Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Learning Toys We Love

Learning Resources is an award winning manufacturer of educational materials for the classroom, but they also make learning toys for the home. Satch is absolutely nuts over this skeleton floor puzzle. It's large and made of foam. On the reverse side are the names of all the bones. He likes holding up various bones next to his body to see how it all fits together.

He also loves the Teaching Cash Register. It has a scale for weighing, currency and savings cards. It works like a real cash register, but it also has pre-programmed learning games that older children will enjoy playing. And what really fascinates Satch is that when he puts the coins in the change slot the register says the names of the coins. It's wonderful for rainy day play and we alternate between playing market and bookstore.

And we are enjoying these Life Cycle Rubber Stamp Sets! They look like the actual animal and not a silly cartoon version. The wees can have fun stamping while learning about the lives of these creatures.

Meanwhile, our praying mantis babies are getting bigger. We found one in the house yesterday and had to go on a catch and release mission. Here are two new critters that Satch found during our walk. While Satch was napping, I put the bugs in the fridge for a few minutes to make them sleepy so I could get a decent photo. By the time these were taken...they were already on the go and I had to get them back in their observation station (an empty peanut butter jar with air holes in the top) rather quickly so that Satch could release them post nap.

A Green June Beetle...

and a Red Milkweed Beetle.

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posted by Wendy at 5:58 AM


Blogger E and T said...

Hi Wendy

What fun, interactive learning tools for Satch. I think the skeleton floor puzzle is fantastic and a great hands-on resource to learn about the human body.

My little girl is into stamping and animals, so what a great idea to have stamps that actually show the life cycle of animals.

Thanks for sharing your great finds Wendy. Now I'm off to check out the Learning Resources website and see what else I can find.


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