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San Mateo's Shop for Unique Products that Transform You And the World. Everything at Reach and Teach is focused on Gender Equality, Sustainable Living, and Peacemaking. We offer books, toys, teacher resources, and fair trade gifts for all ages.

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144 W 25th Avenue, San Mateo, CA
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Learning Through Puzzles and Games

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Why Puzzles and Games? We're teachers at heart and our professional lives have afforded us the wonderful opportunity to apply our instructional skills in a wide variety of ways with adults and children. Engaging the different learning styles of children and adults requires using combinations of sound, sight, and touch, and we know that one of the best ways to engage all three is through some form of play. That's why games and puzzles have always been a key part of any learning experience we design.

How do you get a group of people to "break the ice" and start working together as a team? We've got one suggestion: Bambooga!

Bambooga is a human puzzle game where players use colored wristbands to bind their hands and feet to one another, leading to a sticky mess of people!

The goal of the game is to crawl, walk, scoot or jump one's way towards the finish line, all the while maintaining the connections that are determined by a shake of the Bambooga Shaker.

And, the game is made from recycled materials by an organization that supports women and children impacted by AIDS in Thailand. When we choose games and puzzles for our shop we not only care about what folks will learn/experience while playing, but also the impact the creation and purchase of these products can have on the world. In both cases, we're seeking positive outcomes!  

What Makes Reach And Teach Puzzles and Games Different? Everything we do is geared towards creating a more peaceful, just, and sustainable planet. To that end, we also carefully select our toys, puzzles, and games to ensure that they help us and our partners in peace walk the walk as well as talk the talk.

We are committed to:

  • Safe products (adhering to international safety rules)
  • Sustainable materials (recycled or sustainably grown and harvested)
  • Fair labor practices (living wages and decent working conditions)
  • Low carbon footprint (materials and artisans living and working together)
  • High quality long-lasting products (pass from generation to generation)

We are a certified green business through GreenAmerica (Co-Op America) and we strive to source our products and materials from other certified green businesses. 

Here are just a few of the partners we work with to provide you with safe, green, sustainable, fun, and still reasonably-priced products:



Check out a few of the products we're featuring this month or see all of our puzzles and games.

Fastrack: Ready, Aim, SCORE!
Fastrack: Ready, Aim, SCORE!
SKU: Fastrack board game
Price: $19.99


Niya
Niya
SKU: niya
Price: $12.95


Pengoloo The Fun South Pole Eggspedition!
Pengoloo The Fun South Pole Eggspedition!
SKU: pengoloo
Price: $24.95


Chickyboom
Chickyboom
SKU: chickybook
Price: $24.95


Amazing Insight Mind 99 Reading Cards
Amazing Insight Mind 99 Reading Cards
SKU: Amazing
Price: $21.95


Cruiser 4 piece Brain Teaser puzzle
Cruiser 4 piece Brain Teaser puzzle
SKU: cruiser
Price: $12.00


Dragonfly Kite
Dragonfly Kite
SKU: dragonfly
Price: $12.00


ImagiPlay Numbers Snail Puzzle
ImagiPlay Numbers Snail Puzzle
SKU: IP12485
Price: $15.00


Green Science Solar Rover
Green Science Solar Rover
SKU: solar_rover
Price: $19.95


ImagiPlay Safari Buddy Blocks
ImagiPlay Safari Buddy Blocks
SKU: 01a40203a
Price: $12.99


ImagiPlay Sealife Buddy Blocks
ImagiPlay Sealife Buddy Blocks
SKU: sealifepuzzle
Price: $12.99


Bunny Peek-A-Boo
Bunny Peek-A-Boo
SKU: B00BRZ11YG
Price: $24.99


Green Science Solar Robot
Green Science Solar Robot
SKU: solar_robot
Price: $19.95


Green Toys Submarine
Green Toys Submarine
SKU: submarine
Price: $14.99


Tell Tale
Tell Tale
SKU: telltale
Price: $12.95


Connoisseur's Dilemma - Wine Bottle Puzzle
Connoisseur's Dilemma - Wine Bottle Puzzle
SKU: WineBottlePuzzle
Price: $25.00


NogginStik® Developmental Light-up Rattle
NogginStik® Developmental Light-up Rattle
SKU: nogginstik
Price: $24.99


flip Top
flip Top
SKU: flip_top
Price: $3.00



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