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Providing a variety of toys is the best way to make early learning fun for your little one. But by the time they are approaching nursery or KS1 age, you want to be sure they’ve learned some of the skills necessary to get the most out of this stage of their development.

Enter the electronic learning toy! Good quality electronic toys do more than just entertain – they make learning fun by captivating children’s attention with colours, sounds and interactive elements featuring favourite characters for children to interact with.

The benefits are numerous – not only do children love to play with electronic gadgets, they learn skills such as number and word recognition, spelling and phonics. Being introduced to these skills early, and in the comfort of their home, makes learning less stressful when faced with these tasks in nursery and then Key Stage One at school. They are also listening to and following instructions, taking steps in a sequence and hearing words of encouragement and reward; all very helpful skills to be developing as well as the more obvious learning topics like numbers, colours and so on.

Many electronic toys are designed around popular children’ characters, such as Trends UK’s Thomas & Friends ELA collection.  This is more than just a style choice. The easily-recognisable faces, sounds and songs make learning about numbers or the alphabet familiar and fun.

Another great benefit of electronic toys is that they are often easily transported for fun and educational play time on the go. Like the Thomas & Friends Flip & Learn Phone – a handbag must for busy mums looking for educational toys suitable from 18 months.

All of these benefits and more are what make electronic toys like those in the Thomas & Friends range from Trends UK the perfect play mate to educate and entertain your little one.

For more information about the collection visit John Lewis or read our product run down feature!

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