TOMY Part of the Lamaze Creative Learning collection, from TOMY, the Mix and Match Caterpillar features eight different stuffed plush segments that can be rearranged in any order or arranged in the correct order by matching the Velcro color. Each segment has a different sound and texture including a chime ball, a squeaker, a rattle, and a crinkle to engage and entertain kids ages 6 months and up. When babies push down on the Toddler Toys Sort ‘n Pop Spinning Top, they can watch it pop out different shapes. Then, they can match the colors to their corresponding shapes and watch it spin again. Designed for kids ages 10 months and up, the Paddling Puppy teaches water confidence as kids wind it up and watch it paddle around in water. The Mix and Match Motorboat features four boat sections that each have a pour, squirt, sprinkle, or spin water play feature. The 3-in-1 Road Rescue is a wind up truck with a driver that works as a wrench. Kids can wind up the car, set it on the truck bed and lock the gate, then press the button to watch the truck zoom off.
Sort ‘n Pop Spinning Top
EDUCATIONAL INSIGHTS Educational Insights’ Once Upon a Craft line inspires creativity through classic stories with the creation of fun and educational crafts. The eight unique storybook sets are each sold separately and include Once Upon a Craft The Gingerbread Man, Once Upon a Craft The Frog Prince, Once Upon a Craft The Elves and the Shoemaker, Once Upon a Craft Rapunzel, Once Upon a Craft The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Once Upon a Craft Jack and the Beanstalk, and One Upon a Craft The Ugly Duckling. Each set comes with the fairytale story and two craft activities. Educational Insights adds new items to the Nancy B’s Science Club line this year, including science tools for indoor and outdoor STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning. Made for kids ages 8 and up, the Nancy B’s Science Club Garbage to Gardens Compost Kit and Decomposition Book introduces kids to life cycles and composting, and promotes environmentalism. The activities in the 22-page activity journal also encourage creativity. The Compost Kit is an introduction to life cycles and environmental science, and includes a clear compost container with two compartments, a removable divider, two 3x magnifiers, two write-on/wipe-off boards, and a lid with air holes. The GeoSafari Jr. My First Telescope lets kids explore the moon with its focus-free telescope, built specifically for little hands and developing minds. Designed for kids ages 4 and up, the telescope promotes STEM learning and features a 10x magnification to help kids understand space and the moon. My First Telescope encourages exploration and discovery, provides hands-on experience with a scientific tool, and introduces kids to the wonders of space. It also comes with a multilingual guide that showcases the phases of the moon. Educational Insights’ Design & Drill line will add three new vehicles, including Race Car, Helicopter, GeoSafari Jr. and Monster Truck. Designed for kids ages 3 and up, the toys encourage the use of creativity, imagiMy First Telescope nation, and problem-solving skills. The Design & Drill Power Play Vehicles Race Car lets kids use the motorized mini-drill to snap the pieces together, customize the vehicle with colorful stickers, and take the race car to the road. It helps kids understand patterns, matching, and counting through creative STEM play, while expanding their fine motor skills.
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