Believe in Play This Holiday Season

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There’s something purely magical about playtime – the bonding, the learning, the laughing, and even more laughing. Studies show that playtime lightens moods, allow kids to learn how to cooperate, and most importantly, encourages creative problem-solving, all crucial for succeeding in school. Plus, as we get older, we sort of forget how important play is, don’t we? We – little kids and big ones too, yes, YOU – all need a bit more play time.

So, JOIN US, and find easy-peasy ways to sprinkle a bit more fun and laughter into every day.

  • We’ll post one very simple play idea to our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages every day for 30 days.
  • Once you see the post, do the play idea and be sure to SHARE on our Facebook page or tag our handle @educationalinsights on Instagram or @ed_insights on Twitter.
  • Be sure to use the hashtag #believeinplay!
  • We’ll share our favorites and award them with an EI toy at the end of the 30 days.

We hope that you take the time to play with us and help others #believeinplay again! How will we play together? See our daily posts below. We started Monday, November 17th, so join us for some fun!

Day 1: Take a silly selfie.
Day 2: Do a cartwheel.
Day 3: Create a unique handshake.
Day 4: Wear a funny looking hat.
Day 5: Tell a knock-knock joke.
Day 6: Have a staring contest. Try not to blink!
Day 7: Play musical chairs.
Day 8: Play Rock, Paper, Scissors.
Day 9: Grab a few friends and make a letter with your bodies.
Day 10: Take a jumping picture.
Day 11: Thanksgiving! Cook together; it’s OK to play with your food.
Day 12: Do a conga line with friends.
Day 13: Create something artistic.
Day 14: Put on a puppet show.
Day 15: Battle it out in an epic thumb war.
Day 16: Have a group huddle.
Day 17: Say “Jolly jugglers juggle jacks” five times.
Day 18: Play telephone (it’s more fun when there’s 5 – 10 people).
Day 19: Play freeze dance.
Day 20: Do a science experiment!
Day 21: Build an indoor fort / tent.
Day 22: Talk like a pirate.
Day 23: Create a funny word.
Day 24: Say, “Hi, let’s play” in a foreign language.
Day 25: Dance to your favorite childhood song.
Day 26: Play a game of hot potato.
Day 27: Have a family game night.
Day 28: Gift-wrap a present using items in the house. Get creative.
Day 29: Act like your favorite animal.
Day 30: Add some coloring to your playtime.

Award-winning Giveaway: Design & Drill® Socket to Me™

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It’s a bolt bonanza! The Design & Drill® Socket to Me™ was awarded the 2014 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Silver Award. We’re celebrating by giving away 2 games!

Little contractors create their own robot, race car, boat, and rocket designs using rugged bolts and a working wrench with real ratchet sound and action! Nicely merging early construction with creative play, the Design & Drill® set becomes a perfect pretend play set once children have finished their designs. Plus, the bolts are removable for new creative designs to be developed again and again.

If you’d like to order a Design & Drill® Socket to Me™ visit our online store. Shipping is always free on orders of $50 or more.

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

Change it up! DonorsChoose.org

AnnMarie raised funds for DonorsChoose.ordAnnMarie may have the best jokes in the office, but she’s very serious about helping the youth. This past month, she made it her goal to make a contribution to DonorsChoose.org for the Change It Up! program, where each month an employee chooses a worthy organization for which to fundraise and collect spare change.

DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help public school students in need. Here’s how it works:

1. Public school teachers across the U.S. post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class.

2. Supporters can browse project requests and give any amount to the one that inspires them.

3. Once a project reaches its funding goal, the materials are delivered to the school.

4. Supporters get photos of the project taking place, a thank-you letter from the teacher, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. If contributors give over $50, they’ll also receive handwritten thank-you letters from the students.

At DonorsChoose.org, you can give as little as $1 and get the same level of choice, transparency, and feedback that is traditionally reserved for someone who gives millions.

Teachers are constantly honored at the organization. Check out the surprise that the founder, Charles Best, set up for a few Bronx public school teachers (try not to cry):

Find out how you can help AnnMarie donate to DonorsChoose.org, HERE.

Magical Reading Time! Hot Dots® Jr. Princess Fairytales Interactive Storybook Set

Hot Dots® Jr. Princess Fairytales Interactive Storybook Set
Greetings your majesty! We’ve added Princess Fairytales to our collection of Hot Dots® Jr. Interactive Storybook Sets.

Retellings of four favorite, “must-know” princess fairytales made interactive with the Magical Talking Wand™. Classic princess stories include Rapunzel, The Princess and the Pea, The Princess and the Frog, and the Twelve Dancing Princesses. It’s quite magical!

If you enjoy Princess Fairytales, you will also enjoy the Hot Dots® Jr. Favorite Fairytale Interactive Storybook Set.

Roar-some Fun: Top Dinosaur Toys

Educational Insights lists some of the most amazing dinosaur toys available. Check out some of these cool options, and add a dinosaur to your child’s toy box!Dinosaur toys never go out of style. Most children go through that phase where they absolutely need the newest and coolest toys based on their favorite prehistoric creatures. Plus, dinosaur toys aren’t just awesome, they’re educational! What’s not to love? It’s no surprise that there’s a wide variety of these toys available for kids and the young at heart.

We have a roar-some list of dinosaur toy ideas that can be used for either the home or the classroom. Our dinosaur toys are fun and educational, encouraging creative thinking and positive communication. With these amazing, prehistoric-inspired toys, your little ones will spend hours learning, and more importantly, having fun!

Dinosaur Puppet-On-A-Stick™, Set of 3
Join Crusher, Stomper, and Buster in prehistoric puppet playtime! These adorable dinosaur toys make for great addition in either the home or the classroom. Kids will love making up stories and telling tales using the easy-to-manipulate and colorful puppets. Teachers and parents love that kids are able to stay entertained, practice creative expression, and further develop their communication skills. The puppets also travel well and clean up easy, making playtime convenient and fun!

 Educational Insights lists some of the most amazing dinosaur toys available. Check out some of these cool options, and add a dinosaur to your child’s toy box!Dino Checkers
The classic game of Checkers is back and with a Tyrannosaurus twist! Battle with your partner in this prehistoric throwdown, as Stegosaurus and Brontosaurus fight for squares of lava. Captured dinosaurs are held captive in the “tar pits,” and the dinos transform into T. Rex’s when kinged. This game provides fun for kids, as well as teaching logical thinking skills, strategy, positive communication, and problem solving. Add this dinosaur toy to your collection!

GeoSafari® Dino Digs Velociraptors
Watch kids find their inner scientist as they enjoy the amazing Dino Dig Velociraptor from Geosafari®. This awesome toy allows students to discover, excavate, and assemble two complete velociraptor skeletons that come from faux fossilized rocks. Perfect for dinosaur units, this kit provides hand-on activity and encourages communication between children. The kit comes fully prepared, offering excavation tools, dust brushes, wax adhesives, and activity guides. Watch your little archaeologists work together to find the hidden secrets of the Jurassic Era with this amazing toy!

Dino Construction Company™–Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader
This awesome titan will inspire imagination and keep kids busy for hours. Not only is it a fun combination of dinosaurs and construction equipment, but Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader also promotes outdoor play and helps to fine-tune children’s motor skills. It’s designed to last, and it’s perfect for kids of multiple ages. This makes for a great learning toy for younger children in earlier grades, and can be enjoyed at home or on the playground.

For more information on our dinosaur toys and brands, visit educationalinsights.com. Our goal is to provide fun and creative toys that provide an enriching learning experience. With amazing dinosaurs toys and more, we offer everything a parent or teacher needs to build a fun and educational environment.