Play smart: 10 best educational toys

If the kids are already bored with their Christmas haul, try them on one of these playthings that will get their brains in gear

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If you're looking for a children's birthday present with a difference or you want something to keep the little ones occupied over the coming half term then try one of these toys.

From laptops to jigsaw puzzles and musical instruments to maths challenges, we have some great educational toys that will help them learn while they have fun.

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The VTech My Laptop is great value for money and has a range of activities to help them play and learn at the same time. David Beckham builds LEGO with his kids, get in on the act with the Cargo Terminal, which helps them develop their creativity as they build. For your budding mini musician, the Bee Smart Musical Xylophone and Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube are great buys.  

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1. VTech My Laptop, £16.99

2. Janod Four in One Activity Case, £30

3. Seedling Create Your Own Designer Clock, £36

4. Bright Minds Maths Mat Challenge, £25.49

5. Primary Science Magnet Set, £25

6. Lanka Kade Whale A-Z Jigsaw, £19.99

7. Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube, £16.94

8. LEGO Cargo Terminal, £69.99

9. LeapFrog Scribble & Write, £14.99

10. Bee Smart Musical Xylophone, £24.99

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