Give your kids a head start on school success with Hot Dots® and Math Slam™ both on sale now at Toys”R”Us! Enjoy this coupon and take $5 off any item from Educational Insights or Learning Resources, offer expires 8/31/17. Find a Toys”R”Us near you here!
What words would you use to describe your OWN bright child? Let us know in the comments below, then download our free printable and fill it out!
Step 1: Cut the along the dashed lines
Step 2: Fold the vertical line
Step 3: Color and add your own message
Nothing makes summer sizzle like brand new toys and games and we’ve got the hottest lot around! We’ve hand-picked a few of our faves to help your family turn lazy summer days dinto unforgettable adventures.
Toys for Little Kids
Kids can collect all kinds of critters in the GeoSafari® Jr. Critter Habitat! This watertight, wet/dry habitat features a locking lid with air holes, rotating feeder, and magnification spots to study finds up close. Better here than in your purse, right?
Your Pete the Cat® loving preschooler will go bonkers for the Pete the Cat® Playfoam® Set! Including 8 fun colors of squishy, squashy Playfoam, a Pete the Cat mold, a skateboard with rolling wheels, cardboard accessories and a Pete the Cat playset backdrop, it’s arts and crafts meets pretend play with maximum fun, minimum mess (Playfoam won’t stick to carpet or clothing).
Take a moment to rest your eyes as your preschooler assembles and decorates his very own Design & Drill® Robot – all. by. himself. Kids snap on the arms, use the included kid-friendly screwdriver to attach multicolored bolts, decorate with stickers, then… play! Unscrew the bolts and remove the parts and start all over again.
Replace recess with Magic Moves® and keep kids active all summer! With 90 fun, physical commands, 26 musical tunes, and flashing lights, Magic Moves gets kids up off the couch (or the floor or under the table or who knows where) and moving.
Toys for Big Kids
Curious kids can take a closer look at nature with the GeoSafari® Handy Microscope. This portable, easy-to-use scope features 40x magnification, built-in collection vial, and belt clip. Good for hours of outdoor investigation (cut to you, reading a mag on the patio).
Take advantage of the summer sun to power the GeoSafari® Solar Rover! Kids use their hands to block the sun and control a real solar vehicle. Set includes cones for obstacle course challenges.
While the summer days away with the Nancy B’s Science Club™ Binoculars & Wildlife Activity Journal! These sturdy binocs come with 4x magnification for up close views of nature and a 22-page activity journal is packed with writing, drawing, and science activities. If she loves it, there’s a full line of Nancy B’s Science Club tools and activities to keep her engaged all summer!
When the sun goes down, the fun comes up, with the GeoSafari® Night Explorer. Check out nighttime nature and discover nocturnal creatures in the dark using this red-light flashlight perfect for secret summer missions.
Toys to Take on Vacation
Keep little kids busy in the car, on the plane, or on the train with Kanoodle® Jr., a perfectly portable, solo-play, puzzle game. All pieces fit easily into the case and with 60 kid-friendly puzzles to complete, hands – and minds – will be occupied. (Older kids might appreciate their own, pocket-sized Kanoodle, Kanoodle Genius, or Kanoodle Extreme.)
Outdoor explorers can stay in touch with each other – and with you – with the GeoSafari® Jr. Walkie Talkies! With a range of 300 feet/90 meters, this set of 2 speakerphone-style units is perfect for communicating on camping trips, hikes, and backyard bonanzas.
Unplug your next road trip with Travel Blurt!® This handy, portable version of best-selling Blurt includes 450 definition clues and a magnetic scoreboard perfect for tracking your family’s boisterously bellowed guesses.
Fun for the Whole Family
Ready? Set? SMASH! Players choose a challenge card, set up their trajectory, then launch their balls in to the target to win Smash Pong!™ Perfect for filling those after-dinner hours, family barbecues, and more.
Make this the summer of the stars with a GeoSafari® Omega Refractor Telescope! This powerful, 700 mm refractor scope includes 30x, 60x, 120x, and 200x magnifications so you can explore the universe with one eye tied behind your back.
Ride the tide to big time summer fun with Surfside Scramble™ Word Game! Players race to line up their letter flops to make as many words as they can, scoring points for the longest word or most words; paddle in last and get wiped out!
Last month we featured some of the dedicated moms from our EI team, who shared why it’s such an honor to parent their children. It’s only fair that we turn the tables and feature a few of the EI dads, just in time for Father’s Day!
Read on for some fun parenting tips, tricks, and insights from Product Managers James Tu and Brent Geppert, eCommerce Marketing Strategist Steven Kim, VP of Sales Scott McCabe, and even our illustrious Chairman, Rick Woldenberg.
Rick Woldenberg – Chairman
Father to three adult children, Stephen, Ben, and Elana, as well as to two teams of employees at Educational Insights and its parent company, Learning Resources, Rick has always put family first. He’s thrilled that his son Stephen will join the company full time after finishing business school, marking four generations in the family business, but wishes more than anything that his children find happiness and satisfaction in whatever they pursue. He advises new parents to appreciate their families and to never, ever ration hugs! Our leader feels blessed to have a great family with strong values and a sense of direction. We feel very lucky to work and learn with someone like Rick!
Scott McCabe – VP of Sales
Although the time he spends away from Connor, age 17, and Kyle, age 14, when he’s presenting EI’s newest toys and games to retailers across the country is tough on Scott, his work enables him to give his boys experiences that he hopes will show them the amazing things they can accomplish in life. The boys (and their friends) thought Scott’s toy sample room was pretty cool when they were younger, but now that they’re teens they wish Scott worked for Apple or Xbox. Scott’s best parenting advice is to teach your kids how to find the answers they need on their own, so maybe he can teach them how to find jobs at their dream companies!
Steven Kim – eCommerce Marketing Strategist
There’s an old saying about parenting – “The days are long but the years are short.” Steven, dad to Kaitlyn, 3, and Elizabeth, 8 months, agrees. Adjusting to new experiences, sorting through endless parenting advice, and losing time to himself is all worth it, though, when Steven sees his girls learn something new or overcome a barrier on their own. From rolling over to roller skating, watching his girls grow is a constant joy. Steven knows firsthand how fast the years go by, and advises new parents to cherish every moment of every day.
James Tu – Product Manager
Although James wishes there were more hours in the day so that he could spend more time with his daughter Maya, age 5, and son Elliott, age 3, he says his kids love that he works in toy design. James likes that his kids know that their toys are designed by real people and hopes that they’ll be inspired to create things for other people, potentially affecting the world they live in, too. All of his hard work is rewarded when he gets an unexpected hug or kiss or sees that “Aha!” moment when he’s teaching them something new.
Brent Geppert – Product Manager
Although he sometimes has trouble remembering their names (just kidding), Brent is truly grateful to be a part of his sons Evan, age 13, and Kyle, age 11, lives. He works tirelessly to adjust his parenting to their evolving stages of life, but watching his boys develop their own interests and abilities, excel in sports and school, and become their own people makes it all worthwhile. Plus, his boys are the only ones who truly appreciate Brent’s awesome breakfast burritos.
Rock this Father’s Day with a downloadable coloring craft, courtesy of Raccoon Rumpus!
Step 1: Cut the along the dashed lines
Step 2: Fold the horizontal line to form a t-shirt, create the shirt collar with folds
Step 3: Color and add your own message underneath the shirt to surprise dad