Monday, October 27, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Educational Insights

Disclosure: I received these toys from Educational Insights to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own and honest. This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase from any of the links I make a small amount.

Can you believe Christmas in in less than two months?? It's time to start thinking about your holiday shopping and I've partnered with some amazing companies to help you find the perfect gifts for everyone on your shopping list!

I'm excited to start my holiday gift guide off with one of my very favorite companies, Educational Insights. We previously got the chance to review some of their fun toys and the Dino Construction Company™ –T-Top the Triceratops Bulldozer is still one of Connor's favorite toys. We received the GeoSafari® Jr. My First Microscope and the Dinosaur Puppet-On-A-Stick™, Set of 3 recently and Grace had so much fun trying them out.

She is a very inquisitive child so I thought the My First Microscope would be a fun way to expose her science.

It is the perfect size for her and I appreciate that there are two eye holes instead of the normal one. I put 3 AAA batteries in and let her play.
We had been doing crafts with pine cones earlier in the day so I had a few sitting on the counter that she decided to examine. She turned the knob without me having to explain it to her and excitedly showed me all the details of the pine cone. The microscope magnifies things 8x and shows some pretty good detail.
Next she picked a crab apple. She ran around outside looking for various things to examine and had fun using the knob to get closer to the items.

The microscope is such a fun way to encourage her love of nature and exploration.

We also had the chance to try out a set of 3 Dinosaur Puppets on a Stick. She loves make believe so I was excited to use these in her imaginative play.

These little guys are so cute. They are bigger than I expected and are the perfect size for stocking stuffers!
There is a small lever on the back to make the mouth open.
Grace had a little bit of a difficult time using the levers on the back but she loved making them talk to each other.

She quickly discovered that she could pull the chunky knob on the bottom to open their mouths. This made it much easier on her and she happily made them talk to each other about going to the circus (she's obsessed with going to the circus.) The dinosaurs are easy to wipe clean and are extremely sturdy. They will definitely stand up to years of hard play.

I just noticed that Educational Insights offers unicorn versions of these puppets on a stick and I know Grace would go crazy over them! How cute are they??
Check out the Educational Insights WebsiteFacebook, and Twitter to find out more about all of their great products!

Thank you to Educational Insights for these great toys! 

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