Educational toy companies offer free at-home learning activities for children
In light of recent announcements across the country and around the world as it relates to unexpected school and childcare closings due to COVID-19, educational toy and hands-on curriculum companies Learning Resources, Educational Insights and hand2mind have launched a range of online resources, tips and more to help families turn playtime into a fun-filled learning experience. Now available at LearningResources.com, EducationalInsights.com and Hand2mind.com, parents will find a host of complimentary, family-friendly resources including advice, DIY projects, printable activities and more, to help keep kids learning and engaged through meaningful play.
Whether parents are seeking creative and exploratory experiments or early learning academic workshops, these tools were designed to make at-home learning feel rewarding and fun. To ensure parents and children have enough to stay productive throughout these potential extended closures, each company will continuously update their websites with new materials in the coming weeks and beyond.
“Like everyone, we are keeping a close eye on the impact of COVID-19 in our communities, around the country and across the world. Beyond keeping our employees safe in the midst of this pandemic, our goal as a family-owned business is to remain a trusted and reliable resource for parents during these uncertain times,” explained Rick Woldenberg, CEO of Learning Resources, Educational Insights and hand2mind. “From everyone at our family of companies, we hope these tools provide families with a peace of mind until kids can return to class safely.”
For the past 35 years, Learning Resources has been a trusted partner for teachers and parents, inspiring a love of learning in students through educational materials, toddler toys, games and more. Through the Learning Resources blog, families with kids as young as 18 months old can discover a wide variety of easy-to-implement, hands-on activities — whether they’re working on their ABCs and 123s, trying to keep up with classwork or focusing on learning language or reading. These tools will allow those impacted by school closures to foster playful learning at home during this difficult time.
Educational Insights has been a trusted partner of parents and teachers for more than 50 years, offering toys, games and learning assets that inspire new experiences, ignite passion and fuel a kid’s imagination. Along with providing activities and products to spark their children’s curiosity and keep students’ education moving in the right direction, the award-winning company has also partnered with Mensa for Kids to provide even more valuable resources that support learning in areas such as STEM, reading and creativity.
Hand2mind believes in the power of learning by doing: that hands-on learning engages children, deepens their understanding, and provides them with the confidence they need to reach their fullest potential.To help the learning continue at home, hand2mind offers resources from downloadable lessons and virtual manipulatives to a range of activities that support learning Math, Science, Literacy and more.
“We have to remember, we are a tough, resilient bunch and while everyone tries to figure out what’s going to happen next, we at Learning Resources, Educational Insights and hand2mind are going to do our part to make it a little easier on parents and their children,” said Woldenberg.