Celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day with our Sneaky Snacky Word Search!

Ever since the creation of our award-winning Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game®, the folks here at Educational Insights have been a little nutty over squirrels. Can you blame us? Squirrels are cool, crafty, and super cute – and while we appreciate squirrels every day, Squirrel Appreciation Day is a big deal around here. To celebrate, we’ve crafted a super cool squirrel themed word search just for you. There are 12 sneaky snacky hidden words, can you find them all?

Happy hunting, Squirrel-Friends!

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January 21 is Squirrel Appreciation Day!


Nuts, you say?

Seriously, according to the National Wildlife Federation, Squirrel Appreciation Day was founded by Christy Hargrove, a North Carolina wildlife rehabilitator, in 2001. It is observed annually on January, 21st.

Here are some fun facts about these clever creatures:

  1. More than 200 different species (kinds) of squirrels live around the world.
  2. From nose to tail, the tiny African pygmy squirrel is 5 inches long – about the size of a post card. The 3-foot long Indian giant squirrel is the size of a 3-year-old child!
  3. Talk about tiny, a newborn squirrel is about an inch long – the size of a paperclip. It’s also born blind and fur-less.
  4. Squirrels have 4 front teeth that never stop growing! Constant gnawing on hard-shelled nuts and acorns is tough on teeth.
  5. Squirrels are omnivores. That’s a fancy word meaning they eat plants and animals, from nuts and seeds to bugs and baby birds.
  6. Squirrels are tricky! They will dig a hole and pretend to bury food to prevent other squirrels and birds from finding their real stash.
  7. If a squirrel flicks its tail at you, it means “go away!” A squirrel uses its tail to communicate. Its tail also helps a squirrel balance on trees and telephone poles and makes a furry blanket in winter.
  8. In addition to being “tail talkers,” squirrels also chatter to each other with clicks and clucks and warn each other of danger with a whistling call.
  9. A better name for flying squirrels would be gliding Flaps of skin connecting their arms and legs to their bodies make a wing-like surface that helps them to coast through the air from tree to tree.
  10. Ground squirrels “kiss” when they see each other. Touching their noses together in greeting.

As charming as they may seem, squirrels do not make good pets, and it’s never a good idea to get too close to a wild animal.

Preschoolers can get an up-close and SAFE look at squirrels with our GeoSafari® Jr. Kidnoculars.

Older kiddos will love viewing squirrel antics through our GeoSafari® Compass Binoculars or Nancy B’s Science Club® Binoculars and Wildlife Activity Journal.

Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!

Make 2017 the Year of the Great Outdoors!

Whether you live in the snow, sleet, or California sunshine, our brand-new line of scientific tools and toys will help your kiddo explore, study, and learn about the nature that’s all around you. Kick the year off right with new outdoor exploration products from Educational Insights, like our:


GeoSafari® Jr. Bug Vac ‘N’ View – Your kiddo can catch and study incredible insects – without even touching them! Simply switch on the gentle suction to capture a creature – the air holes will keep them safe until you’re ready to release and 4x magnification shows every detail up close!

Critter Habitat

GeoSafari® Jr. Critter Habitat – If your kiddo captured a keeper with the Bug Vac ‘N’ View, they can store and study it safely in the Critter Habitat! Perfect for examining bugs, frogs, fish, rocks leaves, flowers, and more, this critter-friendly container supports dry and wet habitats and even features a unique, rotating feeder.


GeoSafari® Jr. Walkie Talkies – Keep track of your junior explorer with this set of two Walkie Talkies with no slip rubber grips, speakerphone feature, and built in sound effects! With a 300+ foot range, these are a great way to keep in touch, indoors and out!


GeoSafari® SeaScope® – Land, ho! Magnify underwater finds with this 5x scientific scope featuring a built-in LED that helps kids investigate sea life, from sea stars to kelp beds, without getting wet!

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Go Big This Year with Brand New Toys and Games for Big Kids!

Start the year off BIG with brand-new, big-kid tools, toys, and games to help your not-so-little one discover and explore through unplugged play with Educational Insights. Our new-for-2017 product line-up includes tools for outdoor, natural, and scientific exploration, STEM based DIY circuit-building, hilarious party games, and so much more, like our:

Solar Rover

GeoSafari® Solar Rover – Your soon-to-be scientist can experiment with solar energy with this sun-powered vehicle, using his hand to alternate light and shadow to power the solar cells, move forward, and turn left or right and blocking the sun to stop!

Laser Lab

GeoSafari® Ultimate Laser Lab – It takes laser-like focus to complete the 10 laser experiments and activities featured in this set, which includes a class 1 laser with 5 settings, 1 diffracting grating, 2 mirrors, 2 stands, and a blank slide.

Word on the Street

Word on the Street® – The whole family can take the fast lane to fun with this fast-paced word game! Race to come up with a word that fits a specific category, moving the letter tiles in that word across the street, one space at a time.


AfterWORDS™ – Think fast! Name a word that fits in the category in play AND begins with the last letter of the last word played! This backward twist on word games will really get your big kid thinking!

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Brand New Year, Brand New Ways to Play!

Make 2017 the year of play with our brand-new line of play packed with possibilities, perfect for preschoolers. We’ve got smart toys, co-operative games, and real working scientific tools designed specifically little ones that support key developmental milestones while they play. Check out a few of our favorites, below:



Wiggle Waggle Whiskers™ – You and your little one will take turns building fences to claim backyard space for your four-legged friends in this preschool strategy game for two, based on the classic game Dots and Boxes. Ages 4-7.


Playfoam® Go! – Now your kiddo can get creative on the go! This set of squishy, squashy, Playfoam comes in a clear carrying case complete with built-in shape molds and color compartments. Perfect for the car, plane, waiting room, restaurant, Playfoam never dries out and won’t stick to carpet or clothing. Ages 3-6.

DD Robot

Design & Drill® Robot – Engineer an afternoon of fun with this DIY building set! First, kids assemble and decorate their own robot; then, they play! Features snap-together pieces, a kid-friendly screwdriver, and colorful bolts, and more. Ages 3-6.

Zoo Crew

Zoo Crew Puppet-on-a-Stick® – Little imaginations run wild with these adorable, zoo-themed Puppets-on-Sticks, perfect for pretend play, puppet shows, and more! Set includes a monkey, lion, giraffe, and elephant with movable mouths. Ages 3-6.

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