Time Out rummages around the toy bin to find the best educational toys
1 Magnetic letters and numbers: A simple, colourful way to meld mini-minds. Available at Hamleys, Dhs65.
2 Make ‘n’ Break Challenge: Winner of the 2009 Middle East Toy Fair for educational toy, this fast-paced construction game will pit friends and family against each other as they race to build the structures shown on the cards. Using only the tongs provided, this game requires concentration, sleight of hand, a strong nerve and speed. For more details, check out www.ravensburger.com.
3 Wedgits Junior Set: A series of vividly bright block shapes that nest, stack, link and wedge together in vertical and horizontal positions, Wedgits capture the imagination as kids explore and build. The shape and design possibilities are endless. For more details, check out www.wedgits.com.
4 Zoob: A building set with a difference, the pieces in this award winner by Infinitoy move after you’ve put them together. Model suggestions and instructions are provided, but the best bit, in our opinion, is exploring, inventing, and discovering how to build whatever you want. This moving, mind-building, modelling system encourages kids to create and learn using the most important tool of all: their imaginations. For more details, check out www.infinitoy.com/zoob/.
5 Pink shape sorter: This shape sorter is a great way to improve a child’s spatial awareness. And it looks rather pretty too… Available at Hamleys, Dhs99
6 Wooden dominos: Retro fun with these rather fetching wooden dominoes – a great way to introduce maths to kids at an early age. Available at Hamleys, Dhs99
7 Alphablocks: ABC made easy with these quaint and colourful blocks, featuring letters of the alphabet and playful pictures. Available at Hamleys, Dhs259.