Our Think & Learn toys are for a new generation of learners. Kids learn the most when they’re having a great time playing, making things up, and figuring things out. So we developed toys that take their endless energy and enthusiasm and channel them into active learning – the kind that helps them understand ideas in a more physical, “now you try it” kind of way. Think and Learn toys also build the skills outlined by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) – the 4Cs (communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking), plus the 3Rs (reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic).
Concepts in action – Hop on Smart Cycle and pedal fast to fly a drone, grabbing up syllables as they go – that’s good for kids’ fitness and sets them up for reading. When they play “Red Light, Green Light” with Movi or get silly on the dance floor, critical thinking skills kick in as they follow directions. If Hedgehog tells them to toss him this way and that and they follow his instructions, kids are learning patterns and boosting memory and attention skills. And if two or more are playing, they’re practicing taking turns while having a blast!
Communication – Asking questions like “Where do you think turtles live?” “What color is that pillow?” or “What rhymes with green?” helps your kids build communication skills.
Collaboration – How should we tell Code-a-pillar™ to get around the table? What happens when you play hide-and-seek with the Smart Scan Word Dash disks, or toss Hedgehog to a friend? You’re teaching kids to work together.
Critical Thinking – Looking at things in a new way helps build critical thinking skills. Like telling Movi what shape an object is, or figuring out how to get Code-a-pillar to go tag your brother, or how to steer Smart Cycle® through a city and then a forest.
Creativity – When kids take Code-a-pillar on an adventure to a new world, they’re growing creativity. Same story when they make up rhymes with Rhythm ‘n Roll Hedgehog, and stories with Spell & Speak Sea Turtle.
When kids are playing and exploring the world around them, they’re learning how to learn and how to think about concepts, both simple and complex. When they’re having fun with friends, they’re learning to communicate and collaborate. When kids are on the move, physically acting out what they’re trying to understand, the concepts are easier to explore and grab onto. When kids play, they’re becoming big thinkers and building the foundation they need for school and for life.