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

20+ Activities for Family Health & Fitness Day + Free Printables

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While we typically wait for the beginning of the year to whittle down our waists, it’s much better to stay proactive on fitness regimens year-round – especially with the kiddos. In honor of National Fitness Day (hey UK pals) and Family Health & Fitness Day, here are a few fun active ways to keep your kids fit and healthy:

Family Health & Fitness Day: Jammin Gym Poster. Easy Exercises for Kids
Here’s 1 of 3 free downloadable posters from Magic Moves® Jammin’ Gym™. Each poster features easy exercises for kids, such as bicep curls, lunges, jumping jacks, and more. Download your poster # 1, HERE.

Army Trooper fitness exercise for kids
Allison of No Time for Flash Cards gets her kids moving through fun gross motor activities such as this Boot Camp Bombers game.

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Joel of Made by Joel motivates his kids to hike by allowing them to create mini scenes with their favorite toys during hiking breaks.

Get more fitness motivation on our Active Play Pinterest board.

Tell us how you get your kiddos moving and grooving in the comments below?

30 Sensory Learning Activities for Kids

Sticky, slippery, gooey, heavy, light, lumpy or bumpy. Try these hands-on activities so your child can get a feel of their world. Studies show that sensory learning excels creativity, social skills, and cognitive development.

30 Sensory Learning Activities for Kids
Purple Sensory Bin (Rubberboots and Elf Shoes)

30 Sensory Learning Activities for Kids
A space-themed sensory box (House of Brown)

30 Sensory Learning Activities for Kids
Pirate Slime Sensory Play (Where Imagination Grows)

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Black Light Sensory Bin (Play Create Explore)

See more activities on our Feel The World: Sensory Learning Pinterest board.

Introducing Our New Experts: Lekotek – Special Needs Experts

Lekotek, Special Needs Toy Experts
What the heck is Lekotek? “Lek” is Swedish for play and “tek” means library. Hence the name, Lekotek.

Lekotek is a team of national play experts with over 30 years of helping children of all abilities. They’ve recommended unique ways to use some of our top products for learning development. Here are some of their top picks:

Robot Face Race™: Pre-readers relish this fast-paced game that calls on players to visually process and race to place the right face. Kids power up their matching skills, boost their concentration and build recognition skills as they search for a robot face match. The fast tempo of the game has been known to invent some silly social interactions ideal for all ages!

Marco’s Polos™: Marco’s Polos is an expedition of discovery to a land of turn-taking and good sportsmanship. Players are prompted to visually focus, mentally process and physically play this fast-action matching game promoting concentration and attention to detail. Color recognition is the master of this trunk load of social engagement!

The GeoSafari Jr. Underwater Explorer Boat lets imaginations float to undiscovered worlds where water rules. Scientific concepts like magnification, gravity, and the power of observation are all pouring in while little faces stay dry. No risk of losing this vessel with the handy wristlet! As voyagers learn to focus visually through the portal they pilot through a sensory exploration of uncharted waters.

See more top toys to support special needs in Lekotek’s expert hub.