An Old Chinese Proverb

“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.”

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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!

We’re Howling Happy for Halloween!

It’s the end of the first week of October and we couldn’t be more excited to share with you some of the most creative food, craft, costume, and lesson ideas for Halloween!

From creepy treats to ghoulish getups, you can find all of this and more on our Pinterest page: https://pinterest.com/edinsights/

We’ve already started pinning for the spooky holiday, so be sure to follow us for more inspiration this season, not to mention getting the earliest heads up on deals and contests!

 

September 29, 2012 Deal of the Day: 3D Skeleton magnets

Get your classroom ready for Halloween with today’s spooky Deal of the Day! From now until midnight tonight PST you can get our 3-D Skeleton Demonstration Magnets for only $24.99 (down from $49.99—that’s a 50% savings)!

Build magnetic science models on your whiteboard that are large enough for the whole class to see! Assemble the models in whole–class demonstrations, then let students try it later to test their knowledge. This set includes 15 magnetic textured pieces detailing the major bones  as well as an activity guide with a blackline master of the human body. Engage children in hands-on discovery and give them the opportunity to manipulate 3D magnetic pieces that feel like real bones!

Get your 3D magnetic skeleton set here: http://www.educationalinsights.com/product/3–45-d+skeleton+demonstration+magnets.do. Promo code EIFREE will get you free shipping too! It’s scary how much you can save with EI!

August 20, 2012 Deal of the Day: See ‘N’ Write

It’s Monday August 20th,2012 and today’s Deal of the Day is See N’ Write™—the portable, lightweight handwriting tutor that teaches letter recognition and formation.

Great for kids ages 5-9, children can select uppercase or lowercase and choose among 3 letter styles (basic manuscript, transitional modern, cursive) to practice in Write mode. It even includes a Game mode that challenges children to recognize a letter forming on the screen before it disappears!

This product is normally $49.99, but you can get it until midnight (PST) tonight for $19.99 ! Use promo code EIFREE to receive FREE standard SHIPPING!

Click here to place your order: http://www.educationalinsights.com/product/see+–39-n–39-+write-trade-.do

August 12th, 2012 Deal of the Day

It’s Sunday August 10th, 2012 and it’s our last Deal of the Day of the summer! But like all good things, they must eventually come to an end. Today, we have decided to feature our Woodsy Words™ Game!

It’s Pick Up Sticks with a reading twist! Great for ages 5-8, Woodsy Words enhances reading skills with simple game play. Simply hold all the sticks in one hand and let them fall onto a flat surface. Select one stick – if you can extract it without moving any of the others, read the word printed on it and select another stick. Continue play until you bump another stick or get stuck on a word. The player with the most sticks at the end of the game wins! Put them back and start again or try to use all your words in a sentence!

This game can be played with 1 to 4 players and it includes 30 earth-friendly vocabulary words on wood sticks and game instructions.

Woodsy Words normally sells for $12.99, but today you can get it for only $7.99 until midnight PST. As an additional gift from us to you, type in EIFREE at checkout and enjoy Free shipping with this Deal of the Day Purchase!

Deal of the Day may be over for now, but that doesn’t mean that we’ll stop having awesome sales and discounts for our fans. “Like” us on Facebook to get exclusive access to our giveaways and first-hand insights into upcoming and/or current sales. Don’t miss out!

August 10th, 2012 Deal of the Day

If you are an animal lover, a teacher or just a fan of beautiful embroidery, you will love today’s Deal of the Day. It’s Friday August 10th, 2012 and our deal of the day is on our Animal Numbers Activity Center!

This over-sized cloth activity center not only makes a beautiful wall decoration, but it also includes 10 different species of adorable embroidered animals to guide hands-on number learning. Simply attach the engaging self-stick animals to the chart to practice matching, numbers and sets, counting, comparing numbers, and simple addition and subtraction. In addition, the variety of animals provide young learners with the opportunity to sort and classify species. Great for ages 4-6, you get 55 animals and an activity guide. This is perfect for class demonstrations and small-group play.

Animal Numbers Activity Center is usually priced at $44.99, but for 24 Hours today until midnight PST, it’s price is only $13.99. That’s a 68% discount! For an even greater steal, we’ve decided to ship this item to your home for free as long as you enter EIFREE at checkout. Check out www.educationalinsights.com for more details and order today!