ABCs, 123s, and Beyond

Published Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Toys and Games that make learning fun!

Happy New School Year!

It happens around this time every year. We start getting questions about ways to help reinforce and develop school skills. Especially early reading, basic math, and getting along with friends. And we’re so happy to be asked!

For the reading and math, repetitive skill drills aren't our favorites. While they may help some kids, many balk and just don't engage fully. Sometimes, this compounds the problem they were supposed to fix.

What to do? Gamify!

A little competition and togetherness can go a loooonnnnggggg way to helping.

Collected here are some items that ARE our favorites to establish good foundations for learning. Best part, they're sneakily educational.

We won't tell the kids. 😉

123s & Math

Reading & Spelling

Social Emotional Development

Some kids have a knack for making friends and reading social cues. Others need some help.

By playing with these items together, kids and their grown ups can practice all sorts of social skills. Especially developing empathy and understanding.

See the full selection of educational toys and games on our shopping site here:

Educational & School Skills

PS: Here at Happy Up, we know that every child's learning style is unique and special!

If you would like personalized recommendations to fit your child's specific needs, stop by a store. Our friendly toy experts are ready to listen and to help.

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