5 Autumn-inspired activities for Kids (and FREE Printable too)

Enjoy the beauty of fall with these 5 kid-friendly, autumn-inspired activities.

Fall Activities for Kids
1. Try the Leaf Name Game! It’s an enjoyable way for little ones to learn their alphabets. {The Pleasantest Thing}

2. Create “Falling” Leaf Art. Kids can build fine motor skills as they construct fall-inspired art. {Fantastic Fun and Learning}

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3. Discover why leaves change colors with this easy at-home science experiment. {How Wee Learn}

4. Build a leaf maze. Get the kids to sneak in some exercise as they walk, run, twist, and turn their way through the leafy labyrinth. {Happy Hooligans}

Sneaky Snacky Coloring Page

5. This adorable coloring page, inspired by The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game™, is a festive fall treat for all ages. Download, grab some crayons, and enjoy!

What are your favorite fall activities?

Celebrate National Metric Week + FREE DOWNLOADABLE

National Metric Week

It’s National Metric Week! In 1976, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics launched an annual celebration to emphasize the simplicity and importance of metrics and to promote metric awareness. Since metrics is based on units of ten, Metric Week occurs during the week in which the tenth day of the tenth month falls. This year, those dates are October 6-12, 2014. Ah, those witty mathematicians!

Get your kids to learn metrics easily with the Magnetic Staircase. Download our easy to print Metric Staircase illustration, here.

Trick-or-Treat Alternatives for Halloween + A Spooktastic Giveaway

Halloween Puppet-on-a-Pen by Educational Insights
Let’s face it, Halloween is all about the candy (and the costumes!). But, we’ve got a few alternatives that will be twice as sweet for little trick-or-treaters:
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Wacky Winderz™: These wacky critters are half pencils toppers, half wind-up toys! Simply twist their knobs and let the jiggling and wiggling begin! #2 pencils are included.
Squishy-Squashy fun with Playfoam by Educational Insights
Playfoam® Combo 20-Pack: 20 pods of squishy-squashy shaping fun. This molding dough will certainly keep trick-or-treaters intrigued.
Smens - Gourmet Scented Pens
Smens® – Savor the aroma with Smens, gourmet scented pens made from recycled newspapers. Available scents include Mocha, Cinnamon, Wild Berry, Creamsicle and Passion Fruit.
Halloween Puppet-on-a-Pen by Educational Insights
Halloween Puppet-on-a-Pen™ Set of 4 – Black Cat, Jack-O-Lantern, Frankenstein, and Vampire are on the scene this Halloween! Write a composition or produce your very own puppet show with these ghoulish cuties.

See more great ideas for alternatives to Halloween candy HERE:

It’s giveaway time!

We know you are just as excited for Halloween as we are so here’s a chance for 2 people to win 25 Halloween Puppets-on-a-Pen™ each to hand out to your class or trick-or-treaters! To enter click either one of the entry buttons below. We’ll add you to our random drawing and include you in our mailing list!
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If you’d like to order a set of Halloween Puppet-on-a-Pen™ visit our online store. Shipping is always free on orders of $50 or more.

Giveaway ends Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. PST.

UPDATE: The winners chosen via Random.org are Naomie Bel and Marie Ray. We will contact you with additional details. Thanks to everyone for entering.

Change It Up! Koreh L.A.

Marcia Gresko, head of Product Development  at Educational Insights raised funds for Koreh L.A.. This past month, Marcia made it her goal to raise funds for Koreh L.A., for the Change It Up! program, where each month an employee chooses a worthy organization for which to fundraise and collect spare change.

Koreh L.A., a non-sectarian children’s literacy program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, is the largest volunteer children’s literacy program in Los Angeles. Koreh trains volunteer reading partners to work with Los Angeles Unified School District’s K– 5th grade students to help enhance their reading skills and foster a love of reading. Volunteers work one-on-one for one hour per week with children identified by their teachers as reluctant readers. Over the past 14 years, over 15,000 volunteers have been trained and placed as reading partners, reaching nearly 20,000 LAUSD students.

Find out how you can help Marcia donate to Koreh L.A., HERE