With Christmas here, many kids are asking for lots of expensive toys. Some parents justify spending all the money on toys by pointing out that they can be educational.

That might be true, but according to a new study, this may really surprise you BIG TIME---the most educational toy out there is:

 

Get ready for this---it's a set of building blocks.

 

Researchers from the University of Washington found that simple building blocks are more educational than screen-based toys like cell-phone apps, DVDs or video games.

The great thing about blocks is that kids are able to physically touch and smell and even taste blocks, which allows kids to develop faster than playing with a video game or watching a DVD. When kids are playing with blocks, they're truly using their creative side.