April 21, 2013
Sea Life Puzzle from Ravensburger
Celebrate Earth Day with environmentally-friendly kids puzzles.
As a follow-up to my earlier blog post, Earth Day Toys & Games, I wanted to introduce a few kids puzzles that feature animals and geography and maps. You can use puzzle play to create stories and learn about Earth Day, conservation, animal habitat, endangered species & more. On top of that, our puzzles are made of environmentally friendly materials.
Earth & Animal Puzzles
Turner Toys carries loads of kids puzzles to suit all ages and interests. Here is a sampling of three types: jigsaw board puzzles, wooden puzzles and block puzzles. Our kids jigsaw puzzles are made of recycled paper and non-toxic soy inks. Our wooden puzzles are made of sustainably grown and harvested wood.
Your child can learn about different countries around the world through puzzle play. Start a conversation about who lives there, what kind of challenges they face in terms of protecting their environment. Erosion, clean drinking water?
Each 63 piece puzzle forms a 18″ x 14″ puzzle when completed and comes in a sturdy 6″ high x 5″ diameter canister with a colorful rope handle. Puzzle backing contains 90% recycled paper and packaging contains 70% recycled paper. Printed with non-toxic soy based inks. Ages 6 and up.
The Animal Alphabet Puzzle teaches children the alphabet, shape recognition and animals A to Z (some real and some imagined). It’s crafted from rubberwood an environmentally-friendly hardwood.
Where do these animals live? Are they endangered? What can we do to protect them and their habitat?
Mudpuppy’s Forest Friends Block Puzzle features parent and baby animals. Puzzle images are owls, raccoons, deer, foxes, brown bears and squirrels.
Each Mudpuppy Block puzzle includes 9 2″ cubes that form 6 different puzzle pictures or can be used as stacking block and a sturdy box with sliding drawer for storage. Puzzle backing contains 90% recycled paper and packaging contains 70% recycled paper. Printed with non-toxic soy based inks. Ages 3 and up.
What are your plans for Earth Day?
April 14, 2013
April 22nd is Earth Day.
Toys & games are a great way to encourage your child’s environmental awareness since they learn through play. Here are some ideas to help you celebrate Earth Day and to inspire our future conservationists, earth scientists, biologists, geographers….
Plan an Earth Day Party
Here is a great list of Earth Day activities, party snacks and a suggested reading list. My favorite group activity in this list?
Line up children in two teams facing two empty bins. Give each team an equal pile of recyclables such as empty plastic bottles, cereal boxes, etc. Tell each child as they step to the front of their line to toss an item into the appropriate bin for paper or plastic. The team that finishes with the most items making it into the correct bin wins.
It’s never to early to teach youngsters about the importance of recycling. Check out Teach Preschool for another recycling activity for preschoolers.
Science Kits & Puzzles for Kids
Curious about what happens after you put the recycling bin out at the curb? The Recycling Science Kit lets you explore what happens to the items you recycle. Make recycled paper, learn about different recycling codes, pledge to be a super recycler and make a water filter. Illustrated instruction guide included. Ages 6 and up.
4-D Biology Puzzles
Yes, I know these are made of plastic. But they offer an amazing learning experience about biology, anatomy & habitat plus they flex your spatial skills.
Great White Sharks have become the stuff of legends. The Great White Shark 4D Animal Puzzle will let the young scientist or marine biologist explore the fascinating animal behind the myths.
This puzzle/model is fun to build and an illustrated assembly guide is chock full of interesting information about sharks and their anatomy. Puzzle includes 20 detachable organs and body parts. Completed model measures 13″ long and includes a display stand. Ages 8 and up.
Scorpions are found on every continent on Earth except Antarctica. Learn more about the scorpion’s anatomy with this Scorpion 4D Animal Puzzle. 29 detachable organs and body parts combine into an accurate model that’s fun to assemble plus a great tool for learning more about Scorpions. An illustrated assembly guide will help you through the build and then challenge you with fun questions once the model is assembled. Completed model measures 8″ long and includes display stand. Ages 8 and up.
The Wooly Mammoth went extinct way before the first Earth Day celebration in 1970. Our Wooly Mammoth 4D Animal Puzzle combines a fun-to-build puzzle with a highly detailed model. Kids will learn about the function and location of 26 different detachable organs and body parts. Once built, puzzle measures 10″ long and includes a display stand and an illustrated assembly guide. Assembly guide has fun Q&A to test your knowledge of Wooly Mammoth anatomy. Ages 8 and up
Visit these organizations to learn more about conservation, species, habitat and what you can do.
What are your plans to celebrate Earth Day with your kids?