Independence Day: Patriotic Toys Teach Kids about their
June 30, 2011 | July 4th isn’t just about
cookouts and fireworks – it’s also the perfect opportunity
for families to come together to enjoy toys, games and puzzles that
teach children about American history, past presidents, geography and
Several toymakers have created patriotic-themed games and
geographical puzzles … and parents wishing to introduce their
children to historical topics about the “land of the free”
will gravitate toward these toys and games that are not only
educational, but fun, too.
“Oftentimes, kids don’t even realize they’re
learning when they’re playing,” said Adrienne Appell, senior
manager of public relations at the Toy Industry Association (TIA).
“The best part about these toys, games and puzzles is that
they’re really entertaining but they also inspire kids to learn
about their country.”
Here are some examples of play products that will engage and
entertain families on America’s birthday —and all
US Presidents Encyclopedia Britannica (Tek Nek)
identifies the names, facts, chronology, birthdates and first ladies for
each of America's presidents. The encyclopedia features all 44
presidents, a fun quiz mode with interactive questions, more than 300
different sound effects and learning opportunities, and an easy-to-grip
handle tapered for different-sized hands. It also comes with a poster
and a certificate for a free 90-day trial to Britannica Online.
The Sing-a-ma-jigs! ™ Yankee Doodle (Mattel)
character proudly croons a classic piece of Americana to help spread
some colorful red, white and blue spirit. The Sing-a-ma-jigs! are
free-spirited, off-beat plush characters that sing with each squeeze of
their tummies, setting off unexpected laughter and excitement for kids
The Talking US Map Puzzle (Tek Nek) helps kids learn
the capitals and geographical location of each state. As the pieces are
placed where they belong, the map sings and teaches – announcing
each state’s name, nickname, capital city and more. When pressed,
the American flag plays “America the Beautiful,” the Statue
of Liberty recites the “Pledge of Allegiance,” and the
compass gives directions.
The Map of the United States Jigsaw Puzzle (Hasbro)
is a 14” by 20” puzzle featuring a map of the U.S.,
including Alaska and Hawaii, with the puzzle pieces cutting on state
The USA Foam Map Puzzle (Are You Game) lets kids
travel cross-country through a giant 2- by 3-foot puzzle of the United
States made up of colorful, extra-soft, water-resistant foam
American Presidents Learning Floor puzzle (Melissa
and Doug) is an informative, 100-piece floor puzzle that features finely
illustrated portraits of the American presidents from George Washington
to George Bush, with the full name and length of their service
below each likeness.
Brain Box: US Presidents (Mindware) is a memory
recall game that keeps young minds engaged by challenging players to
memorize as many details as they can on the cards, which feature
American presidents. When the 10-second timer runs out, players then
quiz each other on what they can remember from the cards – from
the name of the most famous person shown to the capital city.
LEGO Architecture The White House allows kids to
replicate the home of the nation’s Head of State, creating a White
House model that stands 9” wide on a base with a printed name
label. The product includes a booklet with fun facts about the building,
including its construction and its history.
These are just some examples of the many products on the market that
cater to children and families who want to celebrate the 4th of July in
a fun, educational way. For more toy trends and tips, make ToyInfo.org your
year-round resource for fun in every season.