Educational Insights creates toys and games that pull double duty — they’re super fun for kids, with an educational twist. We love their toys for providing engaging and unexpected elements that make my boys think in new ways or exercise different skills. If you’ve got kids who love to get hands-on (or you’re a parent looking for ways to sneak in some learning bonuses!), here are a few my preschooler and I recommend.
Little contractors create their own robot, race car, boat and rocket designs using rugged bolts and a working socket wrench with real ratchet sound and action. Construction fans will love removing the bolts again and again to make new creative designs — and once you’re done designing, the shapes become toys to play with! My son figured out the two-way wrench pretty quickly and loved working with his “tools.” SRP: $21.99
In this game, you help Frida the parrot collect letters by matching four in a row. My son loved picking up each letter with the little parrot grabber, and I loved that we could work on letter identification, matching, and sounds all during the game. For 2-4 players. SRP: $21.99.
This game was our favorite out of everything we tried from Educational Insights! In this game, people race the other players to match acorn cards to the colors drawn. It’s fast-paced and reinforces color learning, sorting, and strategic thinking skills, and memory and attention skills. Plus, it comes in a sturdy box and is small enough to make a fantastic travel companion. For 3-6 players. For ages 4 and up. SRP: $9.99.
These toys and games are available on Amazon.com, the Educational Insights website and at specialty toy retailers.