Get Back to Class… and Play! When WEDGiTS are Educational
April 02, 2015 (PRLEAP.COM) Education NewsApril 2, 2015 - Of course, toys are, most importantly, fun. However, sometimes playing with the toy turns out to have educational value too. WEDGiTS are one of those toys.
Rock McKinley, VP Sales & Marketing of ImagAbility, Inc., makers of the WEDGiTS brand building blocks, said, "Parents and teachers love the fact that WEDGiTS provide a learning experience, but kids just want to have fun. We don't go around telling the kids, but parents and teachers like to know that we make WEDGiTS Classroom Packs and that WEDGiTS have earned numerous educational organization endorsements and awards."
Since the introduction of WEDGiTS in 1997, kids have gravitated to WEDGiTS because the design of each block naturally aligns in both vertical and horizontal patterns. McKinley said. "Educators refer to this as an open-ended manipulative. Open-ended toys allow kids to design on their own without having to follow a given pattern or set of instructions."
WEDGiTS building block toys resemble square donuts and diamonds with angled edges. Mathematicians refer to these block shapes as rhombus and octahedrons. The five, primary pieces of the WEDGiTS toy are graduated in size, so, the blocks actually nest together and stack into the shape of a pyramid.
The award-winning WEDGiTS line has earned ImagAbility honors as one of Family Life's Best Learning Toys, Parenting Magazine's Toy of the Year, Learning Magazine's Teacher's Choice award, as well as approval from the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, National Parenting Publications of America, National Parenting Center, Parents Choice, Dr. Toy and Able Play's Special Needs recommendation.
Specifically for educators, ImagAbility has packaged several items that can be used with groups and collaborative play. The WEDGiTS for Educators line includes:
To see the progression of nesting… to stacking… to Wedging…, watch ImagAbility's amazing demonstration here.
ImagAbility, Inc. was originally founded in 1997 as the family business, R/C Products. The initials represent Rock & Caron McKinley, the company's founders and owners. One of the reasons for starting the company was to have their children learn about business. By being involved in a family business, the desire was to help motivate their children in preparation for their college planning. The McKinley family has traveled extensively in America and Europe introducing, demonstrating and selling the WEDGiTS product line. As the WEDGiTS product line became more and more popular in schools across America, Australia, Canada, and Europe, the company changed its' business structure and incorporated to ImagAbility, Inc. More information and a complete product line description are available on the company website at www.wedgits.com and for the most immediate information, the company encourages social media interaction on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.