To give an older child 6 years and up an early introduction to learning a second language the "Bratz Adventures in Learning - Bilingual learning tool" is a good choice. Built as a laptop computer with a full-sized keyboard and a backlit LCD screen this exciting language tool will keep the child interested for hours. Imagine the child's pride when he or she is able to speak and understand even a few words of Spanish to other kids at school. This educational tool is available in Spanish, French, German and Dutch.
Another advanced student learning tool in paperback book form is "Second Language Learning Through Cooperative Learning". This is a serious tool that the publishers claim will have students talking a second language very quickly. The book includes sections on: co-op structures, social roles, getting to know you, making words mine, guided grammar experiences, writing skills, and lesson designs.
While this short article covers just a small portion of the language learning tools, toys and pretend learning toys I hope it will give you an incentive to spend at least a portion of your toy budget on learning toys. A healthy child needs playtime to develop properly. Why not take advantage of the learning toys available and get more value for your child and your money.