Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Educational Insights Review 3/27

Educational Insights is a great company that makes education FUN! Their products are designed by both educators and parents so they're sure to be a hit with parents and their little ones. I've been given the opportunity to review a couple of their games, and I must say it's been fun! :)


Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game (Ages 3-5)


The object of this game is to be the first one to fill your log with acorns. Just spin the spinner, pick up the acorns with your squirrel squeezers, and put them in your log! The box is very sturdy and it is convenient that it's used as part of the game. All the pieces are well made, especially the squirrel squeezers, which were super easy for my 3 1/2 year old to use. I love that there aren't a ton of pieces because it's easy to keep track of everything, and there's plenty of room in the box to toss it all back in when you're done.
Within 10 minutes of opening the box, my daughter knew all the rules and was so proud of herself for being able to play this "big girl" game. It is very simple, but it teaches color matching and I did notice her developing different strategies the more we played. The spinner is simple, you can land on "pick an acorn", "steal an acorn", or "lose your acorns".
After you spin, you use the squirrel squeezers to grab the acorns from the tree and put them in your log. The squeezers are VERY easy to squeeze, we had no problems using it. Another great thing about this game is that it only takes a few minutes to play, so it's up to you how much time you want to spend playing. All in all, my daughter had a blast with this game and I believe she'll continue playing it for a long time. I would recommend this game to anyone with preschoolers!
                                                                                                                                                
Grandma's Trunk Alphabet Game (Age 5+)


My daughter calls this one "the letter box". Inside the storage trunk is 26 alphabet picture cards with upper and lowercase letters; color-coded red vowels and blue consonants on one side, 26 riddle cards, and a guide with 5 different ways to play.
There are instructions on how to use this game with a whole classroom, a small group, and just one child. The cards are very sturdy and have nice big letters along with pictures. I laid them all out on the table with only the picture side up and asked her to show me which ones were for which letter. It actually took longer than I expected for her to get bored with that, probably because the pictures are so colorful and well done.

After that we flipped them over to the letter sides (which also have pictures) and put them in alphabetical order. There are lots of ways you can arrange the game to suit your child's needs. The riddle cards are like the one pictured to the left. They are excellent for exercising that brain power! This game is also very easy to put away and the box is small enough to keep almost anywhere. We had lots of fun trying out these games and both were a hit with my daughter! I am very pleased with her reaction because I know she will continue to learn from them until she graduates to the next step in learning.




I was provided free products for review/giveaway purposes.
No money was exchanged, and all opinions are 100% my own.





49 comments:

  1. I really want to get Grandma's Trunk Alphabet Game for my 5 y/o son because I homeschool him and we're working on his ABCs right now, and I'm always looking for fun ways to teach him, without him getting bored! Grandma's Trunk Alphabet Game sounds like just the right tool to use!!
    jwitt33 at live dot com

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  2. Great way to teach color, alphabet and following rules. Love both of the games. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  3. Awesome ways to teach children things!! I love these ideas!! Thanks for participating in the give a way!!

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  4. I love how grandma's trunk game offers 5 different ways to play the game

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  5. just right in time I am looking for these stuff and the likes for my little darling. am so hopeful to win :)

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  6. Would love the alphabet game son has trouble learning any may have to repeat grade k they assessed him and said he is a different learner and only seems to be able to get stuff if taught one on one

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  7. I love that they teach children alot! :) My kids would love these games

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  8. I love the colorfulness of the games and making use of hand eye coordination and they are cute

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  9. Oh, I want to win this. I could have grandparent quality time with my grandson.

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  10. I really like the alphabet game. Cute and educational

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  11. As a special education teacher, I love being able to add new learning materials to my "tool box". Anything for my students!!!
    Thanks for offering this giveaway.

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  12. educational insights is the king of fun and education! we play with their products daily--my 4 and 2 1/2 year old have really blossomed with their games and activities! thanks EI! love your stuff and hope to win to get more goodies for my boys!
    *kelly
    kelly-tillotson@hotmail.com

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  13. My daughter would have so much fun with these :O)

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  14. The Alphabet trunk would be great for my preschoolers that turn 5 in May! They love learning and this would help them with their letters and learning their vowels and consonants.

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  15. Edward P.

    The Games Are Fun and Educational.

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  16. I am all about an educational game!

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  17. very easy for kids to play
    elaine smith

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  18. It looks like your daughter had a great time with the games, i am sure my son would too!

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  19. Very few pieces which is great. Too many pieces of one game all over the room...drives me crazy.

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  20. The Grandma's Trunk Alphabet Game looks really cool. Trying to come up with all kinds of ways to work on the alphabet with my 4 yr old son. We homeschool and he is very hyper.... tradition worksheets are not going to go over well with him. Thinking this game just might. ;)

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  21. I am a homeschool mom and like that they are learning games

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  22. These both look great! My son would love these and I would love that he's playing an educational game for once. lol

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  23. My kids would love both of these. I think they'd love the squirrel one best. It's such a cute premise for a game!!

    aniwilsonintx at hotmail dot com

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  24. I like the squirrel game as it is colorful and fun! I also like the card came. What great prizes!

    You can contact me at: juustoa at yahoo dot com

    Thank you! Mary H.

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  25. I think it's great anytime learning can be made fun! These games do look like fun!

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  26. I've seen a couple reviews of the Sneaky Snacky Squirrel game and it sounds like fun. I think I'll get this for my girl's birthday!

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  27. Grandma's Trunk Alphabet Game looks like a lot of fun for my little ones!

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  28. i like anything educational when it comes to games

    steelerchick82@aol.com

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  29. I would love to win the Grandma's Trunk Alphabet Game for my grandson, I think this would be a great learning game for him.
    thanks for the giveaway.

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  30. I love that these games teach kids and they can have fun playing them as well

    kayes.amanda@yahoo.com

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  31. I've seen both of these games before and I love them. I love that the squirrel game is quick to play and develops fine motor skills along with other skills. I love that there is a lot more to the Grandma's Trunk game than I thought just from looking at it. Thanks for the great review.

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  32. I love the sqirrel game idea. Easy enough for all my kids to play. Thanks.

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  33. I like that the first game is easy to use for small hands and that the second game has instructions for just one child.

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  34. I really like Grandma's Trunk Alphabet Game there is a lot of things they can learn from the game.

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  35. The squirrel game seems really well designed for the age group!! I would love to have this as a center in my classroom to integrate on various themes from squirrels, to fall to math and more! The grandmas trunk seems like you can do so much with it that is is a must have and a great purchase! Thanks for the great reviews! Will certainly look into these.
    jenny at dapperhouse

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  36. I love that it seems easy to learn how to play and that it makes learning fun!

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  37. I love how the games are actully little kid friendly!

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  38. I like that with multiple ways to play, the kids will not get as bored as quickly with it. (Corey Olomon)(olomon@hotmail.com)

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  39. This is an awesome giveaway. Thanks

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  40. Love how the games incorporate fun with learning! Love that they are easy for the kids to learn and not boring! Thank you for this wonderful review!

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  41. I really like how the truck game has so many different ways to play with letters!

    stdjds54 (at) shsu (dot) edu

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  42. They are educational, best kind of games to get.
    kembond (at) yahoo (dot) com

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