A Great Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Review from a Fan

People are talking about us! Check out what this Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game!™ fan from New Jersey had to say about our favorite little squirrel:

“I have never been compelled to review a purchase from Amazon before Sneaky Snacky Squirrel. It is quite simply my most favorite Amazon purchase ever (and believe me, that is a serious claim). My whole family loves this game! While I will swear up and down I purchased it for my two-year-old son, the truth is, I bought it for my simple love of all things squirrel, and really all woodland critters. The happy coincidence is that he, as well as his 10- and 7-year-old brothers, love it too. It is super cute but also super fun. Plus, my two-, almost 3-year-old can understand the simple rules, while staying engaged throughout the game. My older boys find it fun enough to play alongside their baby brother and even get pretty competitive between the two of them. This is such a great game for the whole family. It doesn’t (usually) take very long either, so you can ostensibly play a game after dinner but before bath times. I like to lessen TV/video game times and Sneaky Snacky Squirrel is a great way to do just that. I love this game so much I don’t even mind the fact that I always, without fail, seem to lose, after having all my acorns blown back into the tree (usually when I am just one short of winning). Do yourself a favor and get this game! It’s the best!”

Thanks for the kind words!

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Giftable Goodies Under $25: Preschool Toys and Games

With the holidays around the corner, we understand that shopping can be stressful and pricey! Here is a list of great preschool gift ideas—all under $25!

Puppet-on-a-Stick™ (set of 3)– $23.99

Ages 4+

Three oversized, easy-to-handle puppets on sticks inspire imaginative play with silly faces, movable mouths and endless possibilities.

Get your puppets here: http://www.educationalinsights.com/product/puppet-on-a-stick–8482-+%28set+of+3%29.do?from=Search#

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game™– $21.99

Ages 3+

This award-winning preschool game develops matching and sorting skills, strategic thinking, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and pre-handwriting skills. To top it off, it’s fun to play with the whole family. What more can you ask for?

Get your copy at your local Target or here: http://www.educationalinsights.com/product/the+sneaky%2C+snacky+squirrel+game–8482-.do?sortby=ourPicks&sortby=&&from=Search#

Magic Moves® Electronic Wand– $19.99

Ages 3+

Nothing gets the kids up and movin’ like Magic Moves! Ninety fun physical commands, twinkling light shows, and 26 musical tunes to get little ones up and moving! This powerful wand not only gets them exercising, but it also promotes creativity and listening skills. Perfect for indoor play on rainy or cold winter days!

Check it out here: http://www.educationalinsights.com/product/magic+moves–174+electronic+wand.do#

BBQ Blitz!®– $24.99

Ages 4+

This burger building bonanza helps work fine motor skills, color recognition, and matching while having a flipping-fun time with the whole family.

Get your grill on here: http://www.educationalinsights.com/product/bbq+blitz!–174-.do?from=Search#

Buck, Buck, Moose!™ Game– $12.99

Ages 4+

Buck, Buck, MOOSE! This fast-action, color-matching card game is perfect for preschoolers! This riveting ranger game will help your little ones with color matching, speed, and sportsmanship.

Check out the forest fun here: http://www.educationalinsights.com/product/buck%2C+buck%2C+moose!–8482-+game.do?from=Search#

BREAKING NEWS from Acorn Land!

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game was nominated for Game of the Year by the Toy Industry Association this morning in Manhattan. Help us out by casting your vote for our little squirrel!

 Vote here:  Team Sneaky!

Working Fine Motor Skills

Earlier we discussed gross motor skills, so it’s only fair that we talk about fine motor skills. So what are they? Fine motor skills refer to the small movements of the hands, wrists, fingers, feet, toes, lips, and tongue.

During infancy, fine motor movements remain unconscious reflex actions. Baby’s grips are clumsy and everything they touch usually ends up in their mouths. It isn’t until they reach about 12 months that they begin to master the pincer grip, an important fine motor skill that develops the ability to hold objects between the thumb and index finger.

Fine motor skills are largely developed during toddlerhood and preschool. Toddlers begin to develop the abilities to twist dials, pull strings, turn pages, use crayons, and much more. By the time they reach preschool, they are challenged with more delicate tasks like tying shoelaces.

Unlike gross motor skills, which call for boundless energy, fine motor skills require patience, which is in shorter supply.  It’s crucial that you encourage the development of fine motor skills in your child’s life. Weakness in fine motor skills can affect their ability to eat, write legibly, turn pages in a book, or even dress and groom themselves.

Educational Insights has a few early skill development toys and games specifically designed to strengthen these crucial skills. The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game!™  is one in particular that helps children develop fine motor skills while learning to match colors and count. (Pictured above)

There are many ways to have fun with fine motor skills; it all just depends on how you and your child use your noggin!

 

Put your Thinking Crown on!

Nancy Balter is our math and science product developer here at Educational Insights. She was a math and science teacher for 11 years, and she’s also the mother of two young children. Here’s a great at-home-learning activity she plays with her kids at home!

My son is in preschool and not many kids learn their shapes before entering Kindergarten. To remedy this, I play a fun shapes game with my 3.5-year-old son. Not only does it help him learn shapes, but it also helps him with critical-thinking skills because he must use the process of elimination to deduce the answer. This game is a fun and simple, yet educationally valuable activity that will help younger kids get ahead of the game!

The description below is for a 4-player game (and therefore uses four shapes). If you’re playing with a different number of people, simply adjust the number of shapes.

You Will Need

  • 4 pieces of paper, approximately 1.5 inches on a side
  • a strip of paper, approximately 1.5 inches x 6 inches
  • a marker
  • tape

Before Playing

Use the marker to draw a different shape on each of the four pieces of paper.

Draw all four of those same shapes on the strip of paper.

How To Play

1. Using tape, stick a shape on each player’s forehead. A player should not see which shape he/she has

2. Allow players to look around and see what’s on everyone else’s forehead.

3. One at a time, ask each player to figure out what is on his/her own forehead. Players can consult the strip of paper with all four shapes. (Sometimes I help my son by asking him to tell me the shape on each person’s head and I cover that shape with my finger has he says it.


4. Once everyone has guessed what is on his/her forehead, players can pull off the piece of paper and take a look.

Change the game by changing the shapes (hexagon, crescent, rectangle, oval, etc.). You can also play this game with other attributes, such as colors, numbers, or letters.

If you want to get really fancy (and make your child feel like royalty), put the shapes onto crowns with Velcro®. You can use giant plastic gems for shapes. Make a scepter (with a Velcro® strip) to hold the four shapes. Here’s how mine looks:

In the photo you can see that I added some paper ‘gold’ coins to give to those who guess correctly. (However, I’ve generally found I don’t need those. My son is simply pleased to guess correctly, without needing the gold coin reward.)

I also put a strip of Velcro® on the back of the scepter which holds any extra shapes that I’m not using for that particular game.

We play this game every so often and it’s a lot of fun for the whole family. My son especially likes it when we include his 1.5-year-old sister in the game. Hilariously, she happily leaves the paper taped to her forehead while we play. Although if we use the crown version, she pulls the crown off her head—and then tries to pull the crowns off our heads too!

Magic Moves Featured in Parents Magazine

Magic Moves Electronic Wand

Hooray! Magic Moves was awarded Parents Magazine’s Best Toy Award in the preschool category. Check it out!

http://www.parents.com/fun/best-preschool-toys-of-the-year/

September 22, 2012 Deal of the Day: Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game

It’s the first day of fall and our Deal of the Day is the perfect way to celebrate! We are kicking off the fall season by featuring one of our best sellers, the ever popular, Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game!

In this whole-family fun game, your forest friends are hungry and they need your help! Spin the spinner, squeeze the matching colored acorn with your Squirrel Squeezers, and place it into your log. Be the first to your log with delicious acorns and you win! You could also spin “pick an acorn,” “steal an acorn,” or “lose an acorn,” so be strategic, little squirrel! It’s a great preschool game that works on motor skills, color matching, and more!

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game™ is only $16.49 from now until midnight tonight (PST). Don’t forget about our extra special EIFREE promo code to get free shipping on your order. Sneak on over before it’s too late! http://www.educationalinsights.com/product/the+sneaky%2C+snacky+squirrel+game–8482-.do