As a mom and former preschool teacher, I love to find educational activities for the kids and I to do together that help encourage their love for learning. I know how important it is for learning to be fun, which is why I appreciate companies like Educational Insights!
For those who aren't familiar, Educational Insights offers a large selection of playful products with educational value. Whether you're a teacher looking for educational toys for your classroom, or a teacher wanting more educational toys and games at home...with Educational Insights, you're sure to find everything you need.

As I browsed the Educational Insights website for the first time, I was impressed with their large variety of educational products. With everything from teacher resources to educational toys and games...they really do have it all! Whether you're a teacher or a parent, their site makes it easy to search by category, subject area, etc. I was able to easily find different products that I knew my kids would love, and couldn't have been more excited to learn we were going to have the opportunity to review a couple.

We were sent the Design & Drill Take Along Toolkit.
 
Features/Benefits:
  • Helps children explore counting, colors and shapes while building fine motor and creativity skills
  • Great for on the go
  • Sturdy plastic wipes clean easily
  • Includes 60 regular bolts, 3 bits, electronic screwdriver, Activity Guide with 10 patterns, and activity board that doubles as a carrying case.
When the products arrive, both my kids were immediately drawn to the Design & Drill right away! As we took everything out, I was extremely happy with the quality. Everything is durable which lets me know this is something that will last us a long time, even with a lot of play and use!

After getting 3 AA batteries (not included) to put in the electronic screwdriver, we got everything laid out and ready to play with. I love that the activity board doubles as a carrying case. One problem we always have with toys that have a lot of pieces, is that the kids typically lose them if they don't have somewhere to keep them when they're done playing. Thankfully, the fact that this has a carrying case has made keeping everything together a lot easier. When they finish they simply put everything inside and close it up!
The case even has a handle which makes it great for on the go to Grandma's or car rides as well! We have been playing with this educational toy for a few weeks now and absolutely LOVE it! Both my 4 year old and 2 year old enjoy it and ask to play with it nearly every day! I think Kaden's favorite part is being able to use the electronic handheld screwdriver because he loves tools! He enjoys drilling each bolt down and telling me which colors he's working on as he goes. Little does he know, there's a lot of learning going on as he plays with this fun toy! He's able to work on his colors while also strengthening his fine motor skills!

Kaelyn enjoys everything about this toy as well, especially the fun activity guide that comes along with it. It includes 10 patterns that kids can use to create the same pattern on the activity board with the bolts. It's a great way for her to follow directions, work on colors, shapes, fine motor skills and more! I love seeing her think and work through each pattern. And to see that excitement and sense of accomplishment at the end is priceless!

She also enjoys creating her own patterns and shapes which I really like as well. It allows her to get creative and use her imagination...something very important when it comes to play and learning.

Overall we've been thrilled with the Design & Drill from Educational Insights! It's portable, compact and can be used at home or on the go. It's a lot of fun, and the educational value is terrific! I would definitely recommend it to families with young children PreK+.

Buy It: You can purchase the Design & Drill Take Along Toolkit from Educational Insights for $29.99!

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 **The products for this review and giveaway were provided by Educational Insights. All opinions are my own.



60 comments
  1. Tabitha October 22, 2012 at 8:58 PM  

    i want the hot dots
    kayleefaith1228@aol.com

  2. RealtorSD October 22, 2012 at 9:09 PM  

    I like the math slam
    Sarah at realtorsd.com

  3. Pamela October 22, 2012 at 9:21 PM  

    I would love to have the Teaching Tiles™ Early Learning Tiles Beginning Reading Center for my little guy.

  4. evilredcaboose October 22, 2012 at 9:32 PM  

    BBQ Blitz!™
    It’s a burger building bonanza!

  5. Rochel S October 22, 2012 at 9:44 PM  

    I would love the Hot Dots Jr.

  6. lana October 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM  

    Sprout & Grow™ Greenhouse with Wonder Soil™

  7. mrsshukra October 23, 2012 at 1:40 AM  

    Eggspert looks fun!

  8. RaettigFamily October 23, 2012 at 10:53 AM  

    I like the Alphabet Bean Bags.

  9. debijackson October 23, 2012 at 11:42 AM  

    nowhere to go strategy game
    debbie jackson

  10. Natalie October 23, 2012 at 2:34 PM  

    the light writer looks like fun!

  11. Cari K. October 23, 2012 at 6:38 PM  

    I like the drill.

    Queenofkings76@yahoo.com

  12. aperry October 23, 2012 at 7:28 PM  

    GeoSafari® Vega 360 Telescope

  13. Jennifer Rogers October 23, 2012 at 7:43 PM  

    We would also love to have the bean bag toss !
    j1man1r66@etex.net

  14. KJ Skib October 23, 2012 at 7:43 PM  

    I want the String-Along Lacing Kit and Pattern Cards.

  15. mummytotwoboys October 23, 2012 at 7:48 PM  

    I really like "Kat"— the Talking, Teaching Kitty™
    Purrrfect for preschoolers!

  16. Debi H. October 23, 2012 at 7:49 PM  

    The Laundry Jumble™ Game looks like it would be fun.
    pizzanumber2 at yahoo dot com

  17. mommy2luke2008 October 23, 2012 at 8:02 PM  

    We would love to have the Hot Dots Jr preschool kit!

  18. Teh Doll October 23, 2012 at 8:06 PM  

    kit hot dots set

  19. Bethany C. October 23, 2012 at 8:08 PM  

    I like the bean bag toss.

  20. Laurel October 23, 2012 at 8:16 PM  

    I like the Colors Bean Bags

  21. Laurel October 23, 2012 at 8:17 PM  

    alwaysneedhim4evr@yahoo.com

  22. ksceviour October 23, 2012 at 8:21 PM  

    I would love to have the hot dots set with the talking dog pen

    (Karla Sceviour)

  23. rj7777 October 23, 2012 at 8:25 PM  

    I like the geosafari laptop and much more. Rita Spratlen rjspratlen@gmail.com

  24. Denise October 23, 2012 at 8:54 PM  

    Light Writer

    stonemedic76@hotmail.com

  25. Wild N Mild $$$ October 23, 2012 at 9:01 PM  

    my son would like the GeoSafari® Dino Digs Tyrannosaurus rex.

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  26. Katie S October 23, 2012 at 9:07 PM  

    I'd love to have the Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game! I think my son would love it!

    katiekstewart at gmail dot com

  27. Heather R October 23, 2012 at 9:19 PM  

    I would also love the Word-of-the-Week Chart Set Grades 3-4

    thransom@gmail.com

  28. Sylvia October 23, 2012 at 9:42 PM  

    I like the BBQ Blits game
    sylviawhit@gmail.com

  29. Cserafini October 23, 2012 at 9:46 PM  

    Sprout and grow greenhouse!

  30. Colleen M October 23, 2012 at 10:08 PM  

    I would also love to have their
    PlayBrix Cardboard Building Bricks, Set of 54.

    colljerr at comcast dot net

  31. The Brown Bunch October 23, 2012 at 10:08 PM  

    My kiddos would love the
    Presto Change-O Game!

  32. Connie Gruning October 23, 2012 at 11:37 PM  

    I would love to have the Multicolored Uppercase AlphaMagnets

  33. Jan Lee October 23, 2012 at 11:43 PM  

    I like Kat the Talking Teaching Kitty and would be perfect for my great niece and nephew, :)

  34. Tanya M October 24, 2012 at 1:24 AM  

    I'd like Number Balance for my daughter.

  35. Sandy VanHoey October 24, 2012 at 1:47 AM  

    I would love their GeoSafari® Vega 600 Telescope.

  36. Kim October 24, 2012 at 6:47 AM  

    I'd love--Classroom Jeopardy!® Extra Score Boards, Remotes & Answer Boards

  37. Carrie Phelps October 24, 2012 at 7:00 AM  

    My grandsons would also love the Geosafari® Telescope and Microscope Set.

  38. Frugal Tumbleweed Acres October 24, 2012 at 7:24 AM  

    I'd love to give my great grand the String-Along Lacing Kit and Pattern Cards.
    gourdsrmylife(at)yahoo(dot)com

  39. Miranda W. October 24, 2012 at 7:39 AM  

    The GeoSafari Talking microscope.

  40. Kimberly Bauer October 24, 2012 at 9:19 AM  

    I also like the Jumbo AlphaMagnets® & MathMagnets® Multicolored Combo Set.

  41. Steph S October 24, 2012 at 10:08 AM  

    So cool! What a great toy!

  42. jmajor4870 October 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM  

    my granddaughter would like the GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope

  43. asheardy October 24, 2012 at 2:39 PM  

    would love hot dots too

    asheardy@yahoo.com

  44. Cassandra Eastman October 24, 2012 at 4:01 PM  

    I would also love the Hot Dots® Jr. Getting Ready for School Set!

  45. Felicia R October 24, 2012 at 7:38 PM  

    I would also like the Classroom Café Dining Play Set!

  46. josiefiorda October 25, 2012 at 11:39 AM  

    my kids would love the Sprout & Grow™ Greenhouse with Wonder Soil™

  47. Lora October 25, 2012 at 1:45 PM  

    I want the hot dots jr.

  48. polly October 25, 2012 at 5:34 PM  

    i like the hot dots jr beginning phonics

  49. Patricia Wojnar Crowley October 25, 2012 at 11:10 PM  

    I'd love the Light Writer!

  50. Romapr October 26, 2012 at 12:26 AM  

    I also like the Hot Dots® Laugh it Up! Vocabulary Development Cards. Thanks!
    romapup at gmail dot com

  51. pamalot October 28, 2012 at 4:39 AM  

    I would also like the Picture Perfect
    mosaic tiles

  52. Raising My Padawans October 28, 2012 at 11:46 AM  

    I would also love to have he GeoSafari Antzone!
    -Heather S

  53. Kelly Tillotson October 28, 2012 at 12:16 PM  

    my son really wants the geo safari jr globe for christmas!
    thanks!
    *kelly
    kelly-tillotson@hotmail.com

  54. ReggieMann October 28, 2012 at 9:36 PM  

    I would love to have the Hot Dots Phonics Activity Cards, Reading Readiness

  55. nightowl October 29, 2012 at 4:49 AM  

    I'd love to have the Playfoam® Combo 20-Pack.
    winit6@hotmail.com

  56. Jennifer Young October 29, 2012 at 3:10 PM  

    Teaching Tiles™ Early Learning Tiles Beginning Reading Center

  57. jenny green October 29, 2012 at 8:15 PM  

    8 would like to try hot dots

  58. BeckyM October 30, 2012 at 8:46 AM  

    I like the Puppet on a Stick!
    info(at)mijalphotography(dot)com

  59. kellyr78 October 30, 2012 at 5:30 PM  

    I like the See 'n' Write™
    kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

  60. Gianna October 30, 2012 at 10:57 PM  

    Phonics Readers Classroom Library

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