little minds are ready to discover the irresistible brain teasing aspect that accompanies these truck games. Features:
    • 3 trucks, 48 challenges
    • Recommended 3-8 years
  • Sale! wooden puzzles Noah's Ark by George Luck is a fabulous 2 layered jigsaw
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    Made from ply-wood that is colourfully stained and finely cut, even Noah would be impressed with the building of this beautiful 2 layered, 39 piece wooden Ark puzzle. Each piece of the puzzle is a different colour and is designed to logically fit in either the top or bottom layer within the double frame.
  • wooden rainbow decor to make your childs room brightwooden rainbow for exploring and creating symmetry, colour, balance and creative play
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    A delightfully, vibrant wooden rainbow that will grow with your child and remain a favourite for many years. Designed with your loved one’s creativity, safety and learning in mind you will be amazed by the magic that this handmade wooden rainbow ignites. From 1-2 years : explore colour and shape, texture and build vocabulary. Between 3-4 years: creative play increases as he/she substitutes the blocks for other objects and toys and develops simple pattern making and stacking. The opportunities for older children and adults are endless and more sophisticated. Through building one’s imagination, symmetry and balancing skills are challenged. Adding extra blocks like our Machi sets can further enhance play and encourage higher order thinking. Features: *Size: 260mm x 130mm x 20mm Recommended Age: 3 years +
  • zimbbos stacking game it a great number gameblue orange games zimbbos is a stacking game of counting, ordering and number
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    Who could resist a game or two with these adorable little Elephants. They are certainly ready to impress your little ones in this clever building game. Zimbbos is a clever wooden stacking game which teaches colour recognition and counting, and develops hand-eye coordination, dexterity and balance awareness. Help stack the Elephants ready for their circus show performance. Features:
    •  10 Wooden Elephants, 5 Wooden Jokers, 3 Wooden Bars, 1 Wooden Dice and Illustrated Rules.Ages 3+ 1-4 players
  • sight words are learnt with fun with Zingo by ThinkFun
    Move over Bingo, there’s a new kid on the block and he’s out to add a little zing to your day! Mastering the common sight words is a key step to developing successful readers, especially as they make up 50-75% of written English language. Word games can help take the worry out of learning and make it fun! Zingo Sight Words is a must-have interactive word game which adds an element of fast-paced fun to a traditional favourite.