Safari Ltd.

Safari Ltd. began in 1982 with a wide variety of hand-painted collectables and educational information to help educate children about Earth and it’s creatures. Now celebrating our 30th anniversary, Safari Ltd. is so much more than an educational toy. Spice up your next party with an “under the sea” theme, transform a room in to animal oasis, or create a fun cake topper with Safari Ltd. Your options are limitless. Safari Ltd. is the perfect way to add some excitement to your life!

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    Learning “Above and Below” with Safari Ltd® TOOBS®

    With Safari Lt TOOBS®, learning and reinforcing the concept of “above and below” has never been easier. Terms such as over, under, below and above can be easily understood by simply playing with Safari Ltd® TOOBS®. Use this for your preschool curriculum or for an easy educational game in your very own home!

    For example, let’s use our Space, In the Sky, On the Road, Around the World and Ocean TOOBS®.

    Above all the other TOOBS® is the Space TOOB® which contains spacecraft, astronauts, and more:

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    Below the Space TOOB® are the replicas of the In the Sky TOOB®:

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    Around the World TOOB® consists of the world’s greatest civilizations and the On the Road TOOB® consists of cars, trucks, motorcycles – both on land. These replicas are below the Space and In the Sky TOOBS®:

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    Lastly, is the Ocean TOOB®:

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    Now, after going through the order of these replicas, mix ‘em all up! Identify and recognize the things that are above and/or below other things.

    Which TOOBS® would you use to demonstrate the concept of “Above and Below”? Be creative!

    Posted on Thursday, January 3rd 2013

    Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree with Safari Ltd®

    If you celebrate Christmas in your home, decorating the tree can be one of the most fun bonding activities your family does all year. But did you ever think that it could also be educational?

    While decorating the tree you can teach your child concepts like symmetry and balance. You can also discuss weight, and how heavier ornaments make the pine needles sag lower than lighter ornaments do. Other concepts to teach are electricity and fire, and how it is dangerous to leave the tree on at night. Another idea is to teach biology by explaining that you have to water the tree in order for it not to go dry.

    You can also get very creative by making your own ornaments, or even turn your child’s toys into ornaments by crafting with some string. We love our new Safari Ltd® Christmas Designer TOOB® figures that double as ornaments – and this is just one example!

    Do you have a particularly fond memory of decorating your holiday tree?

    Posted on Friday, December 7th 2012

    Teaching Kids About Voting

    Believe it or not, Election Day 2012 has officially arrived. While we, as adults, may not think twice about what it means to vote, a child could have difficulty understanding it. There are plenty of fun ways to teach a kiddo about what voting means in the United States.

     


    A good place to start is to tell the story of America’s beginnings. Our Safari Ltd® American Revolutionary War Continental and British Army TOOBS® are an excellent introduction to this historical concept. Explain how Commander-in-Chief George Washington, who is included in the Continental Army TOOB®, was a trusted general who led the American troops to victory during the American Revolutionary war. This victory established freedom for America. After explaining how America fought for freedom from Britain, discuss how the Constitution came about and how Washington was elected in 1789 as the first President of the United States. For additional information (in five different languages!) on each replica in these TOOBS®, check out our educational information on our website.

    By fulfilling their civic duty to vote, Americans today honor those soldiers who fought for the United States’ freedom. Today, voters across the country exercise their right to vote and have freedom to select who they want to be their next leader – this is why on Election Day in November, people across the nation visit voting booths to help make the decision.

    Add some fun to this lesson by practicing voting in your very own home! For example, when deciding what to eat for dinner, take a vote from your family members. If you are a teacher, you can have your class take a vote on whether they would rather have a reading assignment or writing assignment. Or even create an election polling place in your classroom by isolating a desk or table, copying paper ballots, and selecting a fun topic to vote on (like what should snack time be for that day). Another idea is to have a play date with your friends and their children, where everyone votes on whether to play games such as duck-duck-goose or red light, green light. The options here are endless!

     

    Has your child or student asked you about the election process? 

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6th 2012

    Cock-a-Doodle Doodle with Safari Ltd®

    Nurturing the arts is so important when raising your child, but your kiddo may need a little inspiration to get his or her creative juices flowing. Therefore we introduce you to Cock-a-Doodle Doodle: a way of getting your child to draw without the stress of knowing where to start.

    To coincide with the (cute) title of this post, we’ll use our Down on the Farm TOOB®  as an example. Start by surprising your child with the TOOB®  as a gift and exclaim you are going to play a fun game where you arrange the different figures to reflect a “scene.” After you have fun depicting a “day in the life” of a farmer, challenge your child to draw it on a piece of paper to hang on your refrigerator, bulletin board, desk or wherever you showcase your child’s work in your home.

    Encourage your child to get creative along the way, and laugh together as he or she draws an oversized rooster or a pink horse. Use this as a fun bonding activity and a way to incorporate that “just because” gift into a learning activity.

    Happy doodling!

    Posted on Friday, October 12th 2012

    Fun Children’s Biology Activity – Why Oxygen is Important

    Whether you have a swimming pool, live close to the beach or just want to teach your child for bath time, it’s a good idea to tell your munchkin about the importance of oxygen and how humans need it to survive. A fun way to do this is to start by tellng your child how cool dolphins and whales are – stay with us here.

    Dolphins and whales are mammals, which means they do not have gills like fish and have to come up to the surface of the water to breath like humans do. Dolphins come up to the surface frequently for air, but whales can stay under for more than an hour! According to one Cornell professor and scientist, the record is nearly 2 hours.

    For this conversation, we suggest using one of our figures from our Monterey Bay Aquarium® Sealife or Wild Safari® Sealife collections. Depending how old your child is, you can get into very scientific and specific details explaining the biology of sea mammals, but the fun part is in challenging your child to hold his or her breath (NOT while in water). Make this activity a game to see who can do it longer.

    Watch as your child tries to hold it only to eventually give in – probably into a fit of giggles. Afterward talk about how cool it is that your body forces you to take a breath. Then talk to him or her about the dangers of that happening under water.

    This is a great way to teach about amazing animals, the science of the human body and the importance of water safety! We also recommend our Whales & Dolphins TOOB® to supplement this fun learning activity.

    Try this at home and let us know how it goes on Facebook or Twitter!

    Posted on Thursday, September 6th 2012

    Educational Play: A Lion Goes Rawr…Or Something Like That

    Kids are fascinated by animals! An awesome way to incorporate a little fun education into their play is to teach them all of the sounds that the different animals make. We suggest using our Safari Ltd® Wild TOOB® so your kids can have something fun to hold and use for a visual.

    An elephant, lion, tiger and gorilla will all be great fun, and you can get pretty scientific with animals like giraffes by explaining that although giraffes do make sounds, some of them, infrasounds, cannot be heard by humans. Then you can get creative by coming up with your own sound for those animals that we can’t hear – like “nom nom nom” for giraffes because they eat the leaves off of trees!

    Some other TOOBS® we recommend for this activity are our Zoo Babies TOOB®, Farm Babies TOOB® and our Exotic Birds TOOB® among many others!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 4th 2012

    Back-to-School Play

    With the start of school right around the corner, kids will be back to set schedules and structure. What about unstructured play? After a day full of learning and structure, after-school and weekend play are essential outlets for your children to relax. To cater to the most eccentric mind, we have created a line of Fairy Fantasy Figures.

           

    Perfect for after-school, weekend or sleepover playtime, Fairy Figures come in a variety of colors and companion fantasy animals. We also carry a Fairy Fantasies Fairy Pony to accommodate all Fairy Figures and the Fairy Fantasies Tea Party Set, which is great for play dates. With our toys, children can nurture their creative side and build their own fantasy wonderland.

             

    Fairy Figures also come in a travel Fairy Fantasies Toob, which are perfect for roadtrips or taking to class for show-and-tell!

    Posted on Friday, August 10th 2012