At Educational Insights, our products are designed by seasoned educators and parents who know that, first and foremost, learning must be fun.
There are several very fun but educational games that I received from Educational Insights to try out:
GeoSafari Tuff Scope (39.99)
Explore images up to 400x their original size with Tuff Scope! This two-in-one microscope is perfect for classroom projects or magnification on the go! Simply set up as a classroom station or remove the microscope from the base and send kids outdoors to explore. When used with the GeoSafari® Tuff Cam digital video camera, GeoSafari Tuff Scope transforms into a digital microscope, projecting magnified images onto a computer screen or projector. Also features 2x continuous optical zoom, transmissive and reflective LED lighting, and a storage drawer.
This says for ages 5 and up, I let my 8 and 4 -year-old try it out. It is easy to use and assemble. There are 3 main parts, the eyepiece which is optional and can be used with the GeoSafari Tuff Camera, the Microscope which can also be used as a handheld and the Base. The microscope just snaps into the base, super easy. There are 3 zooming features, 100x, 200x and 400x which is clearly labeled on the dial. The microscope comes with 1 pre-made slide of cotton and 2 blank slides. The LED light can view transparent or non-transparent specimens. I like how it is small, easy to use and very durable. My little one has been carrying the handheld around trying to look at things. An additional feature, I hope to use in the future is hooking it up with the camera. I also had the chance to review the Talking Electron Microscope a while back if you would like to read about it.
The latest release from the best-selling manufacturer of Smencils, Smens are gourmet scented pens made from recycled newspapers. Available scents include Red Licorice, Creamsicle, Aloha, Mystery Scent, Banana Fo Fana, Mocha, Passion Fruit, Ninja Berry, Pink Lemonade, and Black Licorice. Each Smen is individually wrapped in a stay-fresh biodegradable plastic tube and is guaranteed to keep its scent for two years.
I remember when I was young, my dad would bring me home a grape smelling purple pencil from the flea market every time he went. I would always take them to school and all the kids would comment because it was such a strong scent. I love these pens, they all smell delicious, well except for licorice! My kids have loved using the Smens Pencils and now these pens.
A seriously awesome poster for any science fan! Don’t look away! A magical way to present the various layers of the human body, the Lenticular Human Body Poster shifts from two kids to their skeletal systems, muscular systems, and organs. You won’t believe your eyes! Grades 1+/Ages 6+
This poster is like 3D magic! when you look at it from different angles you can see all the different human body aspects. It is pretty big too, 19’W BY 27’H.
The fastest word-builders win this quick-thinking, head-to-head word game. Two players or teams draw cards and set them down next to each other, face up. Each card features word parts including suffixes, prefixes, single vowels, consonants, and diphthongs. Be the first to build a word by adding one or more letters to the letters on the cards, and you win the round. Now you can play our infamous Facebook Wordplay Wednesdays at home! Ages 7+
This is definitely a thinking game! It took my 8- year-old awhile to try to come up with some words but we all had a fun time trying to beat each other. Plus we were playing for candy so that helped!
Fun sounds and an exciting carnival theme take the goal chart to a whole new level! Write the goal and reward at the top then mark the milestones along the side of this freestanding electronic tracker. Each time a milestone is achieved, the “puck” slides up closer to the goal, activating fun sounds and blinking lights. When the goal is achieved, kids are rewarded with a sound and light show. Grades 1+
We used this for my 4-year-old and gave him the goal of cleaning his room every night for a week to earn a prize, for him, it was new army pants(that’s a whole other post on kids and fixations!). He liked watching the puck inch closer to the top. I am going to use this more often with him, maybe try to break the habit of leaving his clothes all over the floor!
Batter Up! Whole Class Game (24.99)
More of an educational item – but get creative and you can turn this product into an awesomely fun activity! This fun, reusable game provides a quick and convenient alternative to a common classroom whiteboard game. Simply divide up into two teams, write names on the included write-on/wipe-off pieces, and ask any question. If it is answered correctly, spin the spinner to determine the “play”. The team with the highest score at the end of the game wins! A great way to practice any subject. Grades 1+
The kit includes activity cards that targets colors, letters, numbers, shapes, patterns and more in an engaging game play format. Features Ace – the Talking, Teaching Dog™ – an interactive stylus that uses fun sound effects, encouraging phrases, and blinking lights to guide children through 160 different activities; additional pens available separately to allow multiple children to use kit at once. Provides immediate feedback that rewards progress and corrects mistakes so children can learn at their own pace. Includes 80 richly illustrated, double-sided Activity Cards that are pressure-sensitive and work with Talking Hot Dots Pen
I reviewed the Hot Dots Jr. alphabet not too long ago and my son just loves playing with it. This set os just great so many different cards: shapes, numbers, letters and more. The cards offer different questions like match the uppercase to the lowercase or find the letters that match the ones in the box. It states that it is for 4-6, which he is in and to my surprise is getting allot of them correct! The Hot Dots Jr. Pen talks, lights up and even buzzes when he answers the questions. It lights up red and says incorrect, nope or sorry when the question has been answered incorrectly. Or lights up green and says, way to go, good job or you got it. The pen can be set up in the sound position for what you would like to hear, like sound effects or talking. The only difficulty we have been having is getting use to holding the pen straight up and down so it can read the dots. It is instinctive to hold the pen at an angle, which can cause an incorrect answer.
Math Slam (39.99)
Read the question, scan the possible answers, and slam the one that’s correct! Better move quickly, though, each game of 10 questions is timed— the faster you get through the questions, the better your score! Incorrect responses are recycled until they are correctly answered. Three levels, flashing lights, and fun sound effects keep players interested.
I let my 8 year old try this out. I have been making him “play” with everyday now to try to get ready for school this week. If you watch the video there are several different play modes. I would like to see a game with multiplication, so we can practice the math facts.
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1 winner will receive ONE OF EVERY GAME LISTED (GeoSafari Tuff Scope, Smens, Inside Out ™ Lenticular Human Body Poster , Kabam!, Ring the Bell Electronic Goal Tracker, Batter Up! Whole Class Game, Hot Dots Getting Ready for School Kit and Math Slam) (RV $236)!
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