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Educational Insights wins 10 Parents' Choice Awards

Leader in education-based toys and games received honors for items released in 2017

GARDENA, Calif. — Educational game and toy specialist Educational Insights has won 10 awards from the Parents' Choice Foundation for several new toys it debuted in 2017.

EI GeoSafariEducational Insights GeoSafari category won two Parents' Choice Foundation awards.
The company received a Parents' Choice Silver Honor for three new games, including its Kanoodle Jr., Wiggle Waggle Whiskers and Word on the Street Junior and a Recommended Award for six new toys, including GeoSafari Solar Rover, GeoSafari Motorized Solar System, Peekaboo Barn Game, Hot Dots Succeeding in School with Highlights Set and Playfoam Shape and Numbers and Alphabet sets.

Its GeoSafari Jr. Walkie Talkies received a Fun Stuff Award.

“We are honored to receive this outstanding recognition,” said Lisa Guili, president of Educational Insights. “We always strive to create products that are both fun and educational for children.”

The Parents’ Choice Awards committee is made up of educators, scientists, performing artists, librarians, parents and children who help identify some of the best products on the market for children. Each product goes through a lengthy evaluation process designed to help parents and caregivers make informed decisions about the toys and products the purchase.

“Whether playing solo or collaboratively, the self-contained easily transportable puzzle set had our testers (from five to sixty-five) scratching their heads and high-fiving as they worked their way through the challenges.” Parents’ Choice wrote about Kanoodle Jr., which won a Silver Award. “Parents' Choice Foundation's PlayAbility Scale rates Kanoodle Jr. very strong on building cognitive skills including, critical thinking skill, spatial reasoning and persistence.”

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, Furniture Today

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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