Tonies Blocks are the newest additions to tonies, combining STEAM learning with the Toniebox system. Integrated with the Toniebox audio player, Tonies Blocks deliver educational content for young children while removing the screen from the experience. Blocks sets are available exclusively at Tonies.com, with additional sets coming next year.
“Tonies Blocks is an exciting new addition bringing the world of physical play and edutainment together in a truly one-of-a-kind way,” says Christoph Frehsee, president, U.S., tonies. “Expanding the universe of tonies and developing even more rich, engaging, educational content for little learners has and always will be our primary goal. To be working with such amazing talent and experts in their respective fields makes this launch even more rewarding.”
On the outside, Tonies Blocks are like classic wooden toy blocks, but embedded within are audio lessons covering a variety of subjects, adapted for preschool and kindergarten level learners.
Blocks are available in themed sets of four, each containing 7-10-minute audio lessons, providing 25-30 minutes of educational content per set. The audio content has been developed in partnership with early education and subject experts, and each Blocks set is narrated by an expert or celebrity with relevant ties to the topic.
Blocks sets debuting this fall include “Inventions and Innovation,” narrated by astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson; “Kid Comedy,” narrated by actress Jane Lynch; “Gentle Giant Dinosaurs,” narrated by paleontologist Jack Horner; and “Marine Life,” narrated by SeaLegacy co-founder and marine biologist Cristina Mittermeier.
“Nearly all of today’s advances in science and technology are built on the innovations and discoveries from the past,” says Neil deGrasse Tyson. “As a scientist, and more importantly as an educator, I’m delighted to help take the next generation of innovators on a journey of discovery through time and space.”
“I’m so excited to stir up some good clean fun with Tonies Blocks,” says Jane Lynch. “As a kid, I loved hamming it up. I was always testing out material to both the amusement (and possibly chagrin) of everyone around me. Working with tonies to inspire future performers everywhere has been an absolute joy.”
“I have always said that little kids are my favorite people to talk to about dinosaurs,” says Jack Horner. “I am so happy to partner with tonies and to inspire kids in this exciting way to learn about these gentle giant dinosaurs that once ruled the Earth.”
“For me, it’s never too early to teach the next generation about the wonder and beauty of marine life, and hopefully, inspire them to continue to care for our oceans,” says Cristina Mittermeier. “It’s an honor to narrate these important lessons through Tonies Blocks and adapt them for both learning and play.”
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