HABA Geomix Arranging Game Review

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There are some toys out there that are just so beautiful and fun that they are just as much fun for adults as kids. While our children might not know that while playing with the HABA Geomix Arranging Game they are learning Geometry they very well could be. The bright colors and fun patterns you can create make this game just as fun for adults as for kids. I have this on my coffee table and adults play with it to. This is a game that also grows with your child in the beginning stacking, color recognition, shape recognition, and counting. And as they grow this can become a great game as they learn geometric patterns, problem solving, cooperation, and more. This is a game that truly does last, the pieces are made of wood and are beautifully crafted.
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Challenge your little builder and yourself with these colorful blocks and building tray. These multicolored wooden blocks can be put together in all kinds of ways: as a 2-D puzzle or a mosaic using the 9-inch tray, or in 3-D constructions out of the tray. The set is great for pattern and shape recognition, and for encouraging creative solutions to basic geometric problems. Made from recycled wood with a nontoxic finish.
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Buy it: Visit the HABA store to fin the Geomix Arranging Game as well as many other great games and toys.

Educational Insights: Design and Drill Review and Giveaway

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Educational Insights makes some fantastic toys. One of our new favorites is the Design & Drill Socket to Me Game. My kids were all drawn to this game. We do like to build and do wood working. So this toy was right up our alley. What I really liked about this game is that all three kids were interested and played with it at the same time. Liam was able to play with this toy just like his older brother and sister. This game definitely works your childs fine motor skills. But it also helps them use there language skills. We talked about the different colors we counted the bolts. We worked on taking turns using the socket to completely tighten the bolts. Afterwards they used their imagination to create pretend play scenarios for their creations. This is a great classroom toy to. There are plenty of bolts and four different projects to work on. The only issue would be there is only one socket wrench if you are using it for small group play. But like we did at home you can use that as a great opportunity to work on sharing and taking turns.
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Kids can spend a rainy summer day designing a boat, robot, rocket or something from their imagination! Once the sun is out, they can take their creation out to play! Design & Drill® Socket to Me is for ages 4 and up.
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Shh… They’re Learning
Develops fine motor skills
Encourages creativity

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Cut to the Chase
Kids use a working socket wrench to attach colorful bolts
4 Hands-on construction projects included
Completed projects are perfect for pretend-play
No batteries required!
Part of the award-winning Design & Drill line of toys

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It was fantastic to see all my kids playing with the same toy!
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Educational Insights: Kitten Caboodle and Diggity Dogs Games- Review and Giveaway

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Picture 054We love animals in our house. My kids were over the top thrilled to get to try out Educational Insights new games Kitten Caboodle and Diggity Dog. These games were truly fantastic. I like that it teaches them reasoning counting, matching and more. We talked about how animals need certain things to be happy. The cards represent some of the animals basic needs. Which opened up a discussion as to what other things these animals might need. There are cards with pictures of animals you can adopt which are super cute. Another thing I really liked is how this game works on different levels. My 4 year old was looking to get any animal he could with the cards he had. While my 7 year old saved her cards. Even though she could have gotten one animal with the cards she had she saved them so that she could get a different animal she wanted more.
Picture 046These games were a lot of fun. My daughter loves cats while my son loves dogs. So they each have their favorites. Although both games appealed to each of them. The photos of the animals are really cute. The different cards with the needs of each animal were easy for my kids to understand and they liked using them as currency for adopting their pets. Using them as memory cards is a fun activity too, but really my kids were more interested in collecting the right cards to adopt their favorite pets.
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Diggity Dogs™ Game
Ages 4+
The Big Idea
Hot dog! It’s a game of furry, four-legged fun! Draw from the stack or “go fish” from another player’s hand to collect cards that match the all of the pet necessities and accessories of the dog you want to adopt. Collect everything that dog needs and adopt it! Adopt the most dogs and you win this preschool matching game. For 2-4 players.

Shh… They’re Learning!
Develops matching skills
Practices counting skills
Encourages social skills, turn-taking, and good sportsmanship

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“Go Fish” style card game with adorable puppy theme
Collect the cards you need to adopt the dogs you want
Features real-life pets from our Facebook photo contest!

Kitten Caboodle™ Game
Ages 4+
The Big Idea
Find your purr…fect match in this game of furry, feline fun! Draw from the stack or “go fish” from another player’s hand to collect cards that match the all of the pet necessities and accessories of the cat you want to adopt. Collect everything that cat needs and adopt it! Adopt the most cats and you win this preschool matching game.

Shh… They’re Learning!
Develops matching skills
Practices counting skills
Encourages social skills, turn-taking, and good sportsmanship

Cut to the Chase
“Go Fish” style card game with adorable kitty theme
Collect the cards you need to adopt the cats you want
Features real-life pets from our Facebook photo contest!

Buy It: Visit the Educational Insights site to purchase any of their fantastic products like the Kitten Caboodle Game or the Diggity Dog Game.
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Make Your Own Carnival Games!

We used Hoola Hoops to mark starting postions
this was an awesome game that was relatively easy to make. Just cut craft Pumpkins (I found these at Michaels) in half or quarters. Glue them to a board with other decorations using E6000 and use bean bags to toss.
This was a game I forgot to get a picture of there were gutters attached to a fence with a small bucket below whoever filled their bucket first won.
The kids played tons of games we made a bean bag toss game to knock down cans

A spider throw game the spiders are made of tin foil and pipe cleaners. Thread string through a box  and toss spiders.
The kids loved this game.
Pirate hats and bean bags.
Another bean bag toss into pirate hats
We had big boxes for climbing inside
And an obstacle coarse




A bat throw game the bats are made from tennis balls wrapped in trash bags cut like candy wrappers they turned out super cute.
A touchie feelie game




Think of gross names and things that might feel like that item.

And a No Hands marshmallow eating contest


Coin toss- there are clear plastic cups glued to styrofoam plates
And fishing for pumpkins paper clips best at the end of the fishing pole to fish out the pumpkins

Picture 510Gutters with end caps attached, rubber duckies and straws to blow your duckies to the other side. Make sure you have lots of straws.

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Picture 507Water guns and ping pong balls. We had a huge bucket filled with water so that the kids could easily refill. A big piece of foam with golf tees stuck inside. Balance pingpongs on top of the golf tees and use the squirt guns to shoot the ping pong balls off!

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