Best educational games and books for children
This article contains affiliate links. We may earn a small commission on items purchased through this article, but that does not affect our editorial judgement.
On the week commencing 16 August, children across Scotland will return to the classroom, making it the ideal time to start getting them ready for the new school year.
There’s some classics which are timeless and also some new products to enjoy below.
If you want some new technology to help your child learn too, here are nine of the most powerful laptops.
Channel 4 Married At First Sight UK: full cast revealed including a former Miss Great Britain & Dreamboys star
Which is the best mattress for a child? Comfy single mattresses for children, from Emma, Simba, Tempur, Fusion
Strictly Come Dancing 2022: when does it start, full line-up including Will Mellor, Fleur East and Kym Marsh
BBC Celebrity MasterChef 2022: Who is Kirsty Gallacher, how to watch and full line-up
Best walking shoes for men UK 2022: sturdy, comfy men’s shoes for hiking from Salomon, inov-8, and Merrell
You can also help them to continue the learning at home by investing in a desk for their room. We’ve done the homework for you though and have compiled a list of the top children’s desks.
Children's Handwriting Notebook
Make handwriting practice great fun for your children with this cleverly designed and colourful notebook.
Ideal for children aged five, added handwriting sheets help them to develop their skills in this beautiful book which can be taken anywhere.
Designed to encourage independent learning, the notebook is full of tracing activities to improve handwriting.
The A5 books slip easily into small backpacks or suitcases, making them an ideal travel companion for the summer holidays.
Personalised Kids' Educational Book
This enchanting and special book is personalised with the child’s name.
They are the perfect introduction to colours, shape, numbers and letters for your little one. Bright images and clear text helps their cognitive development during their early formative years.
With their name on the front cover and then on every single page, the child will love engaging with these books. Let them see if they can spot their name hidden in the colourful pages.
As well as being personalised with the child’s name, you can choose a message to be printed on the inside of the book.
Choose from a book on numbers, shape, colours or letters.
My Personalised Encyclopedia
In this terrific, easy-to-read encyclopedia, your child will be taken on a journey through the alphabet, learning about many different things that begin with each letter of the alphabet.
It’ll teach them endless facts about animals, body parts, food, occupations, history and much, much more.
This personalised encyclopaedia will make a useful and memorable keepsake for younger children and is sure to be cherished for years to come.
It can be personalised with the child’s first name up to 12 characters and also a personal message from you, up to 80 characters long.
Children's Educational Pink Unicorn Jigsaw Puzzle
This is a pretty ten piece wooden jigsaw perfect for learning through play.
Children will learn to count by slotting puzzle pieces together to create the pink unicorn.
This puzzle can stand once complete and will look great as a decoration on a shelf or windowsill.
This has been designed in the UK and handcrafted by skilled artisans in Sri Lanka from eco friendly materials.
Kids! Grow Your Own Flowers For Bees Educational Kit
Children can learn about bees and encourage them to your garden, balcony or windowsill with this special edition bee-friendly growing kits.
Complete with borage seeds and growing materials, this kit contains original illustrations and an educational poster about the lives of bees, their role in the natural world and simple things we can do help them.
The seeds can be sown indoors in spring and moved outside when warm enough.
Suitable for kids aged 5 to 10.
Scrabble Original Board Game
Scrabble is a classic game, but it’s a classic for a reason.
For generations it has provided fun and learning all in one, and it can continue to help your child develop their vocabulary.
Consisting of interlocking words, crossword fashion, onto a playing board, Scrabble game challenges players to spell out words using letter tiles with various score values.
The object of the game is to get the highest score.
Trivial Pursuit Family Edition Board Game from Hasbro Gaming
There’s fun for children and adults alike in the family edition of this classic board game.
Answer questions on six categories and earn wedges. There’s questions for kids and adults so the whole family can get involved and everyone can expand their knowledge.
There are six categories of questions; geography, entertainment, history, art and culture, science and nature and sport and leisure.
Maths Games for Clever Kids ® - Buster Brain Games (Paperback)
This book is brimming with maths puzzles designed to help kids improve their number skills.
From times tables and shape-based search scenes, to mental arithmetic conundrums and pictorial puzzles, there’s plenty of content to bamboozle the brain.
From bestselling puzzle book author Gareth Moore.
Collins World Atlas: Complete Edition (Hardback)
This atlas of the world presents a complete view of the world, bringing it to life through innovative maps, stunning images and detailed content.
It offers an exciting perspective on how the planet is made up, how it looks and how it works.
This world atlas includes highly detailed, updated regional and world-wide mapping and a wide range of topical issues covered including natural disasters, population, climate and the environment.
David Walliams Memory Game
This a fun family game created by David Walliams.
This is a memory game which requires full concentration and memory skills to find pairs of Walliam’s characters featuring the likes of Aunt Alberta, Gansta Granny and Ratburger.
Filled with brilliant images, this game is perfect for any fan of the David Walliams storybooks and is fun and educational all in one.
David Walliams Awful Aunties Witty Word Games
A fun packed and educational game from The World Of David Walliams.
Awful Auntie’s wonderfully witty word game includes seven card games designed to help your little ones with their spelling by creating crosswords and quick fire spelling races.