This month’s feature from Educational Insights is a little part Mom the English Teacher, and a little part Dad the Science Teacher! I am excited to talk about different educational toys from each side of the aisle!

First, gotta love these Alphabet Bean Bags! Perfect for tactile learning – not only are they soft and squish-able, but you can manipulate, throw, rearrange to have some great hands-on learning activities! I love how the vowels are red, so they stand out from the blue consonants. The lettering is stitched on, not glued or printed, – that’s speaks to high quality. Each bean bag has the upper and lower case version of the letter, so you can modify depending on what you’re learning about!

There’s a drawstring bag for holding all the letters, and best of all – the bean bags are washable!  My son is still into throwing them, but he is starting to recognize the letters in his name, so we’ll be using these bean bags to practice! Retail price $34.99 at Educational Insights!

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I love being married to a science teacher. I always have crazy questions about how things work, why chemicals react a certain way with each other, our food, our bodies. My husband always has a very specific answer. I notice he explains situations in great detail to our son as well! So how perfect is this educational toy? The GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope - it’s a great start to get kids into science and the natural world! And, this product has won multiple educational toy awards!

Children can look closely at the slides (12 prepared slides of common insects come with the microscope) and also listen to fun facts about each slide. The microscope magnifies 5x and has a light for easy viewing. (Batteries not included). After viewing the slides, kids can play a quiz game to remember what they’ve learned. And you’re not limited to the slides – you can use the microscope to look at other objects you find around the house! And recently, Educational Insights came out with a second set of prepared slides! The Talking Microscope retails at Educational Insights for $39.99.

Buy It: With just under 100 shopping days till Christmas, make Educational Insights your first stop! They have fun, educational products for every age group and topic. Shop by subject, category, theme, or brand.

Win it: Two of my readers will win these great items! (One winner for each item – please indicate Bean Bags or Microscope or EITHER!).

 

Disclosure: I was sent a product to facilitate this review, and was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are 100% my own.

  • Kristen October 11, 2011, 11:41 am

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    I would love to have the microscope.

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    I would love the alphabet beanbags!

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    My grandson would love the microscope, thank you.
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    I subscribe to your RSS feed. Would prefer the microscope.