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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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    Math Activities to Teach Comparing

    How many of you grew up thinking of the greater-than and less-than symbols as crocodile mouths? Thanks to our Incredible Creatures® Crocodile, the next generation of young math students can have an even more interactive and fun experience learning to compare numbers. 

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    Because the Crocodile is part of the Incredible Creatures® collection, it is larger and softer than other toys. This makes it easier for small hands to hold and manipulate, or even open and close the mouth to pretend it’s chomping numbers. 

    You might practice math with your children a few different ways with this toy. First, you could place objects (like pennies, cereal pieces, or other toys) in two groups and have the child turn the crocodile towards the group with more. (Make sure she knows the Crocodile wants the biggest bite!) She can even make the mouth “chomp” to choose the group with more. This teaches both counting and comparing numbers. 

    You might also write numbers on a paper or whiteboard and have your child position the Crocodile to snap up the greater number. This reinforces the concepts of greater-than, less-than in a more abstract way, as she must also be able to identify numbers. 

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    Early math skills lay a foundation for later math success. The Crocodile-like greater-than and less-than symbols play a role in math all the way into Algebra. Why not introduce the idea early in a way that helps children enjoy their math lessons even more? 

    Posted on Friday, April 26th 2013

    Early Math Activities: Comparing Sizes with Toobs®

    Did you know comparing is an early math skill? For preschoolers and early elementary learners, determining whether an object is longer, shorter, heavier, or lighter than another object lays a foundation of math vocabulary that is critical for teaching measurement. Here’s a great way to help young children learn this basic math skill using our Ocean Toob®. image

    Many Toobs® would work for this because of their variety, but the Ocean collection is especially helpful because it contains such diversity of sizes in the animals represented by the replicas. Including models of creatures as small as a Sea Star and as large as a Sperm Whale, this set of ocean toys is ideal for teaching measurement.

    Start by checking that your child understands the meanings of light, heavy, long, and short. Many young children are more familiar with light in terms of illumination, rather than weight.

    Then, grab a few figures from the Ocean Toob® and ask her which one is heavier. The goal is to answer the questions based on the real creatures, not the toys, so she has to think of which animal is bigger and apply the vocabulary to the replicas.

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    There are numerous additional activities once you’ve compared long and short and light and heavy with all the ocean creatures. Try having your child compare three animals at a time. She might even attempt to arrange all 14 toys by weight or length. If you need a little background on the sizes of the creatures, visit the educational information on our website.

    With a basic understanding of the vocabulary of measurement, children will be able to transition more easily to more advanced skills such as standard and metric measurement, comparing geometric shapes, and using measuring tools. All because of a Toob®!

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    Posted on Tuesday, April 16th 2013

    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