Educational Insights GeoSafari Plankton Net Review and Giveaway



Water play and Summer go hand in hand. We spend so much time outside and we try and visit the beach at least once a week during the summer. We always bring toys for building sand castles, and buckets and squirters fro playing in the water, but this year we have something new to bring to the beach. My little scientist (Kaia) loves Educational Insights new GeoSafari® Plankton Net™. This net is pretty awesome honestly I had no idea the amount of water critters at our beach. It is fun to match up and discover what is around us. Kaia loves talking the net everytime we visit the beach to see if she can discover something new. This is a great educational toy to take with you to the beach, a pond, or lake. You will be amazed at what you find, I was!

GeoSafari® Plankton Net
They say you should never swim alone…
Ages 8+
Millions of plankton live in ponds, lakes, and oceans. Take a closer look with the GeoSafari® Plankton Net! Toss the net into any natural body of water and sweep back and forth to collect plankton. Lift the net to examine them in the transparent bottle underneath or remove the bottle and attach the lid to share your finds with friends! Grades 3+

Includes mesh plankton net with removable, transparent, magnified bottle with attached cap and laminated (waterproof) guide with plankton-identification chart
Can be used in ANY natural body of water—fresh or salt
Interactive activity encourages exploration and discovery
Can be held with hands or used with rope for docks and boats

Buy It: Visit the Educational Insights online store to purchase the GeoSafari® Plankton Net™ and to check out the other amazing Educational Insights products. Educational Insights has an awesome opportunity for you to earn $10 off for any EduactionalInsights.com purchase. All you have to do is fill out a super short (I’m talking really short – maybe 4 questions) survey at this link http://www.educationalinsights.com/category/id/119977.do and then like Educational Insights on Facebook. In addition to this Educational Insights is quickly closing in on 17,000 fans and will be awarding a lucky Educational Insights fan with a $200 EducationalInsights.com gift code once they hit 17,000!
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Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr Talking Bug Net Review and Giveaway



Summer is in full swing and my kiddos love playing outside. Truthfully we spend as much time as possible outside there is just so much to see and do. Especially when you have exciting activities to look forward to. One of my kiddos favorite activities is to go on bug hunts. We have gone on real bug hunts and ones that I set up for them with plastic bugs but by far their favorite has to be the GeoSafari® Jr. Talking Bug Net™ set up by Educational Insights . This set is so fantastic because the net gives the kids facts and even quizzes them on what they have learned asking “What bug has…?” I like that we can set this up inside or outside, really wherever we like and the kids enjoy hunting for and finding their bugs and then learning about what they have caught. I think it is fantastic that the net actually differentiates between the bugs. Knowing which bug has been caught in the net. This is definitely a great toy for any bug loving kiddo and may even develop an interest in bugs for someone who has been a bit uninterested in bugs in the past.

The net knows which bug you’ve caught!
Ages 4+
Choose a bug and drop it into the net to hear 100 amazing bug facts and quiz questions! Then listen as the Talking Bug Net asks you creepy, crawly questions using the facts you’ve learned. Grades Pre-K+
This amazing set includes:
6 bugs—also great for stand-alone play—and interactive Bug Net
Speaks dozens of bug facts, phrases, games, and instructions


Buy It: Visit the Educational Insights online store to purchase the GeoSafari® Jr. Talking Bug Net™ and to check out the other amazing Educational Insights products. Educational Insights has an awesome opportunity for you to earn $10 off for any EduactionalInsights.com purchase. All you have to do is fill out a super short (I’m talking really short – maybe 4 questions) survey at this link http://www.educationalinsights.com/category/id/119977.do and then like Educational Insights on Facebook. In addition to this Educational Insights is quickly closing in on 17,000 fans and will be awarding a lucky Educational Insights fan with a $200 EducationalInsights.com gift code once they hit 17,000!
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Magnet Hunt in the Sand Table


We went on a magnet hunt in the sand table. Searching for hidden magnetic material

After seeing how into the Digging for Pirate Treasure Kaia got. I knew I had to come up with another fun searching activity if I wanted Kaia to become really involved.

It worked she loved this activity, even more than Mikey. I think she likes the challenge and the feeling of accomplishment when she has obtained what she is looking for. While Mikey likes this too, he is more into the imaginary play and actual digging aspect.

They did find every hidden metal object, magnetic piece, and even non-magentic material ( I threw a few in just to catch them off guard)

They were at this table for well over an hour combing through it to make sure that they had found everything they could

This was definitely a favorite table for Kaia she asked me to set it up for her again once she was sure she had found everything I had hidden in the table

This was an awesome activity. It would be fun with magnetic letters too. I didn’t take ours out we mostly focused on colors and shapes for Mikey.

This could be easily replicated using just screws, bolts, and washers with just a single magnet per child for finding the objects hidden to cut back on costs. I luckily had all these magnets leftover from my teaching days.

Painting with Leverage- Ramps and Balls


We sliced one of our extra pool noodles in half and let the kids roll marbles down them aiming for the paint


The kids loved it! After a while Kaia and Mikey started looking around for other things to roll the marbles down. Kaia found the PVC pipe pieces we use in the water table and created a long tube

Mike helped Mikey and before we knew it we had another fun way to get the marbles to the paper.

The kids loved using the PVC pipe because it is cut to small lengths and there are lots of T connectors in between the pieces. Very quickly Mikey started experimenting with sending the Marbles down the various holes.

The PVC pipe contraption seemed a little easier for the kids to aim

But Kaia liked the Pool noodle better. I think I might cut it down to make it a little shorter so it is easier for her to maneuver.


Kaia tried combining the two materials to make a super duper marble slide

We also did slide painting. I saw this idea first on Preschool Patti’s Blog and on Craft to Art years ago. But recently this ideas has been revived by Growing a Jeweled Rose she has some amazing pictures of her girls having a great time with this activity.

I had pie tins available for the kids to dip different textured and sized balls in

They then rolled them down the slide

I covered the slide in computer paper and had it aim into our kiddie pool.

While rolling the balls down the slide was awesome

Mikey did feel the need to dip his hands in the paint to create a “Waterfall” for the balls to slide down


Let me know if you give any of these ideas a try. I would love to see a comment with a link to anything you try out. We had so much fun and I bet you will too!

Boat Making- What Floats?


We spent the morning making boats. I set out different materials including, Styrofoam egg cartons, craft foam, pipe cleaners, tape, cork, chopsticks, craft sticks, and cut up pieces of a pool noodle. You maybe asking yourself why is Mikey nudey? He spends most of his time time way if you look away for even a second I guarantee you he will have stripped down to his undies or maybe less…

The kids tried out their creations in the water table


The corks were a huge hit which surprised me a little.

I did not have any floating people or people who would not sink the kids boats just because of their weight. The kids wanted people for their boats so we have a ton of corks so I drew faces on the corks with different emotions.

The kids LOVED these and made up stories as to why the people were feeling these emotions. I made two of each face/ emotion the kids even started matching them up. It just goes to show you some of the best toys are free!