Science in Play: A Guest Post by Emma from Science Sparks

Children are full of questions about the world around them and are like little sponges in the early years. It’s the perfect time to add science to play and learning activities, which will hopefully inspire a love of science throughout childhood. Science activities don’t need to be complicated or heavily planned, the best ideas are often those that use only a few simple materials you probably already have at home. read more

International Talk Like A Pirate Day – A guest blog by Ian Goldsworthy

Ian Goldsworthy is here to help Learning Resources celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Ian is a Year 2 teacher at Manor Lodge School in Shenley, Hertfordshire and he also does teacher training in Science for Essex Teacher Training.

If you’re anything like me (late 30’s, balding, social life not as full as it once was) you’ll have had the 19th September circled in your diary for a long time – International Talk Like a Pirate Day! read more

This Is Rocket Science and science at home

Hello, my name is Emma and I write the blog Science Sparks. Learning Resources kindly asked me to share some tips about how to get children involved with science at home and tell you all about my brand new book, This Is Rocket Science!!

My children and I had a great time working together to design and create the activities in the book, it was a real family effort. People often ask me how I think of ideas for Science Sparks, but the truth is most of the activities come from questions my children ask and then one thing tends to lead on to another. read more

Design Your Own Beaker Creature Competition!

Add to our range of Beaker Creatures!

Learning Resources are giving children the chance to have their very own Beaker Creature design made into a plush toy!

Throughout August, we’re inviting your kids to send us their unique Beaker Creature designs to enter our competition. Five lucky winners from the UK will then be chosen at random and will receive a plush toy of their design made by Custom Cuddlies. read more

Outdoor Play: 5 Ways to Explore the World Without Leaving Your Back Garden

Outdoor Play: 5 Ways to Explore the World Without Leaving Your Back Garden

Outdoor play boosts kids’ confidence, develops their motor skills and brings out their natural curiosity. Keeping outings fresh and interesting can be a challenge, so we’ve done the hard work for you: read on for our favourite outdoor activities to inspire your little adventurers.

Rule the countryside with a nature crown

nature crown

Rule the countryside. All you’ll need is some paper, a roll of tape and some scavenged bits and bobs from the great outdoors. This fun activity comes courtesy of Muddy Puddles. They’ve even got a printable activity sheet that you can take out and about with you. Alternatively, watch their video: read more

International Bath Day: A guest post by Life Unexpected

Chloe, blogger at Life Unexpected, and her daughter Evie help Learning Resources celebrate International Bath Day.

Did you know that it’s International Bath Day on June 14th? What better way to celebrate than letting your kids splash in the bath with some super fun, but educational bath toys!

Inspired by International Bath Day, Learning Resources have sent us three of their favourite bath toys to try out and review with Evie, my four year old daughter. read more

Former Downton Abbey actress, Amy Nuttall, can’t get enough of Learning Resources!

Former Downton Abbey actress, Amy Nuttall, can’t get enough of Learning Resources!

Actress Amy Nuttall is best known for her roles in Downton Abbey and Emmerdale, but away from the screen she is mother to her little girl.

Amy Nuttall

Amy and her three year old daughter have enjoyed playing with Learning Resources’ toys.  Here is Amy’s feedback…

“Having recently received a few different toys from Learning Resources, I quickly went back to the website and got carried away ordering more. They are so different from any other toys on the market AND they are educational which, as a parent, I feel is a huge bonus! read more

Bringing Maths to life through Children’s Favourite Activities

Bringing Maths to life through Children’s Favourite Activities

Mathematical principles are core to our understanding of other subjects and the wider world. Whatever your child’s age, bringing maths to life through the subjects they love can open the door to a deeper understanding of the subject.

 Maths Inspires Art

Since the 4th century, artists have taken inspiration from mathematics. From the tessellations of Escher to the computer visualizations of four-dimensional geometry by Tony Robbin — maths and art go hand in hand. read more