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20 Awesome Toys That Start With A

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Last year, I started my series of posts on show and tell items from A to Z to help parents (like me) who were scrambling to find a show and tell item for their kids at the last minute. I included foods from A to Z, books for each letter of the alphabet, and toys for every letter as well. I decided to dive a little deeper and create move comprehensive lists for toys that start with each letter from A to Z – and here I am sharing the list of toys that start with the letter A!

Whether you’re looking for toys that start with A for show and tell, you’re a teacher who likes to have letter-themed toys for your alphabet lessons, or you’re looking for a gift that starts with A for a special reason (maybe you’re shopping for gifts that start with the same letter as your child’s name), this list is a great way to get started!

Click here for a list of toys for every letter from A to Z!

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Toys that Start With A

Alphabet Blocks

Alphabet blocks are a classic toy that has been enjoyed by generation after generation. They are great for educational purposes and also fun for building, stimulating a child's pincer grasp and hand-eye coordination, which makes them a great gift for all ages.

These square wooden blocks show lower case letters, capital letters, numbers, and pictures of common alphabet-related animals and objects for learning beginning sounds. They also help young children learn different colors as well as problem-solving skills as they build and destroy over and over again.

This is seriously one of the best toys for a young child's development, and makes a fantastic educational tool while also bringing tons of fun!

(I've shared these Melissa and Doug blocks because they are classic and a great brand - but these etched wooden keepsake blocks on Crate and Barrel are gorgeous!)

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Animals (Stuffed Animals)

Do you have a child who is scared of the dark? Or maybe they seem to need a little extra comfort throughout the day? Offering a stuffed animal to accompany on their adventures is a great way to build confidence. Soft enough to hug or to sleep on, but detailed enough to be a friend that doesn’t judge.

Plush toys have always been one of the first things that a child receives after they are born. Does your child have a favorite character? Odds are, there is a stuffed replica to make him/her smile.

If they don’t seem to like TV characters, there are plenty of teddy bears and other animal friends that would make the perfect toy.

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AquaDoodle Mat

This AquaDoodle mat is such a cool toy for kids! It's basically a mess-free drawing mat where children can use water-filled pens to create colorful drawings. The best part? The drawings magically disappear as they dry, so your little ones can keep creating new art without any mess.

Your kids would absolutely love this amazing toy, especially if they enjoy drawing or painting. It's a great way for them to express their creativity without any worry of cleaning up. Plus, it's super easy to pack and carry, perfect for keeping them entertained on the go. Definitely a win-win for both kids and parents!

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VTech Alphabet Apple

The VTech Alphabet Apple is a fantastic interactive learning toy that's perfect for preschoolers. It's designed like a colorful apple with 26 light-up buttons, each representing a different letter of the alphabet. This toy is more than just an alphabet learning tool; it features eight engaging modes of play that teach phonics, spelling, time concepts, and even music. Kids can enjoy fun activities like letter hunt, time master, and music composer, making learning both educational and entertaining. The cute worm character, Clock, serves as a guide through the various activities, keeping the experience friendly and engaging.

What's really great about the VTech Alphabet Apple is its ability to grow with your child. For younger kids, it introduces basic letter recognition and sounds, while older children can explore spelling and even tell time using the movable clock hands. It's also portable and durable, which is a big plus for busy parents. This toy is an excellent choice for fostering early childhood development in a fun and interactive way!

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Activity Walker

At least 3 of my little ones have enjoyed this toy as a toddler! The VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker has lots of different features to keep a little one busy.

The front panel has five piano keys that play music, two spinning rollers, three shape sorters, and three light-up buttons. This push walker has over 70 fun songs, various sound effects, and fun phrases pre-programmed or your little one can engage in pretend play with the telephone handset.

The wheels work on both carpeted and hard floors and is a great way for a little one to start walking more. I can tell you first hand it’s not too rough on your hardwoods, either! Another thing I love is the volume control (sometimes the toy noise can be a bit *much* you know?).

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Activity Cube

Children with busy minds seem to get bored easy. The best gift that offers simple puzzles and strategies is the activity cube. It has 5 sides with 5 different activities to keep a young child's interest while their little hands interact with the various moving parts. Kids can enjoy playing with this educational toy for hours!

Bright colors to catch their eye and keep them amazed while they play with the bead maze and try to match shapes. It's a fun toy for an only child or for multiple kids to play with at the same time.

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Ant Factory

Whether you are a science teacher or a parent looking for a fun gift to impress your children, the ant farm is an exciting experience that all kids are sure to enjoy. It’s surely to be the first thing anyone sees when they enter the room!

Ant habitats show us how a different species lives day to day. We can observe their unique way of living, but also, I bet, we can find some similarities to our routine, such as storing food. 

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American Girl Doll

Every girl dreams of having their own American Girl Doll - including 10 year old me. These dolls have so much personality that is shown through their appearance and personal style. They are designed to be a girls best friend.

Your child can brush their hair and change their clothes. There are multiple different accessories that are assigned to each doll to help tell their story. These dolls are the perfect gift for stimulating imaginative play - and the historical themed dolls are great for making history fun and interesting to older kids.

Also, if you want to make the doll extra special, they make customized dolls that can be made to resemble your child. How cool is that?

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Marvel Ant-Man and the Wasp Action Figure

Action figures are always really cool, especially for kids (or adults) who love superheroes. This figure is designed with awesome detail, capturing all the features of the iconic Marvel character.

What's super fun about it is the articulation; the arms and legs can move, allowing for all sorts of heroic poses. It's not just a toy, it's a great way for kids to dive into their own little adventures, creating stories and scenarios that keep them engaged for hours.

And, if your kids are fans of the Marvel movies or comics, they'll be thrilled to have their own little piece of that universe!

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Art Creativity Set

One of the best ways to express oneself is through art. An artist set truly is one of the best gifts that one can receive.

Kids of all ages can enjoy this set of art supplies as they demonstrate their creative expression. If they are having a frustrating day, they can pull out the paintbrush and paint their sorrows away. If they want to recreate one of their favorite places to go, they can grab the pastels or watercolor paints and work their imagination.

Skill levels don't matter when it comes to creative play. Let your child's imagination run wild with this set!

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Apples to Apples Game

Are your kids tired of the typical board games? Apples to Apples is one of the hottest toys, and is one that our family plays often on family game night.

Apples to Apples came out before Cards Against Humanity and is much more family friendly, but is a similar concept.

This game offers the opportunity for all of the family members to get together and have a great quality time. It’s great for young children to find a fun way to learn social skills while making people laugh at the same time.

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Ants in The Pants Game

This simple and fun game can be played by children of all ages, but is more popular with younger kids. It teaches kids how to aim and use skills to apply the right amount of pressure in order to make their ant spring inside the pants.

Fair warning: This game also results in a mess. In order to win, all the ants must be inside the pants. That sounds like a win-win purchase to me.

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One of my favorite sounds is children laughing. Nothing is better than the pure excitement of a happy child. When a child can imagine that they are flying, they sound as if they are on top of the world. A toy airplane can take them from a simple day on the ground to living their dreams up in the clouds.

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The abacus has been around for many many years (as early as 2,400 B.C. actually). This educational tool is the perfect addition to any classroom or playroom. Tiny toddlers can use it just to play with the beads for fine motor skills development, but the real purpose for the abacus is to aid in teaching math.

It can be used for simple counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Who would have thought this simple device could help teach all that?

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Adventure Kit

Are you running out of good ideas for your outdoor loving kids? The adventure kit is the perfect toy set and promotes outdoor play.

Your child will have so much fun capturing flying insects and inspecting them closely with their magnifying glass. They could even pretend to be like Sherlock Holmes and search for clues to solve a mystery. 

My kids have a similar outdoor adventure kit and have a great time searching for insects and treasures outside. This is the perfect addition to the toy box.

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Avengers Helicarrier LEGO Set

Does your child love super heroes? Are you having a difficult time deciding on new toys? The Avengers LEGO set is sure to put a smile on their faces.

They can have pretend battles and aid in saving the universe with their favorite characters. They can pretend to fly and defeat all the bad guys.

This Lego set is sure to bring hours of fun during the building process and the adventures to come after the masterpiece is complete. (There are a lot of Avengers Lego sets out there, but this one here is geared toward 9 year olds and up.)

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Astronaut Costume

Does your little one stare up at the moon and starts? Try adding an astronaut costume to your list of toys to buy. They are sure to love playing pretend as they dress up in their suit and take off in their make believe rocket ship.

No dream is too small, so give them the best dream come true - to be an astronaut.

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Ariel from The Little Mermaid

Every little girl should be made to feel like a princess. Who do princesses have as friends? Other princesses, of course! Surprise your little girl with the Color Changing Princess of the Sea, Ariel. Once she touches water, her tail changes color, like magic.

Your little princess is sure to enjoy bath time and play time with her new friend.

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Articulated Hauler

Do you have a child that is fascinated by dump trucks? This remote controlled toy car will keep your child occupied for up to 2 hours, and has a rechargeable battery.

The heavy duty tires make it possible for off road hauling so your child can load the bed up with as much dirt and rocks as it will hold, and then drive it wherever they want to unload, and with one press of a button, the bed will tilt and dump everything out.

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Anakin Skywalker Funko POP!

For all the Star Wars loving fans out there, adults and kids alike, this Anakin Skywalker collectable figure is the perfect addition for anyone’s display. This fun figure has a large head and large eyes atop of a tiny body, making it very cute to look at.

However, if they wish for it to be played with instead of a collectable, that is ok, too. Let their imagination run wild with Anakin as he fights in the Clone Wars.

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Check out our list of 130+ Show and Tell Ideas from A to Z here!

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As a mom of 4 kids (and the oldest of 4 kids herself), Amanda has over 30 years of parenting experience. A former special education teacher, Amanda has a Master’s degree in Special Education and a second M. Ed. in Educational Leadership.

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