July Calendar of Events

July Calendar of Learning Tree Events

We’re right in the middle of summer fun! The Learning Tree July calendar is filled with sign-up craft classes and neighborhood summer concerts! Enjoy cooler summer mornings with a Gardening Storytime at Park Place. Get your craft on with Create It, Make It, Take It classes and Friday Crafternoons at Corinth Square Learning Tree!

Check our FaceBook page for an up-to- date listing of events and activities. We’ve made it easy to sign up online! Questions? Give us a call 913 385-1234.

Tues. July 5, 10am-12pm: Tidal Wave Tuesday at Park Place! The water table will be out front filled with a little H2O and some water toys for splashing. Bring a snack or early lunch and sit at our toddler sized picnic tables. A great activity for the cooler morning hours! FREE

Thurs. –  Sat. July 7-9: Get ready for our Sidewalk Sale at Corinth Square! Lots of summer savings!

Wed. July 6, 10am: Gardening Storytime – Park Place Learning Tree and Rosehill Gardens are teaming up for a special outdoor activity. Click here for sign-up and more info!

Thurs. July 7, 1pm: Create It, Make It, Take It (CMT)/Science Lab – Corinth Square $10. Click here for sign-up and more info about craft classes!

Fri. July 8, 10am: CMT/Dino Hatch – Corinth Square $10. Click here for sign-up and more info about craft classes!

Fri. July 8, 2pm – 3:30pm: Crafternoon! Drop-In crafts in the Rainbow Room at Corinth Square. $10/Project

Mon. July 11, 10am & 1pm: CMT/Shrinkable Creations – Corinth $10 Click here for sign-up and more info about craft classes!

Tues. July 12, 10am – 12pm: Tidal Wave Tuesday at Park Place! The water table will be out front filled with a little H2O and some water toys for splashing. Bring a snack or early lunch and sit at our toddler sized picnic tables. A great activity for the cooler morning hours! FREE

Tues. July 12, 10am & 1pm: CMT/Choose Design Paint and Grow Flowerpots or Paint a Bird Feeder – Corinth $10 Click here for sign-up and more info about craft classes!

Wed. July 13, 10am: Gardening Storytime – Park Place Learning Tree and Rosehill Gardens are teaming up for a special outdoor activity. Click here for sign-up and more info!

Wed. July 13, 10am & 1pm: CMT/Dino Hatch – Corinth Square $10. Click here for sign-up and more info about craft classes!

Fri. July 15, 2pm – 3:30pm: Crafternoon! Drop-In crafts in the Rainbow Room at Corinth Learning Tree Corinth $10/Project

Mon. July 18, 10am & 1pm: CMT Make a Plate – Corinth $10. Click here for sign-up and more info about craft classes!

Tues. July 19, 10am – 12pm: Tidal Wave Tuesday at Park Place! The water table will be out front filled with a little H2O and some water toys for splashing. Bring a snack or early lunch and sit at our toddler sized picnic tables. A great activity for the cooler morning hours! FREE

Tues. July 19, 10am: CMT/Science Lab – Corinth Square $10. Click here for sign-up and more info about craft classes!

Wed. July 20, 10am: Gardening Storytime – Park Place Learning Tree and Rosehill Gardens are teaming up for a special outdoor activity. Click here for sign-up and more info!

Wed. July 20, 10am & 1pm: CMT Make a Plate – Corinth $10. Click here for sign-up and more info about craft classes!

Fri. July 22, 10am: CMT/Science Lab – Corinth Square $10. Click here for sign-up and more info about craft classes!

Fri. July 22, 6:30pm – 8:30pm: Fourth Friday Franklin Park Concert

Tues. July 26, 10am – 12pm: Tidal Wave Tuesday at Park Place! The water table will be out front filled with a little H2O and some water toys for splashing. Bring a snack or early lunch and sit at our toddler sized picnic tables. A great activity for the cooler morning hours! FREE

Wed. July 27, 10am: Gardening Storytime – Park Place Learning Tree and Rosehill Gardens are teaming up for a special outdoor activity. Click here for sign-up and more info!

Top 5 Ways to Get Your Game On This July 4th!

What better way to celebrate Independence Day in America on July 4th than by learning more about the United States?

The Learning Tree Toy Experts have chosen our top 5 games filled with patriotic facts and fun.

1: Great States!

Great States!

Great States!

This board game for is for kids 7 to adult. It includes 100 questions in each of 4 categories to keep you playing through a 3 day weekend and beyond! The playing board is a map of the US, but you don’t need it to play, so the game is travel friendly in case you’re going to grandma’s. Just take the cards and you’re ready to play.

The categories, Fact, Find, Figure and Fun will have kids learning all the states, their capitals, fun facts – even North, South, East and West as they figure out which states are east of California, etc.

Great States! is made by International Playthings.  AND, there’s Great States Junior for kids 4 to 8 to introduce them to the 50 states using names, picture and shapes.

2: Scrambled States of America

The Scrambled States of America

The Scrambled States of America

The 50 states are all mixed up and they need help to find their way home!

In Scrambled States of America, players are dealt 5 State Cards they need to match to the card turned over from the Scramble Card deck. Scramble Cards have clues on them that relate them to other states, such as a state that touches at least 6 other states or a state that has 4 or more syllables. If a player can match a State Card from their pile to that Scramble Card, they’ll slap their State Card and yell out the state’s name. That card then goes into their Home Pile, and a new Scramble Card is turned over for the next round. Whoever has collected the most State Cards in their Home Pile by the end of the game, is the winner.

This action-packed card game by Gamewright is a great way to teach basic knowledge of U.S. Geography. Players will learn everything from state capitals and nicknames, to the shape and location of each state. For 2 – 4 players, ages 8 and up.

3: All Around The USA

All Around The USA

All Around The USA

BrainBox All Around The USA is a 10-minute memory recall game let’s you test your brain with 10 questions in 10 seconds, giving you countless learning opportunities! Players study the pictures-and-facts side of the card for 10 seconds, then they flip to the other side to see how many of the 10 questions they can answer.

Quick,  can you name the state capital? How many stars are on the flag? What river flows through this state?

This is a good travel game too! By Mindware for ages 8 and up

4: Spin USA

Spin USA

Spin USA






Geosafari Spin USA let’s you spin and play your way across the U.S.A!

Have fun and sharpen your U.S. geography skills! Players press the timer, and then everyone races simultaneously to find their particular state before times runs out. This is a fun family board game where everyone learns state locations and capitals. the Spin Timer requires 3AAA batteries which aren’t included.  Spin USA is made by Educational Insights for 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up.

5: Score Fifteen: Fifty Nifty States

Score Fifteen: The Fifty Nifty States

Score Fifteen: The Fifty Nifty States

How much do you know about our 50 states?

Fifty Nifty States asks you more than 100 five-question quizzes that will challenge, reinforce, extend your knowledge, and stimulate your thinking process. Take it with you on vacation, play it while waiting for a table at a restaurant, or enjoy it on a quiet evening at home. It’s a great family quiz game that makes learning fun. Fifty Nifty States is made by Gary Grimm and Associates for ages 8 and older.

Long after the fireworks explode and the hotdogs and apple pie eaten, these games will be teaching kids (and adults!) about American history, geography and social studies…all while having a great time with family and friends.

See all these educational games for kids here at The Learning Tree store.

Have a Happy and Educational 4th!

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!

Indoor Camping Trip

EZ-FortOn those long winter days, when my brothers and I were suffering from acute cabin fever, mom brought out the old comforter and let the fun begin. We draped it over the back of the couch then pulled some kitchen chairs in to hold up the other side. Voila! Our tent was built and we were ready for camping. Sometimes mom even lit a fire in the fireplace to add another element of atmosphere to our play. Just a simple snack to tide us over at our campsite and we were transported far away from the cold howling winds outside. Under that old comforter we “visited” everywhere from Alaska to Africa. We fished in mountain streams with yardsticks and we went on safari for elephants out in the Serengeti. Suddenly the afternoon had passed in a most pleasant way and we were begging her to let us leave our wonderful camp until tomorrow.

The only downside of our great camping adventures was trying to keep our “tent” secured to the couch and the chairs. We spent quite a bit of time re-draping it and trying to secure the edges. What reminded me of this is a product we carry – the EZ-Fort . This clever toy is a building set with a high-quality framework building system kind of like tinker toys so you can make different sizes of structures. all you need to add is a sheet or blanket.

Kids love a little “house” of their own whether it’s under an old quilt, inside an appliance box or with a versatile toy like the EZ-Fort. Add a snack, maybe trail mix or granola bars, a canteen or a travel bottle of water and send your kid on a “vacation” that they create. It’s an ingenious way to turn a rainy afternoon into an adventure.