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

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.