Toys For Learning Letters and Numbers

Learning letters and numbers is an important skill for preschool age children. This can be a difficult skill for children to learn, and every child is excited to count or be quizzed on each letter they see. Learning happens more quickly when it is fun. There are many great toys for learning letters and numbers, that make it more motivating and rewarding than relying on flashcards.

LeapFrog Fridge Sets

LeapFrog Fridge Phonics

Children place magnetic number and letter tiles into the toy, which will state the letter and letter sound. The toy also sings a fun, catchy tune that will help children remember the letter and letter sound.

LeapFrog Word Whammer

LeapFrog Word Whammer


This handheld toy is addictive for young children, who will not be able to put it down! Kids use the Word Whammer to play carnival themed games that indirectly teach them how to match letters and spell words. 

Pete the Cat Hot Dots Jr.

Pete the Cat Hot Dots Jr.
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The Hot Dots Jr. concept is magical for children in preschool, especially since they now include the infamous Pete the Cat. Pete the Cat is a celebrity for young school-aged children, as he appears in a variety of picture books that children adore.

Using a multiple-choice format in either the preschool or Kindergarten book, kids answer questions about colors, matching letters, counting and numbers. In order to find out if they are right or wrong, they place their Pete the Cat toy on a dot. If they are correct, Pete lights up green. Wrong, his eyes light up red. 

LeapFrog Letter Factory Leaping Letters

LeapFrog Leaping Letters Game

In this charming puzzle, children match the letters. They can test their speed by placing as many letters into the tray before the timer buzzes, launching and leaping their letters up in the air. This a great single player game, too.

VTech Lil' Speller

VTech Lil Speller Phonics Station

The VTech Lil'Speller is a great phonics toy for preschoolers that teaches children about individual letters, then encourages them to build their reading vocabulary by matching letters and sounding them out.

LeapFrog LeapStart

LeapStart Interactive Learning Activity Books


For children who like to read books, the LeapFrog LeapStart is a fun way to learn about letters, numbers, counting, and other social and academic skills. Using an attached stylus, kids touch the stylus to the page and learn new information.

LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Mat

LeapFrog Learn and Groove mat

Leap Frog/Amazon

This 4-foot long playmat encourages toddlers to learn about numbers and counting from 1–10 while dancing and singing.

VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk

VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk


Kids pull up a chair and sit down at the VTech interactive desk, which has five different playmats to choose from. The playmats teach vocabulary words, letters, and numbers. The desk transforms into an art easel, too.

Wikki Stix

Wikki Stix

Wikki Stix

Kids can practice learning the letters of the alphabet and their numbers by placing Wikki Stix, non-toxic waxed strips of yarn, on top of these brightly colored corresponding letter and number cards.


Trouble Game


By pushing the bubble in the middle of this board game that pops the dice, kids will strategically move their pieces around the gameboard. Get all your pawns first to your home base to win. Different versions of Trouble feature Marvel Avengers, Minions, and Frozen characters.

Chutes and Ladders

Chutes and Ladders


Chutes and Ladders is a classic family board game. Children spin the spinner to determine how many spaces they will move their pawn along the game board. Some spaces will cause the players to climb the ladder and get closer to the finish line. Other spaces cause them to slide down the chute, back near the beginning. Along the way, the game teaches recognition of numbers 1–100.

Spot It!

Disney Frozen Spot IT
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There are many different versions of Spot It. Players look at two cards, and are asked to identify the one picture, letter or number that is the same on both cards. Spot It is a fun, no-pressure way to learn about letters and numbers through basic recognition.

Okay to Wake Time Clock

Teach Me Time Clock

Onaroo by American Innovative

One of the most challenging things to teach kids related to numbers is the concept of time. The clock not only turns green when it's okay for children to wake up, but contains an integrated game teaches kids about telling time. 

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