Christmas Gift Guide: Testing Team Top Picks

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Have you already been handed your child’s wish list for Father Christmas? We’re here to help.

We’ve enlisted our team of Toy Testers to select their top picks and put them to the test! They’ve provided honest feedback and action shots to help you find the perfect present.

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1) Pretend & Play® Calculator Cash Register

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Tine said:

“The Learning Resources Cash Register, one of the brand’s classics, features over sized buttons and a built-in solar-powered calculator, which is ideal for children learning additions and subtractions in school. Big Girl loves pretend play and a cash register like this is fantastic for playing shop and making maths fun. Since opening the till, we’ve been encouraging Big Girl to charge us for everything we buy from her pretend shop (and sometimes cafe), input the prices on her till, and calculate the total. The till makes playing shop more real, particularly since the set includes pound coins and notes that look very believable and are the same size as real UK money. A very cool educational toy ideal as a Christmas present for both boys and girls!” read more

Tried and Tested: Pretend & Play® School Set

Product testing: Pretend and Play School Set
Name: Niki of Play & Learn Every Day
Age of child/children: 2 ½ and 4 ½

 

Niki is a former early years teacher and current stay-at-home mum to her two children; Ethan (4 ½) and Ivy (2 ½).  Originally from Canada, Niki has lived in the UK for the past 13 years.  She writes about learning through play with games, activities, crafts and fun over on Play & Learn Every Day! read more

Tried and Tested Grill-and-Go Camp Stove

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Name of tester: Elizabeth Brown

Establishment name: Acorns Childminding

Age range of children: 6 months to 4 years

Product tested: Grill-and-Go Camp Stove

 

This imaginative play camping stove includes all the necessary equipment that your child needs to cook-up a pretend outdoor feast! This set features realistic sounds and lights and includes a coffee pot, pan and utensils for hours of camping fun! read more

Explore the outdoors: How to turn a walk into an inspiring nature trail

If you are looking for something to do outdoors this summer that will also inspire a love of the natural world, why not embark upon a nature trail? You can find an official one near you or transform a usual route by paying special attention to natural features such as plants, wildlife and habitats.

The national curriculum for key stages 1 and 2 highlights nature within the purpose of study for science and states: read more

Come out and play on National Children’s Day!

National Children’s Day UK (NCDUK) is all about the importance of a healthy childhood and how we need to protect the rights and freedoms of children in order to ensure that they can grow into happy, healthy adults. Children’s Day was originally established in 1954 by the UN General Assembly, and was intended as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. NCDUK was launched by the Save Childhood Movement in 2013, and since then they have run yearly campaigns each with a different theme. read more

5 ways to unleash their creativity

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Creativity is defined as ‘the use of imagination or original ideas to create something’ and is an essential part of a child’s development. From painting and sculpting to drawing and building, creative play is a process that encourages children to explore all possibilities and try out new ideas. read more

The Magic of Imaginative Play

What is Imaginative Play?

Imaginative play see’s young learners take on the role of inventors and decision-makers, creating their own world where they are free to express their feelings and experiment with narratives. The Early Years Foundation Stage highlights Expressive Arts and Design as a specific area of learning and development, breaking it down into ‘being imaginative’ and ‘exploring and using media and materials’. Children often draw upon their own experiences and observations to represent their ideas through mediums such as art, dance, music, small world, pretend play and storytelling. read more

This is no trick… Just a treat!

Trick or TREAT!

Halloween is just a frightening few days away, and within the midst of ghosts and ghoulies Learning Resources are offering a sweet treat for your little monsters!

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With a sprinkle of imaginative play and a dash of early skills, we are cooking up the magic of success in our learning cauldron with our Smart Snacks® range. From ABC Lacing Sweets™ for learning the alphabet to Number Pops™ for counting practice, this treat-themed range develops essential early skills whilst supporting communication and fine motor skills development. The newest addition to the range, Puzzle Pies™ are a perfect early introduction to fractions and our Sugar Cookie shapes are the tastiest way to
practice shape identification. read more