Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Educational Insights Back to School Giveaway.

Soon the kids will be heading back to school. Educational Insights has tons of fun games and toys to keep them entertained until the big day arrives.  Here are a few of our top picks.

 Kids can design their own Dazzling Creations with this new princess-themed set. Includes star-shaped screwdriver with real ratchet sounds and action! Ages 3+The nitty-gritty: 1 Ratcheting screwdriver with forward and reverse switch Star-shaped bit 4 Mini fun-shaped activity boards: castle, unicorn, crown, and dress 30 Translucent, sparkly bolts 8 Clear faceted gem caps.

My Thoughts

This Design & Drill set is tons of fun for little girls.  The set includes four different activity boards in the shape of a castle, unicorn, crown, and dress. Perfect for any little princess.  It also comes with a variety of screws in pretty colors and a few diamond caps to top them off with. The pieces are all large so they won't be easy to lose.

My daughter just loved using this set. She was able to screw in all the pieces independently, and she loved the pretty designs she created. You can mix and match colors any way you like so it's always new and different. When she's done, she can take them apart to play again or put them out on display.  This is a like a fun craft project that kids can come back to again and again.

A shape-tastic recipe for fun! Business at Frankie's famous food truck is brisk! Customers just can't satisfy their craving for this cool cat's unique, shape-inspired menu. Kids take turns using the fun Frankie Squeezer to fill orders while they practice identifying geometric shapes, a beginning math skill, and develop fine motor skills. It's a simple recipe for fun, but watch out for greedy guests, slippery banana peels, and other hazards. The first to deliver a 5-course meal is the winner! For 2 to 4 players. Ages 4+.

My Thoughts

This game is super cute and easy for younger children to follow and understand. The object of the game is to be the first to fill your plate. You do this by spinning the wheel. When you land on a certain shape, you get to pick a food that is the same shape. For example, a circle would get you an orange or a triangle a slice of pizza. There are also a few spaces that cause you to steal a piece from another player or to have to place one back on the board.  To make it even more fun, you have to pick up your pieces with Frankie, the cute little cat.

My younger children are three and five and they really loved this game. In addition to providing hours of entertainment, it's also helping familiarize them with their shapes. I would recommend this game to anyone.

 Kids go wild about science with this animal-themed early learning science set. Real science tools get a whimsical twist, engaging young learners in fun, science-learning play from measuring and mixing to testing and discovering. Ages 3+.

 My Thoughts

This is a cute set for future scientists. It comes with a nice selection of  beakers and test tubes. They are made from sturdy plastic and and have cute animals toppers. There is a also a dropper, tweezers, and a set of activity cards. Activities include fun experiments like filling a balloon with gas or making your own bubbles.

While I really like this set, I was a little disappointed that it didn't come with any of the ingredients needed to complete the experiments. I didn't have any on hand so I haven't been able to try them yet. However, my kids have fun playing with the pieces in the pool and the tub.

 Learning gets more majestic with the Magical Talking Wand. This splendid wand guides preschoolers and kindergartners through an interactive learning experience with enchanting speech and sound effects that are "dazzling" while encouraging independent, self-paced learning.

My Thoughts

The Magical Talking Wand is a fun way for your little princess to get a head start on reading. The wand is compatible with all the Hot Dots products, which are books and flash cards that teach kids everything from colors to reading and math. We tried it out with one of the alphabet books.   Each page asks a question, like finding everything on the page that starts with the letter B. If the child guesses correctly, the wand lights up green and congratulates them. If they get it wrong, it encourages them to try again.  I was especially happy that it worked with all my old Hot Dots set, because I have a bunch of them

The wand operates using two AAA batteries. These are not included.

 Choose a level, listen to a list, remember what you heard, then think quick! Win points for naming things missing from the list, identifying their category, or being the last player standing in a lightning round. Guess incorrectly, get stumped, or name something that was on the list and you're out! 2 levels of play-beginner and advanced. For 3 or more players. Ages 8+.

My Thoughts

This is a great game for older kids. It's fast paced and lots of fun. There are several different types of cards. You either have to guess what's missing from the list or figure out the category all the words come from. There is also a lightning round and whoever lasts the longest is the winner there.  If you guess incorrectly you loose the round. 

My two teens had lots of fun playing this card game. It was an engaging choice for family game night.  You do need at least three people to play the game.   There are two levels of play-beginner and advanced--making it fun for all ages.

The Giveaway

One lucky winner is going to receive all three of the games/toys listed above! To enter, just fill in the Giveaway Tools form below. This giveaway will  9/3/15 and is open to the US only.  The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to reply. Thanks again to Educational Insights for offering this fantastic prize.


Susan Chester said...

Boom the Brachiosaurus Backhoe would thrill my grandson!

Candie L said...

I like the White Board spinners. Thank you


jlee said...

Love the Hot Dots for Reading for Kindergarten!

Kristen said...

I like the Motorized Solar System.

Tara Overby said...

I also love the Hot Dots Jr. Pete the Cat I Love Kindergarten!

Lauren said...

I like the binoculars.

CindyWindy2003 said...

I like the games that make you think like Nowhere to Go® and kadoole genius.

Anonymous said...

I think my kids would like the Hot Dots. Patricia

Pat Hoffmeister said...

Hot Doys

polly said...

I like the Geo Safari Bright Eyes

JLin Mei said...

Classroom Café Dining Play Set

Terra Heck said...

I like the Super Sleuth Vocabulary Game. Thanks.

crystalgrant84 said...

I would love the travel games set. We're always on the go and trying to keep everyone busy;)

Dawn Monroe said...

I like the telescope, puppet on a stick and the learn and play cash register.

Debbie Bray said...

I like the Design and Drill Center

Debbie Bray said...

I like the Design and Drill Center

Jan Lee said...

I like the Dino Construction Company™ Rocko the Styracousaurus Dump Truck for my great nephew :)

Xty C said...

I like the GeoSafari Jr. Science Utility Vehicle

Kristie said...

I like the Crowded Waters™ Game Survival of the Fishiest.

Ken Ohl said...

love the geo safari jr. science utility vehicle. thankyou, ken

Jamie Williams said...

My daughter would love the
Design & Drill® Flower Power Studio™