I'm always on the look out for educational companies that can challenge Buddy but also help him learn new skills and concepts in a fun way. I'm excited to introduce you to Educational Insights, a manufacturer of educational products for classrooms and parents. Founded in 1962, Educational Insights offers kids unique, relevant, and engaging toys, games, and educational products that will inspire and motivate your children. Developed by educators and parents, their products are well-suited to your child's needs and appropriate for their age.
I'm thrilled to now be partnering with Educational Insights on reviews of their educational products. If you read my blog at all then you know I enjoy making learning as fun as possible. Thankfully I have a preschooler that LOVES to learn and he thinks everything education-related is already fun. I'm trying to keep it that way by continuing to provide fun ways for him to learn. Educational Insights understands that learning needs to be fun to keep your kids engaged and excited to learn as evidenced through my first review of one of their products.
For my first ever review from Educational Insights I chose to review the Teachable Touchables. These texture squares are an awesome way for kids age 3-5 to develop a more descriptive vocabulary, communication and matching skills, and tactile awareness through this fun product of sensory exploration. I haven't spent much time with Buddy on the sense of touch so I knew I had to check these out and incorporate Teachable Touchables into our casual learning style. I also figured this would be a fun, relatively mess-free way to explore the sense of touch without having to create a Montessori style sensory bin (which I've done before and boy was it messy!).
Inside the included yellow drawstring bag are 10 pairs of 3" texture squares. Everything from fluffy and furry to scratchy and bumpy. The activity guide includes a bunch of different hands-on activities ideas using Teachable Touchables, and even more variations depending on your child and skill level. One of the games called "Feel and Find" sounded like the perfect way to test out Teachable Touchables. One texture square of each pair goes in the bag, and the rest are out in a pile. Your child chooses one, feels it, closes their eyes and tries to retrieve the matching square from the bag without looking. Buddy really enjoys matching games like Memory, so I knew he would understand what I was asking him to do. He picked up the concept right away!
A photo is worth a thousand words. Think he enjoyed this much? There's something about playing a game that requires a toddler to close their eyes that gets everyone into a laughing fit of fun!
I really, really like Teachable Touchables. They are teaching Buddy various textures and how to describe them using new words. It's an area I've yet to get to, and these are an awesome tool to help me. Now that we've played several games with Teachable Touchables and have sat down to talk about textures, Buddy now tells ME what the textures are when we play. He loves them because they're fun and I love them because he's having fun AND learning too! Absolutely mom approved!
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One winner will receive their own set of Teachable Touchables from Educational Insights!