Archives for October 2008

Fancy Nancy – the fancier, the better!

Sometimes a girl just wants to be fancy. For Nancy, though, it’s not just sometimes – it’s ALL the time!

For this pint-sized diva, the title character of the book Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, being fancy is the only way to be. And while Nancy loves her family, she’ll admit that they are a little bit…ordinary. Mundane. Typical.

She, on the other hand, lives by the adage that “more is always better when it comes to being fancy.” More sprinkles. More frou-frou French words. More, oh, everything! Her favorite color? Fuchsia – which is a fancy way to say purple, after all!

But even though Nancy loves the fancy, and even though she tries to convince herself that fancy is the only way to go, she learns a lesson in this delightful book that sometimes your plain, old ordinary family is just what provides the most comfort in an embarrassing situation. What’s more, sometimes the most simple words mean the most.

We carry 3 Fancy Nancy books at The Learning Tree. Fancy Nancy, Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy and Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly. Click on the book titles for more information or to buy.

They are great books for ages 4 and up.

Crafting Fun With Brain Noodles

Using your noodle has never been this much fun!

We can’t quit playing with Brain Noodles Bugs Kit Brain Noodles™ …and neither can kids who come into our stores! These twisty, bendy crafts (think jumbo, over-sized fuzzy pipe cleaners) are bright, colorful and fun for all ages of kids and kids-at-heart. Jumbo silky fiber stems that bend any way you want, Noodles are amazingly versatile and can be turned into anything you can imagine. They can even be thrown into the washing machine if they get dirty!

Brain Noodles™ can be used again and again in unlimited ways. You can create free-form or follow instructions that explain how to make all sorts of things! Brain Noodles™ are perfect for crafts and quiet play time (they’d be incredibly easy to take along to a restaurant for any restless kiddos!), but they also make great party favors and birthday gifts. Turn Noodles into the recipient’s first initial for package-toppers (we’ve been known to bend and attach a Noodle or two onto gifts we wrap at our two stores)!

Use Brain Noodles™ to make:
· A Halloween jack-o-lantern or a gobbling turkey for Thanksgiving!
· A fuzzy tic-tac-toe game!
· A tiara for a princess
· A dinosaur or a dog or a bug
· Anything your mind can dream up!
Brain Noodles™ Spider
Here at The Learning Tree we’ve got oodles of Noodles and would love for you to share in the fun!

Click here to learn more or to get Brain Noodles™ for yourself!

Zingo! – A Bingo Game for All Ages!

Zingo game for kids

What does it say about a game when people who work at the toy store keep buying it to give as a gift? It must be a winner!

Zingo! is one of our most popular games. Even though it is intended for kids 4 to 8, adults have been known to say they’re going to play just one game…only to keep playing! One staffer gave the game to a family adopting two children and the parents-to-be reported in their thank-you note that “ My hubby and I have already spent over an hour playing Zingo!

A Bingo-style game, Zingo’s game cards are complete with nine squares with pictures (for those too young to read) and their matching words (for those learning to or already reading). Plastic tiles are released by a fun plastic dispenser and players race to match the tiles to pictures and words on their game card. The first to fill his or her card wins!

One of the best features of Zingo! is the two different boards which put younger players on an even level with more skilled older players. The younger kids have just as much chance of winning, which is good for their morale.

Zingo! is fast-paced and a fun way for children to use their observation skills; it assists with shape and pattern recognition, as well as nurturing short-term memory and more…but best of all, it does that and more while being a blast to play!

Game Night Was A Winner!

What’s in a game?

If it’s a game from The Learning Tree , the answer is most definitely fun – accompanied by some brain action when you’re not looking!

Park Place store

Oscar shows dad how to play Cranium Cariboo

Just ask Oscar who delighted in The Learning Tree Game Night (as well as the popcorn and candy corn!) at our Corinth store on Friday, Oct. 17. We kept the doors open, filled the bowls with snacks and pulled out some of our favorite games (shh…don’t tell anyone they’re educational!).
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Electronics are a Snap with Snap Circuits Jr.

Snap Circuits Jr. is an amazingly fun way for kids of all ages to learn the basic principles of electrical and electronic circuits.

The projects are fast, fun, and sometimes noisy. You can make a light turn on and off with a switch or your voice. You can power a fan, make a doorbell, create light-controlled sounds like a fire engine, ambulance, a computer, and more. You can also play electronic games. And all with just 2 AA batteries.

The kit comes with a base grid, over 30 various types of blocks, and a booklet of instructions with 101 experiments to build. No tools needed, everything just snaps together.

It’s easy to follow the instruction manual for each project. All the experiments are illustrated in color and numbered so you know which parts to lay on the grid first, second, and so on.
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