Category: Toys

Educational Insights My First Microscope {Review}

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Educational Insights My First Microscope is well suited for children ages 3-5 years old. It’s a winner of the 2014 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2014 Parents’ Choice Silver Award. It’s a must have to get little ones excited about science and ideal to be used till ready for a more advanced model.

P1160740 This microscope I found to be well made and the colors are perfect for a boy or a girl. The features include 8x magnification, two eye holes instead of the typical just one for easy use, large knobs and buttons perfect for a small child’s hands and grip. The specimen area is wide and large enough to view flat as well as larger items such as pine-cones, leaves, blocks, seashells, a favorite toy, or whatever else. There is a light which requires 3 triple A batteries. Batteries are sold separately. The bottom of the microscope has slip proof feet to keep the scope from going anywhere while in use.

P1160742 My three year old son was able to use this microscope without frustration. He tends not get the whole close one eye and look with the other thing so the fact that this one has a binocular like viewing is awesome. He uses this microscope a lot and it pleases me that his curiosity is rewarded instantly. I don’t have to worry about a more fragile model microscope and tend to just leave this one out for him to use whenever he pleases. All pieces are easy for him to turn on or rotate up or down to adjust the viewing. I would certainly recommend it!

P1160743Interested in Purchasing? Educational Insights My First Microscope is available for $18.99 on Amazon.com as of this posting. Suggested retail price is $21.99.

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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

Educational Insights Underwater Explorer Boat {review}

prod5115_4_lgEducational Insights Underwater Explorer Boat is pretty awesome! It combines imaginative play, science, and exploring altogether in an awesomely clever form. Children will be learning all about magnification and gravity without even realizing it!

P1160730The design is quite clever! Almost the entire underside of the boat is see-through allowing for 3x magnification of anything underwater! There’s no unwanted glare either when searching about. It features an orange buoy wrist strap to put on your child to prevent losing the boat. The bouy has some give and easily could be stretched to fit around my sons wrist. If you don’t favor the strap or buoy, with a little effort you can remove it. The strap has a break-away design for added safety.

P1160731The boat is child sized and quite easy to handle. My son really liked that the propellers on the back of the boat and the steering wheel was movable. The colors are bright and totally kid appealing. The boat is extremely durable and has been able to withstand the handling of my nearly 4 year old son very well.

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I really like it can be used inside as well as outdoors. It’s versatile enough to use in the bathtub, water table, pool, beach, lake, and the kitchen sink. We’ve used it both inside and out, in water and grounded, and it’s still is looking great. We can’t wait to take it outdoors more during the warmer month of Spring and Summer. No doubt it will allows hours of learning and fun! My son often doesn’t want to get out of tub because he’s too busy exploring and rescuing the toys that floated to the bottom.

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It’s really no wonder the Underwater Explorer Boat is a 2014 Parents’ Choice Award winner! I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a way to make water play more fun and educational too!

Interested in Purchasing? Educational Insights Underwater Explorer Boat is available for $10.49 on Amazon.com as of this posting. Suggested retail price is $14.99.

Get Connected: Educational Insights can be found on Facebook,PinterestYoutube and Twitter

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

Dino Construction Company: WRECKER! T-Rex Skid Loader!

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The Dino Construction Company got it right when it came to designing a line of toys that would get kids that like Dinosaurs pretty excited. These part construction and part dinosaur toys have been a huge hit with both my six year old daughter and nearly 4 year old son. Each is built tough being able to scoop, dig, pour, tread over dirt or sand, and withstand a lot of rough and tumble play.

There’s no need for batteries just pure imagination and creative play. My kids didn’t even look for buttons to turn on our to make it work. They figured it out and were pretty thrilled with the maneuverability. The Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader features an opening and closing mouth, the neck can move up and down, the tail can not just move up and down but also swivel from side to side! On the front of dinosaur, there’s a seat as well as steering wheel where a child can place an action figure or whatever they desire to pretend the dinosaur is being driven and controlled. One of my kids favorite features is the Dino Track treads. Seeing the marks left behind in the dirt and sand has been a winning feature!

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We’ve had this dinosaur for over a month and my son plays with it nearly every day! It hasn’t gotten old and when friends are over they love bringing this dinosaur as well as another in the series out to play with! The durability is awesome. The generous size make maneuvering the dinosaur frustration free! The only con might be sharing. This is one fun toy! My kids have played with the T-Rex indoors as well as outside. It’s pretty easy to keep clean too.

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There’s no doubt at all that the entire vehicle line from the Dino Construction Company will do nothing less than impress both boys and girls whom are into that sorta thing. It’s truly unique when you can take two general interest that many kids love like dinosaurs and construction vehicles put them together and make one amazing toy! Just be warned, once your kids have one, there’s a good chance they are going to want to collect the others and who could blame them? These toys are truly a must for indoor or especially outdoor play!

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Interesting in Purchasing? Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader is one of 4 Dino Construction Company toys and retails for $39.99. The others are Spike the Anklyosaurus Steam Roller, Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader and T-Top the Triceratops Bulldozer.  Any of these would make a great gift this Holiday Season!

You can find these fantastic toys on Amazon.com  as well as at Educational Insights. The Dino’s are 20% off today only at the Educational Insights website! These are great toys for both boys as well as girls ages 3 and up.

*I received the product mentioned above in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.*