Learning Ideas

Marble Mania. Math and small motor activities for kids from preschoolers to school age

My little adorable toddler, the Big Button, is busy sifting marbles to and from. Clickety-cluck. The door bursts open and his older brother, Smiles, rushes through the door. The daily explosion of greetings and hugs is cut short as he notices the colorful marbles, spoons, tongs and ice cube trays: he is heading straight for [...]

Head Full of Marbles. Great sorting activity for preschool kids.

I always looked at them as a choking hazard.  My kids always found them so attractive to handle, roll, transfer from one container to the next.  My mom always believed it was ok, if done under supervision.  And then I haven’t seen marbles for a really long time, until rediscovered to hem in a completely [...]

New perspective on the college selection dilemma

My dearest little nephew, the first baby I ever fell in love with as my own, is no longer so little. Quite the opposite: a young man, he is collecting college response mailings on top of his dresser.  Time for one of the biggest decisions of his entire life.  Loving him so much, we all [...]

10 best MATH toys. Educational gift ideas

Who said that math is boring? We can assure children and parents that with the right play tools, learning mathematics can be fun! Find these math toys that were hand-picked by preschool and elementary school teachers to help parents and grandparents to shop for the smartest holiday gifts. 1. Math Keyboard – Multiplication This educational [...]

10 Fun Facts about Horses

During our Pets Appreciation Week we want to talk about more common and less common pets. How about horses? Many horse lovers consider these gracious animals, not farm inhabitants, but pets. Let’s learn some fun facts about horses. Horses belong to the genus equus. Horses are herbivores (plant eaters). A horse is described as a foal [...]

Pets Appreciation Week. What’s the most popular pet in the U.S.?

Educational Toys Planet announces Pets Appreciation Week. Let’s share love. Let’s teach our children to take care of our animal friends. Let’s learn about different pet friends!  As per the National Pet Owners Survey, conducted by the American Pet Products Manufacturer’s Association in 2007, in the United States, people own: 142 million freshwater fish 88.3 million cats [...]