This Christmas I wanted to focus on getting new toys and games that we could play as a family and also had an educational focus. The girls are getting to the age where they can start to understand simple board games, and it’s so much fun! While researching I kept coming across products made by Educational Insights and Learning Resources. They sent us over a few toys to try, and we have adored them both!
The first one I want to share with you is The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game. This game is simple enough for Maddie Mae who is 2.5 and is not the most focused person I know, haha! Caroline picked up on it immediately. We’ve been playing it just about every single night since we’ve opened it. The basics of how to play are this:
- A player spins the spinner
- Pick up the color of acorn that the arrow lands on with the Squirrel Squeezer
- The first person to fill their log with the five colored acorns wins As you can see in the pictures, this is so good for fine motor skills. The girls had to work pretty hard to pick up the correct color of acorn and also to place it in their logs! It wasn’t too tricky where they were getting frustrated though which can sometimes be the case with certain games.
Besides being fun to play and a great way to bond as a family, there are also various developmental benefits as well!
- Reinforces color learning
- Develops strategic thinking, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and pre-handwriting skills
- Encourages social skills and turn-taking
- Practices memory and attention skills
- Color matching game for all ages
- Designed to teach matching, sorting, counting, and simple math skills
- Great first board game for a child
- Quick, fun game that can be played continuously in a short time
- Easy setup and cleanup
You can find the game on Amazon here!
The second product I wanted to introduce you to is a building focused toy called Gears! Gears! Gears!. I’ve mentioned before that we are big MagnaTile lovers and I knew the girls would love to have something similar for a little variety. I cannot rave about these enough, you guys! The girls played with them for three straight hours when we first opened them and have logged several hours since. These also are an excellent activity to encourage family bonding. Chris likes to build windmill structures, and the girls get so excited to “turn on electricity for the city.” If your kiddos aren’t quite at the age where they are ready for legos these are perfect! They also grow with them and highly encourage imagination at any age!
Here are a few of the amazing benefits and features:
- Learning Style: Visual, Tactile
- Skill Development: Counting, Sorting, Matching, Patterning, Problem Solving, Cause & Effect, Critical Thinking, Sequential Thought, Spatial Relationships, Creativity, Fine Motor, Eye-Hand Coordination, Visual Processing, Color Identification
- 66 Colorful gears (blue, green, orange, red, purple), 36 square pillars, 31 six-way axles, eight pillar connectors, eight interlocking bases, two crank handles, one plastic storage tub, and activity guide.
These are a just a few of the incredible selection of educationally focused toys made by Educational Insights. Take a look through their website here!
I would love to answer any questions you might have about either of these so feel free to ask away and as always, thank you for stopping by!