Learning Resources – Who We Are

The people behind the history of Learning Resources, Lisa Guili, Rick Woldenberg, Jane Woldenberg and Dennis Blackmore.

Who We Are

Learning Resources Ltd began in 1994 with a family of coloured bear counters. The Three Bear Family Counters can be sorted by colour, size and weight, which puts them apart from other colour counters that can only be sorted into coloured groups. It was this simple innovation that convinced Managing Director, Dennis Blackmore, to join Learning Resources and have the opportunity to establish the company in the UK.

Over the past 25 years, our company has grown to supply award-winning, hands-on educational toys and learning products to more than 60 countries. Our toys are designed to help children build educational skills…and get ready to take on the world! read more

Family Games for All Types of Weather

Family Games for all types of weathers

The Importance of Family Games

Family games are important because they reconnect the family. We are living in a time where it’s no longer unusual for children to have their own TV’s or computers. With Smart-TV’s and video streaming services, families no longer have to watch the same programmes at the same time, they don’t even need to be in the same room. Gathering the family together to play a variety of family games once a week can really help to connect everyone.

Playing a family game can help to develop social-emotional learning. Children are more likely to talk about their thoughts and feelings when their minds are focusing on something else. The moments between turns, between hands of cards, and between games are perfect for sharing casual and even non-casual conversation. read more

Ten Reasons Children Should Do Bug Hunts – A Guest Post by SEN Resources Blog

The top ten reasons why children should do bug hunts

I’m Georgina, a former science teacher & Special Educational Needs Coordinator. I run The SEN Resources Blog www.senresourcesblog.com which is a site for parents and teachers of children with Special Educational Needs. My site provides advice, fun learning activities (crafts, fine motor skill activities etc) and recommends useful resources.

I love encouraging outdoor learning, and a bug hunt is a fantastic opportunity to get children outside and learning about the world around them. We’ve been trying out Learning Resources bug hunting resources including their GeoSafari® Jr. Bugnoculars, Primary Science® Magnifier and Tweezers, Primary Science® Big View Bug Jars, GeoSafari® Jr. BugBright, and GeoSafari® Jr. Critter Habitat.  read more

The Importance of Learning Outdoors – A guest blog by The World Is Their Classroom

Children learning outdoors

Nicola from The World is Their Classroom is a home educator to her five children aged 15, 12, 9, 7 and 4. She is passionate about making learning fun and often takes her lessons outside, capturing the importance of learning outdoors. You can find ideas for educational products and activities on The World Is Their Classroom, a website bursting with creative and engaging ideas for children of all ages.

In celebration of Walk in the Woods Month, Nicola has written a post about the importance of learning outdoors and what the benefits are. read more

25 Years of Hands-on Learning

25 Years of Hands-on Learning - Learning Resources UK

Do you have a set of these bears in your classroom or in your home? Perhaps your children recognise them from their school, or maybe you played with them in your nursery back in the 90’s.

Three Bear Family - Hands-on Learning

Did you know that it’s thanks to these little coloured bear counters that Learning Resources is able to celebrate 25 years of providing hands-on learning to schools and homes throughout the UK, the rest of Europe and beyond? read more

National Gardening Week Guide to Harvesting Fruit and Veg

Child pricking tomatoes during National Gardening Week

National Gardening Week

National Gardening Week begins on Monday the 29th of April. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) are calling on gardeners up and down the country to share their love of home-grown produce. The theme for 2019 is ‘Edible Britain’, which helps to highlight that everyone including little ones have space to grow something delicious, whether it is a single pot of herbs or a tasty allotment overflowing with fruit and veggies.

Hopefully, you have seen our Children’s guide to growing fruit and vegetables by now and have been busy planting lots of yummy foods in preparation for National Gardening Week! You will ideally know when your fruit and veggies are ready, what to look out for and how to now harvest them. read more

Bringing Social-Emotional Learning into the Home

Child and Mum sitting on the step

What is social-emotional learning?

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines social-emotional learning (SEL) as:

“… the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” read more