Finding a toy that is fun and educational is like hitting the parenting jackpot! This is exactly how I feel about finding Educational Insights and their several lines of toys. Each line features toys that help a child develop and grow while in a playful and fun manner. These sorts of toys can also help your child develop critical thinking skills from a young age. You can read about that here: https://littlethinkerscenter.com/parents-guide/learning-challenges/critical-thinking-problem-solving/
I was able to play with 3 different products from Educational Insights. My kids LOVE these toys and have now become front runners in our daily play. If you are looking to spice up your toys, looking to teach your children about letters, words, numbers or science in a fun and creative way then do yourself a favor and check out Education Insights website today.
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Kids love to play with textiles like PlayDoh and clay, but they are hard to manipulate and work for some children with less developed fine motor skills and hand muscles. With Educational Insights Playfoam this is no longer an issue. Their foam is fun and easy to use. It sticks to each other but never your hands or other things like clothing or your table. It consists of tiny little foam cylinders, similar to a bead shape. The Shape & Learn set comes with 9 different colors for your child to play with. I choose to move mine into resealable bags after being opened, but you don’t have to do this as they don’t dry out!
The Alphabet set comes with all 26 letters of the alphabet to work the foam into the correct shape. Each letter shows with arrows the direction which you would go in to draw the letter on paper. This way when a child is ready to pick up a crayon or pen they can remember what direction it is they are to move their writing utensil.
I like to take the letters and form 3 letter words out so my 4 year old can see short words spelled out. Some words I have set in front of her include: pig, dog, cat. The Playfoam Alphabet Set fun for children to play with as a toy and as a learning tool. If your child loves to play with shaping clay’s or dough’s then I would highly recommend this Playfoam set.
Children are fascinated by the world around them. By exploring what is interesting to them you can help nurture and encourage them to feel confident that learning is exciting and fun. For instance, if your kid loves watching movies like Star Wars or something similar, you could try getting them Minifigures of their favorite movie character. My kids love taking a closer look at things and now with the GeoSafari Jr My First Microscope by Educational Insights they can take an even closer look than they ever could before. This microscope if fully functional, it works just as a real science tool should. The two large eye-pieces for you to look through, a child sized large knob to turn to gain focus and an LED light to brighten the environment you are exploring. You are able to view items up to 8x its original size.
My children love to find small things that they desire to take a closer look at. The pictures here show my kids looking at the tiny pieces that go in the game Operation! They wanted to see the tiny pieces in a closer and they were thrilled at what they saw. Knowing that this toy works like a real grown up microscope, and they they could use it like a grown up would made them feel so confident. My husband went to college for biology and is an expert at using the most amazing and high tech microscopes the world has to offer. We love helping our children fall in love with science. By learning about all of God’s creations they can fall in love with the world around them over and over again.
My son loves to take toys apart and then attempt to recreate it and put it together again. This is a natural form of play for him, I call it my future engineer in the making when he does this type of play. He also thinks robots are amazing! Most little kids think robots are fun and interesting, especially after they watch programs all day about robots! Robotech seems to be a popular program amongst children, even though it was originally released many years ago. Of course, once they start watching Robotech, they have to know more about the Robotech Wars. Apparently, Canada was important in the first Robotech War, or so I’ve learnt from reading an online article. Robots are harmless though, that’s why so many children are amazed by them. Anything with robots in, the kids are interested. They walk and talk like a person but are in no way a person at the same time. When I saw this toy I knew my son would flip out! Being only 3, he is still working on developing his fine motor skills. My 4-year-old daughter is able to use the screwdriver with ease, but he is still working on his hand muscles. I love that this robot can by played with by using not only the perfect toddler-sized screwdriver but also by hand. My son loves to try to use the screwdriver, but when he gets frustrated by his lack of ability, he can drop it and turn the screw or bolt by hand.
The Educational Insights Design & Drill Robot is perfect for introducing STEM learning through basic engineering and construction play. My son is working on his hand-eye coordination with his new robot as well as his matching skills. The screws can color coordinate with the robot’s body parts. It comes with stickers you can use to customize your robot and make it your own.