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Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Gift that Keeps Giving - The Gift of Fun Learning!

A product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.


As a preschool teacher and mother, I know there is absolutely no better gift that keeps giving than the gift of education and educational toys! They are my favorite gifts to give to my nieces and nephews and my favorite gifts that my children receive! I know they will play with them for years and learn so much as they play!

Two of my favorite educational toy companies are Learning Resources and Educational Resources! My children have LOVED every single item we have ever used or played with and I love watching learning become fun thanks to their innovative and fun educational toys!

Check out some of my favorite educational gift ideas below:


Learning Resources:


Count your way to the finish line! These colorful cars are ready to rev their engines for early math learning fun. Attach the finish line to the track numbered 1–10 for a high-octane counting race up to 10, or push it into overdrive by racing to 20! Start your engines to learn counting 1–20, early addition, number sequencing, patterning, and more! Set includes 25 mini motor cars in 5 colors, 2 pieces of connectable track, 1 color die, 2 number dice, and Activity Guide featuring multiple activities to boost early math skills. Track pieces measure 12"L; cars measure 1"L.

Available for $19.99



Count on this friendly caterpillar to invite early learning exploration! Slide the colorful beads––sized perfectly for little fingers––to learn counting, more or less, and early addition. Includes two rows of 10 beads, with numbers 1–10 printed on the base. Measures 11½"L x 8"H.

Grades: PreK+

Available for $19.99



Attract early learners to the wonders of magnetism! STEM lessons are irresistible when you add the excitement of fun, colorful tools to scientific exploration. Durable, playful magnets in a variety of shapes engage children as they explore magnetism, polarity, and magnetic attraction & repulsion.


Includes 2 bar magnets, 2 magnetic bugs, 4 ring magnets, horseshoe magnet, magnetic post, 2 snap-on cars, tray with maze, string, and 10 double-sided Activity Cards. Comprehensive Activity Guide with reproducible materials is also included. Largest piece (maze tray) measures 11"L x 8½"H x ½"W.

Available for $34.99



Educational Insights:



Which decays faster—a banana peel or a Styrofoam cup? Find out with the only transparent composting kit designed just for kids!

This set introduces life cycles and composting, promotes environmentalism and journaling activities encourage creativity!


This set is the only transparent composting kit designed just for kids and includes:

  • Clear compost container with 2 compartments includes removable divider
  • two 3x magnifiers
  • 2 write-on/wipe-off boards
  • lid with air holes
  • 22-Page activity journal

It's such a Fun introduction to life cycles and environmental science!

Available for $24.99


Turn story time into an interactive learning experience with four timeless tales and Ollie—The Talking, Teaching Owl™ pen! Each fable teaches an important life lesson and features interactive activities to help children master important skills.

This set:

  • Introduces important life lessons
  • Supports the understanding of numbers and counting; making comparisons; understanding patterns and rhyme; and other early learning skills crucial for school success
  • Helps children master reading comprehension and encourages an early love of reading
  • Encourages independent, self-paced learning


It includes:

  • Set of four 24-page storybooks—The Tortoise and the Hare, The Lion and the Mouse, The Ant and the Grasshopper, and The City Mouse and the Country Mouse—each with 11 early learning activities
  • Includes Ollie—the Talking, Teaching Owl pen, which lights up and has 17 speech and sound-effect responses
  • Pen requires 2 AAA batteries (not included)

Available for $24.99



Kids can zoom into build ‘n’ play fun with Design & Drill® Power Play Vehicles™! Your junior pit crew can build their vehicle by snapping the pieces together. Then, they can use the motorized mini-drill to add the bolts. Finally, it’s time to add artistic flair and customize their creation with colorful stickers, and zoom into creative STEM play! Once their racer is ready to hit the road, they can use kid-power to send their car speeding!

With this set, your children will explore patterning, matching, and counting, build construction and fine motor skills and encourage creativity and imagination while building confidence.


It includes:

  • Build your own race car, complete with moving pieces, using 7 snap-on parts
  • 15 Clear bolts
  • Motorized, kid-friendly mini-drill with socket bit
  • Colorful & decorative stickers
  • Multilingual instructional guide
  • Drill requires 3 AAA batteries (not included)

Available for $21.99


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