Lakeshore Learning Product Review

June 20, 2018

Summer has gotten off to a rocky start here in the Midwest.  For some reason the weather pattern cannot get it quite together. It has made for some, what seems like, never-ending indoor days!

Let’s just say it has put us all in quite the antsy mode, so to speak.  I have had to cleverly wrack my brain for ideas and things to do, to keep these four kiddos of mine busy!  We all know what happens when you don’t…

Lakeshore Learning helped save the day for this mama, when a big brown package showed up on my doorstep.  The kids were rather quite excited, and ripped into it, in no time.  I mean, can you really blame them?  Inside the box they were surprised with three different products to test out.

Below I will share those three prodcuts with you, and what we loved about each of them.  Be sure to visit Lakeshore Learning’s Website to shop these neat items, and more!

1.) MAGNETIC PATTERN BLOCK BUILDERS

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  • What We Loved:  These magnectic tiles were a HUGE hit with my kids! With 46 pieces of colorful patterns, there was enough for each kid to build and create their own design, or work together as one.  The blocks have neat magnets built into the edges, so you can stick them together from any side or angle, making so many fun and endless options. You will find that the magnets are very strong, and hold together nicely.  No tantrum fits were thrown with these, because they wouldn’t hold together, or just fell apart. Kids of all ages can enjoy playing! Recommended Age: 3-8 years.  However, even my 10 year old daughter loves to build and create with these.

2.) MOLD & PLAY SENSORY SAND SET

  • What We Loved: When the weather won’t cooperate outside, mold & play sand will come to save the day!  We have tried many mold sand sets, and I have to say, this by far has been the best!  It comes with a generous amount of molding sand, which I love, because my kids are downright messy!  It also has a large and sturdy tray that helps with keeping the sand in rather than out. You will find many options for molds, to build and create your own magical castle!  Feeling a little more creative?  They also include sculpting tools to provide more fine details.  Recommended Age: 3-8 years.  Again, this can expand beyond that age range.  My 10 year old also enjoyed plaything with this set as well.

3.) FIND THE LETTER ACTIVITY CENTER

  • What We Loved: Ready, Set, Learn!  This find the letter activity set, is a fantastic way to introduce the alphabet to your little ones!  With the twins soon approaching five, we have been practicing hard to prepare them for kindergarten.  My boys loved the hands on exploring this set offered.  They enjoyed hunting and finding the matching letter, to complete each of their activity cards.  I was surprised how easily and quickly they caught onto the promts.  The fun sensory “treasure box” makes it feel more like a game, than actual learning.  Recomended Age: 3-6 years.  This set does have very small plastic pellets, so I definitely wouldn’t introduce this any sooner, due to possible choking hazards.

So there you have it! I love Lakeshore Learning for many reasons.  Their products are top of the line, and help with creative thinking and processing.  Toys that are fun, yet teach at the same time, are huge win in my mama book!   What kind of toys do you look for, when shopping for your kid(s)?

Until Next Time…

{Disclaimer: I was given these items in return for an honest review on each product.  All thoughts and oponions are my own.}

39 Comments

  • FeaturingKatie

    June 20, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    great informative post! I don’t have any kids but my boyfriend and I are obsessed with his 3 year old sister so this may be something we buy and keep at our house!

  • lambamsworld

    June 20, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    This is such an highly informative post and it will helpful . Thank you for sharing.x

  • Heather

    June 20, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    I’ve heard really good things about Lakeshore Learning though we’ve never owned anything.

    1. lifewithtwinsplus2

      June 20, 2018 at 9:40 pm

      Oh, you’ll definitely have to check them out. They seriously have some awesome products for kids!

  • delusionsofparenthood

    June 20, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    I love lakeshore learning! The magnetic tiles are a favorite of my kiddos & the others look like fun too!

    1. lifewithtwinsplus2

      June 20, 2018 at 9:38 pm

      My kids litterally pull the magnet tiles out every single day! They are by far their favorite. It is nice, because it’s a quiet activity that keeps them busy.

  • Ann F. Snook-Moreau

    June 20, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    When I was a kid my favorite indoor activities were reading and getting crafty. That sand kit looks super fun!

    1. lifewithtwinsplus2

      June 20, 2018 at 9:37 pm

      Yes! We love to do both of those, too. This sand is not your typical sand. The kids love playing with it.

  • Alison Rost

    June 21, 2018 at 2:35 am

    I believer that children learn more through play and experience and I think these toys are perfect for their learning! It’s really nice to see what they have for the kids these days!

  • Andrea

    June 21, 2018 at 2:41 am

    i have two younger cousins and i know that it is so important to have great ways to help them learn.

  • lacartevintage

    June 21, 2018 at 3:19 am

    Great toys, as you said they are fun but also help kids to learn. My favorite was the first one, I don’t have children of my own but I do have many nieces and nephews and I am sure they would love this 🙂

  • Tara

    June 21, 2018 at 6:03 am

    Love building toys, the magnets would be so fun to build with too. That is pretty neat to have mini sand box toys too. So many neat toys out these days. Thank you for sharing.

  • Grace

    June 21, 2018 at 7:38 am

    These are great activities for kids to keep them busy! Thanks for the informative post.

  • Sudipta Dev Chakraborti

    June 21, 2018 at 7:41 am

    This looks like a great fun-learning product for kids. Not sure it is available in India though.

    1. lifewithtwinsplus2

      June 21, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      I am not sure, either. Check their site for retailer locations or shipment.

  • Nessa

    June 21, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Those look just great !! I’m sure my girl will enjoy one of those toys when she will grow ! Great to know ! thanks for sharing !

    1. lifewithtwinsplus2

      June 21, 2018 at 3:56 pm

      They have many great options to choose from. Definitely give them a check out. Great for teaching little ones!

  • Gibbs

    June 21, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Some good new ideas for learning and development, I enjoyed the insightfulness.

  • itsahotmess04

    June 21, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    The magnetic patterns and the sand are both big hits in my house. I like to find ways where they can incorporate textile sensory into their playvtime. Great list.

    1. lifewithtwinsplus2

      June 21, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      Thank You! These are definitely used quite a bit within our home.

  • Destinee Nicole

    June 21, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    This just brought back so many elementary school memories. I can’t wait to teach and buy Lakeshore products for my kiddos!

    1. lifewithtwinsplus2

      June 21, 2018 at 3:54 pm

      A long time and beloved company!

  • Nicole

    June 21, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    I have never heard of this company before the products look awesome! My son would love the building magnets. I’l have to look into them. Thanks for sharing!

    1. lifewithtwinsplus2

      June 21, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      You will love their products! They are great!

  • Cristina – Memories of the Pacific

    June 21, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    I love traditional learning toys like these, kids spend too much time with phones and tablets!

    1. lifewithtwinsplus2

      June 21, 2018 at 7:39 pm

      I agree! I do my best to have items that encourage play & learning!

  • mrsyoungade

    June 22, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Id like to have the magnetic pattern block builders, I think this really boost the brain and a fun activity at the same time. Thank you for sharing!

  • Hannah Marie

    June 22, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Nice post can really help those kids to create their own ideas. And can help them expand more their imaginations to do such thing. I really like this post.Thanks for sharing.

  • Melanie Poulos Walsh

    June 22, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    My 4-year-old has a set of magnetic tiles similar to the one you’ve pictured, and she adores them. Normally she makes houses for her Paw Patrol characters, but it is great to see her building and exploring.

    1. lifewithtwinsplus2

      June 22, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      They offer so many endless possibilities! I love that they hold my kiddos attention spans.

  • ninalehan21

    June 22, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    certainly, a great product that allows for the expansion of the learning process and creativity. well done for the review

    1. lifewithtwinsplus2

      June 22, 2018 at 11:24 pm

      Thank You!

  • Holly Hood

    June 22, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    Lakeshore makes some great educational products. Your post was very informative and interesting.

    1. lifewithtwinsplus2

      June 23, 2018 at 12:32 am

      They certainly do. Thanks so much!

  • Angie@chasingmyhalo

    June 23, 2018 at 4:47 am

    I love all of these toys! I’m really trying to look for sensory toys like these for my daughter. Pinning!

  • Annalisa Fran

    June 24, 2018 at 9:30 am

    The magnetic blocks are mind-blowing! Block builders are my favorite birthday present for a little girl/boy. I used to build with them a lot when I was little

  • Rumadhunu

    June 24, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Great products to keep the kids engaged! They are great for learning.

  • Becca Wilson

    July 1, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    This looks like it would be an amazing product to be able to engage kids. I am all for learning no matter how!

  • Prerna & Harsh (@HubWanderers)

    July 6, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    I’ll like to recommend it to my friends who are investing so much time in nurturing in their kids.

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