“By playing games you can speed up your learning curve to help develop the right kind of thought processes.”
Spot it! is the addictive, feverishly fun matching game for every generation. The first thing to know about Spot it! is that there is always one, and only one, matching symbol between any two cards. Got it? Now all you need is a sharp eye and a quick hand to play all five party games packed into the grab ‘n’ go tin. Including up to eight players, Spot it! is a cinch to learn, plays fast, and is irresistibly fun for all ages!
Rock Paper Scissors The Card Game
Here’s the fast & fun CARD VERSION of the game kids have played for generations. Each player lays down a card. If your card beats your opponent’s card, you take it. When all cards have been played, the player who has collected the most cards wins the game!! 2 players, ages 4 and up!
Keekee The Rocking Monkey
Works on Balance notions • Dexterity fine motors • Weight notions • An adorable all wooden balancing game for 1 to 4 players, ages 3 and up.
Like tic-tac-toe, line up 3 of your Gobblers in a row to win! • Players can gobble up their opponent’s pieces to take their place. • Gobblet tests critical thinking while training memory skills and spatial awareness. • All wooden strategy game for 2 players, ages 5 & up.
Race to ring the bell first when a winning combination is shown on the table! • This fast pace game will be filled with chaos and laughter • Includes: 90 cards, a bell, and illustrated rules • For 2-9 Players, ages 5 & Up
This is one of our favorites!! Works on Memoery skills • Color Recognition • up to 4 players • Go on a South Pole Egg-spedition with this all wooden memory game for 2 to 4 players, ages 4 and up. • Roll two colored dice and lift two penguins to search for colored eggs that match the dice. Collect six penguins on your iceberg to win! • Strengthens color recognition, visualization, memory and social skills.
Sequence for Kids
Play a card from your hand, place your chip on a corresponding character on the board. When you have 4 in a row, it’s a SEQUENCE and you win! Use a wild card to place your chip anywhere. Remove your opponent’s chip with a DRAGON card. Have fun with your friends playing SEQUENCE® For Kids™! Includes: folding game board, 42 playing cards, 21 red playing chips, 21 yellow playing chips, 21 green playing chips, 21 blue playing chips, and instructions. 2 to 4 players. Ages 3-6.
Shape Your Story
A game that brings a twist to oral storytelling. Use the 3 shapes (Circle, Triangle & Square) to draw objects/characters. Let your imagination take a flight and make thousands of stories with drawings. Roll the number and the shape dice to pick your shape cards. Draw different objects with the shapes. Use the objects that you have drawn to tell a story. Play a game of telling stories by yourself, time your story and challenge another player or draw and create stories together in a game of cooperative story telling!
The Bananagrams anagram game will drive you and your friends bananas! It requires no pencil, paper or board and provides educational family fun!
Ticket To Ride-First Journey
Start your trip across Europe with ticket to ride: first journey (Europe)! ticket to ride: first journey takes the gameplay of the ticket to ride series and scales it for a younger audience. During the game, players will collect train cards, claim routes on the map of Europe, and try to connect the cities shown on their tickets. The first player to complete six tickets wins! with the same gameplay as the first ticket to ride: first journey game, but now featuring a map of Europe, this game is perfect for any young conductors!
Being outdoors has incredible benefits, and with spring being just a few months away, we’re compiling some of our favorite sensory activities for littles!
#1. Mud Pie Kitchen
Some of our favorite memories were those of making mud “food”. We would mold the mud into whatever our imaginations created and then would paint the creations once they dried.
#2. Creek Wading
#3. Pine Cone Sorting
Our little guy loves to gather all the different pinecones and sort them according to size.
#4. Leaf Threading
A thin stick will work just as well for threading leaves together. This is another one of our favorites!
#5. Stone Sorting
Grab a little bucket, and let them start a collection!
#6. Lots of Grass
Playing in the grass is one of the best sensory things to do with littles!
#7. Tree Bark Rubbing/Art
Take a large piece of paper and hold it (or tape it) on the tree. Then take some chalk and gently rub the paper over the bark! The results are beautiful!
#8. Barefoot Sensory Walk
You can walk on grass, small pebbles, sand, mud, and so much more!
#9. Water Play
Playing with water can inspire so much imagination!
If you have a smooth surface and some chalk, the possibilities are endless!
When it comes to education, we love hands-on activities. Children grasp concepts so much better when they step away from the text books (I know ours do)! With that being said, we decided to play a few games around our tree last night. Here are the favorites!
#1. Find That Color
If you have toddlers, this is a fun way to learn colors. Our little guy will spend over 5 minutes finding all things red, green, gold, etc!
#2. Name That Shape
With all the different ornaments on the tree, learning new shapes has never been so much fun!
#3. I spy
Of course this is a favorite!! Kids strengthen their observation skills, while having a blast!
#4. Tell Me A Story
Pick an ornament, and create a brand new story using “characters” from your tree!
#5. Counting, Counting, Counting
Have your little start counting all the different ornaments! Counting games are always fun!
Do you have a favorite Christmas tree activity? 🙂
Stockings! It’s one of our favorite Christmas traditions. There is just something about opening a gift full of wonderful little surprises. Here are a few of our favorite stocking stuffers! 🙂
Mini Tins of Thinking Putty
We LOVE thinking putty. Especially since it has a new scented evergreen edition.
Glow Mars Mud
Once you start playing with this, you won’t stop! 🙂
With open-ended and sensory play in mind, Incrediblefoam is one of our favorites!
Magnetic Slime Ooze
Mix up a batch of slime that reacts to a magnet!
Cosmic Spinner Tops
Tops! We have literally played with these for hours on end.
Bubbles that you can actually touch without popping!
Wooden Animal Slingshot
Slingshots and giant marshmallows. It’s a blast!
Wildlife BB Pocket Puzzle
Patience is required, but still so much fun!
One of the most addicting things we have ever play with. Literally. 🙂
Original Metal Slinky
If you have stairs…this is a must!
A classic toy that has been a family favorite for years!
Old Fashioned Diving Sub
Just add a little baking powder, and watch the diving sub in action!
If you’ve never seen the Tornado Tube® in action you may not realize how dramatic it can be!!
A highly addictive game of dexterity and skill. A flick of the finger will send each Flippin’ Bird towards the cup!
Jetfire Glider Twin Pack
The original Guillow’s Balsa Wood Planes from more than half a century ago. Two Gliders are included that soar up to 25 feet. 12″ wingspan!
Would you like to grow some rocks? Fill a clear glass container, such as a wide-mouthed jar, with the special solution, and add the colored pellets to it!
Spiky Light-up Ball
Turn off all the lights, and start a fun tossing game. So many memories were made by playing with these!
Guatemalan Kick Bag
Hand crocheted in Guatemala, these are made to last!
Astronaut Ice Cream and Fruit
Enjoy your ice cream just as Astronauts do–the freeze-dried way! There is also cinnamon apples, grapes, peaches, strawberries, and bananas!
A science curiosity whose ancient and mysterious properties capture the attention of all ages. Rattleback will spin in one direction but when spun in the wrong direction, it will quickly stop, rattle up and down, and then begin to spin in the opposite direction. It also magnifies and is sure to entertain for hours!
What is open-ended play?
A child engaged in open-ended play is simply going with the flow. He is exploring open-ended materials — objects that have multiple uses and infinite possibilities, like paint, clay, sand, mud, water, blocks, and Legos. There are no expectations, no specific problems to solve, no rules to follow, and no pressure to produce a finished product. It’s all about free play — the freedom to invent and discover!
What is the benefit of open-ended play?
By simply fiddling around with a wide range of materials, he practices a wealth of brain-boosting skills that will serve him in school and throughout his life. Just think of what it takes for him to make sense of the unstructured nature of the materials — imagination, creativity, vision, and patience. He learns to deal with infinite possibilities before taking a big leap of faith. He makes something no one has ever seen before, which requires trial and error and problem-solving. Meanwhile he is offered the chance to create order and express meaning.
Have fun doing some open-ended play today!
There are many reasons why maths is a core part of the curriculum worldwide. It provides us with skills and knowledge that can be used in our daily lives. From the moment we wake up, we are constantly estimating, problem-solving and making quick judgements about quantities and amounts. For example, you may need to check…
Get Real. Get Messy. Get Maths. Get Outdoors. — Outdoor Classroom Day
With Christmas being just weeks away, we have officially started our Christmas shopping! I know, it’s a bit early, but sometimes it takes a while to find unique, fun, and educational gifts for our little outdoor lovers. These have been our favorites for the past few years, and will probably remain favorites for years to come!
Science on a Tracking Expedition
Track through exciting hands-on science experiments and activities! We love this kit!
Because, seriously, everyone needs a bug vacuum! Hehee!
SAS Survival Guide-Pocket Size
The perfect pocket sized survival guide for both kids and adults!
The LifeStraw® Personal water filter, and LifeStraw® Go water filter bottle will filter 1,000 liters of water (264 gallons). A great item to keep on hand for emergencies, or in our case, a fun tool to take out to the creek!
Wooden Animal Slingshots
Every little boy’s favorite! 🙂
Camp Board Game
Learn about the great outdoors with CAMP!! A family favorite!
See the world in a new way! From rocks, to trees, to critters. This book is our family’s favorite nature resource!
Ant Universe- Gel Habitat
Provides hours of watching and observing fun!
Knot Tying Game
A perfect game for road trips!
Do you have a favorite nature/outdoor activity? Post below! 🙂