Are we there yet?

School holidays are a great time to talk to children about travelling. Whether it’s heading to Grandma’s in the car, taking the train to the city or flying over to your favourite holiday destination, families always seem to travel somewhere in the holidays! There are so many methods of travelling nowadays, and we can get pretty much anywhere in the world. With this kind of freedom and access to new cultures, it’s no wonder the world is changing at the rate that it is!

Hopefully your summer travels are fun, and go smoothly. I once travelled from Dover to Calais in France via the ferry with the Girl Guides, it was great fun! However, on the way back we travelled in a storm, and due to damage to the docking birth we ended up being on board for 9 hours – it should have been a 90 minute crossing!

We have a number of products here at Learning Resources that encourage learning through play with vehicles and transport! As well as imaginative play, these products support areas of the curriculum, such as Understanding of the World in the Early Years Foundation Stage and transport topics in primary settings. Discover them below:

Green Toys Ferry – there’ll be no horrific crossings with the Green Toys Ferry! It’s made from 100% recycled materials, and contains no trace of Phthalates, BPA or PVC!

Around the Town Vehicle Counters – bring a big topic down to a small scale with these colourful counters! Great for a variety of activities and available in sets of 24 and 72.

GeoSafari Jr. Underwater Explorer – have a clear view of what is lurking under the surface of any pond, lake or sea with this miniature glass bottom boat!

Green Toys Tractor – little farmers can harvest and haul the freshest produce their imaginations can grow with this 100% recycled tractor!

Measuring Motors – bring vehicles into maths lessons and numeracy practice with these fun measuring motors!

Dino Construction Vehicles – part dinosaur, part construction vehicle, this dino pack provides hours of fun! They’re also powered by children, so need no batteries!

If you have journeys planned for the summer, or any time of the year, get prepared and have plenty of entertainment to hand! Squirt isn’t particularly fond of long journeys and likes to have a book or two in the car to keep her occupied. While she is easily amused now at the age of three, I dare say as she gets older it will become harder.

Math Trekkers were new to our range for 2014, and are great little resources for keeping kids amused (and learning!) on long journeys. There is one for addition & subtraction, and one for multiplication & division. These Math Trekkers clip onto bags or belts so are ideal for travelling.

View these and our other travel-friendly, electronic hands-on learning resources at www.LearningResources.co.uk.

Bon Voyage!

Until next time…

Laura