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Toys that Start with A – 20 Educational Ideas

There are different reasons people search for toys that start with the letter “a”. Some caregivers use them as aids in teaching their children letter sounds and others use them for themed learning units.

I have been working with my 3-year-old on learning his letter sounds and we've been having a great time going through the house and finding things that start with the letter “a”.

We ended up gathering items, including toys, and placing them on the shelf in the playroom.

We talked about each item and there ended up being a lot more learning beyond the letter “a” sound, which I thought was fantastic.

I thought I'd share some of our joy and put together a list of toys that start with “a” for everyone.

Every toy on this list lends itself to further learning in a multitude of academic topics, as well as to the development of fine motor skills.

Every letter “a” toy on this list can be used in other themed learning units or just for fun.

This list of letter “a” toys is great for toddlers, preschoolers, and early-elemetary-age children.

image of a written with tape to represent toys that start with the letter a

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Though every toy on this list starts with the letter “a”, not all of them start with the short “a” sound. For beginning letter-learners, it's best to choose the short “a” sound toys.

If the child is familiar with the phonetic pronunciation of the alphabet letters and they have moved on to learning sight words, any toy on this list will be fine.

If you are curious about how to teach your child the “a” sound, sound games are great for this.

As I mentioned above, these toys can be used for other themed learning units.

For example, spider toys (arachnids) can be used to help teach children classification and the threading apple can be used during a fall-themed learning unit.

20 educational toys that start with the letter “a”

1. Abacus 

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Melissa & Doug Abacus – Classic Wooden…
  • CLASSIC ABACUS LEARNING TOY: The Melissa & Doug Abacus Classic…
  • QUALITY CONSTRUCTION: This counting beads math activity toy is…
  • 8 EXTENSION ACTIVITIES: Our bead counter for children comes with…

2. Apple Lacing Toy

JCREN Wooden Lacing Apple Threading Toys…
  • WOOD LACING FRUIT TOY – Wooden Lacing Big Apple Toy is a new kind…
  • IDEAL FOR PRACTICING FINE-MOTOR DEVELOPMENT – Doing traditional…
  • ATTRACTIVE DESIGN – A cute wooden caterpillar is connected to the…

3. Avocado Nesting Toy

Nuby Soft Silicone Stackable Avocado…
  • Nuby’s Silicone Stacking Avocado makes learning fun. Encourage…
  • A variety of colors and shapes help with cognitive development….
  • Playtime that benefits all aspects of your child’s growth….

4. Ant Growth Cycle Toy

Ant Growth Cycle, Animal Growth Cycle…
  • 🐜【LIFE CYCLE】kids can see how Ant change and grow….
  • 🐜【LIFE CYCLE】kids can see how Ant change and grow….
  • 🐜【PACKAGE INCLUDES FOUR FIGURINES】Our Ant Life Cycle of a…

5. Astronaut Sensory Bin

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Creativity for Kids Sensory Bin: Outer…
  • OUTER SPACE SENSORY BIN: Blast off on a intergalactic mission…
  • SENSORY TOYS: Sensory bins are great learning toys for 4 year…
  • SENSORY BIN FILLER: All sensory bin fillers are carefully…

6. Armadillo

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Safari Ltd. Armadillo Figurine -…
  • Realistic Design: The Armadillo figurine is meticulously sculpted…
  • Fun & Educational: This figurine is a great educational tool,…
  • Safe and Durable: Made from high-quality, durable material that…

7. Alphabet Puzzle

Hape Wooden Lower Alphabet Puzzle|…
  • Stand-up Wooden Alphabet: Chunky alphabet letters can stand on…
  • Educational Puzzle: In addition to developing letter recognition…
  • Lowercase Letters: This wooden peg puzzle includes the 26 letters…

8. Acorn to Oak Tree Life Cycle Book

Acorn to Oak Tree (Follow the Life…
  • Tonkin, Rachel (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 07/31/2019 (Publication Date) – Crabtree Classics…

9. Angle Exploration Kit

hand2mind AngLegs Geometry Set with…
  • GEOMETRY KIT: The Montessori math materials are provided for…
  • PROTRACTOR MATH TOOLS: These variety packs of colored Anglegs…
  • GEOMETRY RESOURCE: The math activity cards provide step by step…

10. Acid & Base Chemistry Kit

YELLOW SCOPE Acids, Bases & pH Kit for…
  • LEARN THE BASICS: The 24-page lab notebook and 24-piece toolkit…
  • AWARD-WINNING: This product is a true standout, having earned…
  • 19+ EXPERIMENTS: This lab notebook aims to inspire kids to delve…

11. Africa Puzzle Map

12. Airport Duplo Set

LEGO DUPLO Town Airport 10871 Building…
  • Build this LEGO DUPLO airport playset with toy plane out of large…
  • This airport toy building set includes an airport building with…
  • Use the modern characters, accessories and decorated bricks to…

13. Art Set – Rock Painting

Rock Painting Kit for Kids – Arts and…
  • Unleash & Spark Your Creativity: With the deluxe rock painting…
  • Premium Value: Kit includes: 10 white smooth river rocks, 6 color…
  • A Fun And Educational Gift For All Ages: It fascinates children…

14. Arctic Animal Figurine Toys

Lynkaye Polar Animal Toy Figurines…
  • Package included: Polar bear family(4pcs), Emperor Penguin…
  • Quality material:this polar animal figurines set is made of high…
  • Polar animal theme decoration,polar animal figurines set.Exert…

15. Alarm System Circuit Building Set

TEDCO Amazing Alarm System
  • Build your own electronic science alarm
  • Connect simple circuit to activate alarm sound
  • Do It Yourself educational science kit

16. Addition Ring Stacking Toy

Xylolin Montessori Toys for Toddlers,…
  • 【Wooden Math Counting Toy for Toddlers】 This math learning…
  • 【Montessori Math Material for Preschoolers】 It’s designed…
  • 【Learning while Playing】 The founder of the Montessori method…

17. Arachnid Figurines (Spiders, scorpions)

BIWASE Insect Figure Toys for Kids,…
  • Imagination and Education: This animal figure toy set is a great…
  • 【GRS -Recycled material】 Using GRS certification Recycled…
  • Portable Storage: It is wonderful for children to spend the…

18. Allosaurus

MOJO Allosaurus with Articulated Jaw…
  • PREMIUM QUALITY: This figurine is a highly detailed,…
  • COLLECTABLE & EDUCATIONAL: This toy figurine is both collectable…
  • PREHISTORIC DINOSAUR COLLECTION: This Allosaurus with an…

19. Australian Animals

Wild Republic Kangaroo, Koala, Dingo,…
  • Great Value: In this Australian Polybag are five detailed and…
  • Stimulates Creativity: Great for school dioramas, hobby projects…
  • Size: Packaging is 8” x 12” bag, toy figures average around…

20. Asia Geopuzzle

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  • GREAT TOYS FOR BOYS AND GIRLS | For the child who is globally…
  • PUZZLE FOR ALL AGES | With large and small connecting pieces,…
  • UNIQUE PIECE DESIGN | Each puzzle piece is shaped like a…

What are some of your favorite educational toys that start with “A”? I'd love to get some more suggestions for the list!

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