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Making Math Fun for Summer!

28 Jul


Teaching math to your kids isn’t always the easiest, especially if children already have the mindset that math “isn’t fun.” However, with the right toys and a little imagination, math can be as fun as you make it! We have five ways you can incorporate math into everyday learning, so that children will find it fun!

1. Make It a Movie Night!


Movie nights are always a fun way to spend summer evenings, especially if you have good company and snacks ready to go. Why not add math learning to the mix with Count ‘Em Up Popcorn? This popcorn-themed sorting game will leave kids entertained as they build number sense and recognition. It’s a great way to put restless energy to good use as it keeps little hands busy during the movie!

2. Create a Play Store!

Want a fun way to teach simple addition and subtraction? Create your own play store! Whether it’s your child’s stuffed animals, storybooks, or frequently used household items, allotting price tags to different items and putting your child in charge of the Teaching Cash Register is a great way to teach money sense. Furthermore, it’s a fun dramatic play experience that can lead to fun-filled family interactions!

3. Take Shapes on the Go!


Taking a road trip for the summer? Put those hours to good use by bringing along shape sorters! The Counting Shape Sorter and the Multishape Sorter (9 Pieces) are both great toys for taking in the car to teach math skills as children roll along! Children will learn colors and shapes all while developing problem-solving skills as they count pieces out onto the appropriate pegs.

4. Encourage Sorting for Nature Finds!


Sorting is a great skill for toddlers to learn as preschool approaches. Enjoy the season by taking the concept outside! Go on a nature walk with your kids and have them collect small items for sorting. Items can vary from shiny rocks, to acorns, to fallen feathers. Once you’ve finished your nature walk, bring your child’s finds inside, come up with categories, and ask them to sort the items into Sorting Trays. Once finished, ask children to count how many items they have in each category for addition math learning.

 5. Cool Off with Number Fishing!


Spending your summer days by the pool or lake? Take along the Giant Fishing Set for bonus math learning! Children will build hand-eye coordination as they snag different numbered fish and total their catches! Ask children to sort fish into even and odd numbers or multiples of five for addition math learning.

We hope you’re finding time for math this summer with your kids! What’s your favorite way to make math fun? Let us know by commenting below or sharing on our Facebook page.

Indoor Winter Play for Restless Kiddos

23 Dec


Are your kids getting the fidgets, brimming with restless energy? Waiting for Christmas break can be quite the undertaking for young children, especially if cold weather is keeping them indoors. That’s why we want to make sure you have options when it comes to keeping children learning, moving, and having fun! Here are a few indoor ideas for encouraging movement in children during winter months:

Parachute Play!

This activity should inspire cooperative play, build gross motor skills, and work on children’s ability to follow directions to make snowflakes dance.

Having a parachute ready for children to play with is always a great option to encouragement movement, inspire giggles, and create fun from whatever theme you’re teaching. Cut out a couple of snowflakes and bring in winter properly—with lots of laughter and indoor snowfall! Here’s how:

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What to Do:

  1. Talk to the children about snowflakes and how they fall.
  2. Show the children the parachute, and ask them to help lay it out flat on the ground.
  3. Ask the children to stand around the outside of the parachute, hold it with both hands, and lift it into the air.
  4. Take out the snowflakes and toss them into the parachute. Invite the children to shake the parachute to make the snowflakes dance.
  5. Challenge the children by having them move to the left or right while making the snowflakes fall. Or have the children make the snowflakes jump slightly or jump very high.
  6. Talk with the children about how all of this requires them to work together.

Pro Tip:

  • Have children practice the moves with an empty parachute first. Direct them to move the parachute up, down, fast, slow, high, low, and so on.

Don’t have a parachute? Never fear! Find your own parachute along with related resources here:




Source: Learn Every Day About Seasons 

Masking Tape Fun

Tape your floors to create racecar tracks and more for children to play indoors!

The possibilities are endless when it comes to masking tape! Whether it’s taping tic-tac-toe to the floor, taping a track for cars to follow around the house, or creating a hopscotch course, tape is a great way to encourage gross motor skills. Best of all, it doesn’t leave a mess!

Extra: Do your children love cars? Tape three circles to the floor to form a bull’s-eye. Encourage your children to sit the proper distance away and try to roll their cars into the smallest circle. Who can get the closest?

Pro Tip:

  • Blue painter’s tape works best for hardwood floors while masking tape is best for carpets.





Source: http://www.savvysassymoms.com/blog/wintertime-indoor-activities-for-kids/

Spider Web Obstacle Course

Children will feel like superheroes as they practice balance and dexterity moving through spider webs! 

String yarn in different directions to zigzag across your hallway and create the perfect obstacle course for children! Kids will have to get creative as they weave their way through the course trying not to touch the strings. For more resources to build your indoor obstacle course, check out the products below:

Source: http://www.savvysassymoms.com/blog/wintertime-indoor-activities-for-kids/

5 Brain Teasers for Your Beloved Brainiac!

9 Jan

Go mental with the best of Kaplan Toys‘  brain teasers and mind benders! Join the experts at Kaplan Toys as they count down their favorite brain games and toys for kids of all ages!

#5: Y-Ball®

Put it together, then take it apart and design something else! The inspiration for the Y-Ball® is the skeletal truncated icosahedron, an orb-like geometric figure long admired for its beauty, more commonly referred to as a soccer ball.  Use it in a creativity workshop, use it as a meditation aid to free your mind or just PLAY with it! 14 years & up.

Item #: 00308

Price: $29.95

#4: Magnetic MightyMind

This magnetic playset has 32 colorful design shapes, neatly contained in a storage tray with numbered programmed puzzles cards. Encourages and entices a child to think, build complex designs, and solve puzzles without assistance. Builds confidence. No reading required. 3 – 8 years.

Item #: 00849

Price: $21.95

#3: Pentago Multi-Player

The object of Pentago is to create a row of five game markers in any direction before your opponent does. Each move consists of placing a marker and then twisting one of the game blocks. 2-4 players. 6 years & up.

Item #: 00534

Price: $29.95

#2: Knot So Fast

Knot So Fast is an innovative new game that tests who can tie a series of knots the fastest. Be the first player or team to finish tying the knot shown on one of the 40 challenge cards, and call out “knot so fast” then move the tug of war knot forward 1 notch. Helps spatial development and manual dexterity in younger players. Includes 40 challenges, tug-o-war card holder/score keeper, 4 color ropes and 2 rings. 8 years & up.

Item #: 00604

Price: $19.95

#1: Rush Hour® Game

Escape the gridlock with this world renowned sequential movement game. Set up the game board according to pictures of traffic jams displayed on different challenge cards, then slide blocking cars and trucks out of the way to create a path of escape through the congestion. Rush Hour® was voted one of the “Top 25 Toys of the Past 25 Years” by Parent’s Choice Magazine.

Item #: 87859

Price: $19.95

Great Games to Add to Family Game Night

16 Dec

Spice up game night with these family-friendly favorites! Join the experts at Kaplan Toys as they count down their favorite family games, that will have you saying, “Game on, Grandma!”

#5: Spot It™

This fast-paced party game will train your eyes to look for a match to your card and spot it! Race against your opponents as you try to find a match for every card. Be careful though, every card only has ONE match! A sharp eye and a bit of speed will aid you on your way to becoming a master matcher! For 2-8 players. 6 years & up.

Item Number: 00252

Price: $11.95

#4: Set Game

Improve pattern recognition, visual perception and critical thinking skills with this fast-paced game! Shout “SET!” and everyone checks to see if you have discovered the three cards that form a SET from the twelve laid face up on the table. The dealer lays out three more cards. The search starts again. There are no turns, which improves time on task. 6 years & up.

Item Number: 87675

Price: $12.95

#3: Bananagrams

In this unique word game, players use tiles to create words crossword-style. The first player to use all their tiles is the winner. With multiple ways to play, this game is perfect for beginning spellers, as well as more advanced players. No pencil, paper, or board required. 7 years & up.

Item Number: 18011

Price: $14.95

#2: Quirkle

Mix, match, score, and win! A strategy game based on color and shape rather than letters. Qwirkle is as simple as matching colors and shapes, but well planned strategy and tactical maneuvers will help you win the game. Earn points by building rows and columns of blocks that share a common shape or color. 108 wooden blocks. 2 to 4 players. 6 years & up.

Item Number: 00536

Price: $24.95

#1: Apples to Apples, Jr.

Apples to Apples, Jr brings the hilarious card and party game to younger players. Players will delight in all the crazy comparisons, while expanding their vocabulary and thinking skills at the same time. The game is as easy as comparing apples to apples. Just open the box, deal the RED APPLE cards to each player, and you’re ready to go! 9 years & up.

Item Number: 92213

Price: $21.95


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