Friday, October 30, 2015

Toys That Teach

Franklin Sports MLB Fold Away Batting Tee

The Fold Away Batting Tee is a great tool in teaching young players the game. Players are encouraged to make contact with the ball with a light weight bat with oversized barrel, building young players confidence and strength. This innovative youth tee folds in half at the base and allows for all components to be stored inside. The built in carry handle makes this tee extremely portable. The Fold Away Batting Tee is recommended for children ages 3 and above. Play Ball! Learn to play baseball with the Fold-Away batting tee. Designed for the first time youth player. The oversized bat makes hitting easy, giving kids the confidence to learn and enjoy the sport. The tee features an adjustable post that easily twists from 20" to 24" in height. The base easily folds together to hold all the components. Grab the handle for travel or storage. Accessories include: [1] Oversized light weight baseball bat [2] Baseballs.  
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Thames & Kosmos Remote-Control Machines: Space Explorers Science Kit

Build 10 Robotic Space Machines!
Ready your courageous robots for a mission to the moon, Mars, or beyond! With this engineering kit, you can build a remote-controlled model of a robotic rover resembling the ones used to explore Mars. Deploy your Mars rover in the backyard or sandbox and use the remote control unit to survey the uncharted terrain! The remote can control up to three motors, which move the rover back and forth, turn the wheels to steer the rover, and control the robotic arm to pick up extraterrestrial specimens like small rocks.

This 251-piece construction set includes instructions to build not only the robot rover, but nine additional space-themed models as well. Kids will be inspired to learn various STEM skills through these fun, hands-on construction projects that bridge two captivating interest areas: robots and outer space.
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Thames & Kosmos Remote-Control Machines: Animals Science Kit

Biomimetic Animal Machines

Construct a whole zoo’s worth of remote-controlled animals with mechanical insides covered by colorful plastic 'skins.' The animals all move using different mechanisms, each one mimicking the movement of the real animal it represents. A two-button remote control unit moves the small, lightweight motor forward and in reverse, allowing the models to move forward or backward. This kit provides blueprints for building 8 different animal models of varying difficulty: a crab, orangutan, tyrannosaurus rex, penguin, pterosaur, rabbit, elephant, and scorpion. After they've built the models, children can also try their hand at creating their own mechanical animal creations!
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American Girl Ultimate Crafting Kit for You & Your Doll - 1500+ Pieces

Be the ultimate crafter with the American Girl Ultimate Crafting Kit by Fashion Angels! This kit has all essentials items to create and design jewelry and other craft projects for you and your doll! Includes mini bottles, large bottle, spools, twine, elastic cord, embroidery floss, mini clothespins, round beads, iridescent donut beads, wooden beads, pearls, cube beads, buttons, mini start beads, cylinder beads, earring hooks, jump rings and design guide and instructional design guide. Recommended ages 8 and up. 
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Croco Kuno Crawling Tunnel

Who is that crawling around in the crocodile's tummy? Your little one will love crawling and creeping through this sturdy indoor tunnel made of non-toxic polyester and mesh fabric. Parents will have comfort in knowing that HABA does not treat any fabric with fire retardant or water repellants. Tunnel is BPA; PVC and phthalate free. Internal structure is made of metal and is easy to set up and take down.

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Squigz Starter 24 piece set

Suction Construction! Squigz to build, bounce and stick to almost any surface - even windows! Super flexible Squigz can be assembled to create an impressive array of vehicles, robots, jewelry and more. Just as fun to POP apart! They're fun little suckers. Mini Squigz may be tiny, but their building fun is MIGHTY! Build them up, out, sideways, around, and any which way you can think of. Just like before, they always stick strong and never leave behind any residue.
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Country Critters Play Cube

It has rounded edges and corners and is pretty heavy to keep it stable if a baby uses it to support their weight. The minimal assembly required is easy enough and fairly quick to accomplish. It is made with high quality, bright materials and is much more interactive. All these games/activities are just very well thought out. The main age range would probably be 1-5 years. It's very easy for them to learn quickly all aspects of the cube. Animal Adventure Play Center brings four amusing activities to any play room. The Animal Adventure Play Center is a shape sorting puzzle, a ball roller coaster, rotating maze and a tracking panel, all topped with a brightly-colored, unique floating wire maze. All of the cute little shapes and animals are adorably painted with large, animated eyes. Boredom will not be a problem with the various fun adventures little ones can engage in on Hape's Animal Adventure Play Center. For ages 12 months and up. Durable child safe paint finish and solid, wood construction are hallmarks of Hape toys. Hape's toys stimulate children through every stage of development and help nurture and develop their natural abilities. All Hape products sold in North America meet or exceed all applicable safety standards.
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Pull Along Whistling Duck

Yookidoo celebrate discovery through innovative and engaging baby and toddler products. The Yookidoo whistling duck promotes balance and coordination with a fun moving companion for your child. Synchronized battery sounds will start and stop when duck is in motion. If left unattended, the duck will whistle and call for more activity! On top of the duck comes a bonus bead activity set, which will entertain your child. With multiple functions, play options, motion ranges, and musical functions, this Yookidoo baby pull toy is sure to keep your child entertained and engaged with the myriad of different ways to play.
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Seek-a-Boo Game

It is so much better than the small flash cards that are usually used for matching games.  The categories such as vehicles, food, toys,animals are color coded which really help when you want to use just a set instead of all of the cards.  It's a fun way to teach toddlers to recognize simple objects and work on vocabulary and matching skills. Game allows a lot of freedom to adjust to your toddlers learning style. The circle cards are about as thick as card stock. As teacher, I found this game has many uses to span a wide range of abilities.
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Melissa & Doug 100-Piece Wood Blocks Set

With the Melissa & Doug Wood Blocks, you get 100 brightly colored blocks in a variety of versatile shapes. A set of wooden blocks provides an opportunity for a child to pass the hours constructing towers, castles, or dollhouses. Designed for children ages three and older, this set offers the opportunity for younger kids to practice their fine motor skills and experiment with the laws of physics while giving older kids an outlet for their creativity. This classic wood block set includes 100 solid wood blocks painted bright red, blue, yellow, and green. A versatile variety of shapes are included: rectangular prisms, cubes, cylinders, half circles, arches, and two different sizes of rectangular planks and triangles.
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