5 Screen-free and unplugged coding activities

5 Screen-free and unplugged coding activities

Computer coding skills are hugely in demand and children as young as five are learning to code as part of the curriculum. Thinking about your child’s future, the technology sector is booming, attracting 28bn in investment since 2011.

However, finding skilled candidates to fill jobs in the tech sector has proved difficult. High level STEM vacancies are twice as like to be left unfilled due to a lack of qualified applicants with desirable skills. read more

Christmas crafts: printable festive lacing cards

Christmas crafts: printable festive lacing cards

Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning presents and cards for your family and friends. To give you a helping hand, we’ve teamed up with RedTedArt, one of our favourite craft bloggers, to bring you some festive, printable, lacing Christmas Cards.

The cards are not only seasonal and beautifully designed, but educational too. This is a great activity for talking to very little ones about shapes as well as being a fun and creative introduction to geometry and STEM learning. They’re great for all ages and abilities – you can make the lacing as simple or as intricate as you like, depending on the age of your children. read more

Meet the Designer! Jolly Roger’s Pirate Pieces

Name: Allan Lennon

Job Title: Product Development Executive

LSP 5066-UK Jolly Roger’s Pirate Pieces

How did you come up with the idea for the game?

We were receiving a lot of feedback from teachers that the majority of fraction based products seemed to portray fractions in circles. The feeling was that more emphasis needed to be given to show young learners that fractions can be represented in a variety of shapes and sizes, not just pizzas and pies. read more

Tried & Tested: 10 To The Top

Name: Sarah Burns from Let Them Be Small

Product Testing: Ten to the Top

Age of children: 4, 3 and 13 months

 

 

Sarah is mum to three children aged 4, 3 and 13 months. Life is busy but fun and she is home educating her eldest who would be due to start school in September. Sarah is a blogger and regularly shares posts about her favourite products, days out and home education ideas. read more

Building Brain Power with Sensory Play: A Guest post by Jackie Edwards

Author: Jackie Edwards from Fractus Learning

Jackie is a mum of two and an editor, researcher and writer. One of her children is on the autism spectrum and she actively finds ways to help her daughter achieve a sense of peace and freedom. She has carried out a lot of research on the impact of sensory environments on brain development and has teamed up with Learning Resources to share ideas for creating sensory environments at home. read more