Top Special Needs – Academic Toys

No matter if you have a typically developing child or one with different delays or exceptional needs, all children have the instinct to want to learn. The toys listed below are great ones that my family still uses today. In my autistic son's therapy, we often use matching games. We use it in speech therapy to have him learn sounds, letters, colors and matching. In his behavior therapy. we use it to learn turn-taking, completing a task and sitting to pay attention. There are many great academic toys listed in the other categories as well.

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  1. Read With Me Violet

    from LeapFrog for ages 2 and up

    MSRP: $34.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: It's storytime with the LeapFrog character Violet. This interactive puppy comes with five board books that Scout reads aloud as kids…

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    Read With Me Violet
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  2. Read With Me Scout

    from LeapFrog for ages 2 and up

    MSRP: $34.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: It's storytime with the LeapFrog character Scout. This interactive puppy comes with five board books that Scout reads aloud as kids…

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    Read With Me Scout
    • Fun

    • Repeat Play

    • Assembly & Instructions

  3. Korner’d

    from Endless Games for ages 8 and up

    MSRP: $18.00Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Korner'd is a game for one to six players where the object is to match your tiles to the patterns on the board. It's not as easy as it…

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    Korner’d
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  4. Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University Who’s Behind the Door?

    from Spin Master for ages 6 and up

    MSRP: $19.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Can you guess the monster behind the door? That's the object of Who's Behind the Door?, based on the Disney/Pixar movie Monsters…

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    Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University Who’s Behind the Door?
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    • Assembly & Instructions

  5. LeapPad2 Explorer

    from LeapFrog for ages 3 and up

    MSRP: $99.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: The LeapPad Explorer was a huge hit when it came out last year. But this year, LeapFrog has revamped the LeapPad Explorer to give it…

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    LeapPad2 Explorer
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  6. Fridge Phonics Magnetic Alphabet

    from LeapFrog for ages 2 and up

    MSRP: $21.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: LeapFrog's Fridge Phonics is a staple in many homes. Teaching developmentally typical kids as well as those with delays, the toy helps…

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    Fridge Phonics Magnetic Alphabet
  7. UNO Moo! Preschool Game

    from Mattel for ages 3 and up

    MSRP: $19.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: To build great social skills, we need to teach kids to take turns. The school, the park, the library — kids have to learn to…

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    UNO Moo! Preschool Game
  8. Curious George Matching Game

    from Wonder Forge for ages 3 and up

    MSRP: $8.99Compare Current Prices

    What it is: Matching skills are critical. With a familiar face to kids and grown-ups alike, the bright colors and simple images make this a great…

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    Curious George Matching Game

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