Reviewed for First Grade, 2007

Bring the idea of recycling home with this cute toy. Lego is perfect for this age because it works on counting, spacial reasoning, pattern recognition, dexterity, and fine motor control-- key components to reading, writing, and math. Once they've snapped this truck together, kids can put the miniature sanitation guy to work, outfit him with his dolly, and wheel the tiny trashcan from the curb in no time flat. This truck comes complete with a back end that tips up and down just like the real thing. Kids will fight to take out the garbage! (Lego, $14.99)