Eight fun STEM activities for all the family this Mother’s Day

Are you looking for something fun to do with the kids this Mother’s Day? Keep brains ticking and the whole family engaged with our selection of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) activities. There’s something for everyone, indoor and out!

Dye your own flowers

Dye your own flowers

This simple and stunning experiment is a great way to introduce preschoolers to scientific investigations and natural science. Not only does it give children the opportunity to learn how water transfers through a plant, but the end result will make a great present for Mummy on Mother’s Day too! You’ll need some white flowers (when in season, daisies from the garden will work), glasses of water, a selection of food dye and a sharp knife. Visit redtri.com for more details! read more

Food play: Fun and Inventive ways to get your child talking about food

Giving little ones a fun and engaging introduction to food from a young age can spark an interest in nutrition and what we eat.

At Learning Resources we believe that learning through play is the best way to learn, and play food is a great example of this. Here are our tips to get your little ones talking about food and improving their understanding about it – all while having fun! read more

Our Favourite Christmas Craft Creations From Around The Web

Crowded streets, parcel deliveries, and late night shopping! The real hustle and bustle of Christmas isn’t much fun for little ones. Beyond decorating the tree, and getting them to help wrap Granny’s presents, what else can you do to keep your children entertained this Christmas?

These are our top craft picks from around the web! read more

A beginners guide to stargazing

You don’t need to invest in expensive equipment to start your stargazing journey. With just the naked eye Nyctophiles (fans of darkness and the night) can see several thousands of stars. Begin to spot constellations, explore the surface of the moon and talk about the universe with your little ones. We hope you enjoy our introduction to stargazing. read more

12 Plays of Christmas – A Gift Guide by The Learning Resources Testing Team

Give the gift of learning this Christmas with our hands-on selection of fun and educational learning toys! Each toy in our Gift Guide has been put to the test by a member of our Testing Team so you can rest assured they will last way beyond the festive season and provide hours of fun!

Code & Go™ Robot Mouse Activity Set
Playfoam Combo 8-Pack
Pretend & Play Original School Set
Puzzle Globe
GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope
Zoomy 2.0 Handheld Digital Microscope
Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register
Primary Science Lab Set
Gears! Gears! Gears! Robot Factory Building Set
Design & Drill Take-Along Tool Kit
Alphabet Acorns
Snap-n-Learn Counting Cows read more

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