EGWs6uuBZ3pp-zGuVVdmeLgkJG4 Across the Avenue: 2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Frankie's Food Truck Fiasco Game and Phonics Dominoes by Educational Insights

2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Frankie's Food Truck Fiasco Game and Phonics Dominoes by Educational Insights

The holidays are a great time to introduce children to fun educational games that will improve their early language and literacy skills. Educational Insights has loads of fantastically engaging games and activity sets for just these skills! Two of our favorite picks for holiday gifts this year are Frankie's Food Truck Fiasco Game! and Blends and Digraphs Phonics Dominoes. We have a feeling they will be our childrens' most played games this season.

Frankie's Food Truck Fiasco Game! 
As a speech-language pathologist, I absolutely love this game for the multitude of language skills it promotes for children including basic concepts, turn-taking skills, and categorization. For those of you who follow us often, you know I'm a big advocate of activities that focus on basic concepts for toddlers and preschool-age children. Basic concepts are words that kids need to understand in order to participate in daily routines, follow directions, and participate successfully in conversations. Studies have shown a link between the ability of young children to understand and name these concepts and their future academic success. 

The appealing design, colorful game pieces and cat squeezer of Frankie's Food Truck Fiasco game are highly motivating for kids. It's not overly complicated and the game is fast-paced enough to keep their interest until the end. Educational Insights recommends this game for ages 4 and up; however, I often use it with kids as young as 2.5 with guidance and a few modifications. 

Blends and Digraphs Phonics Dominoes
For school-age kids who are learning to read, this set of 84 dominoes in 6 bright colors provides hands-on exploration of phonics and word building concepts. I use these often in my clinic. Whether I let kids play using the suggestions given in the package, or encourage them build and explore on their own, bringing these dominoes out always brings a smile to their faces. Sometimes, I pair a wipeboard and dry erase marker with the game, so that kids can create a list of the words they've created for extra practice. The set features the most often used consonants and word families, so children can build hundreds of words as they link them together.

Whether you are considering these games for children in your own family, gifting them to a classroom, or donating to a children's charity this year, you can bet that they will provide hours of fun and skill-building at the same time! 

Where to Purchase
Head over to Educational Insights to browse their entire collection and order your items directly to your door, just in time for the holidays!

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Disclaimer: The products in this post were provided by Educational Insights. As always, our posts are our own opinions.