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Toddlers learn through play even when it comes to building important life skills. Using toys that engage the whole child (as in the Montessori method of education) helps little ones develop practical and sensory skills that they will remember through discovery and play. These 10 imaginative learning toys for toddlers from Etsy emphasize imagination and cognitive development for the preschool crowd.

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Human Anatomy Felt Set This felt body comes complete with human organs of the same material that can be fastened on with velcro. Young children learn how organs and systems fit together in the body with this bright, engaging manipulative.

Quiet Books Pre-made or customized quiet books allow tots to learn through touch without a lot of noise. These are perfect for road or plane trips.

Wooden Sewing Machine Your little textile toddler will love this wooden sewing machine with a working mechanism housed on the inside to keep little hands safe.

Tool Set Handmade tool sets are perfect for young children to practice building and creating in a safe way.

Kitchen Set Put away the plastic, mass-produced play kitchen toys. These wooden kitchen tools are safe for play and actual food preparation (with help from mom or dad).

Busy Board With manipulatives and tools ranging from an abacus, laces, buckles, and more, this owl shaped busy board will keep your child engaged and learning life skills for hours.

Colored Bead Abacus You’ve never seen an abacus quite like this! The delightful pastel colors make this toy a wonderful counting tool and a perfect piece for home decor.

Lacing Tool This lyre-shaped lacing tool helps pre-K kids develop tactile and hand-eye coordination skills.

Rainbow Building Blocks Watch as your future engineer builds a colorful castle out of these oversized blocks.

Make a Match Zoo A memory game with wooden coins helps kids identify animals and work on their recall skills. Research shows that children learn through doing and play. These Montessori-inspired toys are sure to be at the top of any shopping list.

Check out these 10 imaginative learning toys for toddlers from Etsy for your youngster. You’ll be glad you did!

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Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.