Working on Gross Motor Skills

Although Children’s health month is coming to an end soon, it doesn’t mean that the fun should stop! We highly encourage that you continue to get your kids active and working on those gross motor skills!

What are gross motor skills?  Gross motor skills are the abilities required in order to control the large muscles of the body that are used for walking, running, sitting, crawling and other activities.

They develop over a relatively short period of time, with most of the development occurring during childhood. Encouraging gross motor skills simply requires a safe, open play space, peers to interact with and some adult supervision.

There are a number of activities parents can have children do to help develop gross motor skills. These include:

  • Activities that encourage balancing (jump rope, hop scotch)
  • Activities that develop hand-eye or foot-eye coordination (baseball, football, soccer—anything that involves catching, kicking or throwing a ball)
  • Hopping with a small object in-between their knees and jumping forwards, backwards and sideways.

Nancy B.’s Helpful Handouts: Pluto and its History

Nancy Balter, a 7th & 8th grade math and science teacher for more than 10 years and our math and science product manager, always has cool ideas for teaching and helping kids learn! Here is a helpful out-of-this-world handout that will be sure to grab your kids’ attention and launch it to new heights!

A word from Nancy about the handout:
“This worksheet would be useful to teachers who have students asking about why “poor” Pluto was downgraded from its planet status to dwarf planet. This worksheet also helps students understand the new definition that is being used to define a planet.”

Fun Fact: Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is often credited with being the first one to downgrade Pluto (he’s gotten some hate mail from 3rd graders over this!). Dr. Tyson’s voice is on our new Planet Scale!

August 21, 2012 Deal of the Day: Hot Dots w/ Pen

It’s Tuesday August 21st, and our Deal of the Day is our Make-Your-Own Hot Dots® Set!

Hot Dots Sets are one of our best sellers, and with this kit, you can turn any worksheet into your very own Hot Dots activity sheet!Great for kids ages 4-12, our Make-Your-Own Hot Dots® Set Transforms ordinary worksheets targeting any subject or skill into engaging activities with talking pen that provides immediate feedback. This set includes 450 self-adhesive dots for correct and incorrect answers as well as a Talking Hot Dots® Pen that indicates with lights and sound effects whether students have answered correctly. Simply apply correct/incorrect dots to existing worksheets or new worksheets, flash cards and quizzes you create and have kids use the pen for interactive fun!

This Deal of the Day normally retails at $16.99, but for today only until Midnight (PST), you can get a Make-Your-Own Hot Dots® Set for just $7.99! Type in EIFREE at checkout to also get this Deal shipped to you for FREE!

Don’t miss out on this great deal! Click here to purchase your own Make-Your-Own Hot Dots® Set here:

August 8th, 2012 Deal of the Day

Hey readers! Today is August 8th, 2012 and we have yet another awesome deal for you! Today we are featuring one of our best-selling products and that product is PlayFoam! We’ve decided to make this deal even sweeter by featuring not one, but twenty Playfoam pods in our PlayFoam Combo 20-Pack!

Play foam is our squishy, squashy, no mess foam for shaping fun! Great for kids ages 3 and up, Playfoam allows preschoolers to freely express their creativity with no mess to clean up afterward! Just squish up the Playfoam®, shape it however you like, squash it back down, and start all over again. Playfoam® never dries out so the creativity never ends — and the secret non-toxic no-stick formula means you can take it anywhere for creative fun on the go!

Our PlayFoam Combo 20-Pack usually sells for $19.99, but today you can get it for $12.99! Enjoy all the different colors and let your imagination run wild! This offer is only good until Midnight tonight PST, so head on over to to take advantage of this deal today!

August 6th, 2012 Deal of the Day

Happy Monday! Today’s Deal of the Day is GeoSculpt™ 3-D Project Kit.

Whether it’s a school project or a fun weekend activity, creating a 3-D sculpture of a state, country, landform, or province is a fun, hands-on way to learn about geography – from the ground up! With the GeoSculpt™ 3-D Project Kit, you’ll make a colorfully detailed, 3-dimensional map with sculpted landforms such as mountains, valleys, waterways, and more. Perfect for school projects like volcano models, too!

Kit includes:Foam for creating landform “base” Magic Plaster Gauze for sculpting features paints in 6 colors and artist-quality brush for colorful details GUIDE with illustrated step-by-step instructions .

GeoSculpt™ is regularly $19.99, but you can get it today (until midnight PST) for only $9.99 (a 50% savings)! This is a GREAT deal, so take advantage of it today by heading over to! Enter EIFREE at checkout for free shipping to tack on to the savings!

July 22nd, 2012 Deal of the Day

Hi there, it’s Natasha with Educational Insights, and today is July 22nd, 2012. I have an EGGciting game for you today, and it is Mr. Scrambles!

Usually, this game goes for $34.99, but today ONLY until midnight PST, it goes for $9.99, which is an EGGcellent deal if you ask me!

Mr. Scrambles is a great game for kids ages three and up. It comes with seven different games for your kids to play ranging from pass Mr. Scrambles, to hide and seek, Mr. Scrambles says, and other games like racing and whatnot. All you have to do is press his hand, and Mr. Scrambles will do the rest!

So hurry on up to Educational Insights and get your copy today!

Also, Enter EIFREE at check out to get free shipping with this Deal of the Day Purchase!

Bridge the Gap: Get Crafty!

We highly recommend doing some arts and crafts with your kids. It builds self-esteem, creativity, and even fine motor skills.

So, one great indoor craft activity is making homemade sculpting dough with your kids. Its great! You guys can do the recipe together, you can measure it out, and its really simple. It’s just flour, salt, water, and a little food coloring.

If you’re not feeling that adventurous, we highly recommend Play Foam! It’s ready to go right outside of the packaging. It’s super easy to make squishy squashy shapes with or even simple sculptures. It’ll never dry out and its pretty much mess free. We love it and we think your kids will love it too!

July 18th, 2012 Deal of the Day

Hi, I’m Nancy and today’s Deal of the Day is Check Math. Today is Wednesday July 18th and for 24 hours only you can get Check Math normally at $19.99 for $12.99.

Let me tell you what’s great about Check Math. This is a game about teaching factors and multiples. It’s like Checkers, except that you need to learn your factors and multiples.
To play, you line up the game board like this. For example, orange lines up from 1 to 10 over here and green lines up from 91 to 100 here. When it’s your turn, you can move one checker forward one row, but they can only go on multiples of their number. So, if I want to move the 2 forward, I can put the 2 on space 12 or space 14 because 2 divides evenly into 12 and 14, but I cannot put the 2 on space 13. So if I wanted, I could put the piece here. Then it would be green’s turn and maybe green would move it’s 5. 5 could go on to the 85 because it’s a multiple of 5, or I could move 5 over on to 90.

So here’s where the strategy in Check Math gets interesting. On the board here, we’ve been playing along. I have my 6 on space 54, and orange has it’s 2 on space 34. It’s orange’s turn and orange moves it’s piece onto space 42, because again, 42 is a multiple of 2. But, Orange should not have moved there because 6, which is right here, is also a factor of 42. So 6, the green, can go ahead and capture that 2.

If you manage to move your piece all the way to the end of the board, so imagine this six got all the way to the end of the board right here, then you can crown your piece by turning it over. The piece is allowed to move backwards as well as forward once it’s been crowned.

So that’s Check Math! This deal ends today Wednesday July 18th at midnight.

Enter EIFREE for free shipping along with this Deal of the Day purchase!