Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Educational Insights Spring #Giveaway


Spring may have just started, but before we know it, the kids will be out of school and we'll be looking for ways to keep them occupied. Educational Insights has tons of fun games and toys to help make your summer run smoothly. Here are a few of our top picks.




Discover amazing, up-close lunar exploration with GeoSafari® Jr. My First Telescope! Little ones can explore the moon with this focus-free telescope, built specifically for little hands and growing minds. Perfect for STEM learning. The 10x magnification provides fantastic views of the moon, while keeping the field of vision wide, which is essential for young children’s understanding of magnified views. 



My Thoughts

This telescope is a wonderful way to get your kids outside. First of all, the assembly is very simple. You only have to attach the telescope to the base. This screws right in. You won't need any tools. Once set up, I found the telescope to be much more powerful than I expected.   We were able to get an excellent view of the moon and see the detail of the craters. The stars were much more visible as well, and I was able to point out a few of the constellations. What I really liked about this telescope is that the part you look through is more like binoculars. This is much easier for younger children who can have trouble trying to close one eye to look through a standard telescope. Overall, a great toy that works almost as well as the real one I have! Now we can look at the stars together.  





Become Cinderella for a day! Players take turns flicking the Magical Wand Shaker and placing matching colored tokens on their castle cards. The first to fill her castle with tokens wins the game AND the “glass” slipper! 




My Thoughts

The object of this game is to gather all the Cinderella tokens and transform them into princess tokens. You achieve this by rolling the dice and getting the colors that correspond to the pieces. The first time you get the color, you can to add a token, such a the mice, old dress, or pumpkin, to your board. The second time, you can flip it over and magically transform it into a horse, gown, or carriage. If you roll a fairy godmother, you can take any piece you need, but if you roll a clock you have to put one piece back. The first one to get all the pieces transformed wins the glass slipper.  My daughter really loved this game. It's fast-paced, fun, and makes her feel like a princess. She especially loves rolling the dice with the beautiful wand shaker! 



Find and feed hungry puppies! Players shake the Dog Bowl Randomizer to find out which pup to feed, then scan the board for the pup with matching colors. The player who finds the matching pup first feeds it a bone. The first player to give away all bones first wins! 



My Thoughts

This is a cute game that is fun for very young children. It would be a great choice for pre-schoolers.  The game comes with a board, bone pieces, and a randomizer. You shake the randomizer  and it will land on two colors. One is the color of the dog, and the other is the color of the collar. The first person to find the dog on the board that matches gets to place one of their five bones down on it. Whoever feeds all five of their bones to the dogs first will be the winner. It's a fast-paced game and a great way for children to learn their colors. 




Perfect for pretend play and artistic expression, these ready-to-write-and-draw versions of our best-selling Rainbow Prancers™ feature felt-tip markers in bright, beautiful colors and flowing, multi-colored manes. Add a little magic to your next puppet show or coloring session! 




My Thoughts

These are just too cute! My daughter had been asking for puppets, and since she loves unicorns, these were the perfect choice for her. There are three unicorns in the set--white, pink, and green.  There's a little lever on them that allows the mouth to open and close. If that's not exciting enough, these mini versions also have colored markers on the bottom of them!  So you get a toy and an art supply in one fun package!




Get ”in shape” with no-mess Playfoam®! Let little imaginations soar with this all-new, vehicle-themed, squishy-squashy set that can be shaped and sculpted over and over again. 


My Thoughts

My kids just love Playfoam. It's just as much fun as colored dough,  but with a lot less mess. The pieces don't get stuck to your clothes, and it's a lot easier to separate the colors. This package comes with several different vehicles already assembled. There's a plane, car, and a few trucks.  My kids loved playing with these, but also enjoyed taking them apart to try new designs. This is a great starter set for anyone trying Playfoam for the first time.  




Turn your home into the Shoemaker’s workshop! Read the story together; then, watch your little one’s creativity blossom with a full-color, double-sided shoe shop playset with seven ready-to-color characters and a shoe to decorate and lace!

My Thoughts

This is such a fun craft idea.  You get both a cute story and crafts all in one package. This set tells the story of the elves who help a poor shoemaker find fame.  It also includes several papers dolls that kids can decorate themselves. There is  a big shoe with a real tie that will help kids learn how to tie their laces.  This craft set makes for hours of entertainment and encourages storytelling. 





The Twelve Dancing Princesses will dance their way into your little one’s heart! Read the story together; then, watch her creativity shine as YOUR princess colors five fun characters for use against a full-color storybook backdrop. Plus, she can create and decorate a mosaic dancing shoe and princess crown! 


My Thoughts

This is another cute two in one combo set. The book tells the story of the twelve dancing princesses, sisters who sneak out each night to go dancing with their princes.  In addition to the book, you get beautiful paper dolls that kids can color to make them their own. There are also other crafts where kids can design their own shoes or princess crown. It's a wonderful way to spend a rainy day. Kids can create their own characters which really helps them get into the story and encourages them to read.



The Giveaway

One lucky winner is going to receive all of the games/toys listed above! To enter, just fill in the Giveaway Tools form below. This giveaway will  4/20/16 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.







53 comments:

Ken Ohl said...

I think my little niece would love puppet on a stick. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

Janet W. said...

I visited their website and also love their GeoSafari® Jr. BugOpticals™.

Elizabeth Miller said...

My daughter really likes the Hot Dots. She has seen them at a friends and really liked them. They are a good idea.

crystalgrant84 said...

My nephew would love the Dino Construction Company Build and Smash set!

Mammamayor said...

The geotrack thing looks neat ! Natbelinsky@verizon.net

Candie L said...

I like the mortar mix. Thank you

candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

VickeC said...

Nancy B’s Science Club® Binoculars and Wildlife Activity Journal

Victoria Barbour said...

I love all of the Pete the Cat products. My daughter and I Iove reading the books about him

lissa crane said...

Everything looks great, but my son would most love the Design & Drill! This would be perfect for my little engineer!

lildevilgirl22 said...

I like the design and drill brightworks

Charlene S. said...

BBQ Blitz! looks like fun.

Kelly Skibbe said...

I like the GeoSafari® Jr. BugWatch™ for my daughters. They would find that interesting.

Tara O. said...

I also love the Koala Capers game!

aperry said...

I like the Hot Dots® Jr. Pete the Cat® Kindergarten Rocks! Set

Teachers Market said...

The MathShark game looks like it would be fun!

Isaiahsmom said...

I like the Sneaky Snacky Squirrel game. My kids and I like to have a family game night.

Jeanna Massman said...

My grandson would love the Geo-Safari Sneak & Peek Periscope.

Rita M said...

My granddaughter would absolutely love the Hot Dots® Jr. Princess Fairy Tales Interactive Storybook Set!

Anonymous said...

I like the GeoSafari® Jr. Underwater Sound Scout!

Anna Pry said...

Dino Construction Company™–Spike the Ankylosaurus Steam Roller would be a fun toy for spring

Anonymous said...

Great toys. I would love the Hot Dots for my girls. Patricia

jlee said...

I'd love the Hot Dots since my sons are learning to read.

Robin Abrams said...

I would love to have the Dino Construction Company™ Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader

Anonymous said...

The Puppet on a Stick would be so much fun

Susan

Xty C said...

I like the Hot Dots Make Your Own Kit

LeAnn Harbert said...

I want the personal laminator for my son to use in his classroom.

alissa apel said...

I really like: Design & Drill® Activity Center. I think it looks like fun!

JLin Mei said...

GeoSafari Talking Globe

stacey geeters said...

Myn daughter would love the design and drill.

Kristie said...

I like the Dino Construction Company™ –T-Top the Triceratops Bulldozer.

Dawn Monroe said...

I like the grill and go camp stove and the holiday puppet on a sticks.

Anonymous said...

Nancy B.'s Science Club is a great way to do STEAM activities

Gloria

Anonymous said...

Hot Dots subtraction set

Beth

Patty T said...

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game sounds like fun!

Haydensmommy05 said...

I love the phonics firefly!

Jessica B. said...

I like the Design Drill for my sons.

Terra Heck said...

I like the GeoSafari® Talking Planetary Mat. Thanks.
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Hargow Wong said...

I like the GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope.

Kara Kudro said...

I love their GeoSarfari trucks, we have the puppet sticks and love them. They are a great company.

bison61 said...

I'd like the Classroom Café Dining Play Set

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

Courtney B said...

I want the robot face race!

thank you !:)

Rochel S said...

My sone would love the Design & Drill® Power Play Vehicles™ Helicopter

CarrieAnn13 said...

I think my son would love to try the Crowded waters game

Anonymous said...

Puppets on a stick. these look so fun

Evelyn

Kristi C said...

I would like the Blurt game.

Leela said...

PlayBrix Cardboard Building Bricks, Set of 54.

Denise Low said...

I like the dino construction company. They have nice toys on here.

Angela Saver said...

I really like Dino Construction Company™ Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader!

Sarah Hayes said...

the design and drill activity center

Jennifer said...

The talking bug net.

kellyr78 said...

I like the GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars

alona y said...

I also really like the PlayBrix Cardboard Building Bricks.

Pamela F said...

I like the Design & Drill® Power Tool Workshop - our little guy would love it!