While it might not exactly be school-related, Our Pampered Home’s Toys & Games department is perfect for Back to School. We house many interactive learning and educational playthings that will help get kids back into the academic spirit and inspire those who already have an insatiable thirst for knowledge. We carefully select unique educational toys, games, and activities that make learning fun and engaging which, we feel, is the best approach to nurturing a child’s naturally-inquisitive, developing mind. Here are some of our favorite picks that highlight the fun in discovery in such areas as science, vocabulary, art, music, and critical thinking.
Avoid experiment-related messes and accidents with these kid-friendly and safe science lab kits from 4M International.
Learn about air pressure and gravity with the Hover Racer Science Kit. Makes a great project idea for school science fairs, as well as a recreational toy for young hobbyists.
KidzLabs Science Kits are a fun, hands-on way for children to explore the principles behind force, pressure, chemical electricity, and earth sciences. Series consists of the Doorbell Making Kit, Quicksand and Volcano Kit, Volcano and Crystal Mining Science Kit, the Weather Lab, and the assorted Science Toys Lab.
There is no age limit to learning, especially when it comes to expanding your vocabulary. These fun and challenging word games help to enrich communicative abilities as well as instill an appreciation for language. An excellent teaching aid for parents and teachers.
The classic board game, Scrabble, tests vocabulary knowledge and exercises problem-solving skills; a true war of words!
Young children who are learning to speak and formulate words will benefit from Smethport’s picture chart games that teach word/image association, phonics, and language building. Choose from Word Families, Chart Categories, Word Building, Beginning Sounds, and essential Language Skills.
ART & MUSIC
The next future da Vinci or Mozart may be waiting to emerge from your child’s mind. Our assortment of art and music creative toys can help your child discover a hidden talent.
The basic Mini Paint Set by Toysmith is a simple and portable watercolor paint set that’s easy to set and clean up, afterwards. If you still want your child to discover the fun of mixing colors but wish to avoid the potential for accidental spills, try the accompanying Mini Crayon Set.
Gyroscopic Spiral Art creates unique patterns and designs based on mathematics; a timeless art tool that has been, and continues to be enjoyed for many generations.
4M’s mask painting kits allow little creators to invent their own characters. Kits come complete with non-toxic paint, paintbrush, stencils, and plastic mask and are available in Glow or in Solid paint colors.
Percussive instruments are among the world’s oldest musical instruments. They offer an appeal that spans far beyond different cultures and their inherent simplicity might be a reason why children are drawn towards them. Rhythm Band’s complete Special Variety Band Set includes an ensemble of various percussion instruments such as woodblocks, hand cymbals, cluster bells, rhythm sticks, and more.
The first (and sometimes only) complex developed musical instrument that kids often experience in school is the recorder, a primitive flute-like woodwind instrument. The
Aulos Alouette Soprano/Descant Recorder is perfect for students and beginners.
Rhythm Band’s Large School Bongo Drums feature premium kiln-fired hardwood shells, quality drumheads, and are built to provide years and years of groovy fun.
Critical thinking, or problem solving, involves mental dissection and evaluation of an issue in order to formulate a strategy. Puzzles are excellent for building and reinforcing critical thinking skills and at Our Pampered Home, we stock puzzles of numerous difficulty levels to challenge and exercise minds.
The Mind Jewel Brainteaser Puzzle consists of 12 pentagonal pyramids that are connected by elastic. The goal is to arrange the pieces by matching the dots to the numbers so that each dot touching a number adds up to that amount. Not as easy as it looks!
The Bamboozlers Bamboo Wooden Puzzle Set is based off of traditional Chinese wood puzzles. This brain baffling bamboo design dares players to disassemble and then reassemble a seemingly easy, unassumingly difficult knot sculpture. Made from genuine bamboo, one of the Earth’s most plentiful, rapidly-renewable sustainable materials.
Learn all 50 United States and capitals with the
EuroGraphics 1000-Piece Map Of the United States puzzle, a basic and traditional jigsaw puzzle and features detailed geographical information such as capital cities, major cities, and state flag icons.
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