Back to School is upon us!

Parents, children and teachers everywhere are beginning to gather supplies and shift back into school mode. We couldn’t be happier and have a little gift for parents and teachers looking for new ways to engage their children while learning.

We all know the importance of teaching the life cycles of an animal. It’s a key lesson in science and in life! Nature’s miracle can be taught in a number of ways, but one of the most impactful is hands on observation and imaginative play. Our Life Cycle Safariology® products have been used by countless educators in so many creative ways to bring this transformation to life.

Today, we have learning materials that will take the academic experience of our Life Cycle Toys That Teach® a step further. On the link below, please access your Free Animal Life Cycles Learning Flashcards. These fun tools correspond to two of our products, Life Cycle of a Ladybug and Life Cycle of a Green Sea Turtle. The flashcards bring the educational figurine to life visually, leaving a blank space for your little ones to fill in as they observe the animal figurines in a hands on-interactive way.

Free Animal Life Cycles Learning Flashcards

A great way to fuse science and imagination, these flashcards will reinforce what you’re student is learning as he plays.
Have you used Safariology® Life Cycle Series in your classroom or at home? Share with us how these flashcards worked for you!

We’re getting ready for one of our favorite weeks of the year, Discovery Show’s Shark Week!

Gathering the kiddos and binging on shark stories and up-close cringe worthy shots of Hammer Heads and Big Whites… there’s nothing sweeter. Quality time and educational play are two fundamental parts of raising a family. TV events, like Shark Week, work well in tandem with Toys That Teach®; They’re a natural fit and a perfect way to celebrate these wondrous underwater creatures– while having some fun.

This year in honor of Shark Week, we’re gifting you free downloadable party favors! We know this is a great opportunity to be interactive and extend Shark Week as a learning experience for your little ones. Check out our downloadables in action below– we recommend having some figurines from our Wild Safari ® and Monterey Bay Aquarium® Sea Life Collections to accompany your snacks.

Get your SAFARI LTD Shark Week Party Favors here!

DIY Bonus Tip:

We used corks to attach our free Shark Week Party favors onto snack bowls! Just grab 2-3 corks, cut a tiny slit in the bottom with a knife, stick the cork on the side of the bowl (make sure the slit is nice and snug so you’re cork won’t fall) and tape your freebie to the cork! See some illustrations below:

Safari Ltd® figurines are educational, hand-crafted specialty toys. They’re basically collectables your little ones can play with. Known for their accuracy and detail, educators and parents love these figurines as they allow children to learn more about nature’s creatures while playing! Not to mention, adults really love them too.

 

Shark Week Free DIY Safari Ltd Party Favors Happy Shark Week!

Bring the world of fairies into to your room with our Toys That Teach®. These figurines will take your imaginative play to the next level. Whether its the Monarch Butterfly from our Hidden Kingdom Insects collection or the Tea Party Set from the Fairy Fantasies®, these figures will transform your room into a imaginary wonderland.

Our figurines are professionally sculpted and individually hand-painted with realistic details. Ultra-durable, tried and true; these toys are made to last!

Featured in this video are Jasmine, Buttercup, Violet and the Tea Party Set from our Fairy Fantasies® collection. Also are the Ladybug, Honey Bee and Monarch Butterfly from our Hidden Kingdom Insects collection. Along with the Honey Bee, Eastern Chipmunk and Hedgehog from our Incredible Creatures series.

Travel back to a land in time where dinosaurs roamed the earth. Our professionally sculpted and individually hand-painted figurines are realistic with vivid colors and detailed features. A great tool for education, our Toys That Teach® are a fantastic addition to any classroom or child’s toy collection. Ultra durable and dishwasher safe, these toys are meant to last! Learn more about some of the dinos in our Wild Safari® Prehistoric World Dinosaurs collection. ‪#‎LoveSafari‬

We love discovering new games and ideas to educate children on animals! This very easy, DIY board game is a wonderful interactive way to develop your child’s understanding while playing and having fun.

The aim of this game is for your little one to begin identifying and categorizing the different types of animals based on where they live and what sounds they make.

Things you’ll need:

  1. Poster board or dry erase board (Tip: a small to medium dry erase board will allow for multiple variations and allow for easier changes)
  2. Sharpie
  3. Safari Ltd® Arctic TOOB®
  4. Safari Ltd® Wild TOOB®

To set up the game, find a similarity that roughly half of the animals you are using share, for example: Likes Snow/Doesn’t like Snow, Lives on a Farm/Lives in the Wild, etc…

These will be the categories you write on the board, using a line to split the board in two. In our case, we’ve split our board into “Likes Snow” and “Does Not Like Snow”.

Mix up the Safari Ltd® animal figurines and explain to your child that they must choose which animal belongs in each group. This will not only educate them on certain characteristics that animals may share, but also allow them to physically examine each animal and make decisions based on their hands-on observations.

Having the dry erase board can allow this game to manipulated quickly and easily let the fun go on and on, but a poster board can be re-used as well. With a wide variety of educational Safari Ltd® TOOBS® and figurines, children can learn about so many different animal species!

Your child’s bedroom is a constantly-evolving terrain. For the inner designer in you, this could be your canvas!

As children begin to grow up and develop their own favorite animals, interests or hobbies, they’ll want their bedroom to reflect that. We’ve had our eye on a popular Pinterest project we think is a great opportunity to involve your kids in! You’ll both have a great time choosing colors and favorite animals that will adorn the walls.

This project sets up a nice opportunity to teach as you create. We were really inspired by Babble Blog and decided to add our own twist to their fabulous project… Toys That Teach®.

As you read the simple instructions below, incorporate learning by reinforcing different animals, their roles and what sounds they make. As you decorate, you’ll be flexing your child’s learning muscles and your creative juices all at once!

You’ll need:

  1. Safari Ltd® figurines: You’ll want 1 figurine per canvas, depending on the size of each canvas. We recommend, TOOBS® and anything from Safari Ltd®’s Classic Collections for our medium-sized canvases below.
  2. We chose:Wild Safari® North American Wildlife Gray Wolf , Safari Ltd® Farm Alpaca, Safari Ltd® Butterflies TOOBS® (*This comes with 8 butterflies, so we saved the rest for more fun DIY projects!)
  3. 3-6 small canvas boards (or however many you’d like to place on the wall)
  4. Paint (acrylic paint works best)
  5. Craft Glue
  6. Glitter (in any colors you and your child like best)
  7. Hairspray

Step 1: Choose your animals

This is one of the best parts for your kid. Once you have your Safari Ltd® figurines, splatter them all over floor! Ask your kido to choose his favorites. As they hand you their preferred animals, ask them questions like, what animal is this? What sound do they make? Where do they live?

Step 2: Paint your canvas

Choose whichever color scheme your kid likes. Feel free to get really creative and choose an array! Paint the canvases you chose.

 Step 3: Paint your animals

Using the same acrylic paint, choose the colors with your child. Once the animals and dried, lather them with craft glue, and glitter the side that will show on the canvas. They should take about an hour to dry.

Step 4: Retouch and hair spray

Retouch and paint any areas you may have missed and spray each figurine with hairspray to lock in the glitter!

Step 5: Mount your critters

Using an adhesive, mount each animal on the canvas of your choosing.

Step 6: Hang and admire!

Job well done.

 

Safari Ltd® and Sweet Moments Bakery and Events teamed up to put together this vlog on “How to Decorate an Under The Sea” themed cake. This DIY cake decor project is a fun and exciting activity to do with your loved ones.

You will need the following items:

1. Safari Ltd® Coral Reef and Seashells TOOBS®

2. You can purchase a pre-made plain cake or bake your own (cover in icing or fondant).

3. Crushed graham crackers as your sand.

4. You will also need edible glue to secure the Safari Ltd® figurines in place on and around your cake.

5. For that extra touch, you can make fondant circle for bubbles and coral decor or use icing.

These wonderfully easy dessert-like snacks are a tasty healthy alternative to children and adults alike. A sweet tooth is a horrible thing to waste, but it’s much easier to tame your cravings in a wholesome way. Teaching your children these healthier ways to curb their sweet cravings will set them up for a lifetime of good eating habits!

We also really love how adorable and interactive these snacks can be. If you’re having a party, this is an especially fun activity as the ingredients are colorful and each person can tailor-make their very own apple pop. We love incorporating party themes and favors into our finished displays, so we sprinkled a slew of our Safari Ltd® Wildlife critters below!

You’ll need:
Wood skewers (as many as the apple pops you plan to make)
Apples (again, as many as you’d like to gobble up)
Greek yogurt

Toppings: You can pretty much choose anything under the sun here as apples and Greek yogurt set a neutral enough pallet to complement an array of toppings. Here are some of our ideas:

 

Chia Seeds
Cinnamon
Raisins
Coconut shavings

The process itself is simple.

First, cut up the apples and stick them firmly on a skewer. Then, dip them first in Greek yogurt.

Once your apple has a solid layer of yogurt, feel free to dip it in whatever other topping you’d like. It’s okay to mix and match!

Once you’ve got your finished apple pops dipped, pop those suckers in the freezer! Let them sit for 10-15 minutes.

Check they hardened and enjoy!

 

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The coming of Spring brings warm weather, flowers and holiday DIY fun! While we love excuses to eat candy, moms and educators across the globe have been finding more creative and healthy ways to fill their little one’s eggs and baskets. This year, the Safari Ltd® team is turning to imaginative, outdoor play as our egg filler. We’re using our popular Safari Ltd® Good Luck Minis in place of candy! These tiny figurines conveniently fit in eggs and provide an educational component to the traditional egg hunting festivities.

We’re using the Garden Fun Pack Minis as kiddos will likely be hunting outdoors, but there are a ton of fun, educational collections you can use. Get creative and theme to your child’s preferences!

Here’s what you’ll need:

 

A kid’s room can be a chaotic land filled with mythical creatures, tossed around shoes and blankets from galaxies far, far away. The imaginative spirit of play is something to savor for these years, but it doesn’t have to be quite so messy!

Making your kid’s room storage friendly is one of the best things a parent can do for their sanity! Often times, the best solutions work in tandem… like our DIY wine crate storage project below.

DIY wine crate projects are everywhere these days. These crates are so simple to make and add a much needed pop to any room… your child’s in particular. Putting up wine crates is extremely simple and gives any bedroom a rustic decor feel. Additionally, the crates and take care of messy toys by serving simultaneously as storage and display.

Animal figurines are experiencing a big comeback in the home decor scene. So, we like this DIY project even more as it offers a stylish and simple way to show off your kids’ favorite animals. Our favorite of course, are Safari Ltd® animal figurines. These handmade treasures have been passed down for generations. The down-to-earth collectables are accessible, maintain their integrity over time and make killer bedroom decor.

 

You will need:

  1. Wine Crates
  2. Paint (optional)
  3. Drill and nails
  4. Safari Ltd® Incredible Creatures

Enjoy!

Step 1: Collect 1-3 wine crates (depending on the wall and available space).

Step 2: (Optional) Paint the wine crate. If the room is neutral colored, you could choose a hue that stands out so the focus will lead to the wine crates. If the wall is already a vibrant color, choose a muted tone like white or grey, or simply leave as is. The natural wooden texture goes well with any wall color… and it’s the easiest!

Step 3: Measure out where you’d like to place the crates and drill them in the wall! Two people work best for this: one to hold and the other to stand back, assess the evenness and drill!

Step 4: Put your child’s Safari Ltd® figurines up for display giving your child’s room a break from the chaos of toys running wild!

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