Educator Picks: Back-to-School Part II

August 20, 2020

Are you back-to-school ready? If you stocked up on our Educator Picks last week, you'll love our newest list. Make storytime more exciting, explore the outdoors and more with these great, educational finds from our gift shop.

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This Week's Educator Picks:

Multi-Colored Chameleon Puppet Ages 3+

Develops: Creative play, early literacy, imagination

"The more fun you do the storytime experience, the better your child will enjoy the time with books and reading. Puppets offer to your little ones an engaging way to interact or be part of the narrative, stimulating their creativity and imagination. Puppets are an important tool to capture your children’s attention while reading or retelling a story. It can be used as a character or even can narrate what is happening. For example, you can retell the Storytime A Color of His Own - Bilingual Story Time (Daily Virtual Learning) using this high-quality puppet." - Belkis, Bilingual Educator


Nature Explorer Set Assortment Ages 3+

Develops: Nature, ecology, entomology, insectology, outdoor toys for kids

"The Nature Explorer Set by Outdoor Discovery will help you catch, observe, and release bugs safely! The net and compact container will provide a safe place to hold and observe various insects. Equipped with two insect viewers, this kit will enlarge your perspective on the tiny world of bugs!" - John, Flint Hills Resources Genius Station Geek

KidzLabs Human Organs Ages 8+

Develops: Love of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), biology, anatomy, health

"The human body is extremely complex and fascinating. Learn about the functions of some of your major organs with this fun and exciting lab!" - Jason, A'STEAM and Life Sciences Educator

Nancy B's Hydroponics Kit and Gardening Diary Set Ages 8+

Develops: Gardening, sustainability, biology, botany

"Hydroculture has become an integral part of food cultivation in areas with poor top soil quality. Through careful monitoring and tending of their plants, children can gain a sense of needs specific to individual species in the plant kingdom, and the responsibility involved in producing crops for food consumption." - Gretchen, Science Educator

Snapino Making Coding a Snap Ages 12-112

Develops: Love of STEM, integrated learning, coding, 21st century skills, project-based learning, circuitry, electricity, problem solving skills, engineering

"This kit combines intuitive circuit building with the unmatched champion of do-it-yourself coding, Arduino. This kit is great for any kid with an interest in code or circuitry. By the time you complete the 20 specific "Snapino" projects, you'll find yourself fully immersed in the wide world of Arduino." - Jacob, Maker Educator

Come back next week to see more picks from our educators and see what else is available on our online gift shop!