With the holidays quickly approaching, I am sure that you are all trying to come up with the perfect gifts for the children in your lives. As a parent, myself, I have found it rather difficult this year to find something that is actually worth purchasing. It’s been said that a child’s imagination never changes but the tools that we provide them to fuel that imagination are forever changing. With all of the technology that today’s world provides, I am often left wondering what has happened to the simple things – going outside, playing baseball, and playing with toys that incorporate learning. Surely, there are plenty of products on the market that do, in fact, provide an educational feature but one can only sit in front of a screen for so long.
As a child, I learned my states and capitals rather quickly with the help of a song that I picked up from a cartoon. However, my grandfather used to teach us about the world by simply spinning a globe, stopping it with our fingers, and looking that particular place up in an encyclopedia. We made learning fun by using something that the children of today would typically consider “boring.” Lakeshore Learning took our “game” one step further by merging education with learning AND fun, as they’ve done with all of their products. What parent doesn’t love that? Purchasing toys that your children will truly enjoy all while knowing that it will enhance their learning experience through play is certainly worth every penny spent.
“It is paradoxical that many educators and parents differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.”
-Leo Buscaglia, author and educator
Lakeshore Learning offers a vast selection of toys, crafts, books, games, and more for all ages. There is definitely something to please everyone and you’re able to do so while staying within any budget thanks to the Lakeshore Learning Holiday Gift Guide. They’ve compiled a list of some of their best and most loved products that can be easily browsed by category and/or price point.
To honor my own childhood as well as satisfy our children’s love of travel and our country we chose the Lakeshore Learning Interactive U.S. Map Game. The kids had a blast pointing out each individual state and listening to the corresponding facts. It features over one thousand facts and quiz questions and even allows for a chance to race to the White House and become president! I love that they were learning while playing and they were enthralled by every touch and sound. The Lakeshore Learning Interactive U.S. Map Game is so much more than just a toy and THAT is exactly what I have been searching for.
Lakeshore Learning products make learning fun for kids – and easy for parents! They truly have something for everyone and, more importantly, every product is based on the core values of education in addition to being fun.
“The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.”
Now, while we don’t have a snazzy giveaway for you to enter I can share some great news with you. Lakeshore Learning is holding their own contest through Monday, December 10th. Visit their Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages for your chance to win your top ten Lakeshore Learning holiday wish list choices!