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Wednesday, September 06 2017 08:03

Preview: Lakeshore Learning's 2017 "Gifts for Growing" Minds Collection

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You might not want to hear it, but the holiday season is fast-approaching on the horizon, and families will soon be seeking the perfect gifts for the little ones in their lives. The folks at Lakeshore, a leading developer of innovative learning materials for schools and homes, has just unveiled their Gifts for Growing Minds collection - a product line that "invites kids to discover the wonder of learning through play." The new assortment features over 200 items for kids ages 0–11. Check out some highlights below!

From the Official Announcement: The latest Gifts for Growing Minds assortment features 22 brand-new, exclusive products that are designed by a team of educational experts―all of whom are former teachers with years of real-world classroom experience. Every product is intentionally designed to get kids excited about learning, spark their imaginations and help them reach important developmental milestones or educational goals. Highlights from the collection include: 

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Play & Explore Rocket – Get ready for light-years of intergalactic exploration! Our rocket features 3 levels, including a control room that holds 2 astronauts, plus a living space with a shower, kitchen and computer. There's even a room kids can use as a garage for the rover and as a bedroom for the astronauts…just flip down the bed! And the hatches snap closed—so it's easy to carry the rocket anywhere! $29.99, ages 3–7 years

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Fairy Land Playset – Bring the fairy land you've always imagined to life! Our playset includes 4 poseable fairies, plus everything you need to make them feel right at home, including a house with a swing-open door, a leaf-shaped lounger, a wishing well, a table, stools and a footbridge. $39.99, ages 3–7 years

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Magnetic Bug Toss – Kids have a blast tossing our flexible magnetic bugs as they play a variety of math & language games! Four super-strong built-in magnets make each bug stick to the board like magic. Double-sided board features numbers 1–20 on one side and the alphabet on the other. Includes 3 bugs, a board and an activity guide. $29.99, ages 4–8 years 

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Carnival Knockdown Challenge – Step right up for action-packed fun! Our carnival game includes an adjustable launcher with 5 angle settings and 3 height settings, 8 target booths that connect in tons of different ways…and 3 balls kids use to test their skills as they aim for a variety of targets. We've even included a game booklet that helps kids understand angles, arcs and distance! $29.99, ages 5–10 years

The Gifts for Growing Minds product selection is available now at LakeshoreLearning.com and at Lakeshore Learning Stores nationwide. Plus, now through the end of the year, Lakeshore will donate $1 from every Gifts for Growing Minds order to DonorsChoose.org, an award-winning nonprofit that supports classrooms in need. To view the complete Gifts for Growing Minds assortment, visit LakeshoreLearning.com.

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