Are you looking for fun and engaging toys and games for your infant or toddler? Here are five tried and tested French educational toys for kids that will help your child learn the language through play. I have provided you with the Amazon links, but you can also check out the various marketplaces such as Craigslist, Kijiji, and Facebook Marketplace for gently used French-speaking toys.
All the toys recommended on this list are toys that I purchased for my daughter, Surya, over the past couple of years.
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French toys for babies and young infants
This is the very first French-speaking toy that Surya enjoyed discovering. It gives you the option to choose between English, French, and Spanish. The soft, plush-like Octopus, with embroidered “buttons” on its tentacles, introduces your baby to the world of colours in French. What’s more? It plays soothing classical music for your child, and the bottom part of the toy features high-contrast black and white detail, ideal for babies.
Manufacturer’s recommended age: 3 months plus.
This musical rhymes “book” features classic French nursery rhymes, with lyrics. Children can also hear the names and sounds of musical instruments, as well as colours in French. In addition, the slide and twist features help build fine motor skills.
My daughter loved pressing the buttons and listening to the catchy comptines (nursery rhymes in French). Since she was only 8 months old when I bought this for her, I only let her play with it under close supervision as I was worried her little fingers could get stuck between the pages. It also enabled us to spend quality time discovering music together.
Manufacturer’s recommended age: 6 months to 3 years.
VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker (French version)
While only the English version is available on Amazon at the moment, I do recommend checking out if other stores carry the French version of VTech’s Sit-to-Stand Walker.
Note: the image above is of the English version VTech’s Sit-to-Stand Walker
The French-speaking toy has many components to keep your child busy and engaged, including a removable panel that can be used to promote tummy time for younger kids, piano keys, spinning rollers, shape sorters, light-up buttons, and a pretend telephone, just to name a few.
If you’re teaching your child French, the best part of this trotter is that it features numerous sing-along songs and phrases, which my daughter loved!
Manufacturer’s recommended age: 9 months to 3 years.
This has been one of my best toy purchases so far! When I first gave my daughter the LeapFrog Chat & Count Emoji Phone, she spent 20+ minutes at a time learning and mastering the numbers 0 to 10. Now, she enjoys playing the various games included in the phone such as “Guess what’s under the blanket” and even plays her own pretend games, calling people with it.
Manufacturer’s recommended age: 1.5-4 years.
And this is our latest purchase for Surya: the LeapFrog 2-in-1 LeapTop Touch (French Version), an interactive laptop that also flips to tablet mode. This French educational toy for kids is a great tool to learn numbers (0 to 20) and letters, including phonics.
So far, Surya is enjoying the numbers song in French and playing the games on the tablet.
Manufacturer’s recommended age: 24 months – 5 years
What are some of your favourite French educational toys for kids?