2016 Award Winners

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Throughout 2016, multiple judges have put our toys and games to the test! We are delighted to have received several prestigious accolades that have recognised our toys for their quality, durability, educational benefits and fun factor. Discover what toys have scooped awards this year below.

 

Code & Go™ Robot Mouse Activity Set

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Description

The Code & Go™ Robot Mouse Activity Set is part of Learning Resources’ STEM range and provides a basic introduction to coding and programming.  This fun set challenges players to programme Colby the Mouse to navigate through a custom built maze and find a block of cheese! Designed for children aged five and above, it supports the development of a variety of skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, communication skills, programming and self-correction.

 

Judges Comments

Children wanted ‘just one more go’ with this – a sign of a great purchase.” – Toy Talk Awards

The STEM Robot Mouse Activity Set would encourage children to build hands-on coding skills in a fun and enjoyable way. It was very easy to construct and represented excellent value for money!” – ERA Awards

 

Plot Blocks™ Story Building Activity Set

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Description

Imagination has no limits with Plot Blocks™! By combining a multitude of different settings, characters, objects and actions, children create a truly unique story with just the roll of 6 cubes. The set includes 18 picture cubes (six each of who, what and how), six double sided setting mats and four transparent setting mats for children to create their very own story setting. Pick a setting, roll two of each cube and let the endless stories begin!

 

Judges Comments

Children of all ages enjoyed playing with the Plot Blocks. The bright colours of the blocks are great for the young children whilst the older children enjoyed the variety of setting cards. The cubes are of a good size and the game is easily stored in the box. I think it is fantastic that the game encourages creativity.” – Primary Teacher Update Awards

 

GeoSafari® Jr. My First Telescope

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Description

Give little ones a kick-start into beginning astronomy with this real working telescope! Built specifically for growing minds, the comfy two-eye goggle piece and nose cut-out guides keep your child’s eyes focused on exactly the right spot. The telescope is focus free: no adjustment needed! The 10x magnification provides fantastic views of the moon, while keeping the field of vision wide, which is essential for young children’s understanding of magnified views.

Judges Comments

A fascinating starting point for small children to enjoy viewing the night sky” – Right Start Awards

 

Snap-n-Learn® Rhyming Pups

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Description

Colourful puppy friends snap together and pull apart to make a variety of rhyming words. Great for reinforcing fine motor skills, the set includes ten heads and ten tails that can be mixed and matched to make over 55 rhyming words. Start by matching colours and identifying letters, then move on to building three letter words and rhyming.

 

Judges Comments

A simple education resource which was engaging and did its job well. The children enjoyed the idea of pups and made the activities fun particularly as they pretended to be pups and one point. Some could blend the words together fairly quickly and others needed practice but all improved after just a few play sessions. A very useful resource for children just beginning to blend words together , but familiar with letter sounds which encourages literacy, communication and language skills.” – Practical Preschool Awards

Build & Spin Ocean Wonders 

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Description

A new spin on learning for the youngest of engineers! Hands-on construction and colourful underwater pals provide a fun way to build fine motor skills. Big, chunky play pieces fit easily onto large gears, providing endless mix-and match play. This friendly set encourages creativity and allows children to explore cause and effect, Set includes board, eight large gears, seven sea creatures and a chunky handle.

 

Judges Comments

Great toy, fun looking, nice bright colours and well made” – Bizzie Baby Awards

I really liked this product and so did mason as has never stopped playing with it, very bright colours which is attractive to younger kids.” – Bizzie Baby Awards

 

All About Me Family Counters Activity Cards

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Description

This illustrated set of 21 double sided activity cards teach patterns and sequences, sorting, grouping, early arithmetic, size recognition and positional awareness. The set also includes a 1-20 number line.  The wipe-clean cards can be used individually by the child or supported by a teacher. Activity guide included with even more activity ideas to use with the cards. The cards are designed to be used with our All About Me Family Counters™  (sold separately).

 

STEM Simple Machines

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Description

Introduce and explore six simple machines as you make amazing discoveries, design solutions for real-world problems and conduct your own investigations. This colourful set includes a lever board, wedge, pulley with role and hook, card with four removable wheels, Archimedes screw, four barrel weights and ten double sided activity cards to build early engineering and problem solving skills.

 

Teaching Tac-Tiles

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Description

Tactile learning is a bag full of fun with Teaching Tac-Tiles™! Colourful, engaging pieces with rich textures (smooth, bumpy, ridged and rough) engage a child’s senses and strengthen fine motor skills. Children aged three and above learn shape identification while building vocabulary and early maths skills. Includes 20 pieces in five shapes and four textures plus 10 activity cards.

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